Open your mind at arts weekend

Local Artists: David Gibbons of Darley Dale, with his latest work to illustrate a passage from Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', is one of many artists who will be taking part in this year's Derbyshire Open Arts festival.
Local Artists: David Gibbons of Darley Dale, with his latest work to illustrate a passage from Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', is one of many artists who will be taking part in this year's Derbyshire Open Arts festival.

THE flourishing local art scene will be firmly in the spotlight later this month as part of the Derbyshire Open Arts 2011 event.

This will be the sixth of these open arts events across the county with this year’s to be held from May 28 to 30, and the Dales will be strongly represented with artists throwing open the doors to local homes, studios, public halls and other venues to allow the public the chance to meet some members of our artistic community, admire their work and find out more about their creative motivation.

There is also the hope that visitors will be able to buy an original piece of art or even be inspired to learn a new craft.

Across the county, the event has this year attracted around 220 artists exhibiting in groups or singly 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 is a long one and names and addresses of those who can be visited over the course of the weekend can be found in full at www.derbyshireopenarts.co.uk but 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 is 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.

You can 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.

The event is free and the list above represents just a small selection of the talented local artists involved, so please make sure you check out the Derbyshire Open Arts for a full list of the line-up.