Thursday 12 December 2019

Over 200 artists in town for 12th Art in the Open festival

Katharine Engh, Louise Tracey and David Diaz at the welcome reception for Art in the Open in Clayton Whites Hotel
Katharine Engh, Louise Tracey and David Diaz at the welcome reception for Art in the Open in Clayton Whites Hotel

Maria Pepper

Wexford's 12th annual Art in the Open Festival is now in full swing with visiting artists from all over the world receiving a warm welcome to the town at a launch reception in Clayton Whites Hotel last Saturday.

More than 200 international and Irish artists signed up for this year's festival, lured by the urban, coastal and rural landscapes of three counties in the south-east, including Wexford, Kilkenny and Waterford.

On Sunday, the venue was Wexford town where artists virtually had the place to themselves for a paint out as locals either departed to Croke Park or enjoyed the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final on television in pubs.

Dunmore East was the outdoor painting destination on Monday with workshops led by Ned Mueller, Valerie Craig, Lori Putnam and Kate Kos and a presentation on the world of Urban Sketching by Alvin Mark Tan in Wexford Arts Centre in the evening.

Today (Tuesday), the destination is Wells House where workshops will be hosted by Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Thomas Jefferson Kitts, Ray Roberts and Anastasia Dukhanina followed by a printmaking workshop with Stephen Lawlor in Greenacres and a social evening in T. Morris.

Painting sessions and workshops will be held in Graiguenamanagh on Wednesday with a presentation by Kevin McPherson on 'Chasing Rainbows: My Plein Air Life' in the Arts Centre at 8 p.m.; Tintern Abbey and Saltmills on Thursday, with a Silk Screen Printing workshop hosted by Mary O' Connor in Greenaces at 7 p.m.; Ballymore Desmesne on Friday, with a free admission presentation on Plein Air paintings by Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire from the National Gallery of Ireland in Wexford Arts Centre at 8 p.m.; in Wexford town again on Saturday morning, followed by a Quick Draw charity event in South Main Street from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., involving artists and members of the public in aid of Its Good to Talk on Saturday afternoon. The art will be displayed on the street for judging at 4 p.m. and viewers will have a chance to buy some of the work.

On Sunday, August 4, the fruits of the artists' labour will be unveiled at the public opening of this year's festival gala exhibition in Greenacres Gallery at 3 p.m. with a festival dinner in the Riverbank House Hotel at 8 p.m.

The exhibition will continue in Greenacres on Monday, August 5.

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