Friday 19 April 2019

11th Wexford Plein Air Festival is on this week

Maria Pepper

Wexford's Art in the Open is in full swing with up to 200 artists enjoying paint-outs this week in some of the county's most impressive locations.

Today (Tuesday), Artramon House and Farm in Crossabeg is the star of the show as participating painters gather there with their brushes and easels, while tommorrow (Wednesday) it will be the turn of Clonegal and Huntington Castle to pose, followed on Thursday by Rosslare safe and harbour and on Friday by Bunclody while Wexford town and Duncannon beach and fort were the paint-out locations during the first few days of this year's Plein Air festival. A nocturne or night-time painting session is planned on Thursday, August 2, on the quayside in Wexford.

The popular annual Charity Quick Draw in aid of Cottage Autism Network will take place in the Bullring, Wexford on Saturday, August 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The official opening of the gala exhibition featuring selected works by the artists will be officially opened in Greenacres Gallery in Selskar on Sunday, August 5, at 3 p.m. The exhibition will continue on Monday, August 6.

Prizes totalling €5,000 will be awarded for the best works in various categories with one award providing for the purchase of a selected painting for the Mayoral Collection of Wexford County Council.

The 11th Art in the Open festival will sign off with a paint-out in Merrion Square in Dublin on Tuesday, August 7, as the artists make a special visit to the National Gallery of Ireland to take in the Roderic O' Connor exhibition.

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