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Another great festival has come and gone. Awards have been handed out and everybody has gone back to their day-jobs. If you would like to see the paintings from the exhibition or buy one; they can be seen by clicking on this link http://www.wexfordgallery.ie A big thank you to all the participants, organisers, sponsors, patrons, volunteers and the general public who made it such a success. Looking forward to 2015, for which, we are already getting enquiries.
Shop & Gallery
Paint-Outs
This year we painted in Courtown, Graignamanagh, Enniscorthy, Ballyhack/Passage East, Clonegal and of course, Wexford Town itself. Local people were very welcoming and we may return to one or two of these next year. Other possible venues for next year are Tintern Abbey, Well’s House and the wild and wonderful Hook Head.
Workshops
This year we had a total of 16 Demonstration/Workshops at five locations. Workshops were given by Grahame Booth (Northern Ireland), Dot Courson (Mississippi), Valerie Craig (Pennsylvania), Becky Joy (Arizona), Tom King (Ireland), Billyo O'Donnell (Missouri), Paloma Pelaez (Madrid) and Aaron Schuerr (Montana). Unfortunately the very popular Antti Rautiola (Finland) had to cancel but we hope to welcome him back again in 2015.
Two lectures were given this year, free to participants and general public alike.
Mary Stratton Ryan gave a very interesting illustrated talk on the life and work of Rose Leigh 1855-1920 of Rosegarland Co. Wexford, a 19th century pioneer plein air artist who was a student at the Slade School of Art London, and the first Wexford lady artist to study in both Antwerp and Paris. Mary presented an etching by Rose Leigh to the Library afterwards.
Paloma Pelaez Bravo assisted by Dora Pinon presented 'Colour Harmony in Plein Air Painting' in the Jerome Hynes Theatre to a very interested attendance of painters and public. We look forward to the appearance of their book on the subject in 2015.
Lectures
Life Drawing, Quickdraw & Barbecue
Participants who were still eager to create after paint-outs in Courtown and Ballyhack attended Life Drawing in Whites of Wexford on those evenings. These were well attended and a great opportunity to get to know fellow artists. After the paint-out in Enniscorthy on Wednesday everybody gathered at T. Morris' pub for our usual barbeque. Libations were had and the band Retired And Emotional entertained until the wee small hours. On Saturday we had the QuickDraw event in Selskar Square between noon and 2 o’clock. It rained during the event but painters and public were not deterred. Congratulations to Vicki Norman, Rachel Personnet and Jeff Monaghan who won the top prize and to all those who won prizes sponsored by local businesses. QuickDraw Photos.
Exhibition & Awards
A well attended opening of the Exhibition on Monday 4th August saw artist and media celebrity Don Conroy present plaques to the winners of the cash prizes. Mary Duffy was winner of the Mayoral Award. Valerie Craig, Stephen Brennan and Frances Murray received Silver Awards. The six winners of bronze awards were Maria Levinge, Inez Nordell, John McManus, Pat McGloughlin, Michael Rowley and Nikolai Kraneis. Mary Duffy also won the Artists' Choice 2013 and Michael McGuire won the People’s Choice Award 2013. See 2014 and previous winners here.
A very popular innovation with artists and public alike this year was the Pop-Up Shop and Gallery on Custom House Quay. This allowed artists returning from a paint-out to drop in their paintings and put a price on them if they were for sale. A lot of  painters appreciated this as many were staying in modest accommodation and the smell of drying paintings is not great for a good night’s sleep. Everybody was delighted too to see paintings done over the week which otherwise nobody would have ever seen. 157 paintings passed through and it has become a must for next year. Souvenir hats, aprons and t-shirts were available to take home as souvenirs.

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