Derbyshire Arts Weekend – its free

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 http://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.

Portrait and wildlife artist Clare Walton will be opening her studio and exhibiting paintings and prints during Derbyshire Open Arts Weekend 2011. Clare will also be launching a brand new cartoon collection. Clare’s studio is at Via Gellia Mill, Via Gellia, Bonsall, Near Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2AJ and her studio will be open daily, 10am to 6pm, from 27th May to 30th May, Telephone: 01629 825305;  

Also exhibiting at the same venue are High Stone Gallery (photography by Ian Daisley), Liz Linell (pastel and ink panels on chipboard) and Netty Reddish (homeware, puzzles, pictures and jewellery).

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.

Chris Sabian is co owner of http://www.peakdistrictview.com and http://www.paragonprints.co.uk

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