Mary McGovern Jan 17-Feb 11


Exhibition by Mary McGovern at the SG Artshop

Artists Statement..

My name is Mary McGovern and I am a self-taught artist living in Tubbercurry, Sligo. I was always interested in art but didn’t get the opportunity to take any art classes. At school it was a choice of art or science, so I took the logical route!

A few years ago I wanted to try painting, so I decided to give it a go. I spent €20 on some small tubes of acrylic paints, some brushes and a painting pad. I found free beginner classes on-line and it took off from there. I paint most days and I really enjoy it. It is both relaxing and challenging and there is nothing like the feeling when you sign your name on the finished masterpiece!

Starting to paint was one of the best decisions I ever made!


Mary likes to use the following materials:

Winsor and Newton Galleria Acrylic paint
Elements Tear off palettes
Daler Rowney Water colour paper 300gsm Cold pressed
Elements A3 Acrylic pad 360gsm
Reeves oil pastels
Sennelier oil pastels
Richard Oliver brushes

See our ranges of acrylic paints, oil paints and watercolour paints, as well as our canvases and other arts & crafts supplies.

The SG Artshop supplies a range of high quality art and craft materials to local artists, both professional and recreational. We are open 6 days a week and are delighted to welcome you to this show of work.

If you would like to showcase your work in the SG Artshop little gallery, please get in touch here.

Valli Schafer Exhibition Dec 2021.


Sea & Other Creatures ceramic exhibition by Vali Schafer at the SG Artshop

SEA & OTHER CREATURES

Artists Statement..

For the last 4 decades I have been working as a creator, making everything from oversize props for advertising photoshoots and TV commercials, to ice-sculpting for the Ice Hotel inside the Arctic Circle in Sweden.

I spent many years working around various European festivals and events as a pyrotechnician, creating spectacular night time shows!

After a lifetime of making hugely scaled-up models, I’m loving the challenge of making smaller pieces of work from my studio in the hills of Co.Sligo.

I work with all sorts of materials from metal to polymers to ceramics, and I love to combine my work with the look and texture of driftwood that I collect in my kayak while out exploring the Wild Atlantic Ocean or the beautiful lakes around Ireland.

Like many other people around the coast, sea swimming became an important part of my daily routine during and after the lockdowns, and this show reflects that part of my life for the past 18 months.


For those of you interested in working with clay, we have ranges of kiln dried and air drying clay as well as tools available here. Also see our ranges of acrylic paints, oil paints and watercolour paints, as well as our canvases and other arts & crafts supplies.

The SG Artshop supplies a range of high quality art and craft materials to local artists, both professional and recreational. We are open 6 days a week and are delighted to welcome you to this show of work.

If you would like to showcase your work in the SG Artshop little gallery, please get in touch.

Marie O’Gara Exhibition Oct 2021.


Semi abstract art by Marie O’Gara at the SG Artshop

Artists Statement..

Marie O’Gara mixed media artist, is originally from Clonmel, Co Tipperary. After finishing school she studied fine art in the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork.
Marie later pursued a career in nursing and moved to the North West with her family who wanted to return. Here she subsequently raised her own family.
She rediscovered her love of art while doing a PLC Course in Sligo, and from here went on to study abstract art under internationalist artists Nick Wilton and Joan Fullerton.

Marie’s roots and ancestry, which run between west Donegal and south Sligo inspire her work. She feels a deep connection living, as the crow flies, right between these two ancestral locations.
She loves to use very old documents, newspapers or letters as collage in her work, and along with paint and other media, builds layer upon layer seeking to create a sense of depth and history which at times can be revealed through the paint.
She is also very much inspired by the beautiful landscape around her coastal home in north Sligo.

Most of Marie’s work is acrylic on board using the System 3 and Winsor & Newton ranges


See our ranges of acrylic paints, oil paints and watercolour paints, as well as our canvases and other arts & crafts supplies.

The SG Artshop supplies a range of high quality art and craft materials to local artists, both professional and recreational. We are open 6 days a week and are delighted to welcome you to this show of work.

If you would like to showcase your work in the SG Artshop little gallery, please get in touch.