A DIF­FI­CULT TASK FOR JUDGE!

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

BER­NADETTE Doolan said judg­ing the an­nual Lions Club Open Sub­mis­sion exhibition was one of the most dif­fi­cult things she has had to do.

As an es­tab­lished artist and Royal Ul­ster Academy award win­ner with solo and group shows un­der her belt, Ber­nadette, pic­tured be­low, is aware of the courage it takes to pro­duce a paint­ing in the pri­vacy of a stu­dio or kitchen cor­ner and al­low it to be hung on a wall in a pub­lic gallery for peo­ple to view and judge.

‘ That is a huge ac­com­plish­ment and the rea­son why ev­ery­one who has a paint­ing or draw­ing on the wall here to­day is a win­ner,’ said Ber­nadette.

‘ There al­ways has to be a win­ner but just be­cause the other paint­ings weren’t se­lected doesn’t mean that they are in­fe­rior’.

‘I hope that peo­ple feel in­spired by the fact that they have en­tered this exhibition and that it might be­come a step­ping stone to some­thing else’, she said. ‘For some of the en­trants, art may have been part of their lives be­fore and they are now tap­ping back into some­thing that they al­ready knew.’ Ber­nadette com­pli­mented the Lions Club on the ex­hibiton which she said is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to paint and show their work pub­licly.

‘Ev­ery­one who has a paint­ing here is an artist and I hope they will con­tinue to paint,’ she said.

Ber­nadette spent some time alone look­ing at the paint­ings be­fore the ex­hibiton opened and was struck by the wide range of sub­jects cho­sen in the open-themed show, from land­scape, street scenes and por­traits to an­i­mals do­mes­tic and wild, still life and ab­stract. ‘It was lovely see­ing what other peo­ple see.

There was a great re­sponse to the open call this year with 120 grown-up artists of vary­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and 60 young peo­ple aged from six years up­wards from all over Co. Wex­ford sub­mit­ting paint­ings for the pop­u­lar event which is now an artis­tic in­sti­tu­tion of sorts hav­ing been held for the past 28 years.

The exhibition which was of­fi­cially opened by Ber­nadette last Satur­day will con­tinue at Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre un­til March 31.

The prizes were spon­sored by Spec­trum Art Sup­ply Shop in Sel­skar, Wex­ford County Coun­cil and the Lions Club.

The over­all adult win­ner was Dorothy Hat­ton for her beau­ti­ful land­scape while three merit awards went to Kevin Lewis for ‘From the Opera House’, Jan Ryan for ‘Kitchen Bliss’ and Gwenda Wal­lace for Win­ter Re­flec­tions and bio-di­ver­sity prizes were won by Jane Phil Landi for ‘Wild Meadow’ and Ali­son Guthrie for ‘Swim­ming into Yes­ter­day’. The chil­dren’s entries and win­ners list will be fea­tured next week.

COUN­TRY HOUSE, BY WENDY TIER­NAN

DE­CEM­BER LANE, BY SHEILA MCNALLY

KITCHEN BLISS, BY JAN RYAN

STILL LIFE, BY MARY LACEY

KOI POND, BY TARA FUR­LONG

GAR­DEN DE­LIGHT, BY JACKI KENNEDY

LADIES’ DAY OUT, BY GER COURT­NEY

FROM THE OPERA HOUSE, BY KEVIN LEWIS

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