“Art and Literature have always been a feature of the International Fiddlers Green Festival in Rostrevor; the yearly Summer festival that celebrates creativity and local talent. This was evident on evening of 31 July, in the beautiful surroundings of The Church Cafe Bistro on Cloughmore Road when over 120 people gathered for the launch event of Light 2000 Book and Art Exhibition “The Trees of Kilbroney”.
The restored Methodist Church, now operating as a Cafê and Bistro, proved the perfect setting with original art work hung along the century old brick walls show casing trees that were seeded in the neighbouring Kilbroney Park during the past millennia.
Manager, Jennifer McGovern, spoke on the night welcoming the artists, writers and historians who contributed to the publication and encouraged those in attendance to “invite family and friends to come see the marvellous art work, and interpretations of the magnificent trees here on the walls of The Church and then take a dander across to the beautiful park and woodland to see the Trees of Kilbroney in their natural abode”.
The Book and Art project was coordinated by local community group Light 2000 (whose previous work includes the granite Peace Stone on the coastline of Warrenpoint front shore walk way).
It built on the success and story of “Old Homer” – the much loved leaning Holm Oak that won the Woodland Trust Northern Ireland Tree of the Year competition in 2016 and came sixth in the 2017 European competition.
A grant from the Woodland Trust proved the catalyst for the art book which is a beautiful collection based on 27 notable trees in the park, identified by tree expert Paul Clerkin, the creator of the Kilbroney Park “Tree Trail” and is a celebration of Art and Nature with text and haibun poetry from local and established writers.
The Exhibition is open daily at The Church Cafe Bistro until 25th August. The art work will then go on tour across Northern Ireland and will feature in other notable festivals such as the CS Lewis festival in Belfast.
The Book is available to purchase at £7.50 Prints and original art work can be purchased also.