Sheila Richardson takes En Plein Air top prize

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DRAÍOCHT Art Gallery in Adare’s En Plein Air painting competition drew a large entry, thanks to novelty and Regeneron’s €1000 prize money as well as goodies from local business.

Sheila Richardson of Contact Studios took top place with her work for the reward of €500. The artist and art therapist is pictured with church sponsor / judge Henry Morgan, gallery owner Andrew Timoney and judge Christina Kennedy, senior curator of Exhibits at Irish Museum of Modern Art.

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Interestingly, movie star Patrick Bergin also committed to the judging panel for this August challenge; a sprained ankle detained him overseas but Skype or some such device enabled participation.