We have some splendid locations to paint in;
• A large coastal town founded by Vikings. • A fishing village with traditional thatched cottages and a beach. • A Victorian tudor gothic country house and museum. • A riverside town with barges and a Cistercian Abbey. • A 13th century Cistercian abbey with restored walled garden.
• A country house with a visitor centre, a museum, tea room, picture gallery and old farming equipment.
WEXFORD TOWN Sunday 28th July and Saturday 3rd 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 nocturnal paint-outs in the town on Thursday 1st August.
Thursday 1st August, Nocturnes with Vincent Crotty (Oils) and Dave West (Pastels). (Subject to change)
View 2019 MAP Co-ordinates: 52.34209, -6.46458
DUNMORE EAST Monday 29th July
A popular tourist and fishing village in County Waterford, Ireland. Situated on the west side of Waterford Harbour on Ireland's southeastern coast, it lies within the barony of Gaultier (Gáll Tír - "foreigners' land" in Irish): a reference to the influx of Viking and Norman settlers in the area.
The village has plenty of visual assets to inspire painters; thatched cottages, old-style shops and pubs, several natural bathing coves, rocks cliffs, a commercial fishing harbour, hilltop park, woodland walks and a delightful vista across to Hook Head lighthouse.
10.30 am: Ned Mueller and Valerie Craig. 2pm: Lori Putnam and Kate Kos (Watercolour)
View 2019 MAP Co-ordinates: 52.14832, -6.9928
WELLS HOUSE Tuesday 30th July
Wells House and Gardens is a Victorian tudor gothic country house museum, located around 7 km outside of Kilmuckridge, County Wexford. It was designed by Daniel Robertson (of Powerscourt and Kilruddery House in County Wicklow and Johnstown Castle) in the 1830s. It was opened to the general public in July 2012 and is the most visited attraction in the county of Wexford, being named "Ireland's Best Family Day Out" by Today FM in 2015. The house has extensive gardens, an animal farm, a cafe and a children's playground. Archery and falconry are also practised. It is found on the R741 road, near the small village of Ballyedmond and about 18 km south of Gorey. It features as a suggested stop on the Ireland's Ancient East touring area.
Wells House will kindly allow free access to you on presentation of your registrant's badge, which you will receive when you check in at the festival.
10.30am: Peggi Kroll-Roberts and Thomas Jefferson Kitts. 2pm: Ray Roberts and Anastasia Dukhanina
View 2019 MAP Co-ordinates: 52.52985, -6.34538
GRAIGNAMANAGH Wednesday 31st July
Graiguenamanagh or Graignamanagh (Irish: Gráig na Manach, meaning "village of the monks") is a town in County Kilkenny, Ireland. It is located on the R705 regional road by the border with County Carlow on the River Barrow at the foot of Brandon Hill. It is home to Duiske Abbey, the largest and perhaps the finest of the thirty-four medieval Cistercian abbeys in Ireland.
This pretty medieval village nestles in the beautiful river Barrow valley about 6 miles north of the Coachouse. It has been called Ireland's best kept secret and is a veritable treasure trove of varied scenery, ancient buildings, canal boating, river and hill walks, crafts, traditional pubs and restaurants.
10.30am: Grahame Booth and Lori Putnam. 2pm: Ned Mueller and Kevin Macpherson.
View 2019 MAP Co-ordinates: 52.53967, -6.95412
TINTERN ABBEY & SALTMILLS Thursday 1st August
Situated on the west shore of Bannow Bay in Co. Wexford, Tintern Abbey was one of the most powerful Cistercian foundations in the South East until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. The remains consist of nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. It was partly converted into living quarters after 1541, and further adapted over the centuries.
Besides the Abbey itself artists can follow the stream through gladed walks to the beautifully restored Colclough Walled Garden, showing their AITO badges to gain free access. If you're feeling more adventurous you could take the pathway down to the marshy estuary at Saltmills and beyond to the rusting hulk of the steam dredger, 'Port Lairge'.
10.30am: Ray Roberts and Kate Kos. 2.00pm: Valerie Craig and TJ Kitts.
View 2019 MAP Co-ordinates: 52.23841, -6.83811
BALLYMORE DEMESNE Friday 2nd August
Ballymore features a museum of interesting heirlooms and curious items of farming life from the past. Acces to the museum is free to artists showing their AITO badges.
The demesne overlooks the patchwork valley to Slieveboy rising blue in the distance. In the grounds there is a 150 year old church and graveyard, a holy well and the site of a Norman castle. The farm contains stone outbuildings, tractors and farm tracks, horse paddocks and sheep pasture, cornfields lined by mature trees and a mill pond.
10.30am: Kevin Macpherson and Grahame Booth. / 2pm: Anastasia Dukhanina and Peggi Kroll Roberts.
View 2019 MAP Co-ordinates: 52.59849, -6.37476
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