66th Wexford Opera Festival

19th October-5th November 2017

66th Wexford Festival Opera

2017 marks the 66th Anniversary of the Wexford Opera Festival. Since 1951 this town has hosted what has become know as one of the World's most remarkable small festivals. The Festival has gained an enviable international reputation for the quality of its performances and the unique atmosphere that this quintessential community Festival generates in Wexford.  Each year the Talbot Hotel Wexford offers complimentary bus transfers to all Guests attending the Opera at the Wexford Opera House. All guests staying in the Hotel can avail of our complimentary Shuttle service from the Hotel to the National Opera House. We are delighted to once again host some of the countries most renowned artists as they showcase their work during this years festival, Art Exhibitions are open daily for the duration of the festival. 

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Jacinta Crowley-Long, The Pike Suite 19th - 30th Oct

Jacinta is a professional artist who has a deserved reputation as Ireland’s foremost contemporary canine and equestrian artist. She exhibits internationally at Christies and the Mall Galleries, London; The Salon de la Rochelle and the American Academy of Equine Art. Her paintings are held in corporate and private collections worldwide, including the OPW, De Beers, SA, ETP and BP Dublin, The Society of Equestrian Artists and the En Plein Eire painters and is represented by various galleries in Ireland. In 2014 and 2015 she received 4 American Art Awards juried by the 25 best USA galleries with submissions from 50 countries. This is her Twentieth year exhibiting in the Talbot Wexford. Exhibition online at www.crowley-long.com.


Dónal Ó Braonáin, The Webb Suite, 19th - 30th Oct

Donal attended the National College of Art & Design, of which he is an associate member of ANCAD, where he won the coveted NCAD prize in the History of Art & Design. During his childhood he spent most of his time on the Barrow which is one of the sources of his love of boats and his translucent river scenes show his love of light & reflections. Donal’s work hangs in Banks and Corporate Offices and in numerous houses throughout Ireland and abroad. 

The Denis Collins Gallery, The O'Brien Suite, 19th Oct - 5th Nov

Darragh Treacy, The Maguire Suite, 31st Oct - 5th Nov

Darragh Treacy was born in 1973 and raised just outside Avoca, Co. Wicklow. Darragh is predominately self taught and favours the use of oils with an impressionist style.  It was Darragh’s father, the artist Liam Treacy, that first introduced Darragh to painting “en plein air”, something which Darragh still enjoys today.  Darragh’s subject matter is varied and includes still-life, landscapes and street scenes. Having exhibited at the Wexford Opera Festival since 2011 he is also a member of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club, exhibiting at its annual exhibition in Dun Laoghaire and W.B Yeats anniversary exhibition in City Assembly House Dublin.  Darragh has exhibited in numerous group shows in Ireland and the UK receiving an award in 2016 at the Patching Festival in Nottinghamshire.   While working all year round on private commissions, his work can also be found in private collections at home and abroad.  Darragh also works as a set designer and his work has brought him much critical acclaim and numerous design awards from the Institute of Designers of Ireland.

Margaret Kent, The Wilson Suite 19th - 30th OctMargaret lives in rural Wexford surrounded by beautiful scenery & inspirational subjects which account for her passion for en plein air painting.Her paintings are a spontaneous impression of the subject as she interprets & portrays it. Margaret is a member of The Watercolour Society of Ireland & a President's prize winner. Also a member of The Ulster Watercolour Society & a signature member of the International Plein Air Painters. Her works hang in UL, Dept of Foreign Affairs, HSE,Hertz Ireland, The Royal Marine Hotel, to name but a few.  Exhibition online at to www.margaretkentartist.com  

Lar Joyce, First Floor Foyer 19th Oct - 30th Oct & The Webb Suite 31st Oct - 5th Nov

Lar Joyce is a self-taught artist based in Wexford. Lar has being drawing and painting at a professional level for the past five years and has begun exhibiting and selling his art work in many galleries both originals and prints. Lar likes to create a large variety of work concentrating mainly on charcoal and oil paintings. Strength of technique allows each new work to be fresh and distinct from the work that has come before.

Beveledge by Donal Murphy, First Floor Foyer 
Beveledge is owned by Donal Murphy of Clonroche, who lovingly designs and creates handmade wood crafts and furniture.  Each piece is individually handcrafted from carefully selected hardwoods, chosen only from sustainable sources. At this year’s exhibition, Donal will be showcasing his Signature Collection along with Urban by Beveledge which now includes birch ply as well as well as his renowned walnut and ash products. 

Irish Dungan, Exhibition of Pebbles, Fresh Water Pearls & Semi Precious Stones Jewellery
The Lobby, 21st & 22nd Oct, 28th & 29th & 30th Oct, 4th & 5th Nov

Antiques Fair, The Slaney Suite 26th - 30th Oct 12pm to 7.30pm


The Wexford Book, Coin & Collectables Fair, Slaney Suite 5th Nov @ 11am - 5pm Admission €2.00