Over 100 answer the call
The fourth annual Open Call exhibition at the Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy is a showcase of more than 100 pieces of work by professional and amateur artists from around the country.
Submissions were received this year from all over County Wexford and locations further afield, including Sligo, Drogheda, Letterkenny, Kerry, Cork, Carlow, Kilkenny and Dublin.
The theme was left open to allow the artists free rein to express their personal creativity and the organisers were amazed by the standard and diversity of the entries.
The exhibition offers amateur artists a chance to see their work in a gallery setting, to celebrate with the community and to network with other creative people including professionals.
The official opening by Maria Nolan was attended by more than 100 people including visiting artists. The Dublin-based alterative rock/punk/jazz band started the proceedings with an intimate acoustic set.
Ms. Nolan spoke highly of the Presentation Centre staff and acknowledged the near impossible talk undertaken by visual arts manager Lisa Byrne, visual arts marketing associate Larry Dunne and their technical assistant John Byrne in hanging 110 pieces.
The award for 'Lisa and Larry's Top Pick' was won by Kiara Lyer with 'Fishy'; the Open Call Creativity Award went to Sarah Boyce with 'Somewhere in Between'; the Most Creative Submission prize went to Tony Davis with 'Catmandoo'; Geraldine Walsh won a Highly Commended award for 'Grazing Under Mount Leinster' and another Highly Commended award went to Gwenda Wallace with ' Waiting, Platform 1 Enniscorthy'.
The winner of the Best Submission award was Laura Gibney with 'That's No Way to Say Goodbye'.
The Presentation Arts Centre thanked the exhibition sponsors including the Riverside Park Hotel, Arts & Crafts in Slaney Street, Enniscorthy, Wexford County Council and Enniscorthy Municipal District.