Bernie goes back to her roots

COOKSTOWN artist Bernie Quinn will return to the Burnavon, Cookstown in September with her new, exciting exhibition ‘Hidden Treasures’.

Now living and working in Donegal, with her husband Johnny, Bernie has transformed her love of colour, textile and surface pattern into a new collection of work inspired by natural form. Using textile processes she brings together silk, acrylic and gold leaf on paper resulting in her unique contemporary style.

Since moving to Donegal in 2009, Bernie developed a new and improved approach to art and a passion to set up her own arts facilitation business. Three years in, she has flourished in her development as an artist by already exhibiting her collection in the prestigious Ross Fine Art Gallery in Letterkenny in November 2011 and McKenna Gallery in Omagh 2012.

Her work is unique in style, combining a beautiful rawness in her use of surface pattern, explosion of colour and new approach to fuse fine art with craft. It has been developed carefully with structures inspired by gemstones that illustrate the abstract elements in her work.

On a personal level, Bernie’s work has moved on from her last exhibition ‘Journey’ which was emotional and dedicated to her mother, and wife of Councillor Tony Quinn, the late Joanie Quinn. This new collection is more up-beat, capturing precious moments in life, this time demonstrating a fun and adventurous side catching the eye of the viewer.

Through art Bernie is dedicated to helping others find their creative side.

“If it hadn’t been for great family, friends and inspiring people that encouraged me along the way, I wouldn’t be in the wonderful creative career I’m lucky to be in today. So it makes me happy to be able to do the same for others, now that I am in a position to do so!” she said.

Times haven’t been dull while Bernie has been developing her new collection; she has also been otherwise creative with her new business venture ART FARM, an arts service dedicated to making arts and crafts for everyone.

She teaches and delivers various arts and crafts workshops to all abilities and ages, recently hitting the headlines in Milford Donegal after teaching watercolour painting to elderly residents at a local nursing home. She has also been involved with the Cross Border Connections Project and Waves of Change, both funded by Peace III, delivering arts workshops to young people across Donegal. All works by ART FARM and all the participating artists can be viewed online at and clicking the link to her Facebook page.

Bernie’s exhibition ‘Hidden Treasures’ opens at the Burnavon, Cookstown on Monday, September 10 and will run until Friday, October 5. The launch reception is on Saturday, September 14 at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome, so pop in and take a look, you never know what kind of inspiration and encouragement her collection will give you.