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Artwork being put on display

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 18, 2014

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PEAK District Artisans' members Michéla Griffith, Janet Mayled, Sue Prince and Cheryl Wilbraham are set to exhibit their work as part of the annual Derbyshire Open Arts (DOA) event over the late May bank holiday weekend, which this year falls on Saturday 24 May to Monday 26 May.

The group's event at The Haybarn, Beechenhill Farm, near Ilam, will open earlier than many DOA events at 10.30am, and continues until 5pm each day

County favours are split equally – two of the artists live and work in Derbyshire and two in Staffordshire.

On show will be a vibrant and eclectic selection of mixed media images, narrative folk art, botanical paintings and fine art photography. Homemade cakes, tea and coffee will be available with funds raised by the sale of refreshments going to two local charities, Alstonefield and Wetton First Responders, and Friends of the Peak District.

The event will be the first time that three of the artists have entered DOA and offers an opportunity to see the work of three of the newest Peak District Artisans – members Sue, Janet and Michéla – who are being joined by Cheryl who is both an established PDA member and a previous participant in DOA.

Cheryl said "It's a fantastic opportunity to be able to show our work in such a beautiful setting and in such a lovely venue." Beechenhill Farm is an award-winning organic farm at the heart of the beautiful White Peak, set on a south-facing hillside above the pretty village of Ilam, close to popular Dove Dale. The cosy Haybarn along with the rest of the farm has excellent 'green' credentials and over the last few years the farm has reduced its carbon footprint from 41 tonnes to 14.4 tonnes by installing a range of renewable technologies. For more information including directions and to view each members' work visit www.peakdistrictartisans.co.uk/event/derbyshire-open-arts-2014-at-beechenhill/

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