A WONDERFUL five decades of creativity and friendship will be celebrated later this month as Barrow Valley Art Group host their golden jubilee art exhibition.

The exhibition will be held in the stunning surrounds of Cobden Hall at Carlow College St Patrick’s and will be officially opened by broadcaster and journalist Olivia O’Leary on Friday 27 October at 8pm. Entrance to the opening night of the exhibition is €5, with all proceeds to Carlow Hospice.

The art group’s golden jubilee exhibition is then open to the public for free from Saturday 28 October to Friday 3 November from 10am to 5pm daily.

From a small advertisement some 50 years ago looking for artists to meet together, the Barrow Valley Art Group came into being, and now, five decades later, remains as passionate and interested in their collective work as ever.

The group’s mission remains the same: supporting one another as artists to share knowledge and resources to enable individuals to further their artistic journey.

As a group, the members meet on a regular basis, often hiring some of the best art tutors to guide them, experimenting with new ideas and new mediums. During the summer months, Carlovians may have noticed some members setting up their easels at local beauty spots to paint en plein air.

Now they all have the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labours as they exhibit their work in what surely must be one of the best locations in Carlow – Cobden Hall.

Carlow Hospice will also benefit from the funds raised from what promises to be a feast for the eyes of paintings at affordable prices. Visitors to the exhibition will also have a chance to win, as one painting will be raffled during the exhibition.

In addition to the exhibition of current members’ work, there will also be a display of memorabilia, newspaper articles, photographs and paintings from former members dating back to 1973.

It’s an exhibition from Barrow Valley Art Group not to be missed.