Sandra Vernon RIP
Friday, June 30 will see the opening of “From Paper to Pen”, a collection of works by the late Sandra Vernon, artist, gallery owner and artists’ mentor and activist in Ballinamore's Solas Art Gallery.
This is an opportunity to view and acquire some of the beautiful pen and ink drawings that became Sandra’s trademark over the years.
For almost 50 years, Sandra was at the forefront of the art scene in Leitrim. Her work, capturing the streetscapes and rural landscapes, demonstrates a keen eye to detail and a natural empathy with her surroundings. Her love of animals is obvious in many of her works.
In later years she loved to experiment in novel areas and a range of this work will also be on display including watercolour, acrylics and some whimsical paper sculptures.
As a founding member of Solas Art Gallery in Ballinamore 10 years ago, Sandra’s avid communication skills strengthened the many accomplishments of the gallery to date. She relentlessly encouraged all artists of all backgrounds and all abilities and was a fantastic iconic mentor to many.
Her work has been made available courtesy of Sandra’s family, who have kindly agreed to allow Solas to host this exhibition. The work will be for sale and represents a rare opportunity to purchase a Sandra Vernon original.
The exhibition will be opened by Jan Alexander, long term friend of Sandra on Friday, June 30 at 7.30pm. It runs until Saturday, July 22.
Solas Gallery is located above the Four Seasons Garden Centre and Flower Shop, Main Street, Ballinamore. Tel: 071 9644210 www.solasart.ie Open Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm.