The People’s art exhibition took place during, what was another rainy weekend in Dublin. However, a bit of rain didn’t intimidate art lovers, or dampen the spirits of passing pedestrians.
On a dull day like Saturday, where there was no trace of blue in the sky above, it was a pleasant sight to see the black rails of St. Stephen’s Green adorned with colourful paintings and drawings of all genres, forms and for everyone’s creative tastes.
More than 50 artists took part in this exhibition, transforming the park into an open air gallery; most of whom were Irish, some from Dublin, others from the Midlands, and a few more hailing from Venezuela, Spain, Russia and Poland.
Given the international array of talent, I was surprised to see that the majority of work on display portrayed Ireland’s landscapes and seascapes. Each one of them had, of course, a different style: from impressionist techniques to detailed acrylic painting. Still life, portraits, abstract works, minimalism, and pop-art proudly took over the street and unfolded before my eyes.
While some artists were sitting quietly in a row of fold up chairs, greeting possible buyers with a nod of the head and a smile, some were warming up by sipping a cuppa and enlightening the onlookers.
The People’s Art Exhibition was a fantastic showcase where both young and “older” artists exhibited their own unique creations – giving people the opportunity to buy an original work with no fear of finding a duplicate (some ending up with their very own bespoke portrait.)
This open air art gallery also provided more than an exhibition enclosed in a museum could. Here, it was possible to meet the artist, talk to them, and discover a little part of their world. It also gave visitors the chance to utilise three of the senses: sight (admiring the painting), smell (we could smell the odours of the colours, and touch (the texture and the different materials used in the artwork).
Art is a form of expression and communication, and usually, the ultimate interpretation differs from one another, as well as from the message that the artist wants to communicate. It is an art that really gives freedom of expression to the artist, and freedom of thoughts to those who admire.
St. Stephen’s Green, for a weekend, became the heart of an artistic-cultural exchange.