26th annual Wexford Lion's Club art exhibition proves to be a roaring success

By Amy Lewis

Gwenda Wallace showing her dad Joe her prizewinning painting
Gwenda Wallace showing her dad Joe her prizewinning painting
Nicholas Codd and his prize winning painting
Aaron Corless and Carla Maria Tyghe and her art
At the opening of the annual Lions Club Art Exhibition in Wexford Art Centre which was opened and judged by artist David Begley were the prize winners, Tara Power, Sandra Vasiliy, Gwenda Wallace, Lexi Murphy, David Begley, Anna Gallagher, Daragh O'Connell, Eugene McEvoy (overall winner), Nicholas Codd, Elizabeth Whyte of Wexford Arts Centre and William Roche, Lions Club President.
Overall winner Eugene McEvoy and his piece of art.

There was a full house for the launch of the Lion's Club Art Exhibition in Wexford Arts Centre as crowds came to view the latest display of local artistic talent.

Now in its 26th year, interest in the exhibition remains strong with 130 adults and 60 children submitting entries. The open brief gave participants the freedom to get creative with their ideas and this year saw a wide array of sculptures, paintings and models on show.

'It's so diverse. People are responding with animals, landscape, abstraction and all sorts of things. It's always diverse and I think that's what makes it quite special. People go after what they are into,' explained Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager at Wexford Arts Centre.

Although there was no set theme this year, Catherine said that there were many owl entries in the children's section.

The exhibition was launched by local artist David Begley, who made a passionate speech about participation in the arts.

'He gave an entertaining and encouraging speech,' said Catherine. 'The emphasis was on the idea that anyone can have a go, no matter what age you are. It was a really nice talk.'

David also selected each of the award winners on the night. Eugene McEvoy was the Overall Award Winner and received a voucher for Spectrum Art and Framing. Meanwhile, James O'Connor received the Wexford County Council Biodiversity Wexford. Merit Awards, which are sponsored by the Wexford Lions Club, were received by Phillip McEvoy, Daragh O'Connell, Gwenda Wallace and Nicky Codd. In the children's section, the following young artists received awards:

Sandra Vasilie (under 5 years); Lexi Murphy (6-8 years); Anna Gallagher (9-11 years); Caitlin Rudd (12-14 years) and Tara Power (14 years and over).

The exhibition will run in the upper and lower galleries in Wexford Arts Centre until February 6.

Wexford People