Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery

Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery

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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Caroline Z
Briarcliff Manor, NY8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
My husband and I had the best time at Stephens gallery. The gallery is just outside of Ardara, in the most scenic location. Stephen has a large stock of originals and prints to choose from - it was so difficult to pick our souvenir among the many beautiful options. We ended up choosing one depicting a nearby beach and could not be happier! Stephen and his wife are lovely. We enjoyed meeting them and chatting with them - we felt like immediate friends and hope to be back one day!

Go if you are in the area! Stephen will ship if you are visiting the region on holiday.

Caroline
Written 20 June 2023
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Joan S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
My friend and I felt very fortunate, not only to find the Bennett studio in Ardara, but to visit with Stephen Bennett and his wife. His collection of paintings capture the every day lovely people and landscapes of the Donegal region. Don't be afraid to fall in love with one of Stephen's creations. My selections were shipped successfully to the USA Midwest, saving me time and expense in getting the print framed here at home. Very accommodating with our travel time frame, the Bennett's are lovely people to chat with, and they made sure the artwork I selected arrived at my home shortly after I returned from my trip.
Written 15 June 2023
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baldypidge
Belfast, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Spent an hour or so in the company of Stephen and his lovely wife talking about his art, my art, my daughter's art, Toraigh Island, Carickfinn and other places around and about Co. Donegal. Very interesting to her how Stephen's career and style developed over time. It was good for Rosie to get some tips from a seasoned pro.
Written 10 April 2023
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Enjoyed the chat with you all yesterday. Many thanks for the review, much appreciated. The best of luck with all your plans for the future and we'll look forward to hearing how you're getting on.
Written 11 April 2023
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Rosie P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
All the artwork was fantastic. Great variety of work to look at. Very friendly couple, had a great chat and were very encouraging about my own artwork. Had a great time and well worth the trip out.
Written 10 April 2023
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Hi Rosie, It was lovely meeting you at the gallery and glad you enjoyed the visit. Keep up the good work. Many thanks for taking the time to review and the best of luck with all you do in the future.
Written 11 April 2023
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lyndylin
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Great place to see while in Ardara..perfect for a rainy afternoon.. Stephen is a great host and has a large range of very good pictures lots of chat and no pressure to buy..
My dad and I passed a pleasant half hour there and came away with a little purchase.
Written 5 April 2023
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Thanks very much for your lovely review, Lyn, it's very much appreciated. It was nice meeting yourself and your dad and hope to see you both again sometime in the future.
Written 11 April 2023
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Michelle McC
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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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Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review, Michelle. It's very much appreciated and hope we'll see you back at the gallery again sometime.
Written 11 April 2023
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Elizabeth G
Manchester, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Hi Elizabeth, many thanks for taking the time to leave a review of the gallery. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we'll look forward to welcoming you another time.
Written 11 April 2023
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Julia Knop
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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