Veterans’ art in new exhibition

PEMBROKE – On October 23, a former resident of Killaloe opened an art exhibition in Pembroke. It was a first for Marillyn Saffery, a trained art psychotherapist, who now lives near Pembroke. “I am absolutely thrilled to see how this has worked out,” Saffery said. About 20 people stood around Saffery at the Purvis Gallery and Framing. Masks, sculptures and paintings filled the shelves and walls of the gallery. Saffery introduced the exhibition. “What we have here is the work of 15 veterans. Most of them are or were my clients,” she said. “I think it is absolutely fabulous that they have agreed to this kind of exposure because normally this isn’t done.” In therapeutic art, the work is usually only seen by the artist and the therapist, but in this case, Saffery thinks there is an important message to the art. For more information, pick up a copy of the October 31, 2018 paper.