Visitors and locals in Crossmolina gained a unique insight into the Covid-19 lockdown through the eyes of the cocooned this week.
A walking exhibition is being staged in the windows of local shops as part of this year’s Crossmolina Festival which concludes on Sunday, July 26 next.
Entitled “Life Without Limits” it is comprised of photogtaphy and art and craft works created by a group of local women – many of whom were cocooned during lockdown – in a bid to capture images of life within their new limits.
The artists are part of a women’s group led by Sr Fionnuala Keveney – a former art teacher at Gortnor Abbey – who guides their creations which have featured in many local events such as the Festival of Flowers, Christmas cribs and at celebrations like the Year of the Family.
The group took a year of absence last year following the sudden passing of a beloved member, Marie O’Donnell, who was a highly active member of the Crossmolina community.
Sadly, the Covid-19 pandemic meant the group’s newly-resumed meetings had to cease again last March.
With many of the members required to cocoon, the ladies decided to try to capture images depicting this new way of living and the striking results, together with members’ floral and craft displays, have been on display in local shop windows for the last week.
Group member, Kathleen Walsh, explained that, under Sr Fionnuala’s guidance, members have enjoyed a journey of self development and art appreciation and that the lockdown photography project proved a practice in mindfulness for all involved, by helping them to focus on the positives of the experience.
In sharing their works in the Life Without Limits exhibition, the members hope to help lift the spirits of the Crossmolina community and the reaction has been very positive to date, she said.
She paid tribute to Sr Fionnuala, the Crossmolina Festival committee and the Sisters of Jesus and Mary at Gortnor Abbey for their support and to the many locals that helped to mount and promote the exhibition:
“There is a a great community feel to the whole thing,” Kathleen concluded.