Derbyshire hosts Open Arts event

Derbyshire Open Arts Festival 2011 - Holymoorside Village Hall Jennie Merriman
Derbyshire Open Arts Festival 2011 - Holymoorside Village Hall Jennie Merriman

THE flourishing local art scene was firmly in the spotlight at the weekend as part of the Derbyshire Open Arts 2011 event. This was the sixth of these open arts events across the county and the Dales was strongly represented.

Artists threw open the doors to local homes, studios, public halls and other venues to allow the public the chance to meet them, admire their work and find out more about their creative motivation.

Furniture maker Malcolm David Smith with a collection of his bespoke tables and chair at his studio in Cromford, one of many artists exhibiting their work in the Derbyhsire Open Arts festival.

Furniture maker Malcolm David Smith with a collection of his bespoke tables and chair at his studio in Cromford, one of many artists exhibiting their work in the Derbyhsire Open Arts festival.

The event attracted around 220 artists exhibiting in groups or on their own in 84 venues, an increase of some 30 per cent on 2010 and a great leap forward from the original 70 founding members.

Locally, the list was a long one and among those taking part across the Dales are modern mosaic artist Kate Pheasey from Bakewell, stoneware pots maker Ray Gridley of Baslow, Middleton-by-Youlgrave’s Diane Kettle and her traditional and contemporary Peak District landscapes and Bakewell-based Maja Mihailovic’s painted interpretations of old family photos.

In addition, there was Darley Dale’s John Sutcliffe and his painting and drawings inspired by both the human spirit and the natural world, Lucy Palmer – also from Darley Dale – and her jewellery inspired by myths, legends and folklore, Darley Dale-based David Gibbons and his unique gold coin of the winning Olympic design, plus pastel and ink on panels on chipboard by Liz Linell of Bonsall.

Visitors could also enjoy the likes of Polyanna Pickering’s wildlife studies, oils and acrylics from Matlock-based Christine Lloyd, paintings by Carol Hill of Tansley and Cromford-based Duncan Simpson’s watercolours inspired by both the Derwent Valley and The Hebrides.

Jewelllery maker Anne Clark of Angel Eden pictured at Cromford Mill during the Derbyshire Open Arts festival.

Jewelllery maker Anne Clark of Angel Eden pictured at Cromford Mill during the Derbyshire Open Arts festival.

Derbyshire Open Arts Festival 2011 - Peel Centre Dronfield Julie Whitham

Derbyshire Open Arts Festival 2011 - Peel Centre Dronfield Julie Whitham