The Friends of Wexford General Hospital received a welcome boost for their MRI Now campaign when €1,451, proceeds of a fundraiser in the 2017 Art in the Open festival, was presented to them at Clayton White's Hotel.
The funds were the proceeds of the festival's annual Charity Quick Draw which takes place on the final Saturday of the event each year. This year's Charity Quick Draw will take place in the Bullring area on Saturday, August 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The countdown is now on to this year's festival, the eleventh since its inception. There will be six spectacular paint-out locations including: Duncannon, Artramon House in Castlebridge, Clonegal/Huntington Castle, Rosslare Harbour/Safe, Bunclody/Newtownbarry House, and, of course, Wexford town.
There will be 20 workshops in Oil, Watercolour and Pastels by ten international masters of their medium. Tutors include: Vincent Crotty (US), Nikki Heenan (UK), Haidee-Jo Summers (UK), Alberto Valentini (NL), Dave West (UK), Stuart White (US), David Diaz (US) Paul O'Kane (NI) and Japanese artist Keiko Tanabe. Alvin Mark Tan will return from Singapore to host a sketching and vlogging workshop in Wexford Library on Saturday, July 28.
The festival welcome artists from all over the globe and hosts many events including a variety of social gatherings, Nocturne Painting (new this year), Charity Quick Draw, sketching and vlogging workshops, themed children's art competition and events in association with The National Gallery of Ireland.
The festival will finish with a Gala Exhibition at Greenacres Gallery on the August Bank Holiday weekend. The festival is sponsored by Boland's Hyundai Wexford. For more information, log on to www.artintheopen.org.