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Wexford Town
Duncannon Beach
Artramon House
Clonegal
Rosslare Harbour
Bunclody
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Wexford
Sunday 29th July & Saturday 4th August
Wexford town is at the heart of Art In The Open's festivities and lies at the mouth of the Slaney River. Founded by Vikings in 800AD, the town centres around a long main street parallel to the quayside and a series of narrow lanes down to the harbour. These lanes would have once reached water and been lined with boats. Today, they are brimming with old time pubs, art galleries, craft shops and celebrated restaurants.
Wexford's natural harbour, once a major maritime port, now acts as a port for fishermen and a leisure spot for locals. Over the festival, the quays can be found dotted with easels. A beautiful spot to unwind and take in the estuary, on clear days Raven Point and Rosslare Burrow mark the horizon.
The town's rich and bloody history is visible in its ancient walls and buildings. Westgate Heritage Tower once guarded the Western entrance of Wexford town. Recently restored, it is now open to the public. The ruins of Selskar Abbey, founded in 1190 and destroyed by Oliver Cromwell's visit in 1649 lay nearby. The Bullring, a small square used for bull baiting in medieval times is now home to the The Lonely Pikeman, a statue commemorating the 1798 Rebellion against British rule.
Artists are invited to paint in the town any evening and are welcome to submit these paintings for exhibition. In addition, this year Vincent Crotty and Dave West will host a nocturnal paint-out in the town on Thursday, 2nd August.

Website: www.visitwexford.ie

Workshops: Paul O'Kane (Oil) and Stewart White (Watercolour)
(Click here for details)

Map: AITO Paint Out Venues 2018



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Duncannon
Monday 30th July
Duncannon is situated in the southwest of Wexford along the Ring of Hook and is a core part of Ireland's Ancient East. A south facing mile of golden sand stretches from the fishing village to the estuary carved by the River Barrow where the strategically prominent Duncannon Fort sits. Painters will discover breathtaking views across the estuary of Hook Head and hilly Waterford coastline. On sunny days swimmers take advantage of this designated bathing area and on windy days the skyline can be seen filled with kitesurfers flying over the water.
Duncannon Fort is an impressive example of a bastion fort. Built in 1587-8 by Queen Elizabeth to defend Waterford from an expected invasion by Spanish Armada. An earlier fort was built by the Normans in the 12th century on the same site and there was possibly an even older earthen fort. Legend has it the settlement dates as far back as the 3rd century AD, to the time of mythical Irish warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill, and his followers the Fianna. The fort was centrally involved in wars during the 17th and 18th century and was even occupied by the Irish Army during World War II for fear of Hitler invading Ireland.
A stroll away from the beach, past the 30 feet high dry moat, the fort is now open to the public with guided tours, a maritime museum, art gallery and craft shop.

Website: www.visitwexford.ie

Workshops: Nikki Heenan (Mixed Media), Alberto Valentini (Oils) and Antonin Passemard (Oils)
(Click here for details)


Map: AITO Paint Out Venues 2018



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Artramon House
Tuesday, 31st July
Artramon House is located 12 minutes drive north of Wexford town. The 600m2 Georgian mansion is set in four acres of stunning parkland, this is rural luxury at its best. Painters will uncover an array of romantic spots to pop up their easels. The serene gardens boast beautiful hydrangeas and palm trees as well as a greenhouse with more botanical gems.
Stumble upon an awe-inspiring waterfall or the Castle of Roche, a four storey tower which dates back to 1247. Despite its age the tower is in surprisingly good condition.
Artists will also revel in stunning views of the River Slaney and further on, Wexford harbour across the bay.


Website: www.visitwexford.ie

Workshops: Alberto Valentini (Oils), Haidee Jo Summers (Oils) and Stewart White (Watercolour)
(Click here for details)


Map: AITO Paint Out Venues 2018



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Clonegal
Wednesday, 1st August
Clonegal brings us over the River Derry to Co. Carlow. The picturesque village, nestled in a valley between the Blackstairs and Wicklow mountains, boasts both natural beauty and historical curiosities. Surrounded by tree clad hills and straddling the meeting place of the River Slaney and River Derry, this village is abundant with wild and bird life.
Painters with an eye for historical architecture will be charmed and inspired by 17th century weaver's mills and their traditional gardens which have been restored in recent years and are now open to the public.
The main attraction of Clonegal has to be its romantic and unusual 17th century castle. Originally built as a defensive garrison it was eventually developed into a family estate. Over the years, many details and extensions have been added, resulting in a truly unique and dazzling building.
The gardens, mostly laid out in the 17th century boasts some real treasures for the artist to observe and make their own. Lime Tree Avenue, a passage way lined with French lime trees, leads the way to ornamental lawns and ponds. There are a number of great Irish trees including a mystifying Yew Tree Walk. A lake, originally built for decorative purposes can be found alongside one of Ireland's oldest water turbine houses which powered the houses as far back as 1888.
While painters explore they should also be warned; Druid ghosts are rumoured to haunt the castle grounds, summoning mists and fires at will.


Website: www.visitwexford.ie

Workshops: Vincent Crotty (Oils), David Diaz (Oils), and Keiko Tanabe (Watercolour)
(Click here for details)

Map: AITO Paint Out Venues 2018



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Rosslare Harbour and The Safe
Thursday, 2nd August
Rosslare harbour is Ireland's gateway to Europe. This paint out brings us to a nestled away and tranquil spot, 'the safe or 'the lagoon', a quaint harbour adjacent to Rosslare Europort. Coined 'The Safe' because it is where local fishermen and boaters tie up their small boats but also due to the quiet location, sheltered from the Irish Sea.
A popular spot for fishing, The Safe's sea going craft, rocky scape and calm waters make this a favourite amongst local plein air artists to unwind and spend a day's painting.


Website: www.visitwexford.ie

Workshops: Haidee Jo Summers (Oils), Paul O'Kane (Watercolour) and Nikki Heenan (Oils)
(Click here for details)

Map: AITO Paint Out Venues 2018



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Bunclody and Newtownbarry House
Friday, 3rd August
The charming village is set in lush green countryside and its tree-lined main street has many interesting shopfronts and features.
Newtown Barry House is just a five minute walk from Bunclody town. This Victorian classical house designed by Charles Lanyon, is surrounded by beautiful gardens and landscapes, the banks of the River Slaney, lush woodland and the heights of the Blackstairs mountains.
A large pond adjacent to the entrance of the house will welcome painters to the estate. The beautiful rose garden to the east of the house is so diverse that it is alive with colour and scent all year long. The sunken garden dates back to an older 18th century estate. This picturesque and peaceful setting includes a pond and beautiful stone grotto arches. Furthermore, a lake lies to the north east.
If that doesn't have you itching to pick up a paintbrush, the River Slaney flowing through the estate or its surrounding ancient trees are sure to arouse your creativity. If painters would like a wander or hot drink the house is also open to the public, complete with tea room in the old servant's room. Newtownbarry House runs occasional art courses and maintains a gallery and studio.



Website: www.visitwexford.ie

Workshops: Dave West (Oils), Antonin Passemard (Oils) and Keiko Tanabe (Watercolour)
(Click here for details)

Map: AITO Paint Out Venues 2018



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