Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery

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Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery

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Art gallery of professional artist Stephen Bennett. The gallery, consisting of 2 rooms, houses a large collection of Stephen's original paintings and also a range of limited edition prints. His work includes landscapes and figurative paintings based mostly on the landscape and people of Donegal. You will find paintings, large and small, of coastal and bogland scenes in acrylic, mixed media or pastel as well as scenes of musicians in full flight or farmer's at the mart. Stephen loves to draw and you will find many drawings, of a range of subjects, in graphite or indelible pen. To these he sometimes adds color washes producing his own distinctive pen and wash technique. Stephen likes his work to be accessible to everyone and he always has a range of small originals in the studio gallery as well as a collection of limited edition prints. A warm welcome awaits visitors to the gallery and this artist is happy to talk about his work.
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Michelle McC
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Sep 2021 • Couples
Stephen and his wife Bernie were lovely to talk to and Stephens work is just incredible. Definitely worth a visit!
Written 15 September 2021
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Elizabeth G
Manchester, UK6 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
I discovered Stephen Bennett’s work whilst trying to find some prints of Donegal for our house online. I loved his artwork and whilst in the area made sure to visit his gallery. He and his wife took the time to talk to us and we got some beautiful prints for our home. We will definitely pay another visit next year!
Written 19 August 2021
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Julia Knop
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Sep 2019 • Couples
Stephen is a great artist and person. We passed by before leaving the area around Ardara and enjoyed his work and the nice chat. His paintings are so different in their styles, some more illustrative, some colourful and expressive and some in light watercolours. His portraits are full of character and just looking at them for a while is so delightful. We bought a nice little limited print of a painting showing Sliabh Liag. It was well spend time not just to see and buy art, but to get to know the artist and his development through time.
Written 9 September 2019
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Thank you very much, Julia, for leaving such a lovely review. I enjoyed the chat too and I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the gallery. Best wishes, Stephen
Written 12 September 2019
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Darcy Lees
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Aug 2019 • Friends
Went to visit the iconic gallery and was not disappointed. Stephen and wife made extra effort to come and meet us. Amazing hospitality, all 3 of us came away with a beautiful piece of Stephan’s Work. Great experience overall.
Written 10 August 2019
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Hello Darcy, Many thanks for taking the time to review. It was lovely meeting you all and delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the gallery and I hope you enjoy your pieces for many years to come. Hope to see you again sometime. Stephen
Written 12 August 2019
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Virginia
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Apr 2019 • Couples
A friend once told us, "when traveling, take home a piece of artwork from a local artist as it is something to enjoy during your lifetime and for those after." Taking that advice we stopped in the lovely town of Ardara in County Donegal, as we heard it was an artistic community. Prior to our arrival, we conquered one of the most magnificent vistas in all of Ireland, the Slieve League on a day when the winds were blowing at 70mph. Stephen's gallery is located next to his home, a few miles outside of the town. When we arrived we saw 2 rooms filled with original paintings mostly landscapes as well as ones of quintessential Irishmen, women and children. My husband began to chat with this charming artist while I entered the 2nd room. I glanced up and there it was, a beautiful watercolor of the Slieve League! Stephen captured this location perfectly! I pointed the painting out to my husband and Stephen said that he only does about 10 watercolors per year as he paints in various mediums the rest of the time. His wife, Bernie, came into the gallery and we chatted. Then Stephen asked us if we liked country music? "Of course we do, we are from Virginia!" He then sang acapella a country tune in the most beautiful voice. It brought tears to our eyes. Stephen and Bernie shipped us the painting and it arrived in perfect condition. We now gaze at the painting and relive those wonderful and exhilarating moments that we experienced at the Slieve League. Stephen Bennett is not only talented, but he and his wife are genuinely wonderful people! It is not always the big things that happen in your life, it is the moments... and meeting Stephen and his wife was just one of those!
