Picasso among featured artists at charity exhibition in Dromore

A DROMORE artist has held a successful charity art exhibition including a work by none other than Pablo Picasso.

On sale was a limited edition signed print, one of perhaps only 10 in existence.

It was one of a wide variety of artworks exhibited by Mary Doran at the Flaxmill Studio, Caughey's Road, Dromore on Thursday.

Unfortunately the Picasso print did not sell on the night, but the event, Mary's first charity exhibition of other artists' work, did raise several hundred pounds for Musgrave Park Hospital's Brain Injury Unit.

At 950 the Picasso print, submitted for sale by one of Mary's colleagues, was the most expensive of the works on offer, the others ranging from 25 to 850.

On display were a variety of artworks by established and up-and-coming artists with styles and subject matter ranging from the traditional to the contemporary.

Featured artists included Alison Gray, Barbara Ellison, Billy Beattie, Billy Lester, C. Raymond Martin, Charles Logan, Claire Lundy, Ethne Brogan, Janet Morris, Jean Wylie and Joan Kinghan.

Also, Johanne Steenson, Lawrence Chambers, Lila Reid, Liz Ramsay, Mary Winters Doran, Moira Stevenson, Patricia D. Ornellas, Peter Graham, Robert Bingham, Robert Graham, Rosemary Gifford, Ross Stewart, Valerie McLean, Vi Johnston and of course the aforementioned Mr. Picasso.

Mary, an established and popular local artist, has yet to arrive at a cash total but hailed the exhibition a success.

"It was my first time ever doing a charity exhibition of other people's work," she said, "and I would consider it a success.

"I would definitely hold one once a year now that I have established just how to go about things."

Mary chose the Musgrave Brain Injury Unit as her recipient charity after colleague Susan Abraham, a well-known figure in the Northern Ireland art scene, suffered a serious accident.

Susan has been making remarkable progress following the accident thanks to the Musgrave Unit, which helps with the rehabilitation of patients.

Mary, who teaches at Lisburn Institute of Further Education, will be presenting the proceeds of her exhibition to the unit along with money raised at the Institute's end-of-year show.

Meanwhile, the local artist is planning to hold a series of summer workshops at the Flaxmill Studio - both children's workshops and others to prepare adults for art college – in respect of which she can be contacted on 07 845 614 871.