Artists hailed the ‘magical’ atmosphere of a Sheffield event as its tenth anniversary celebration got off to a soggy start last night.
Downpours were no deterrent for painters, sculptors and sketchers who started setting up for Art in the Gardens at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens from 7am yesterday.
Around 350 artists are exhibiting at the decade-old event, which takes place over this weekend and kicked off with a special preview evening. Sheffield-born Helen Parsley has taken part in every Art in the Gardens - including one year where her tent blew off in heavy wind - and said it was always a ‘favourite’.
Helen, whose work starred in promotional material for the show this year, added: “I do about 18 shows a year and this is my favourite. It just has magic, it’s a lovely atmosphere and is just a perfect setting.”
Queues of amateur artists waited to hang their work - ranging from watercolours of nature to stark architectural drawings - in one of the marquees yesterday. There are 60 non-professionals taking part in the show including the youngest, 12-year-old Bradfield School pupil Samuel Simpson, of Stannington, with his pencil drawing of a chameleon. Art is also displayed in the garden pavilion and sculptures in the Grade II listed bear pit where bears were kept until the 1870s.
Premier artist Graham Clark, from Oughtibridge, has been welcomed back to the show after exhibiting in its early years. The 61-year-old former graphic designer, who has also expanded into abstract art, said: “I felt a sense of duty really to come and celebrate the tenth anniversary and bring all of my work here.
Art in the Gardens runs from 10.30am to 5.30pm today and tomorrow. Live music, a children’s area and a market will also feature.
Admission is £6 and children under 16 go free.