Written 16 June 2019
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What a lovely review, thank you so much! It was lovely meeting you both and your enthusiasm for the area was infectious, even though I don't think I'd be brave enough to go up Slieve League in 70mph winds myself !!! We really enjoyed your company and I'm delighted that you found something you can treasure. Hope we'll be seeing you both back in Ardara for another visit to the gallery and another sing-song ! All the best to you both.
Written 18 June 2019
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Avalena
Antrim, UK92 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We saw a leaflet for Stephen’s gallery when we were staying in Carnaween House in Portnoo. We instantly fell in love with his style and just had to visit. As soon as we walked in I think we knew we wouldn’t leave without making a purchase. Stephen is a warm and friendly gentleman and took time to chat to us about the art, the local area and he was interested in us too. There’s no pressure to buy anything but you’ll find it hard to leave empty-handed. A selection of limited edition prints make the art accessible to every budget and even if you don’t buy you’ll enjoy a visit here drinking in all the beautiful paintings at your leisure. It’s also worth a visit to Carn Strand at the end of Stephen’s road if you’re lucky enough to stop by when the tide is out. If you have wellies or go barefoot you can cross the beach stream and walk out across at least half a mile of flat, expansive sandy shore. Happy to say The Killarney Lakes are now hanging proudly in our sunroom. A stunning addition to our much loved collection. Thanks to Stephen, his wife Bernie and star of the show, Hero the very cute and cheeky West Highland terrier!
Written 4 November 2018
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Hello Avalena, it's lovely to there from you, i remember you well. It was lovely meeting you both and enjoyed the crack. Pleased to hear that you still love your painting, and thanks so much for the lovely review, Berni and Hero send there regards.
Written 6 November 2018
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hschneble
Morfelden-Walldorf, Germany1 contribution
Jun 2018 • Couples
On a spiritual journey through Donegal 18 years ago I happened to pass by at Stephen Bennetts Gallery. Meeting Stephen was one of the most memorable encounters in my life. I was immediately intrigued by his works of art and his overwhelmingly friendly personality. I took a beautiful print of Ardara Highstreet home with me. In June 2018 I called on his studio again with my husband. Stephen and his wife gave us such a warm welcome. It seemed as if I hadn't been away for so long! The pictures we bought bring Ireland back to us any time. Wonderful!
Written 24 July 2018
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Hi Hschneble, It was lovely to meet you again too and it's great to hear you still enjoyed the gallery after all those years. We enjoyed the chat with yourself and your husband and I hope we will see you back again soon. Many thanks for all your kind words, Stephen
Written 30 July 2018
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turas_10
Evanston, IL157 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Stephen Bennett has a way of making Donegal and its people come alive. Be sure to make time to stop at his studio gallery and look through his many prints and paintings and have a chat with him. The studio is on the Carn road, just a bit north of Ardara town.
Written 14 June 2018
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Many thanks for taking the time to review the gallery and delighted that you enjoyed your visit. Look forward to seeing you again, Stephen
Written 16 June 2018
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Larry1426
Mount Vernon, KY9 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Stephen Bennett is a wonderful artist and a fine gentleman. We are fortunate to own six of his painting, two commissioned and four of his exhilarating land/seascapes. What treasures.
Written 29 April 2018
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Hi Larry and Martha, thank you so much for your lovely review,and its always a pleasure to hear from you. Great to hear that you're enjoying your paintings. Many Thanks, Stephen
Written 9 May 2018
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Ulendo
Leicestershire21 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Fascinating display of art in a wide range of media. The artist was most engaging and told us a lot about his work. Both his portraits and landscapes were powerful and his use of colour was striking. Pictures were available at a wide range of prices. Altogether a well worthwhile visit. Excellent trip.
Written 7 October 2017
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Hi Ulendo, thank you so much for taking the time to give me such a great review, lovely meeting and taking to you both, glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit, much appreciated Stephen.
Written 9 October 2017
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