Mary's 'Rasta Tree' wins Art in the Open
A Wicklow artist who was born without arms won the overall award at Wexford's Art in the Open festival.
Mary Duffy's painting 'Purple Rasta Tree' was announced as the winner of both the Gold and Mayoral awards at the festival art exhibition in Whites Hotel. The judges were Judy Koon of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Bob Lynn, chairman of Eigse Carlow Visual Arts Selection Committee, and Sinead Rice, an Art and Design lecturer at Dublin Institute of Technology.
Silver awards were presented to Stephen Brennan (Ireland), Valerie Craig (Pennsylvania) and Frances Murphy (Ireland).
The artists who won bronze awards were Nikolai Kraneis (Germany) and Maria Levinge, Patricia McLoughlin, John McManus, Inez Nordell and Michael Rowley, all from Ireland.
English artist Toby Neve won the Best Young Emerging Talent prize. The exhibition was officially opened by the wildlife artist and television presenter Don Conroy. Art in the Open chairman Neil O'Keeffe welcomed everyone and thanked the sponsors while Sinead Rice, speaking on behalf of the judges, congratulated all the entrants on the high standard of their work.
Paintings in the exhibition created by participating artists from all over the world, are now available to view and buy on www.wexfordgallery.ie.