Scariff library welcomed pupils from local national schools to view the exhibition on show in the library exhibition space during the recent Iniscealtra Festival of Arts. On loan from the University of Limerick’s national self portrait collection of Ireland, this selection from over 400 works included portraits by some of Ireland’s most prestigious fine artists including Louis Le Brocquy, John Shinnors, Michael Mulcahy, Dorothy Cross and Hughie O'Donoghue. The exhibition was organised by the Iniscealtra Festival of Arts committee. The portrait exhibition formed the basis of the Iniscealtra Festival of Arts national school programme which ran from May 23rd-27th, where local national schools from the area were invited to discuss the work on show with practising artists and take part in an intergenerational art project with older members of the community at Raheen hospital day care centre. The resultant artwork was on display during the Iniscealtra Festival of Arts in Mountshannon and at Scariff library.
Scariff Library Poetry Group contributed to the Iniscealtra Festival of Arts this year with its own exhibition “Colourful Voice”. The poetry project was designed to compliment the festival’s overall “Voice" theme. The exhibition itself which was displayed in the Derg Art Gallery Mountshannon, was a visual and textual display of poetry reflecting the spectrum of emotions evoked by a colour stimulus. Each poem had accompanying explanatory notes. The exhibition was designed and coordinated by Aileen McDonagh who set up the Scariff Poetry Group over 2 years ago and has been growing in numbers ever since.