For the past nine years thousands of people have flocked to the county to visit the artists over the Whitsun Bank Holiday and buy paintings, sculpture, jewellery, photography, cards and textiles.
The umbrella organisation behind the event in the past – Derbyshire Open Arts – is not coordinating the artists this year, but that hasn’t stopped them, and many are pressing ahead with their plans and spreading the open days across the month.
Two of the biggest events will be during the Whitsun weekend at Rowsley and Darley Dale just a short distance from each other on the A6 so you can definitely make a day of it if you head out in that direction.
At the Whitworth Centre in Darley Dale 27 members of the Peak District Artisans will be gathering from May 23-25.
Among them will be mixed media painters Ingrid Karlsson-Kemp and Louise Jannetta, ceramicist Sue Gorman, photographer Michela Griffith, lettering artist Elizabeth Forrest and fine artist Mark Langley who have all been featured in artsbeat in the past.
Alongside them will be Cheryl Wilbraham who is an award-winning botanical artist; photographers Chris Farrow and Keith Wright; Liz Wellby who explores print, drawing and sculpture and makes wonderful birds and animals in sculpted wire; ceramicist Ruth Robinson; Kate Pheasey who creates mosaics using a variety of materials from gold leaf and stained glass to rusty metal and found objects and Zoe Badger whose lino cut prints reveal her love for pattern, shape and colour.
There will be paintings by Brian and Maggie Robinson, and Sarah Sharpe, who are all from Sheffield, Jenny Mather, Lynn Wilkinson, Justine Nettleton, Steve Elliott and Verina Warren.
There will be an abundance of contemporary jewellery from Judith Brown who creates beautiful work with a variety of textile techniques; Rachel Emmerson, who creates fine enamel pieces; Brenda Ford, whose enamelled treasures are created on copper and Karin Sheldon who uses ancient techniques from Japan and Korea.
Newcomers to the artisans this year are woodturner Roger Waterhouse ceramicist Vivienne Sillar whose hand-built work is inspired by the streamlined shapes of animals and birds.
The Old Station Gallery will be hosting Arts In The Village at Rowsley’s Peak Shopping Village on May 24 and 25.
Among the 30 artists and makers exhibiting there will be painters Susan Bedford, Ruth Gray, Georgia Peskett, Natalie Hallows, Suzi Thompson, Howard Levitt, Barbara Colbert, Peter Watson, Rachael Collier and Ian Mackay; photographer Natasha Braitwaite, willow crafter Rachel Evans, ceramicists John Hermansen and Farah Batool; jewellery designers Lisa Smith and Rosie Degan and furniture designer Malcolm Smith.
This event will be fun for all the family as there will also be face painting, acoustic musicians and entertainment, arts and crafts workshops for children, henna tattooing, and of course there’s a chance to fit in some shopping.
In Belper, as it is the town’s annual arts festival there is an art trail involving more than 90 artists across shops, cafes, pubs, hotels and even churches, during the first May bank holiday May 3 and 4 (please note the date as this was wrong in the April issue).
And then for the Whitsun weekend it is Belper Open Houses, which is in its fifth year and has 20 venues taking part. They will be open from 10.30am-4.30pm on the Saturday and Sunday and until 4pm on the Monday.
Among the artists taking part are award-winning Jenny Oldknow at her studio at 56 Pinewood Road, Margaret Rose at 2 Lancaster Rise, Ross Sallaway at Oakholme Lodge, 9 Church Lane and Sheila Guyatt at 51 Over Lane. There will also be several artists, including Jayne Nemeth at the community venue No. 28 in the Market Place and others, including Maggie Sutton, at The Christ Church, The Triangle. All the venues will be clearly marked with black and white bunting and balloons.To plan your route for the visit you can download a brochure with full details about the event at belperopenhouses.com
Six more members of the Peak District Artisans are getting together at Beechenhill Farm, Ilam, home of contemporary folk artist Sue Prince.
Alongside Sue will be fine artists Catriona Hall and Janet Mayled, botanical artist Vivien Wilson, Melvyn Tolley who makes handcrafted Windsor chairs and the woodcarvings and ceramics from Newfields Gallery near Froghall.
