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Dún Laoghaire Harbour bicentenary celebrated by Martime theme at Dublin Paint & Sketch Club 139th exhibition

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Friday, May 5, 2017
Dun Laoghaire
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The Dublin Painting & Sketching Club is to open its large national group art show, the 139th Exhibition, to the public early this month (May). It runs for two weeks, from Monday 8 to Sunday 21 May, at the Concourse Gallery, Dún Laoghaire County Hall.

This 2017 exhibition will incorporate a ‘Maritime’ theme, saluting the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company’s celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of Dún Laoghaire Harbour and its East Pier, and marking the Club’s connection with Dún Laoghaire nautical activity, which goes back to the 1880s. 

A hardy group of members of the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club, one of Ireland’s most historic national artists’ organisations, frequently sailed from Dun Laoghaire around Dublin Bay. Called the ‘Graphic Cruisers Club’ and led by Alexander Williams RHA and George Prescott, they sailed on the latter’s wide beamed, shallow draft yacht, the ‘Iris’. With easels lashed to the deck, they painted the boats, harbours and beaches of the Bay in all weathers.

One of the country’s largest national exhibitions, the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club annual exhibition offers a broad choice of paintings. Around 250 works are being shown by over 100 well-known contemporary artists, some 80 Club members and additional invited artists, from Dublin and other counties around Ireland.

Combined with the Maritime themed paintings will be landscapes, still life, portraiture, streetscapes, floral, animal and life studies, among other subjects. These works also encompass all media and styles within the broad genre of representational art, from the figurative and traditional to the contemporary .

Works in oil, watercolour, pastels and ink, drawings, lithographs and prints will be on show, starting at around €250 (for a small print or drawing) and ranging up to €3,000 and over.

Members exhibiting include Margo Banks, Patrick Cahill, Betty Christie, Fergal Flanagan, Bridget Flinn, Edward Freeney, Michael Gemmell, Olivia Hayes, Tomas King, Vincent Lambe, Pamela Leonard, Padraig Lynch, Tom Roche, Tom Scott, Tom Ryan PPRHA and Club President Aidan Hickey.

Lectures, demonstrations and guided tours are being organised and open to the public, some highlighting the Maritime theme. There will be a ‘paint out session’ with large numbers of ‘plein-air’ artists painting from the East Pier. Advice on and valuation of paintings owned by the public will be given by Whyte’s Auctioneers’ fine art experts also during the exhibition.   

The Dublin Painting & Sketching Club 139th Exhibition is being sponsored by Whyte’s Auctioneers. It is open to the public admission free from Monday 8 until Sunday 21 May from 10am to 5pm daily.  See: www.dublinpaintingandsketchingclub.ie