In its fourteenth year, the annual outdoor painting festival, “Art in the Open,” hosted 100 registered artists painting and capturing the stunning landscape of the Sunny South East, County Wexford in Ireland.
Each day artists were challenged to paint from an assigned paint out location; The North Slobs Wildfowl Reserve at the estuary of the River Slaney, the award winning Irish National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig, and the quaint harbour town of Wexford itself. Over the course of the three day festival prizes were awarded for best paintings each day. The winning artists are; Marcella Meagher, Dave West, Mireia Sanz, Gerard Byrne, John Gallagher, Conrad Frankel, Norma Healy, Michael Rowley and Ann Fripps.
Furthermore, four professional Irish artists were invited to the festival as Guest Tutor Artists, including contemporary Impressionist Gerard Byrne. Renowned for his large-scale plein air oil paintings, Byrne performed two live painting demonstrations in an intimate group setting. Viewers observed Gerard’s creative process as they watched him paint alfresco dining at a busy restaurant in Wexford Town and the charming red brick Victorian Pump House at North Slobs Nature Reserve.
The festival culminated with an outdoor exhibition on Wexford’s quayside. On display were all artworks created by registered artists during the festival, showing a wonderful mix of mediums, different styles and colour palette. The exhibition was open to the public who were invited to view the artworks, having an opportunity to buy paintings fresh off the easel.
Organisers are hopeful that next year will see the festival return to it’s international format whereby a larger event will take place, bringing top artists from around the world to the Sunny South East corner of Ireland. The festival will be a week-long event with a number of different picturesque painting locations, hosting two hundred artists or more as per previous years.
For more information, please visit www.artintheopen.org.
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