Galway Art Club Exhibition Reflects Joyful Possibilities of Positive Ageing.

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Galway Art Club Exhibition Reflects Joyful Possibilities of Positive Ageing.

 “Creativity, hobbies and pastimes are not only enjoyable but contribute to overall health and wellbeing” – Jacquie Lynskey, COPE Galway

Immersing yourself and being involved in creative activities contribute to happy and healthy ageing. Continuing with the theme of Positive Ageing featured in this publication recently, COPE Galway’s Jacquie Lynskey speaks of the huge benefits of immersing yourself in hobbies, interests and activities that reduce stress and tension. “Creativity, hobbies and pastimes are not only enjoyable but are highly beneficial and contribute to overall health and wellbeing,” she said.

One such activity is the enjoyment of art in its many forms, and here in Galway we are fortunate to have the Galway Art Club, founded in 1937, that can count Charles Lamb RHA and Aileen Law among famous artists associated with the club.

Each month, the artists choose a theme towards which members create their artwork. They then share photos of their work in the style of a mini exhibition on their WhatsApp group. Since the Covid pandemic, this has provided social continuity and practice for the members.

One of the oldest clubs in the country, the Galway Art Club celebrates 85 years in existence this year. It is entirely appropriate therefore that the club has been a long-time supporter of Positive Ageing Week. Over the past three years, the artists have selected Positive Ageing as their annual August theme. The result this year is a wonderful series of paintings that reflect the joy and possibilities that positive ageing represents.

This week, Galway City Library is displaying 12 stunning paintings depicting various aspects relating to positive ageing, such as “Never too old to Rock and Roll” by John Connolly (Chairperson of the Art Club) or “Spending Time with the Grandson” by Graham Bradtke, amongst many others. Well worth viewing, the paintings remain on display until October 30.

Positive Ageing Week is supported by COPE Galway and Galway City & County Councils as part of the Galway Age Friendly Programme.

COPE Galway and the Galway Age Friendly Programme group are very appreciative of the contribution and talents of all the artists involved and wish the Galway Art Club (www.galwayartclub.com) every best wish into the future.

If you would like photo of a specific painting, please contact ccoughlan@copegalway.ie

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