Lions draw big entry
Artist and co-founder of the Cow House Studios in Rathnure, Rosie O'Gorman was the guest speaker and adjudicator at the official opening of the annual Lions Club Open Submission exhibition in Wexford Arts Centre last Saturday.
The extensive exhibition filling the lower and upper galleries of the centre, includes 135 adult entries and 100 children's works from landscapes and seascapes to street scenes and still life subjects, reflecting the open theme.
The love of animals shines through as animal portraits feature strongly in the gallery collection as well as many people portraits. Colourful abstract expressions of creativity are also on display with a variety of materials and media used, particularly in the entries of children who were encouraged to experiment with paints, glitter, buttons, transfers etc.
Prize-winners in the following categories were announced on Saturday afternoon at the opening ceremony attended by artists, Lions Club representatives and members of the public.
Adult overall, €120 sponsored by Spectrum: Danny O'Gorman. Adult merit, €100 each sponsored by Lions Club: Colm O' Brien, Tizziana Murphy, Susan Crampton.
Adult BioDiversity, €100 each sponsored by County Council: Niamh Merc and Colette Doyle Rochford.
Children's Perpetual Trophy sponsored by Wexford Lions Club to mark the centenary this year of Lions Club International: Sinead O'Reilly.
The Annual Wexford Lions Club Exhibition celebrates local talent and offers a platform for artists who are at various stages of their careers as well as those with an interest in art who wish to see their work shown in a gallery setting.
It is is an important show in Wexford Arts Centre's visual arts programme. The Exhibition will continue until March 23.
The Lions Club which has served the community of Wexford since 1979, joined with the Arts Centre in thanking Spectrum Art Supply Shop for their generous support of the exhibition.