Paul and Tony's paintings win prizes in Annapolis

By Maria Pepper

Tony Robinson painting outdoors in Annapolis
Tony Robinson painting outdoors in Annapolis
LEFT: Pipework in Eastport by Paul Maloney which won the overall prize. RIGHT: Tony Robinson's painting Crabfishing, Eastpoint which won first prize in the Paint the Bay category at Paint Annapolis 2017.
Tony Robinson painting outdoors in Annapolis. RIGHT: His painting Crabfishing, Eastpoint which won first prize in the Paint the Bay category at Paint Annapolis 2017.

Artists Paul Maloney and Tony Robinson arrived home from the Paint Annapolis plein air festival in Maryland USA this week with two major awards in their luggage.

Paul of Paul Maloney Pottery and Gallery in Ballindinas, Barntown won the overall prize of the festival with a painting of roadworks while Tony of Spectrum Art Shop in Selskar, Wexford captured the top prize with a crabfishing scene in a category called Paint the Bay, celebrating Chesapeake Bay.

The talented pair were among 30 jury-selected American and international artists invited to take part in the prestigious week-long festival hosted by Maryland Federation of Art which brings painters to Annapolis to explore and paint the unique colonial architecture and atmosphere.

Attending the prize-giving was Wexford woman Kate Tyrrell, Consular and Cultural Affairs Counsellor for the Embassy of Ireland in Washington DC.

Tony is an organiser of Wexford Art in the Open festival which will hold its 10th annual event in the week leading up to the August bank holiday weekend. Annapolis where the United States Naval Academy is based, has strong Wexford links through Commodore John Barry who is regarded as the founder of the American Navy.

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