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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 February 11, 2012 at 3:27

See this video for a flavour,

read Gemma Tipton's Irish Times article from 2010

or see Lori Putnam's 2011 blog.

Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on October 21, 2011 at 0:49
Californian artist Paul Strahm, who travelled with his wife Denise to take part in Art in the Open 2011, has returned to the USA to prepare this exhibition about his Irish journey.
Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on June 29, 2011 at 0:11
Here's an interview with Plein Eire member Catherine Elliott of Connecticut, who will be coming over to Ireland for Art in the Open next month.
Comment by Tony Robinson on June 18, 2011 at 23:01

Enniscorthy, Friday 29th July is the location for the launch of  Art in the Open 2011.

If you've already registered online, bring your canvas or paper to the 1798 Centre for stamping and receive your welcome pack. There's even a free coffee and scone waiting for you before 11am.

Details are in the brochure and on the website.

Comment by Elaine Hurst on May 1, 2011 at 20:13
Me too, Marsha.  Can't wait to be there!
Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on May 1, 2011 at 20:12

Great job on the brochure by Kevin Freeney. The whole event looks like it will be an exciting one. Even more seems to be happening than last year - such as the 3 free street demonstrations and more social things happening in the evenings. And who will be bringing along a painting to the art critique?

You are going to need some volunteers to put all this on....any offers from Plein Eire members ?

Just had a 'sticky beak' at some of the artists who are already signed up to come and its an impressive list.

Comment by Marsha Hamby Savage on April 25, 2011 at 23:17
I'll be traveling from Georgia in the US to Art in the Open! I will arrive in Wexford on July 26 (Tues.) and hope to paint with some of the local artists! I am looking forward to the visit.... I have never been to Ireland. It has been a dream of mine to do so!
Comment by Elaine Hurst on January 25, 2011 at 18:25
Love Annapolis.  Great town!
Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on September 25, 2010 at 9:36
PAINT ANNAPOLIS is taking place this weekend. A similar event to Art in the Open, this event in Maryland USA has been in existence for several years now. It is of particular interest to Art in the Open because Wexford and Annapolis are twinned towns and because of the visit of artist, David Diaz to our event this year.
David is currently chairman of Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA) and a great ambassador for both Annapolis and Wexford events. One of David's paintings is being presented to the mayor of Wexford, and similarly, a painting from Art in the Open is being brought back to present to the City of Annapolis as a friendship gesture.
Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on February 21, 2010 at 13:12
Here's a link to forthcoming Plein Air Special issue of American Artist if anyone is interested:

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