NEW GALLERY AT ASHBOURNE Last December Philip Tregoning opened his new gallery at 50 St John Street, Ashbourne offering an opportu-nity to purchase fine art and craft of a standard rarely seen outside major city venues, and the present show is an eclec-tic body of work designed to give a flavour of things to come.
Philip Tregoning has recently moved from Penzance in Cornwall where his involvement with the contemporary arts scene spans ten years and links between Derbyshire and Cornish artists are evi-dent in his new gallery.
Exhibitors include one of Britain’s leading glass blowers, Norman Stuart Clarke, whose highly collectable work in a distinctive painterly style can be seen in the gallery’s advertisement on page 60.
Painter and sculptor Tom Leaper presents pastel paintings from his `Gardens of Tresco’ exhibition and is currently preparing a solo show ‘One Man’s View of the Dales’ to be shown in May.
The host of professional talent fea-tured at the gallery includes Richard Wallace who has exhibited at the Royal Academy, acclaimed gold and silver-smith Michael Bolton, and outstanding young landscape painter Kurt Jackson.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm, Sunday 12 noon to 4.30pm and other times by appointment.
CERAMICS FROM TWENTY FIVE YEARS
Until 27th May an exhibition at the Concourse of the Strutt Building, at the University of Derby, Kedles-ton Road, offers a unique opportunity to consider the contribution to contempo-rary ceramics made by Joanna Constantinidis. Over 70 works of extraordi-nary beauty, consistent high quality and subtle variation of shape and colour, pro-duced between 1968 and 1995, can be seen in this touring exhibition and the artist will give a talk about her work on 2nd May.
WILDFLOWERS AT THE CAVENDISH GALLERY
The work of Buxton botanical artist Annette Royle can now been seen throughout the year at The Cavendish Gallery, Ashbourne.
Annette feels sad that so many Derbyshire flowers, that were found in abundance in hay fields or at roadsides when she was a child, have become so rare. Her task now is to capture their fragile beauty on paper before they fade or become extinct.
On Saturday 15th April, from 10am to 5pm, Annette will be at the Cavendish Gallery to discuss her work.
From 8th to 29th April the Chesterfield Branch of the Embr. iderers’ Guild has an exhibi “on of members’ work at the Peacock Centre, Low Pave ents, Chesterfield.
It s expected that there will b about 100 items of work i n display, representing all as ects of embroidery, including traditional work, samp s from the leading edge f fabric art and work prod ed from commercial kits. e exhibition will be open onday to Saturday, 11 am to 4pm, entrance free, more here.
THREE AT THE GUILDHALL
Three local artists who first met many years ago as members of the local Oread Mountaineering Club now come together in their retirement to present an exhibition of their work at Derby Guildhall from 3rd to 8th April.
Len Hatchett of Brassington spe-cialises in pastels and takes his inspiration mainly from the hills and dales of Derbyshire, Yorkshire and the Lake District. Mark Hayhurst, who lives at Little Eaton, specialises in local landscape and rural scenes, mostly in water-colour.
Harry Pretty of Holbrook paints in water-colour, mostly mountain land-scapes. His work includes the county but also extends to remote areas of Scotland, Northern Greece and Turkey, Arctic Norway and Antarctica. His Antarctic paintings were recently on loan to a spe-cial exhibition at the Alpine Club in London. He has recently completed a commission of ten paintings of the Normanton and Peartree district of Derby.