An artist and neighbour of mine, Kathy Ross has some of her work in a very unique exhibition by Athenry M Artists Group-local artists. The art features the mart (the cattle, people and the mart building itself) and is on display in one of the mart rings. It’s the perfect environment to house the exhibition as the mart is an integral part of Athenry town. Visitors can associate to the art more as there’s cattle, farmers around them and they are in the buildings featured in the art.
I visited the exhibition recently and experienced my first cattle mart as well. What can I say about it? It’s an experience & a man’s world; the musical, almost singing voice of the auctioneer, the farmers, cattle and surprisingly quick sales.