Its situation on Grindleford’s Main Road, within easy reach of Derbyshire’s famous ‘edge’ and rock scenery, makes this autumn exhibition a perfect fit for Derwent Gallery.
Entitled ‘From the Edge’ it highlights this iconic area of the Dark Peak – around a 12-mile line of almost continuous gritstone escarpments that includes Burbage Rocks, Froggatt Edge, Curbar Edge, Baslow Edge, Birchen Edge and the northernmost edge of Stanage.
The weathered landscape and seasonal changes in colour – ranging from white cotton grass in May through to purple heather – are the inspiration behind the paintings. Mixed media, acrylics and oils will all form part of the exhibition and among the notable artists with work included are Kristan Baggaley, Tim Hulley and Gareth Buxton. All are renowned for their dramatic and inspiring paintings. Kristan Baggaley, featured below, studied Fine Art in Nottingham and Birmingham before moving back to Sheffield. His textured paintings of the moors and gritstone edges explore the play of light and shadow over vast distances and his intimate knowledge of the landscape gives his work an almost spiritual dimension.
The exhibition is on show from 29th September to 25th November and the gallery opening hours are Thursday to Saturday, 11am-4pm, Sunday 1-4pm www.derwentgallery.com.
‘Summer Afternoon, Stanage Edge’, part view, by Kristan Baggaley