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THE Clare Echo is officially launching its Winter Readers’ Photo Competition – with the winner getting their photograph transformed into a stunning museum quality oil painting courtesy of Smart Art.

The theme for this first competition is ‘Beautiful Clare’ and we’re looking for our readers to take a photograph of anything beautiful in the county, whether it’s the Cliffs of Moher or the next door neighbour’s dog.

Any amateur photographer can enter, the closing date is November 19 (Sunday week) and we will be naming the 5 finalists’ photos online with the winner being announced in our November 23 issue. To enter, email your photo to

Smart Art offer Ireland’s only professional Photo-To-Oil painting service. They take your photo, whether it be captured from your wedding day, the arrival of a new born or even a snap of the family pet and one of their skilled artists will transform this into a 100%, hand created Oil Painting. Gift vouchers are also available which are extremely popular all year round but especially for Christmas.

Smart Art was born in Galway, West of Ireland in 2016 to self proclaimed “affordable art superhero” Sean Rowland.

Specialising in the supply of art for homes & businesses, Smart Art take pride in their ‘affordable art for all’ ethos with oil paintings starting from just €49 and never exceeding a relatively modest €299.


Smart Art are giving away a brilliant prize


“We believe we should make quality art affordable for everyone. We talk ‘human’ and keep things simple so that you too can enjoy the beauty of museum quality oil paintings. Our price tag is something we are very proud of here at Smart Art HQ” said Rowland.

“Like most other art suppliers, our artwork is authentic and of excellent quality and we are delighted to team up with the Clare Echo in this fantastic competition to transform a well deserved winning photo into a unique oil painting that can be treasured for a life time” Rowland concluded.


An example of what Smart Art can do


All of Smart Art’s work, including featured work of their local artists can be viewed at their gallery in Athenry (by appointment) or online at Sean can be contacted on 091 450516 or


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