Stunning solo exhibition to be launched at Longford County Library to mark International Women's Day

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Stunning solo exhibition to be launched at Longford County Library to mark International Women's Day

Stunning solo exhibition to be launched at Longford County Library to mark International Women's Day

International Women's Day is fast approaching, with events popping up across the county in celebration of the amazing women we have here in Longford.

And, always ready to support any creative initiative in the county,  Longford Library certainly didn't hesitate to organise an event of its own. That event is an art exhibition by talented Longford town native, Laura Woods Hoban, who currently resides in Newtownforbes.

Entitled 'Showing Your Soul To Giants', this solo exhibition will bring a splash of colour to the walls of the Longford Library and will celebrate women of all shapes and sizes through the beautiful medium of art.

A self-taught contemporary artist, Laura creates emotionally-charged pieces of expression. Her art is meant to inspire expression, empowerment, bring self-awareness, and mindfulness. Her diverse collection of work has been described as reminders of human emotion, human nature, the human ego, personal power and nature’s beauty.

“It is a dream come true for me to be able to showcase my works, to feel free to express my soul in pieces for others to view and enjoy,” Laura told the Longford Leader.

“This was all made possible by some marvellous people who I'd like to thank from the bottom of my heart.”

It was Longford's Cllr, Peggy Nolan, who initially encouraged Laura to do the exhibition and Laura is full of gratitude for the local lady.

“She saw my work, approached and encouraged me to showcase my work as a solo artist. She went above and beyond to help me execute this dream and make it  a reality, for which I am forever grateful,” Laura said.

“I'm so appreciative for this opportunity and experience, for her time and energy and kindness.”

Laura was also quick to sing the praises of another prominent woman in County Longford.

“I'd like to pay homage to Mary Carleton Reynolds, our County Librarian and her central role in Creative Ireland Longford,” she said.

“The time and effort to make all artists feel heard and that their work matters - from the amateur to professional artists... giving them this platform to express their creative passions. I'd like to thank her for her support in aiding this tremendous event.

“Peggy Nolan and Mary Reynolds are both fantastic advocates for the arts, in promoting and bringing new artists forward and they should be commended.”

Laura is also grateful to Majella Reid and Anne Brennan at Longford Library for their “crucial background work” on the  invitations. She also extended her thanks to Tommy Reynolds, as well as the Longford Leader and Sheila Reilly, Chair of Longford Women's Link (LWL) and Head of Digital with Iconic Newspapers, who will open the exhibition on the night.

“Lastly, to all those wonderfuls that have encouraged and supported me, that will be there on this monumental night to support me, to support the celebrating of women and for those creative passions from dreams to realities, on my journey as an artist. Thank you all for your consideration, guidance, assistance, thoughtfulness and time,” she concluded.

Laura's exhibition will open at Longford Library at 7pm on Friday, March 8.