Tuesday 20 March 2018

Artists brush up on skills

'A lot of them said there was too much choice, and they didn't know where to start,' said Margaret Donovan, who runs Ballymore Historic Features and Tea Rooms near Camolin. 'Some of them were here painting to half seven in the evening. We were blessed with the day, and the weather was terrible since.'

'They were in every corner,' she added. 'Everywhere I looked, there were easels everywhere.'

Margaret said that some of the artists opted to focus on the landscape around the historic farm, while others looked at the Avenue up to the house, or the old buildings around the house.

The Donovan family history at Ballymore goes back centuries, and Phoebe Donovan who passed away in 1998 at the age of 96 was a renowned artist.

Many of her works are displayed in the gallery at the Historic Features Museum.

Several of the artists spent some time learning more about her works during their day long visit.

The event was part of 'Art in the Open Festival' which saw up to 170 artists create some 2,500 works of art at various locations around Wexford including Carne Beach, Ballyhack Harbour, Newtownbarry House, Hook Head, Enniscorthy, Wexford, and Screen.

Artists travelled from across Europe, Australia and the US to take part. The best 250 of the works created were chosen for an exhibition which sees the artists compete for over €5,000 in awards.

The Festival Exhibition is now running at Greenacres Gallery, Wexford, until August 17.

The oldest part of Ballymore House dates back to the 17th Century, and the role it played during the 1798 Rebellion is detailed in the Historic Features Museum which is housed in some of the old farm buildings. It's open from Friday to Sunday during August fro 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on the first weekend in September, and also on request. The Tearooms are also open Sunday afternoons, and by appointment.

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