The artist John Busher officially opened the 30th annual Lions Club Art Exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre, which will continue in the centre's lower and upper galleries until February 14.
One of the highlights of the Arts Centre's visual art programme, the exhibition offers professional and amateur artists a chance to show their work in a gallery setting as part of a large community event.
The brief was left open to allow the participating artists have freedom of expression in their work, and the result was a wide range of high-quality entries in mixed media - from urban, rural and coastal landscapes to animal and people portraits and abstract paintings.
A children's competition attracted a large number of entries from young people of all ages. They let their imaginations run wild in creating work using everything from paint, glitter and buttons to transfers and LEGO.
A Perpetual Children's Trophy was awarded to a Young Lion for an artwork exploring the history or ethos of the Lions Club. It has provided support to the local community since 1979, including food vouchers for needy families at Christmas, holidays in Trabolgan for those who can't afford a break, and a project giving carers a wellbeing weekend in Ballyvaloo Centre.
The overall winner in the adult competition was Colm O' Brien, with his painting 'Damn Phone' (sponsored by Spectrum Art & Framing). Adult Merit prizes went to Mairead Reynolds with 'Quiet Retreat', Bettina Norton with 'Benvoy on the Copper Coast', and Beata Isgkalska with 'Lily's Garden', sponsored by the Lions Club.
Adult Biodiversity prizes were won by Mary Archer for her work, 'Limbs', and Danny Gorman for 'Shifting Shades', sponsored by Wexford County Council.
In the children's competition, with prizes sponsored by Light & Shadow and Spectrum Art & Framing, Finlay Anderson won the under 6 years category with 'By the Nile'; Holly Doyle won the 7-9 years category with 'Shadows in Winter'; Jessie O'Sullivan won the 10-12 age group for 'Penguin Party'; Zoe Wright won the 13-15 years category for 'Family Photo'; and Sean Maguire won the 16 years-plus category for his work, 'Good Night, Good Luck'.
The Lions Club Perpetual Trophy was won by Jessica Ruaine for her work, 'After the Flood'.