The Source Arts Centre in Thurles will host an exhibition of work from local artist Anne O’Connell, formerly of Borrisoleigh and Loughmore, entitled ‘My Mind’s Eye’ from July 14th through to August 15th.
‘My Minds Eye’ is a collection of contemporary art by self-taught painter Anne O’Connell.
In January 2004 Anne suffered a massive stroke which devastated her body and her life changed in a blink of an eye. Anne was initially diagnosed with Locked-in Syndrome - Anne found herself trapped in a body that would not move or and she could not speak.
Anne was placed in a drug-induced coma for six weeks and subsequently regained some movement on her left side - for the first three years after her accident, for example, Anne was locked-in, could not speak or eat and had a catheter.
Over eleven years after her stroke Anne is still working to recover. Anne’s swallow also returned, but her speech has been impaired and she also uses a wheelchair.
Anne now resides in Newcastlewest in County Limerick following the break-up of her marriage.
Before art comes Anne’s two sons who she is immensely proud of - they have grown into two lovely young men.
Anne discovered painting as a hobby by accident in 2009 when she was in the NRH for a few weeks. the Art teacher Alan Simpson introduced Anne to it and although she was unsure at the time of how it would go, it turned out that Anne would fall in love with painting. She has been hooked every since.
Anne now resides in Killeen Nursing home in Newcastlewest under the super care of Marie Leahy and her nursing team.
The ‘My Mind’s Eye’ exhibition takes place in The Source Art Centre from July 14th (opening at 7pm).
Don’t miss this unique exhibition at The Source!