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Tuesday 19 June 2018

Celebrating a decade of art classes

Artist Helen McClean is hosting an art show with students of past ten years

Maria Pepper

Artists tools by Lauren Corish Wallace
Artists tools by Lauren Corish Wallace
Water Lily by Dilly Brazil

More than 100 people aged from six to 86 years who have attended classes conducted by Wexford-based artist Helen McClean in her studio over the past decade, will display paintings, drawings and mosaics alongside their tutor's work as part of a 10th birthday celebration in Green Acres Gallery in Selskar, Wexford, which will open for a week on Friday, March 2.

'Helen McClean's Art Studio Turns Ten' is a combined exhibition featuring the work of studio members from County Wexford and further afield who have been taught by the artist in her studio in the Wexford Enterprise Centre during the past 10 years. All profits from the exhbition will go to the Wexford Rape Crisis Centre and the mental health support organisation GROW. The exhibition will be officially opened by GROW patron and former governor of Mountjoy Prison John Longergan with guest speakers including Brendan Ennis, Chief Exectuve of Wexford Enterprise Centre and Clare Williams, manager of the Rape Crisis Centre. Over 150 art pieces will fill the extensive Greenacres Gallery, including drawings, paintings, glass and mosaic with a range of themes and styles. The youth section featuring artists from six to 18 years was inspired by the theme of 'What Makes Me Happy'. Helen's own exhibits will include original full-scale paintings and designs created for stained glass and mosaic project commissions for private and public buildings.

Originally from Hollywood, Co. Down, she moved to Wexford 14 years ago. She started McClean Fine Arts Studio Crescent Quay before opening a premises in the Enterprise Centre in 2008. She has created commissioned art works in paint, mosaic and stained glass for schools, hospitals and churches in Ireland, the UK and US. Helen teaches painting, drawing and mosaic to adults in weekly art workshops and through local projects which have included a community mosaic in Ferns, the Stations of the Cross in Our Lady's island and the steel butterflies at the Riverside Hotel in Enniscorthy.

On Friday, March 9, Helen will give a slideshow presentation and talk in the gallery from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the processes involved in creating large scale architectural glass and mosaic works over the past 25 years. Tickets cost €10 with profits going to the two charities which Helen chose because of the 'incredible support' they give to people locally.

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