Artists share secrets at Buxton Fringe

Visual Arts are always well represented at Buxton Fringe and this year’s event, running from July 6-24, is not only well-stocked with exhibitions but offers the chance to meet the artists and learn the tricks of their trade.

New Fringe entrant Charlie Waite, a landscape photographer, is presenting both a selection from his portfolio, displayed at the University of Derby Buxton, and exclusive, 25-minute critique sessions in which he offers to help people perfect their own photography techniques.

Also at the University, the ninth Great Dome Art Fair, including over 50 artists and designers, features free talks and demonstrations as part of its enjoyable weekend.

For a more intimate meet-the-artist opportunity, former Fringe Award winner Louise Jannetta is opening up her gallery and studio packed with new works, while versatile contemporary artists Adrienne and Langley Brown (also Fringe Award winners) invite you to their home where refreshments are provided. Paula Hobdey’s friendly, mixed-media show, Tea, Browse, Paint, takes place in her studio and offers the chance for visitors to see her paintings as well as having a go at decorating glass.

Artists often provide support and inspiration for each other as demonstrated at The Green Man Gallery, home to two exhibitions this year - The Green Man Goes Rambling and Ilsa Elford’s pictorial history of social evolution, The Writing on the Wall. Burbage Art Group is a friendly evening class that meets through the year and its family-friendly show at Burbage Institute displays the wide variety of colourful work that goes on there.

Art-going is thirsty work so Fringe-goers can take a break at the Pavilion Gardens’ Art Cafe, which will be adorned with images of The Wild Peak from High Peak Artists. Last but by no means least, the Derbyshire Open at Buxton Museum, now in its 34th year, offers a splendid display of Derbyshire-themed art from amateurs and professionals competing for a range of prizes and a place in the museum’s collection.

Comments Fringe chair Keith Savage: "The Visual Arts exhibitions give everyone a chance to pause, relax and reflect for a while. Most are open all day and are free. Work can be bought but there is no pressure. Often artists are on hand to chat with, adding to the pleasure."

The Fringe wishes to thank its sponsor The University of Derby as well as financial supporters The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and High Peak Borough Council, its Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.

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