Artists' quick draw for charity

By Sara Gahan

The cheque is presented to Wexford MarineWatch on the Quayfront (from left): Malcolm McGrath, Alma Hynes (Art in the Open), Kevin Feeney (artist), Jim Staples and Jane Meyler (artist).
The cheque is presented to Wexford MarineWatch on the Quayfront (from left): Malcolm McGrath, Alma Hynes (Art in the Open), Kevin Feeney (artist), Jim Staples and Jane Meyler (artist).

Art in the Open Festival representative Alma Hynes donated €1,800 to Wexford Marine Watch from a charity quick draw held at Wexford's plein air Art in the Open festival.

Artists had two hours to quickly draw or paint a scene. The works were then auctioned them off to interested passers-by or visitors to the plein air event.

'We sold them all at the event and then the artists gave us some sort of a donation towards our chosen local charity. We also had a bucket collection as well during the festival,' said Alma.

Art in the Open is Europe's largest annual outdoor painting festival based in Wexford. It attracts some of the best outdoor painters from around the globe.

'This year we are celebrating our 10th festival. Our festival has grown from a weekend event in 2008 to now a 10-day internationally recognised event with close to 200 artists taking part. So far we have 90 artists registered from 12 countries,' said Alma.

This year's paint-out venues include Woodville House in New Ross, Rosslare Strand, Kilmore Quay and Hook Head which is a big favourite with the international visitors. The base will be Wexford town and the gala exhibition will take place during the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

The event is open to everybody on payment of the registration fee of €50 until May 31 and then €60 thereafter. Once registered participants are entitled to: submit paintings for exhibition and compete for cash prizes and trophy; attend master class workshops for only €30; a free 10th festival T-shirt; tickets to the annual barbecue and music night; and free entry to the annual festival lecture.

The festival takes place from July 30 until August 7. For more information visit the website www.artintheopen.org

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