SUMMER just wouldn’t be the same without Holmfirth Artweek.
Not that this now venerable art event shows any signs of running out of steam.
The heart of the show is, as ever, in Holmfirth Civic Hall which is crammed with paintings, photography, ceramics, textiles, glass, jewellery and sculpture. Everything in the decorative arts and crafts that you can think of – and then some.
This year, more than 400 exhibitors have packed the hall and dozens of other fringe venues with art.
It’s like visiting a long-time friend.
I almost expect to see Vicky Price’s cheery ceramics (on the left just inside the main door) with close by, Diane Westmoreland’s finely work, embroidered landscapes.
And joy of joys, there’s Joseph O’Reilly’s unmistakable still life collection. What that man can do with shades of grey, white and a bunch of flowers is simply stunning.
Sadly, a red dot before my eyes, says that someone else has had the good taste and a much bigger piggy bank than me to allow them to take home the anemone and narcissus flowers I would have loved.
Elsewhere there were Mick Kirkby-Geddes’ fun steel figures and, yes, I clocked the timepieces made out of pots, pans and even old cutlery, plus the serene landscapes created by clever textile artist Dionne Swift.
What whisked me off on the most imaginative journey of all though were a pair of delightful pictures by Heather Shaw.
She has mixed watercolour and textiles, added heaps of imagination and created a pair of travel guides which will send all but the most cynical on a trip into their own memories. Thanks Heather.
There is time before Artweek closes this weekend to visit if you haven’t already and pick out your own favourites. And as you wander the hall, just remember, that in its 45 years, Artweek has raised more than £650,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Now that’s real value for money from art.