GROW Patron to Open Art Expo in aid of GROW and Rape Crisis Centre

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The patron of GROW and former governor of Mountjoy Prison, John Lonergan, will officially open an art exhibition in Wexford in aid of GROW and Wexford Rape Crisis Centre.

The exhibition at Green Acres’ Art Gallery in Wexford town celebrates the work of one of Ireland’s most acclaimed mosaic, stained glass artists and painters, Helen McLean.

It marks 25 years of Helen’s exhibition and commissioned artwork including ten years of art classes at her studio in Wexford, delivered to children, teenagers, adults, educational and community groups.

The exhibition was initially scheduled to be opened on Friday, March 2nd by GROW Patron John Lonergan but was postponed due to bad weather.

The official opening will now take place at 7p.m. on Tuesday, March 6th.

It features the works of some 130 studio members including upwards of 40 childrenas young as 5 years, who attend Helen’s art classes.birds

GROW and the Rape Crisis Centre in Wexford are the charity partners for the exhibition, with huge thanks going out to Helen and her amazing art students for generously choosing both charities.

In 2012, a group exhibition titled ‘Lives Remembered’, commissioned by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and directed by Helen, won the Emer Lovett Award at the Wexford Opera Festival.

In 2015, Helen won the Wexford location prize in the Annual Greenacres’ Open Exhibition.

In 2017, Helen’s mosaic work was featured in an extensive video and feature article the Irish Times.