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Art in the Open

The twelfth 'Art in the Open' - an international plein air painting festival of paint-outs, workshops, exhibition and good company. The annual August event is open to all and attracts visitors from Europe, USA and all of Ireland to Wexford in the sunny south-east.



Location: County Wexford.
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In addition, there are several half-day demonstrations and workshops on location, plus barbecue, music and get-togethers,  life-drawing sessions, a Quick-Draw fun event with prizes and all the craic that goes with this festival.

All are welcome. Come to paint or come to watch.

Visit the website for further information on how to take part.

To participate, you must register online HERE and click on the Registration button. 

You must book online. If the festival is oversubscribed, latecomers may miss out.

You can also book some of our great workshops. See website for details. 

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Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on January 13, 2019 at 15:13

By the way, we are looking for catchy a t-shirt theme for this, our twelfth festival. Last year we had the Nocturne design - 'plein air painters - doing it in the dark'.

Any inspiration for no.12? You don't have to design it (although suggestions would be welcome). We are just looking for a title, a theme or a slogan.

Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on January 13, 2019 at 15:01

There's a killer line-up of workshop artists at 2019 Art in the Open - perhaps the best one yet - and some great venues to paint in, too. If you want to take advantage of our bus, it is at a subsidised price of just €30 from Monday to Friday and that also helps in not cluttering some of the locations with several dozen cars and campers - no-one wants to be painting those! 

Grahame Booth (NI),
Valerie Craig (USA),
Vincent Crotty (USA),
Anastasia Dukhanina (France),
Thomas Jefferson Kitts (USA),
Kate Kos (Ireland),
Kevin Macpherson (USA),
Ned Mueller (USA),
Lori Putnam (USA),
Peggi Kroll Roberts (USA),
Ray Roberts (USA),
Dave West (Ireland).

Register and book any workshops you want soon as there is a cap on participation and  the workshops (limited to just 12 persons each) are filling fast. See you there!

Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on October 12, 2017 at 9:28

3 classics! I'm told the yellow ink glows in the dark when you're at the disco, Rene. Let us know if that's true, won't you/?

Comment by Valerie Syms Martin on August 6, 2016 at 22:02

I'm going to a Brush with the Broads! 

I made an enquiry about the best way to travel, and within 24 they not only replied, they'd cc'd my email to an artist I've met at AITO, who offered to pick me up and ferry me around.  Flight to Stanstead, and local bus to Ipswitch.  Can't wait.

Comment by Valerie Syms Martin on August 5, 2016 at 19:05

Thanks to you, Michael, and Helen, for a wonderful evening.

I'm so jealous of your studio!

Comment by Michael McGuire on August 5, 2016 at 18:33

Just wanted to say congrats again, Valerie. It was great having you out to ours for vino and nibbles - glad the rabbits didn't get the food!

Comment by anna d hurley on August 5, 2016 at 15:58

Had a wonderful time and many thanks to all the organizers for their hard work. Got the usual cold when I arrived back. Now to clear up the car.

Comment by Valerie Syms Martin on August 5, 2016 at 14:52

Sorry I haven't posted before now.  I tried posting pictures but they came out squashed so I deleted them.


Haven't come down to earth yet.  Drove home on Monday evening, and was out to my usual life drawing session on Tuesday morning.  I hadn't unpacked my art back, so everything was still soaked from the wet in the Heritage Centre. 

It was a wonderful week before I got that huge surprise - which knocked the wind out of me temporarily.  I loved the paint outs, and the weather was kind most days.  There was a beautiful harbour down the dirt track at the end of my cul-de-sac.  Wonderful painting without even going into the car.  I think that Maike did eight paintings there.  We are booking an apartment there next year too.

A HUGE thank you to the committee, the volunteers, Trish & Tony, and everyone else who contributed time and sponsorship. 

Wexford people are brilliant (and my Mum was from Bunclody).

Comment by Louise Treacy on August 5, 2016 at 9:54
Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on August 5, 2016 at 9:33

Back to a semblance of normality after a hectic festival. Any comments from those who attended?


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