Celebrated Mountmellick artist Gemma Guihan had a very successful exhibition of paintings at The Pantry Café in Portlaoise recently.
Introducing Gemma and her first exhibition since 2009, John Whelan compared her work to a fine wine.
“Gemma’s work matures and ages well and is even more valuable in every way as the years go by,” he said.
John went on to say that back in 198 he was the festival director of the first ever Mountmellick Mardi Gras and scheduled what was one of Gemma’s first ever exhibitions, when she was just 12 years of age.
Describing her a child prodigy and “the Shirley Temple of the art world,” John said those early drawings sold like hot cakes and 30 years on this talented local artist is still displaying her extraordinary talent in drawing, painting in watercolours, sculpting, and the medium of her latest exhibition, oils.
The award winning painter and sculptor is the recipient of numerous distinctions in her long career.