Never say never - after 21 years of working on open studios for Art On The River organiser Mary Beaney decided to call it a day.
She had been busy collaberating on the arts festival and decided enough was enough but then she was offered her first solo show at the Lily Clifford Gallery.
Mary has for the past three months worked tirelessly on producing new work for this opportunity which means much of what will be on show will be seen for the first time in a public space. The exhibition is entitled Emotions and comprises works showing past memories, digging deep into her past and using members of her family as the starting point. Mary’s work is full of texture created by mixed media from acrylic paint, polyfilla, glue, tissue paper, bleach, ink, salt, sand, tea, coffee, the kitchen sink, to gold and silver leaf, which expresses the richness and passion she feels.
It has been said that “her works are strongly connected with her inner emotions and secretly kept memories - a personal bridge giving the viewer a way to see through her window. She bravely mixes and uses new techniques and materials - the result is amazing emotional art.”
The exhibition runs at Lily Clifford Gallery in South Street from February 14 - March 6, Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 6pm, Sundays 11am to 2pm. Closed Mondays. More information from www.lilycliffordgallery.com