Castleisland Camera Club held an historic first exhibition and sale of work at the even more historic J.K. O’Connor’s or The market House on Saturday morning to early afternoon.
The club, which was former only in the spring of this year, has made great leaps of progress since. And, if the show and sale is an indicator, there are more bounds and leaps ahead for its enthusiastic members.
So, how did it all go ?
Delighted With First Exhibition
“To say we are delighted with how our first exhibition went is an understatement to say the least!! From the moment we opened the doors at 11am on Saturday – with nervous excitement -there was a constant stream of visitors until we closed the doors at 2pm.” that’s according to ‘an extremely proud PRO, Breda McGaley.’
The response to the day was staggering and I think it was for the following reasons – firstly, people were delighted to be able to show their support for Glebe Lodge.
Secondly, everyone was genuinely interested in seeing what Castleisland Camera Club is all about. And I believe the final reason was the venue. Throughout the day the same few lines were heard over and over again ‘isn’t it a beautiful building’ and it’s great to see JK’s open again.’
Very Special Building
“It is a very special building in the town and people were delighted to go back inside and reminisce about the last time they were in there or what they used to buy there.
The difference which surprised alot of people was the view from inside. When the shop was open the windows were used for displays so to be able to sit inside those same windows and appreciate the view of the town while chatting with friends and neighbours was a new and very pleasant experience for people.
“To add to this experience all members of the club baked or brought delicious goodies which were served up with tea or coffee and a smile all day by ourselves and two ladies from Glebe Lodge, Mary and Theresa.
Central To Success
“So many people said afterwards that it was fantastic to just sit and chat with people they may not meet on a regular basis in such a lovely setting surrounded by wonderful photographs.
“The photographs were central to the success of the day of course. We, the members of Castleisland Camera Club, were extremely proud to see all our work displayed on Saturday but we were also apprehensive about how they would be received by the public.
“Well, we needn’t have worried at all!! The exhibition was a total sell out!! Evan, a French student living in Castleisland for a few months was the first person to purchase one of our photos shortly after 11am and after that there was a steady stream of buyers.
Last Meeting of 2017
“We would like to thank each and every person who came to support us on Saturday whether they bought a picture or pictures, bought tickets for the raffle, made a donation or just simply browsed through the pictures and enjoyed the slideshow and goodies.
“The last meeting of Castleisland Camera Club for 2017 will take place on this Thursday night November 23rd at 7.30pm in the NEWKD office. I will be in contact with anyone that expressed an interest on Saturday in joining the club to let them know when we will be meeting in the new year. “If anyone else is interested in the meantime we will advertise our first meeting of 2018 in advance,” Breda concluded.
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