Our Team

Caroline McFarlane

Chair and Advertising Officer

Caroline is a portrait artist working in pencil, pastel and oil, creating traditional portraits with a contemporary feel. She also delivers primary school portrait drawing workshops through Practical Portrait Workshops.

Olinda Everett

Committee

Olinda is a potter who works in Ashover  making boxes and sculpture She draws on Middle Eastern and Southern European ceramic styles. Olinda is a member of the Northern Potters Association and Holymoorside Arts Festival.

Jennie Merriman

Website and Brochure Officer

Jennie comes from an embroidery background and now works as a mixed media textile artist and printmaker. She is a member of textile and printmaking groups in Derbyshire and Sheffield, exhibiting and running workshops with them. Her creative work focuses on stitch, print and constructed 3D pieces.

Adrian Holt

Committee

Adrian is a ceramics artist based in Glossop. He joined the team in 2011 having exhibited as an artist for the last four Open Arts events. Adrian aims to promote the arts in the north of the county and recognises the important role that the Derbyshire Open Arts plays in this.

Ann Robson

Committee, Editor and Secretary

Ann is a weaver. One strand of her current work is tapestry. The other is handwoven textiles of a more practical kind.

She has a B.A. Hons in Textile Design and a P.G.C.E. She has been an adult tutor and a primary school teacher.

Maddy Devitt

Committee

Maddy is an art textile teacher who has recently moved from East Anglia to Derbyshire. Here, in Derbyshire, she hopes to focus more on her art work. She has held exhibitions in Suffolk and Essex, works on commissions and supplies local pubs and cafes with her art work. She paints animal faces and land/seascapes and creates mixed media pieces that include print and stitch. Her background is both fine art and art textiles

Dianna Lee

Committee

Dianna is a wood grain and mural artist known as Artywood working in inks, oils and acrylics. She has a passion for working with the effects of woodgrain and has seen her murals in both domestic homes and show homes. Before becoming an artist Dianna worked in the fashion industry as a clothing designer and illustrator using computer aided design for almost 20 years. Dianna also teaches different techniques in art and helps people to use art as a form of relaxation.

Liz Marriott

Committee

Having lived in Derbyshire for the last 14 years Liz finds it inspiring to invoke this within her craft work of soft furnishings including hand beaded bedspreads, hearts bags and collage pictures.

Mandy Eckworth

Committee

Mandy joined the committee in Summer 2017. Her working life was largely office/admin based, from multi-national companies to the education sector, she now, however, has a small home based business making bespoke soft furnishings. She is an enthusiastic hobbyist with nothing more than an A level in Art/Design/Textiles and an appreciation of all things creative. However, she is sure that she has many very well hidden artistic talents.