24th June, 2017

PDA Members selected for the 2017 Derbyshire Open

Seven members are celebrating their success in having work selected for the 35th Derbyshire Open.

The Derbyshire Open Art competition is now in its 35th year, entrants are asked to create an image that captures what Derbyshire means to them, be it a landscape, a portrait of a local person or a depiction of a local legend, work is selected by an independent panel of four judges; Peak District Artisans are delighted that seven of its members have had work selected for this long running exhibition.

Mark Langley is celebrating this year as not only have both of his submissions been accepted but he is this year’s first prize winner of The Derbyshire Trophy with his piece ‘Pavilion Reflection’. Mark is well known for his use of coloured pencil and graphite to produce realistic depictions of animals, architecture and landscapes; however for this piece he looked to a different medium, Mark has used watercolour for less than ten paintings but has returned to the media in recent times. Mark originally painted ‘Pavilion Reflections’ for last year’s Buxton Spa Prize; “This painting was the second choice of location where I had the freedom to choose the place. I had an idea the windows and architectural theme would be visually strong if I simplified the painting away from a realistic way I have used typically. A bold colourful picture to enhance the picture felt right. I somehow managed to complete it in about eight days. I drew on my earlier life as an illustrator and it was enjoyable to do something different in the process of altering and modifying again.” ‘Pavilion Reflections’ can also be seen widely around Buxton in the next two months as it is the cover image for the June/July edition of Pure Buxton. Mark’s second selected entry is ‘Aspectus Apricus’.

Mark is not the only member celebrating an award Sue Lewis-Blake also had two pieces of work selected, ‘Cloud Rise’ and ‘Sunday’. The painting of Froggatt Edge entitled ‘Sunday’ has won one of the Derbyshire County Council Awards; Sue was inspired by the memory of a walk on Froggatt Edge, Sue explained that she rarely paint’s figures and her preferred medium is watercolour so it was something of a risk submitting this work; “Cloud Rise”, also oil on canvas, was developed from sketches of the views near her home in Stanton in Peak.

Rebecca Morledge’s ‘Market Day, Ilkeston’, is a watercolour and ink piece, Rebecca took inspiration from the place where she grew up and still lives, she wanted to capture “the busy and positive feeling that you get in Ilkeston on a sunny market day as it is a town which has struggled to stay positive sometimes. Market days draw the community together and remind us that it is still our Ilkeston.”

Cath Dunn has had her piece “Plantation to Stanage” selected; she wanted to capture the drama of one of Derbyshire’s millstone grit edges. “Plantation to Stanage will be a familiar walk to many and is a walk I have done many times. I am interested in the patterns of the land, the edge against the sky, and the steepness and rockiness of this approach to Stanage”

Sarah Sharpe’s piece ‘Soul Sanctuary’, which is painted in oil and acrylic on a wood panel with a beeswax finish, was inspired by the Longshaw Estate and has a very personal meaning for her as it was painted “after several visits with my daughter who had been seriously ill. It was one of the first places we want to for a walk to build up her strength and it became a haven of soul soothing sanctuary for both my daughter and I. As we were walking our circular walk, I couldn’t help but think of the soldiers sent there to recuperate during the 1st World War, hoping that it was some sort of sanctuary for them too”.

Janet Mayled’s ‘Leaving the Quarry’ is a large-scale piece painted in acrylic Janet was inspired by observing the quarry train leaving Tunstead Quarry, Dove Holes. “I loved the shape of the curving track and the piles of limestone with beautiful swirling shapes within it. I felt this was suitable for a picture that represents the Derbyshire landscape both past and present.”

Roger Allen is no stranger to the Derbyshire Open having previously won award’s on three separate occasions, most recently last year for his picture ‘Winter Quarters’. This year Roger has had his piece ‘The Dove Valley from Cold Eaton’ selected and it has received a commendation from the judging panel

All selected works for the 35th Derbyshire Open will be on display at The Buxton Museum on Terrace Road from Saturday 24th June 2017 until Friday 1st September 2017.