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Hadfield Open Art Show attracts hundreds of visitors
Thursday 21st June 2018 @ 13:45 by Nigel Skinner
Hadfield News

More than 670 people turned out to admire local talent at the two day Hadfield Open Art Show.

And many of them walked the short distance across Station Road to the Craft Barn, where the children’s show was running simultaneously.

More than 60 pieces of work were on show at Julie Norton’s Craft Barn. Which left judge Chellie Carroll admitting that picking a winner was difficult.

But she finally settled on an LS Lowry inspired collage created in the eight to 10-year-old category by Marie Coyne.

The exceptional standard of entries was highlighted by the show’s opener High Peak MP Ruth George who praised the wealth of local talent.

It was something the MP repeated as she opened the open show at nearby Hadfield Hall.

Also full of praise after they had both toured the exhibition was High Peak Mayor Cllr Linda Grooby.

Judging an overall winner from well over 200 entries was also a difficult task for judges Pippa Ashworth and Adrian Lambert (photography).

Particularly as the exhibits ranged from ceramic tribal masks, portraits of magician of Harry Houdini and Peter Cushing as Dracula, to a take on the delay in opening the long-delayed Longdendale Bypass.

Created by Albert Hoogland, it depicted two seats on an upturned fork and a spade on a bed of gravel, with a balloon overhead, with the logo ‘Let’s Go Fly A Kite.’

It was pictured in front of Daniel Riley’s landscape of Woodhead.

The eventual winner who picked up the best in show award, was Sue Collier for ‘The Old Charcoal Bridge’ composition in charcoal.

A surprised Sue said: “I wasn’t going to bring it, in fact I put it down, then I decided that I would enter.”

Visitors to the show were invited to their favourite exhibit.

Winner of the People’s Choice category, was Serengeti Zebras by Gavin Parkin.

Domain by Sarah Elizabeth Brocklehurst was the second most popular choice, Paul Freeman’s Beyond the Brambles and Casablanca Vineyard by Sara Millican, joint third.

The show was organised by the Friends of Hadfield Hall.

Secretary Veronica Williams, said: “We had a great weekend and a lot of positive feedback.”