A delightful stroll through Woodlands and Riverbanks with Ruth Gray

The Painter in Shining Cliff Woods

You are invited to 


A Private View of the solo exhibition by


Friday 17th March
from 5:00 – 8:00pm.
Wine and light snacks will be available.

The exhibition will be on from
17th March to 1st April.

Exploring the local woodlands and river banks of Derbyshire, Belper artist Ruth Gray saw that there was much joy to be found: picnickers, painters, dancers, runners and walkers were all in the woods escaping the humdrum of daily life.

This exhibition brings together several acrylic works on canvas that convey the atmosphere and mood of Derbyshire’s ancient woodlands and historic industrial riverbanks.

“I am a mixed media artist – The subjects that really excite me have a sense of history, townscapes or landscapes, rolling skies and hidden corners. I love the moods of nature and the weather and seasons”.

Ruth’s work has been shown nationally and internationally in over 100 exhibitions.
She is a member of The Peak District Artisans as well as an associate member of Banks Mill Studios in Derby and a professional member of the Society of all Artists. She helps to co-run the Derbyshire Regional SAA Art Group.

Read our insightful interview with Ruth on our newsblog.



LEWIS NOBLE: 13-15 March – Sketching & Painting the Derbyshire Landscape.
This workshop is fully booked, please check our workshop webpage for other dates of Lewis’ workshops later in the year. 3 day workshops £225.

SUE PRINCE: 20 MarchNew workshop ‘Introduction to egg tempera folk art painting’. You will learn all the techniques from grinding pigment, making your own paint to using templates and painting your own texts. One day workshop £75, includes lunch, refreshments and all materials.

WENDY DARKER: 23 March –  ‘Paint a Colourful Cow in Watercolour’. Come and have fun expressing yourself with funky colours painting a lovely cow. One day workshop £75 includes lunch, refreshments and some materials.

Special Offer for all Workshop Participants! Buy any original painting for £500 or more and automatically qualify for a 10% discount.


Other Events:

Saturday 4th March from 7:15pm – Fine Dining with Hardy’s Pop-up Restaurant
Mother’s Day Lunch on Sunday 26th March, 12 noon to 4pm
Booking is essential: 07444 498272 or headchef@hardyspopuprestaurants.com.

Celebrate with our delicious Afternoon Tea for two at £25: homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches, clotted cream and a selection of our luxury loose teas or cafetière coffees.
Booking is essential: please phone 01335 347425.

Our Book Group meets every 1st Monday of the month at 10am. Anyone is welcome – please contact Louise Sykes if you want to join or for further information: louise.sykes5065@gmail.com.
Please jot down these dates for our future meetings:
6 March The Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda.
3 April The Dust that falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernieres (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin).
1 May 1984 by James Orwell


Dates to remember for April

7th April:   Sue Lewis-Blake Exhibition Preview 5-8pm: Field and Footpath.
The exhibition will be on from 7th – 22nd April.

5th April:    Louise Jannetta workshop – Woods in Springtime
20th April: Wendy Darker workshop – Walk on the wildside and paint a Magnificent Lion
27th April:  Sue Lewis-Blake workshop – The Impact of Colour

Fine dining with Hardy’s Pop-up Restaurant:
22nd April from 7:15pm.

See our events page for further details on all events.



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