Ian Whyte of Whyte's who opened the exhibition with Pat McGloughlin Hon. Secretary of the club (photo Liam Madden)

Ian Whyte of Whyte's who opened the exhibition with Pat McGloughlin Hon. Secretary of the club (photo Liam Madden)

The Dublin Painting & Sketching Club launched its 134th annual exhibition today (Sunday 15th April) in County Hall, Dun Laoghaire.

Artist Paul Kavanagh with one of his paintings at the exhibition opening (photo Liam Madden)

Artist Paul Kavanagh with one of his paintings at the exhibition opening (photo Liam Madden)

One of Ireland’s largest national group shows, it features fine art by more than 80 well-known contemporary Irish artists from Dublin and many parts of the country. All are members of the Club, among them some Royal Hibernian Academy artists. As many as some 290 works, including oil and watercolour paintings, pastels, lithographs, etchings and drawings are on offer.

A number of attractive artistic events in which the public can participate are planned again this year Details of which are available on the Club’s website.

Artists Fergal Flanagan and Noel Lewis at the exhibition opening (photo Liam Madden)

Artists Fergal Flanagan and Noel Lewis at the exhibition opening (photo Liam Madden)

Bram Stoker was one of the 12 founder members and the Club has chosen to mark the centenary of the author’s death as a special highlight at this year’s exhibition.

Curator Tony Strickland, artist Kate Bedell, artist Brian Gallagher and Aidan Doyle in front of a portrait of Bram Stoker by Aidan Hickey (photo Liam Madden)

Curator Tony Strickland, artist Kate Bedell, artist Brian Gallagher and Aidan Doyle in front of a specially comissioned portrait of Bram Stoker by Aidan Hickey (photo Liam Madden)

The exhibition continues until April 28th.

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