HOLMFIRTH Art Week kicked off its 39th year in style yesterday.
The event, which has gained a national reputation for excellence, shows the work of nearly 400 professional and amateur artists through the week and up to Saturday.
Holmfirth Art Exhibition - as it was known - began in the late 1960s after two friends put their heads together.
Christabel Dangerfield, a teacher at the old Huddersfield Technical College, and Isabel Shaw, who taught at Huddersfield School of Art, would often meet at morning break for a coffee and bemoan the lack of places available to display and sell their works.
They were keen to tap the wealth of talent in the area, so came up with the idea of an exhibition - and Holmfirth's annual art extravaganza was born.
The added dimension of raising money for a worthy cause came from Christabel's husband, who was then chairman of Holmfirth Cancer Relief Committee.
Last year's Artweeek was one of the most successful ever.
Sales of art during the seven days, exceeded £93,000.
The commission from this, as well as money raised from tickets, catalogues, raffles, tea-room and Fringe venues, meant £33,000 was given to Macmillan Cancer Relief.
This year's main exhibition, in the Civic Hall, boasts hundreds of works - but there's more.
The Civic Hall can boast an almost continuous programme of craft demonstrations in the upper hall.
The hall's second floor is home to Artweek's featured artists.
This year, for the first time, the title goes to a husband and wife team of David and Avril Morris.
For more information on Artweek log on to www.holmfirthartweek.net or call 01484 689494.