New art gallery opens by the banks of Lough Melvin

Artist Michelle Duffy is opening a new studio and gallery in the place she loves most, Garrison.   The new gallery opens on Friday 27th July at 8pm in the main street of the village.  Michelle chose to set up her new Camlake Canvas in Garrison because of the ideal location, in viewing distance of Lough Melvin, the inspiration for much of her work.   She readily admits that her love for sunsets and water also attract her to Donegal and Sligo coastline which she regularly explores for inspiration for her paintings.   “I love starting a blank canvas and creating and capturing the beauty that is all round us,”she said.   “Life is so hectic and busy that it is hard to take the time and just sit and appreciate the beauty.”  She has found great power after the death of her father in 2015, resulting in the unique collection of stunning images, featuring many local landscapes, from brush to acrylic paints. 

Having studied art at GCSE  and A Level Michelle went on to study at Ulster University where she completed foundation studies in art and design, followed by a BA Hons Degree in textiles and fashion design.  On completing her studies she began a career in interior design.  “art is very good for my health and when I paint I feel at complete peace,” she admitted.   “My mind is stimulated and fulfilled by the stillness of life and the memory of my father.”

the gallery’s opening offers include 20 percent off all originals and commissions bought or ordered on the night and in the first week of opening.  There is also 10 percent off prints and accessories.  Michelle’s family also run the Lough Melvin Holiday centre, a well established business in the village for many years.  It offers daily restaurant service and accommodation for the public and private functions.  You can also find Camlake Cafe at the Lakeland Forum in Enniskillen.  The restaurant is open daily Monday to Saturday.  For further information  contact Michelle on 07742576655, e-mail and also follow Camlake Canvas on Facebook,