An exhibition showcasing the finalists of the Longford International Expressions Art Photography Competition was recently hosted in Gifts of Artemis, a new business in Dublin, run by Diana Valen and her daughter Ana, who is a former Scoil Mhuire student.
Gifts of Artemis, which is based on Blessington Street, in a Georgian-style unit, and is a craft gallery, featuring a wide range of sculptures, pottery, accessories made from wool, silk and all kinds of precious and semi-precious stones.
It was always a dream of Diana's to open a gallery. When she lived in Lithuania, she was always involved with the arts and, once her children, Ana and Patrick had grown up, she started to make her dream a reality.
With the help of her daughter, who had also developed a love of the arts, and accepted a place in the National College of Art and Design, Gifts of Artemis finally opened its doors to the public.
“Our gallery is meant to be a celebration of all kinds of craft,” Diana explained.
Ana herself was one of the finalists of the competition whose art was on display in the gallery last week.
“I was lucky enough to be one of the finalists, but really I was just happy we had the opportunity to host such a wonderful and diverse exhibition for the next two weeks and for the people of Dublin to see the photographs,” she said.
“The turnout was really great and I'm excited that our craft gallery is beginning to branch out into all these new areas.
“We hope to have lots of events in the near future. It's always fun bringing creative people together,” she concluded.
Gifts of Artemis continues to grow every day, with new works of art and craft finding their way onto the wooden shelves.
Diana and Ana make sure to praise the community, emphasising how their support has made the journey much brighter.
They speak highly of the local business owners, especially the cafes, and say that their help has been invaluable.
There are exciting days ahead for gifts of Artemis.
To keep up to date with events at Gifts of Artemis, find the store on Facebook.