Summer Exhibition at Gallerytop

Gallerytop at Rowsley’s Summer Exhibition will include the work of two Derbyshire artists who each have international reputations and whose work is highly sought after. 

Rex Preston and Andrew Macara have established themselves as prominent artists over long careers.  

While complaining about the weather is a national pastime, Rex always makes the most of it, weaving his magic among the mists in locations such as Lathkill Dale and Millers Dale. Andrew’s recent paintings are all about light and colour, with his classic beach scenes and the joy of the sun (pictured above).

Also exhibiting is John Paul Cooke, whose atmospheric paintings continue to be successful with many people who admire his calm, subdued palette. Paul Stone is a regular exhibitor and his astounding still life paintings are immediately recognisable. 

The show includes artists from further afield. Becky Reed is based in East Anglia, where she produces lyrical and mysterious woodland paintings, with expressive washes. 

Charlie O’Sullivan is hugely popular in her native Devon. Her narrative style and symbolism always intrigues viewers – so much so that Charlie provides a small drawing with her paintings to explain her inspiration.

The exhibition runs until early August. For more details go to