Local artist opens portraits exhibition

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Many familiar faces will be seen at the Longford Library this weekend, as local artist Laura Doherty launches her “Portraits” exhibition.

Many familiar faces will be seen at the Longford Library this weekend, as local artist Laura Doherty launches her “Portraits” exhibition.

Speaking to the Leader this week, Laura explained that she has been interested in art since she was a child, laughing with her sister Orlaith about her winning Texaco Art competition entry which is still on display at home.

The portraits which will be on view at the library consist mostly of well-known Irish figures, including the late Seamus Heaney. “I always loved to draw portraits,” Laura explains, adding that she had studied Art as a subject for both her Junior and Leaving Certificate.

Trained as a doctor, Laura was involved in a serious car accident a number of years ago but has been making a tremendous recovery. The inspirational young woman even gave a presentation on brain injury at Longford Brí’s BI Global picnic last month. In her presentation, Laura spoke about her own personal experience with brain injury, offering others in the same position hope for the future.

Though she admits she is nervous about her exhibition, Laura is also looking forward to the event, as it will provide a chance to meet and spend time with family and friends.

County librarian Mary Carleton Reynolds is looking forward to the evening. “We are delighted to be hosting this launch for Laura,” she explains. “She is an extraordinary young woman and she has a great talent. I hope it’s the first of many exhibitions for her.”

Laura’s exhibition will open at 7.30pm this Friday, October 11. Tiernan Dolan will officially launch the exhibition at the Longford Library. All Laura’s work will be on sale, with proceeds going to the Make A Wish foundation and the Jack and Jill Foundation. There will also be a bucket collection on the night for both charities. Having worked in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Laura had no hesitation in choosing those two charities to benefit from her work. “They are two great charities,” she explains.

Laura is also hoping to continue with her artwork after the exhibition, even offering to create commissioned portraits for anyone interested. If you would like your own pencil portrait, email Laura on lauradoherty2000@yahoo.com.