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August 10, 2009

Wet Paint Gallery Launch on 14th August

Wet Paint Gallery Launch The Wet Paint Gallery Officially Launches.

The "Wet Paint Gallery" in Emly Square in Athy will be hosting a Launch of the experimental project on Friday Night August 14th. at 7.30pm

The Gallery, which has caused a great deal of excitement in the town already, is open to local artists of all media and styles. The project is entirely staffed by volunteering artists and is seeking to promote art in the area.

Local Artist and Curator of "Wet Paint" Andrew Farrelly said "we have been inundated with people interested in what we are doing here, it has been a very exciting time for art in Athy and for the Wet Paint Gallery."   

The Project was the brainchild of the "Shop Athy" group, in a bid to enhance the cultural life of the town centre, and the gallery has certainly lived up to and exceeded that aspiration.

Painters, Photographers, Sculptors, Video Artists, and many more are represented in the gallery collection, all of which is for sale at recession beating prices.

Andrew Farrelly makes the point that in difficult financial times we all need something to cheer us up and is looking forward to cheering up a lot of people at Fridays Launch party.

Johannah Lyons, Linda Holligan, and other local artists are using the Gallery as Studio space during the day, making an interesting visit an exciting one.

Ken Walshe, Shop Athy Chairperson said "The Wet Paint Gallery has been a fantastic success since opening its doors on the Tri Athy weekend, and has recieved an unprecented amount of positive feedback from members and non members of the Shop Athy Group"  "We at Shop Athy are  very excited by the development of the Gallery and look forward to greater things to come."   

Mr Walshe also expressed the hope that local people would see the commercial benefits to the town that such an intiaitive undoubtedly brings, "Athy is a beautiful town with huge potential, it's image as a relatively untouched market town makes it very desirable for people to visit, the addition of a high profile Art Gallery serves only to enhance the reputation of the town as a tourist destination".

The Launch of the Wet Paint Gallery on August 14th will see a range of new and exciting artists in various fields exhibiting for the first time, Entertainment for the evening will be equally varied and exciting. Mr. Farrelly was remaining tight lipped about rumours relating to the centerpiece for the launch, "watch this space" was all he would say.

The Wet Paint Gallery can be contacted by e-mail on or telephone 086-8696391 or by calling into the Gallery during opening hours which are 10am to 6pm during the week; the Wet Paint Gallery tends to be open until about midnight during the weekends making it an ideal spot to drop in on an evening stroll.