I had a lovely day out at Wells House in Wexford, this time last year. My visit coincided with one of the 'paint outs' by the Art in the Open participants and scattered all around the beautiful grounds were artists at their easels engaged in the suitably Victorian pursuit of capturing the picturesque setting on canvas. Alma Hynes, event director of this painting festival, which draws amateur enthusiasts from all around the world to Wexford, spoke to me about the event.
I didn't tour the house leaving that for a return visit and concentrated on the gardens. You can listen to my chat with the gardening team, John Scanlon and Deirdre Walsh in the audiobooms below.
This weekend the owners Uli and Sabine Rosier celebrate their 4th year of opening Wells House to the public and there are splendid events planned. There is open air theatre in the garden tonight and a Victorian Garden party tomorrow. If you are travelling without a car, a pick up service from hotels in the region is offered through a collaboration with Wexford Heritage Tours.
Art in the Open takes place from 24th July and picking up the zeitgeist of the Three Sisters Capital of Culture bid, paint outs will take place in locations in the three neighbouring counties, Wexford, Kilkenny and Waterford.
Wells House is between Gorey and Wexford on the R741 http://www.wellshouse.ie/
Art in the Open Ireland's International Plein Air Painting Festival runs from July 24th -Aug 1 http://www.artintheopen.org/