Two weeks of great events, check out http://www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk/
I shall be right in the middle of Wirksworth inside The Wirksworth Framing Company , 22 Market Place, Matlock, DE4 4ET on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th, demonstrating Chinese Painting. Come and have a go yourself, and if you want, sign up for an all day workshop.
The Art in the Gardens was a fantastic display of so many local artists, and business was brisk for many of them, in spite of the recession. The Preview evening is magical as the sun sets and the domes of the Botannical gardens are lit by turqoise lights. People spill out onto the grass from marquees glowing like some painting by Rembrandt, listening to the music, sipping wine and enjoying one of the last evenings of summer. It is an evening I love. The next days are less dreamy, but there is a real buzz as the other stall-holders set up their wares. Everything from jewellery to mirrors, wood turning, photography - something for everyone. There is music in the marquee down the bottom of the gardens, and fresh-cooked food even for the Gluten-free.
I plan to have my own stall one year, so then I will get to meet those who like my work enough to put their hard-earned cash down :)
CHESTERFIELD ART CLUB AT BASLOW - 28th - 30th August Bank Holiday W/E
This year there were too many pictures for the venue, which made a change! It was a nice show with very low priced original works of art, so if you want something affordable, then make sure you get along to the next Chesterfield Art Club Show in Chesterfield.
I won the prize for best Mixed Media entry with Stormchaser, my latest pastel-chipboard painting, so I was very happy. I did Chinese Brush Painting demos, met some amazingly interesting people who tried their hand at it, and as a result have enough people who would like to do a workshop.