Huge num­ber of painters visit

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

ABOUT 200 artists from all over the world spent the past 10 days in Wex­ford at­tend­ing Europe’s largest Art in the Open fes­ti­val.

Plein Air painters came from Alaska, Sin­ga­pore, Aus­tralia, Nor­way, Viet­nam, Tai­wan, Ja­pan, the US, Europe and the UK as well as Ire­land to train their creative eyes on the county’s var­ied land­scape in chang­ing weather at lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Dun­can­non, Clone­gal, Hunt­ing­ton Cas­tle, Ross­lare Safe, Bun­clody and Ar­tra­mon House in Cross­abeg for the 11th Wex­ford fes­ti­val.

Such was the level of in­ter­est this year that the or­gan­is­ers de­cided to close the reg­is­tra­tion when it reached just over 200 to avoid it be­com­ing un­man­age­able and some peo­ple were left dis­ap­pointed.

The vis­it­ing artists re­ceived a warm wel­come every­where they went, in­clud­ing Bun­clody where ‘Mick the Chip­per’ could not have been more help­ful, ac­cord­ing to event man­ager Alma Hynes, and Ar­tra­mon House in Castle­bridge where Count­ess Ul­rike Walder­dorff opened the beau­ti­ful grounds for their paint­ing plea­sure and where fes­ti­val vol­un­teers pro­vided day-long re­fresh­ments in re­turn for do­na­tions to Cot­tage Autism Net­work

The sup­port group for chil­dren with Autism and their par­ents, was also the ben­e­fi­ciary of a Char­ity Quick Draw in the Bull­ring, Wex­ford on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon, in which artists ex­e­cuted on-the-spot paint­ings of street scenes in dou­ble quick time and sold them to im­pressed passers-by and it also re­ceived pro­ceeds from the sale of ex­hi­bi­tion cat­a­logues.

The Ar­tra­mon cows were the sub­ject of many por­traits which ap­peared at the 250-piece ex­hi­bi­tion in Greenacres Gallery, Sel­skar on Sunday and Mon­day, rep­re­sent­ing a se­lec­tion of the best work of the par­tic­i­pants. The win­ners cho­sen by judges Sinead Rice of the Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land and artists Blaise Smith and Dave West, were an­nounced as Kay Lewis (May­oral Award), Keiko Tan­abe and Paul D’Arcy.

The fes­ti­val’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Gallery saw 50 artists in­vited to Mer­rion Square in Dublin on Tues­day to view an ex­hi­bi­tion by the ac­claimed Ir­ish post-im­pres­sion- ist artist Roderic O’ Con­nor who was him­self a plein air pain­ter, fol­lowed by a paint-out af­ter­wards in the square.

Art in the Open Fes­ti­val which gen­er­ates 1500 bed nights in tourism terms, is sup­ported by Wex­ford County Coun­cil and spon­sored by Bolands Hyundai, Kelly’s Ho­tel, Spec­trum, Wex­ford Self-Stor­age and T. Mor­ris where the fes­ti­val club is held.

A fancy dress gala din­ner was hosted by the River­bank Ho­tel. Many artists came to the fes­ti­val with fam­ily mem­bers and stayed for two weeks en­joy­ing all Wex­ford has to of­fer.

Kate Kos from Gorey in the Bull­ring in Wex­ford. Luze Hu­man from Gorey in Ross­lare Har­bour. Paint­ing at Hunt­ing­ton Cas­tle.

John McManus from Dublin in Sel­skar, Wex­ford.

Bruna Baran from Mary­land in the US paint­ing in Sel­skar, Wex­ford.

Tony Robin­son from Wex­ford paint­ing the harpist in the Bull­ring in Wex­ford on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon.

Thomas King from Carne in Ross­lare har­bour.

Paint­ing sur­rounde by wa­ter on Dun­can­non Beach.

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