High Peak Artists, a group of local artists with a permanent exhibition at Gallery in the Gardens in the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton continue to develop and expand for 2018 – introducing four new artists:
Simon Denvers is a designer/maker of contemporary home wares. All Simon’s products are designed and made in his small workshop in Glossop and the gallery says they have already proved a huge hit with customers.
His range includes laser cut wood veneered clocks and coasters. With a strong mathematical and scientific background, Simon begins by hand drawing his designs and then uses computer software to ‘grow the objects’ within a 3D design package. The items are cut in his workshop, or built on his 3D printer, then hand finished. All items are made using sustainable materials from local dealers.
Joanna Allen is an artist, printmaker and textile designer. Her designs of charming little birds, magical gardens and romantic florals are presented using mixed media paintings, etchings, collographs and monoprints. Joanna is also displaying several of her luxurious silk scarves which have been digitally printed with her designs.
You’re sure to see a lot of one of Joanna’s designs this summer, as it was the winning entry in the competition to design the front cover for this year’s Buxton Festival Fringe brochure!
Lisa Salt is a jeweller from Leek. Lisa begins with small pieces of smooth, beach-found, sea washed pottery. Then using tiny brushes, she paints her intricate designs on the reverse of the pottery, before varnishing them and setting them in jewellery findings. She also hand makes tiny clay tiles and these are painted in the same way.
With most items priced at £22, her range of pendants, necklaces, bracelets, brooches and earrings are brilliant value. Lisa’s latest work is influenced by the bold and intricate designs of William Morris. After painting, each item is signed by Lisa meaning that they are a unique miniature item of wearable art. Most items are also presented in a bespoke tiny gift pack!
Elizabeth Swift is a textile artist from New Mills. In the gallery she is showing framed, hand felted artworks of birds, animals and landscape. Elizabeth is inspired by her passion for wildlife and the natural world. She describes her work as ‘painting with fibres’.
Wool fleece, silk and other materials are layered over a bamboo mat and then compressed with a wooden felting roller and hot soapy water until the fibres knit together to form one piece of felt. Once dry, detail is added using a barbed felting needle. Her artworks are colourful and early sales suggest they will be very popular!
Why not call into Gallery in the Gardens to see the work of the new members? They join an exciting group which includes seven jewellers, four ceramic artists, a mosaic artist, two photographers, a wood tuner, a glass artist, three textile artists and a variety of artists & printmakers using different media. All are from the local area and you won’t find their work on the High Street!
About the Gallery
The group now has over 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.
Gallery in the Gardens exhibition at Pavilion Gardens 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.
All work is handmade 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.
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.