One of the largest art festivals in the region is being staged at Patchings Arts Centre this week.
As well as being a magnet to all artists because of its practical workshops and demonstrations it is also a great event for being able to meet artists and see their work.
This year the festival which is from June 9-12, has more than 250 carefully selected exhibitors and several of them are from Derbyshire.
Art centre owner Chas Wood said: “Our ethos remains the same as always. This festival provides an opportunity for artists, makers and photographers to meet with visitors and showcase their work.
By working during the event and being keen to engage in conversation they clearly illustrate their talent and skill. With such a number of participants, the range of work, styles and materials on show at this festival is truly remarkable in terms of variety.”
There is a varied programme of events spread across the festival’s four days with guest artists including John Sprakes, Geoff Kersey (work pictured above), from Darley Dale, Bruce Mulcahy, Peter Barker, Ken Howard RA, David Curtis, Dora Bertolutti Howard, Hazel Soan and Derbyshire wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering.
There will also be six artists demonstrating watercolour painting on each of the four days.
Other Derbyshire artists exhibiting include Steve McLoughlin, Sheila Gill, Sandy Hillyer, Nic Procter, Linda Wain, Laura Donaldson, John Hermansen, John Connolly, Janet Mayled, James Sharp, Anne Wassail and Anne Alldread.
There will also be a dedicated photography marquee, daily musical entertainment and activities for children and young people. As always there will be a huge area dedicated to art and craft materials with all the main players in manufacturing and supplies.
For more information go to http://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk