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News 2023

Our summer exhibition

Hundreds of visitors enjoyed a wide ranging display of artwork from 30 of our members. The winning pictures were selected by our President Carol Hill and local artist Ruth Gray. There was also a Public Choice Award. The winners are:

Best Picture: Still Life by Jan Scott

Best Special Topic: Still Life by Jan Scott

Best Watercolour: Summer Shade by Maggie Sutton

Best Acrylic: Helen by Jan Scott

Best Oil: Ashford in the Water by Marilyn Micallef and In my Kitchen by Ruth Gordon

Best Mixed Media: Over the Edge by Sheena Fowkes

Best Pastel/Drawing: Flying High by Carol Mumford

Best Collection: Mark Rodgers

Public Choice Award: Hunter's Moon over Bilberry Knoll by Jan Scott

Highly Commended Awards to:

Mark Rodgers, Chris Holt, Maggie Sutton, Paula Letts, Jenny Tye, Jan Scott, Les Mooney, Teresa Bailey, Sue Barber and Maggie Sutton.

June 2023 Workshop
We were very grateful to Wirksworth artist Jenny Aitkin who kindly stepped in to run our June Demonstration and Workshop. Jenny shared lots of tips and tricks to help us bring light into our paintings. During the morning she created a lovely picture and guided us through our own work in the afternoon workshop session.  
 

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May 2023 Workshop
A delightful workshop with Sue Nicol who showed us how to use texture paste in our oil paintings. A former teacher, Sue created a beautiful landscape with light and depth and introduced us all to 'pigment sticks' to add vibrancy to our pictures. She went on to highlight her techniques for painting buildings, trees and seascapes.
 
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And these are the pictures members created during the workshop.



















 

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April 2023 Workshop 
Rick Holmes is an outstanding pastel painter who has had two pieces of work accepted for The Pastel Society Exhibition in 2022. He delivered an interesting demonstration and busy workshop which helped us all produce some great pictures. 

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March 2023 Workshop
Peter Wooley provided an entertaining and informative morning demonstration of his watercolour skills. He showed us how to paint waterfalls - without painting the water! He shared his useful tips and use of a limited palatte to create effective landscapes.

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February 2023 Workshop
Kate Wrigglesworth used gouache and watercolour pencils for detail in her joyful demonstration of creating movement and flow in painting. She showed us how to use our freedom of expression by encouraging us to follow our own imagination in our artwork.

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January 2023 Workshop
We're very grateful to our President Carol Hill for sharing her amazing water colour skills and excellent tips at our first workshop of 2023. Carol created a wonderful landscape of Cromford Mill pond to a packed room of members and guests.

















 

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