High Peak Artists have launched a brand new exhibition running from 5th July – 12th September 2017 celebrating Derbyshire water, as part of the Buxton Festival Fringe 2017 – which has also opened on 5th July. The diverse exhibition will feature paintings, textiles, ceramics, linocuts, jewellery, glass & photography, with works taking inspiration from the many water features that lie amongst the beautiful Derbyshire landscape.
30 members of the High Peak Artists are taking part and the collection of works feature popular and well known artists such as Jill Kerr – specialising in linocuts, popular landscape watercolour artist Kathy Macmillan and Helen Andre who makes mainly floral and nature inspired pieces of wearable glass art.
Every year Buxton Festival Fringe review various events with a superb review for this exhibition, saying ‘Located upstairs in the Pavilion Gardens’ Art Cafe and showcasing the award-winning High Peak Artists group, the exhibition flanks the walls, drawing the viewer in both through the quality of the art and the useful and intriguing write-ups provided by the creators.’ Read the full review here: www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/reviews2017.
Most art work is available to purchase – enquire within the gallery for further details. The Art Café is conveniently located with the Pavilion Gardens Café if you fancy a spot of lunch while you’re here.
New artists join Gallery in the Gardens exhibition
High Peak Artists have also announced that three new artists have joined their permanent Gallery in the Gardens exhibition at Pavilion Gardens which features work by many acclaimed and award winning artists such as Eric Wilson, Pauline Townsend, Jill Kerr, Louise Jannetta, Yvonne Oates, Catriona Hall, Howard Levitt,Kathy MacMillan and Ingrid Katarina Karlsson.
Rebecca Albrecht is registered with Sheffield Assay Office and works in sterling silver, sometimes incorporating semi-precious stones and cubic zirconia sparkles. She uses current trends to inspire her designs – for example the fascination with padlocks –and her aim is to make stylish silver jewellery that is a pleasure to wear. The gallery have a fantastic range of jewellery for sale with work by seven different makers in all.
Suzy Shackleton an award winning felt artist who creates contemporary, vibrant wall hangings using traditional felt making techniques. Each piece is hand rolled and wet felted using inlays and needle felting. The fibres are layered to gradually build up depth and tone. She loves exciting textures, bold designs and compositions that tell a story, but most of all she is inspired by colour.
Pentimento are partners Caroline Hewitt and Jaki Darlington who specialise in distinctive hand built ceramics, producing character driven animal sculptures and British birds. Through experimentation with printmaking processes onto the surface of clay, they have developed a range of illustrative ceramic tiles decorated with oxides, underglazes and lustres. In the gallery we have a range of ceramic birds and a series of elephant sculptures alongside the decorative tiles.
Who are High Peak Artists?
Established in 1996 when Maurice Roberts, the manager of the Pavilion Gardens, having allowed local artists to sell their work outside the swimming pool, offered them the opportunity to set up an exhibition in an empty council building – The Pump Room.
The group evolved into High Peak Artists and they went on to operate a seasonal gallery in the Pump Room for 12 years. In 2009 the Pavilion Gardens was redeveloped to incorporate a Tourist Information Centre alongside a permanent home for the artists – Gallery in the Gardens.
About the Gallery
The group now has 45 members covering a multitude of disciplines including various forms of painting; printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, glass, wood, textiles & jewellery. And the best thing is, everything you see here at the exhibition is available to buy, so you can find something truly unique and even collect pieces by your favourite artist.
Hand made by local craftsmen – unlike imported, mass produced products on sale elsewhere. It is also one of the few free, wet weather visitor attractions in the Peak District! If you fancy some lunch or a hot drink a full menu is available in the Pavilion Gardens Café.
The gallery has been a huge success and frequently receives praise for the quality, variety and affordability of the work on offer. A waiting list operates and membership is by selection for artists who wish to exhibit here. Get in touch to find out more. All members are local artists & makers and the group receives no external funding and is entirely self-sufficient.
The Art Café
Short term exhibitions by members are offered in a mezzanine gallery – The Art Café – above the Pavilion Gardens Café. World renowned wildlife artist Eric Wilson has a solo exhibition on display until 12th May. A new exhibition ‘Seeing is Believing’ featuring artworks by Kathy MacMillan, Emma Sidwell and Maureen Howard takes over until 4th July. This is followed by the group’s major annual exhibition for the Buxton Fringe, this year the theme is ‘Derbyshire H²O’. This exhibition will also be entered in the Buxton Art Trail on 15th-16th July.
Many members offer tuition in their artform like Pauline Townsend – silk painting; Carl Longmate – oil painting; Hannah Dodd – feltmaking; Caroline Chouler – ceramics; Dave & Jan Butcher – photography; Eric Wilson – wildlife painting; Adele Kime – jewellery; Louise Jannetta – printmaking and David Woodrow – painting & drawing.
A highly talented group of 45 local artists & makers look forward to welcoming you to Gallery in the Gardens at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.
Gallery in the Gardens, Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Rd, Buxton, SK17 6BE
Tel: 07849 673058 (during opening hours)
Opening times: Daily (except Xmas & January), normal Pavilion Gardens opening times apply.