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Limerick Art Society celebrates 80th anniversary with LAS 80 Exhibition at Limerick City Gallery of Art Limerick Art Society celebrates 80th anniversary with LAS 80 Exhibition at Limerick City Gallery of Art

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Limerick Art Society celebrates 80th anniversary with LAS 80 Exhibition at Limerick City Gallery of Art

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LAS 80 Exhibition will celebrate artists such as Barbara Hartigan pictured above.

Running September 22 until Sunday, October 2 the exhibition will present a large number of recent paintings by local artists

Limerick Art Society celebrates 80th anniversary with LAS 80 Exhibition at Limerick City Gallery of Art inside
Unique and original art will be on display and available for purchase.

The LAS 80 Exhibition, to be held at Limerick City Gallery of Art, celebrates the many achievements and successes of Limerick Art Society and its members over the last 80 years. 

2022 is the 80th Anniversary of the formation of Limerick Art Society, the oldest society of its kind in Ireland. The aims of the Society are to bring art to people of all walks of life and to help the less experienced as well as accomplished artists to achieve artistic excellence. It has been delivering these through its workshops, demonstrations, art classes and exhibitions for 80 years.  

LAS 80 Exhibition will present a large number of recent paintings by local artists. It is an opportunity to view and enjoy them, and to purchase unique and original works of art.  

Eamonn McQuade of Limerick Art Society said, “We are delighted that Barbara Hartigan has agreed to accept the position of LAS President in this important anniversary year. Barbara is a prominent and accomplished artist who is a passionate believer in the power of art to communicate, engage, entertain, challenge, inform and influence. She succeeded Right Reverend Dr. Robert Wyse Jackson who was President of the Society until 1970, followed by Dr Edward Walsh, founding President of the University of Limerick, until 1983 and then by the late Dr. Thomas Ryan, Past President of the Royal Hibernian Association, the prominent and renowned Limerick born artist and Freeman of Limerick.”

The formal opening of LAS 80 Exhibition will be by Professor Shane Kilcummins, Deputy President of UL, on Thursday, September 22 from 5pm to 7pm. 

It can be visited from Thursday, September 22 until Sunday, October 2. Viewing times from 10 am to 5pm every day except on Sundays from 12 noon to 5pm at Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Further information about Limerick Art Society can be found HERE  

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About Limerick Art Society: 

Limerick Art Society was formed in 1942 in the dark days of “The Emergency” during the Second World War. From its earliest days its aims have been to bring art to people of all walks of life and to help the less experienced as well as accomplished artists to achieve artistic excellence. It has been delivering these for more than 80 years making it the oldest societies of its kind in Ireland. 

Many of our members have been regular contributors to galleries and exhibitions nationally and throughout the region. Many of the more experienced members provide classes in the visual arts in Limerick and more widely.  

It is an indication of the prestige of the Society that Mary Robinson performed the Opening Ceremony of the Society’s “Golden Jubilee Exhibition” in the Limerick City Gallery of Art in 1992. In 2012 President Michael D. Higgins opened its “70th Anniversary Exhibition” in the Hunt Museum, his first formal visit to Limerick as President of Ireland. 

The Limerick Art Society, Silver Medal has been awarded to Tom Greaney, painter, teacher and mentor; Gerde Hughes, long time stalwart of the Society, Barbara Hartigan and Denis Leonard, founder member of Limerick Civic Trust, for their outstanding contributions to the arts in Limerick. The Society’s Bronze Medal has been awarded to selected painting students of the Limerick School of Art and Design from time-to-time. 

The Society holds fund raising events for a selected local charity each year that has included Animal Welfare, The Hospice, Pieta House, CSPP suicide prevention patrol, Marine Search and Rescue Service, Saint Vincent de Paul in the past 5 years. 

President: Barbara Hartigan 

Chair: Eamonn McQuade 

Committee members: Seamus Casey, Mary Dileen-McCarthy, Brigitte Henning, Dorothy Hogan, Marie McConn, Ethel Murphy, Ann O’Carroll, Emmett Ormston, Patricia Phumpiu, Margaret Ray-Nestor  

For further information, please contact Eamonn McQuade, Chair of Limerick Art Society, on 085 779 1272.

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