Wexford becomes alive with colour as open air painting festival returns

By Amy Lewis

Published 21/07/2015 | 00:00

The painting will take place at ‘paint out’ locations
The painting will take place at ‘paint out’ locations

Locals and visitors alike will be painting the town this month when Ireland's international plein air painting festival returns to Wexford.

The much-anticipated Art in the Open festival, now in its sixth year, will unite artists from all over the globe for an outdoor painting frenzy from July 27-August 3. This year, organisers are expecting a larger crowd than ever for their week of art workshops, open air paint-outs and exhibitions.

The six open air paint-outs are the main draw for visitors. These special events, which will take place in six different locations, sees the county become a canvas as artists join together to paint outdoors. This year, the six destinations are New Ross, Kilmore Quay, Wells House, Hook Head, the Irish National Heritage Park and Wexford Town. Surrounded by stunning scenary, each artist will battle it out to win the prize for the best painting. Registration is €60.

For the less competitive, the Art in the Open workshops will offer painters a chance to improve their skills in a relaxed atmosphere. Seven professional artists, including water-colourist Graham Booth and painter Vincent Crotty, will give up to 12 students the tips and tricks they need to make a work of art. Workshops run for up to three hours and can be booked online.

Visitors can also get creative for a cause at the AITO Quick Draw on Saturday August 1. This year, artists will take to the streets of Wexford Town where they will be challenged to complete a painting in two hours, surrounded by onlookers. Proceeds of the public entry fee and 10 per cent of all sales made will be presented to a local charity.

There will be plenty of smaller events for those looking for a small taste of what the festival has to offer. For more information and to register visit artintheopen.org.

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