Young artists are put in the frame for their works of art in annual Talbot Hotel contest

By Amy Lewis

Published 19/11/2016 | 00:00

At the presentation of prizes: Back, Paul Carr (Talbot Hotel), Aoibhinn Kinsella, Matthew Goff, Mignon Staydom,David Kmieck and Dick Walsh (Talbot Manager); front, Chafia Flynn, Lexi Murphy, Beth Arnold, Dara Kelly and Sean Fitzpatrick.
At the presentation of prizes: Back, Paul Carr (Talbot Hotel), Aoibhinn Kinsella, Matthew Goff, Mignon Staydom,David Kmieck and Dick Walsh (Talbot Manager); front, Chafia Flynn, Lexi Murphy, Beth Arnold, Dara Kelly and Sean Fitzpatrick.

Four young artists had a stroke of success last week when they were announced as this year's winners of the Talbot Hotel Artist of the Year competition.

Winner in the Primary School Category 1 was seven-year-old Lexi Murphy from Screen National School, with five-year-old Beth Arnold from Sunny Days After School named as runner-up. Meanwhile, Dara Kelly from Piercestown National School scooped first prize in Primary School Category two, with David Kmiecik of Our Lady of Lourdes Bunclody as runner-up.

Sarah Miskella picked up first prize in the Junior Certificate Category and runner up was first year student Seán Fitzpatrick from St. Mary's CBS Enniscorthy. Leaving Certificate and overall winner was Mignon Strydom from Gorey Community School with runner up Aoibhinn Kinsella, also from Gorey Community School.

A special reception, for all 31 finalists, was held at the Talbot Hotel Wexford where General Manager Dick Walsh presented the primary and secondary school students with their prizes. All winners and runners up received an engraved trophy each along with a selection of art materials from Spectrum Art and Framing Wexford. The artwork from the four winners will be framed and kept on display in the hotel.

Now in its third year, the Talbot Hotel Artist of the Year competition receives entries from primary and secondary school students from around the country. This year, after hundreds of entries, 31 finalists were chosen in four categories and their artworks were displayed in the Talbot Hotel for the duration of the Wexford Festival Opera. A spokesperson for the Talbot Hotel said that the entries received fantastic praise from international guests staying in the hotel during festival season.

'It has been a wonderful opportunity to showcase the local young talent and creativity that Wexford has to offer. The Talbot Hotel would like to extend a sincere thanks to all who submitted an art entry in this year's competition,' they added.

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