Plein Air Festival set for take-off

Plein Air Festival set for take-off

8 May 2024

PORTAFERRY Art Society will be presenting the third Plein Air Festival at the end of the month.

The even runs for three days over the bank holiday weekend from Friday, May 24, to Sunday, May 26.

Building on the success of last year’s festival, there will be an increased number of activities for participants to enjoy, with talented artists offering their expertise. 

Visitors can sign up for a small group of tutored workshops by visiting the society’s artists Paul O’Kane, Grahame Booth and Colin Woodward at an additional cost.

“Peninsula light is special, so Portaferry light is superb,” Paul said.

“I’m going to capture it with oil on canvas with time saving techniques – there is lots to look forward to.”

Visitors can also enjoy evening cruises on Strangford Lough on Friday and Saturday with a picnic and live music evening, plus tuition from Donald Nelson.

John Dumigan, chairman of Portaferry Regeneration Ltd, said: “We are delighted to once again support this great event which not only showcases our wonderful heritage in our beautiful landscapes and townscapes, but taps into the DNA of this amazing destination of Strangford Lough.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming so many artists from all corners of the island of Ireland to Portaferry and hope that they have a fabulous time.”

He added: “Festivals are a key contributor to our economic and social development and provide us with a sense of pride that we can attract such a host of talented artists and tutors alike.” 

Portaferry Art Society chair Sara Brown said: “The area has long been a favourite destination for visual artists, and the narrow streets and historical buildings of the village offer the outdoor painting enthusiast plenty of wonderfully challenging aspects.”