PICTURES: Artists in High Peak took part in the eleventh Derbyshire Open Arts Show

Derbyshire Open Arts, Susan Johnson surrounded by some of her printed cushions
Derbyshire Open Arts, Susan Johnson surrounded by some of her printed cushions

Artists showed off their muses and their creative flair at the biggest art event in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Open Arts Festival has returned for its eleventh year and countywide more than 300 artists have taken part in the event and High Peak’s talent was on show at The Gallery, on Mellor Road in New Mills.

Derbyshire Open Arts, wood worker Colin Mail

Derbyshire Open Arts, wood worker Colin Mail

A Derbyshire Open Arts spokesman said: “Thank all our artists for taking part in the biggest art event in Derbyshire.

“To all our visitors, we hope you really enjoyed this sunny weekend of colour across our county.

“This was an opportunity to visit artists and artisans throughout our beautiful county, and maybe even buy a work of art to take home.

“This is our eleventh year and, one in which we are building on previous success by trying some new ideas.”

Derbyshire Open Arts, painter Ruth Marsden

Derbyshire Open Arts, painter Ruth Marsden

As well as the usual Spring Bank Holiday three-day event, many artists will remain open on selected days through a further six days until Saturday, June 4.

Derbyshire Open Arts is a friendly, not for profit, visual arts organisation.

It gives visitors an opportunity to see the breadth of art created in Derbyshire and to meet the creators.

It continues to be funded entirely by artists’ subscriptions and is run by volunteers.

Derbyshire Open Arts, glass worker Kay Stowell

Derbyshire Open Arts, glass worker Kay Stowell

Derbyshire Open Arts, potter Jo Basnett

Derbyshire Open Arts, potter Jo Basnett