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Art in the Open

'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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Latest Activity: Aug 19


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. 

Registration is  €50 if you book by June.

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 Louise Treacy on August 19, 2015 at 16:56
Very good description by Bob Bahr of Leon's trip to the festival!! Shows the event in a very good light I think!!
The article also does a good job of keeping expectations of selling, realistic, for any of our future American participants, as it IS quite an expensive trip for anyone from afar. However it's a great way for visitors to spend part of an already planned vacation, in my opinion.
Comment by Rene PleinAir on August 17, 2015 at 11:19

Thanks for your explanation Tony,

I sure did enjoy the festival although I hardly attended the paint outs.

As for the differences between me an Leon I'll try to restrain myself in the future.

Sorry for the inconvenience, ...

Comment by Tony Robinson on August 17, 2015 at 9:28

Glad you liked the festival, too, Rene.

Leon was invited to submit his impressions of AITO'15 to Plein Air Magazine. I know the festival organisers had been looking to get coverage in this publication and are very pleased with this article which is a very favourable and enthusiastic one. It is framed as 'my personal impressions' which is how the magazine wanted it and of course, he was chosen having visited the USA this year at his own expense and met the publishers at the Plein Air Convention in Monterey. Lori Putnam wrote a similar 'Irish diary' account about 3 years ago.

I don't think it is appropriate to publicly criticise a fellow artist and especially to use this forum to perpetuate any difference you may have and I sincerely hope the next time you and Leon shake hands on it, it will be an end of the matter.

Comment by Rene PleinAir on August 17, 2015 at 8:21
I noticed it and still don't know about this one Tony, somehow it feels like Leon attracts all the attention to himself by this article, ... it gives me a sad feeling to see it this way while soo many people having put soo much effort goodwill and time into such a nice event, ...
Comment by Tony Robinson on August 14, 2015 at 1:11

Well written review describing his impressions of the 2015 festival by visiting artist Leon Holmes: 

Comment by Louise Treacy on August 11, 2015 at 20:49
One marketing guy expresed this sentence to me "about 20to 40k people plus saw that gigantic poster on the bridge !! But it NEVER said ART FOR SALE or where and when" have to agree with him!
Comment by Louise Treacy on August 11, 2015 at 20:43
Oh and business people have expressed an interest in contributing their expertise and marketing experience too!! Can't be bad!!
Comment by Louise Treacy on August 11, 2015 at 20:34
Really looking forward to inviting THE WHOLE TOWN to a meeting for 2016 could be some great marketing ideas and a LOT more!!
Comment by Louise Treacy on August 11, 2015 at 20:32
Hey great news, looks like lots of artists would like to be involved in the planning and marketing of next year's art in the open! !
Let's have an open forum for all in the town to be involved!!
Lighten the load guys plus some REAL marketing of sales.
Would love to see a general meeting for ALL who would like their voice included in the festival. Let's get started for 2016!! Hey and remember it's supposed to be about ART not tourism lol
Comment by Kevin Freeney on July 11, 2015 at 11:58

See full programme here

Places still available for Leon Holmes' workshop in New Ross


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