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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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Hi everyone. If you have traveled to Ireland in the past, have you any tips on your experiences with mobile phones, call credit ect ?? There has been a couple of inquiries so I would be interested to…Read on...

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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?

Comment by Norah Blount on June 15, 2016 at 13:25

I got great value b/b for mon to fri but none for the weekend - on, 55 euro per night

Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on June 15, 2016 at 9:22

I've news of a 3 double bedroom accommodation in Wexford Town plus a 2 person and a 4 person accommodation out of town, Priority will be given to groups of persons to fill the accommodation and staying for the whole festival. Message me if you fit the bill and are seeking somewhere to stay.

Comment by Jeanne Salucci on January 18, 2016 at 20:07

Hi , I just go to a local newspaper store, purchase a 5Euro phone card and ask the clerk to circle the code I should dial when I make my calls...I use my hotel phone and the code on my Phone card (that I just purchased, and you can talk for hours, or use to make lots of calls. Very easy, just need to punch in a bunch of numbers, well worth it, or put the free Viber App in your smart phone to text call and send photos free to any friend or family member who also installs the free app 

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: 


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