After eight years of serving Gorey’s creative community, Different Strokes Art Shop on St Michael's Road is set to close.
Established by Sara Redmond on returning to her hometown of Gorey, the art, craft and graphic supply shop proved extremely popular with artists from around the community. In recent days, Sara announced the shop’s looming closure in a social media post.
"Through opening the shop, I could never have imagined what great new friends I would make and supportive customers I would meet. So many kind and generous people. It’s been an absolute pleasure to share in your creative journeys over the years. Thank you in turn for inspiring me.
I won’t give long-winded explanations. Life is changing… business is changing. The shop will continue trading right through Christmas and, as January closes, so too will we. A reminder to anyone with vouchers to try to pop in and redeem them before then.”
To conclude her announcement, Sara quoted Alan Watts by saying: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it and enjoy the dance.”
When contacted, Sara did not wish to elaborate further on the closure. Many local artists have vocalised their support for Sara and the shop since the announcement was made.
“The shop will be missed very much but wishing you every happiness and success in your next chapter,” said Oonagh Latchford.
“Sorry to hear this Sara. You’ll surely be missed. Wishing you the very best in your new venture,” said Cearuilín Ní Conchubhair.
“So sorry to hear this news, you were wonderful, very helpful and patient with us amateurs. Very best of luck in your new adventure,” said Kate Tyrrell.