Sue is promising plenty of parking, tea and cake from May 23-25.
Solo artists who are inviting you to their studios include sculptor Eddie Hallam who creates his amazing bronze wildlife sculptures at his Riber farmhouse near Matlock. His exhibition will be on from May 16-24 and he will be giving informal talks and demonstrations throughout the week.
Not too far from his studio is the home of artist Susan Burgess who will be staging an exhibition of her paintings from May 23-25 from 11am-4pm at Neathbank, Holt Lane, Lea.
John Connolly the featured artist in this month’s artsbeat (read more on page 9 of this month’s artsbeat) is opening up his studio in Bolsover from May 23-25 and award-winning Rob Wilson will be exhibiting his most recent work including paintings of Manchester, Amsterdam and his home town Whaley Bridge where his studio at 21 Hockerley Avenue is open on May 23 and 24 from 11am-5pm.
In Buxton Louise Jannetta’s Dale Road studio will be open for both bank holiday weekends May 2-4 and May 23-25. Take the chance to have a look at some of her new work.
At Melbourne the team behind the town’s annual festival are staging a May Art Fayre with work by popular artists from the September event including Barbara Bagley, Stevie Davies and Nicki Dennett.
At Holymoorside near Chesterfield a group of 12 artists are staging Spring Bank Open Arts in the village hall from May 23-25. A number of them will be demonstrating their work – Olinda Everett will be encouraging a hands-on approach to ceramics; artist Caroline McFarlane will be offering on-the-spot portraits; Trudy Roe will be working on a Coptic book with decorative stitched spine; Lesley Nason will show how to make ceramic tree pendants and Jennie Merriman will create Elizabethan inspired embroidery slips. They will be there from 11am-5pm on Saturday, 10am-5pm on Sunday and 10am-4pm on Monday.
If you head over to Cromford you will have the chance to visit three venues all hosting different artists. The Derbyshire Arts Co-operative is a group of eight artists who are basing themselves at Cromford Mill and they will be there from May 22-28 with work in a wide variety of media. Members Sandi Williams, fused glass, Pete Martin, wood turning and Heather Arbon, contemporary textiles, will be joined by guests Annie Nicoll, mosaics, Anne Alldread, felted textiles, Sue Barber, painting, Julie Walton, jewellery and Maureen Greenland, ceramics.
Cromford Studio and Gallery’s owner Martin Sloman will be joined at his Market Place venue by painter Pete Gill and ceramicist Joanna Kay at various times during the weekend and of course he will have work by all his usual artists on display.
Just a short drive away, in Holloway, is Studio 61 – The Karina Goodman Gallery – where there will be jewellery demonstrations, willow weaving, painting in the courtyard, a children’s colouring competition and an Art Boot Sale. Check out Karina’s website studio61gallery.co.uk updates.
At Baslow the Hastings Road (Sheffield) Art Group will be staging their annual exhibition in the village hall on May 23 and 24 from 10am-5pm.
A little further, North Barlow artist Val Hudson, will be opening her studio at her home, 49 Springfield Road, Barlow, as part of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Artists Open Studios called Open Up on May 3 and 4 and then 9 and 10 from 11am-5pm.
She exhibits her abstract paintings regularly at Gallerytop, Rowsley and has a solo show at Tarpey Gallery at Castle Donington in the summer.
The Art Room at Long Eaton will be open on May 30 and 31 from 10am-4pm with a wide variety of art from woodturning and enamelling to pyrography and weaving on display. There will also be plenty of demonstrations by the artists who work from the studios at the former lace factory and their guest artisans. There is plenty of parking and there will be refreshments available.
In Kirk Ireton artists including Ann Bates (read more about her in this month’s artsbeat) will be exhibiting their work as part of the Hill Top Open Gardens event on May 30 and 31. Eleven gardens in the village will be open from 1-5pm each day.
In Glossop five artists will be joining in the festivities for the Whitsun Bank Holiday from 11am-5pm from May 23-25. Landscape artist Simon Parkin will be at his studio, 43 High Street East, Glossop and at the Brook Street Studios there will be jewellery designer Jacqui Bayliss, print maker, Barbara Helm, textile designer Carmen Etches and Glo Palmer who works with stained glass.