Shelley Art Exhibition ARTisan held at Armitage?s Pennine Garden Centre

Retired art teacher Dorothy Burkinshaw, inspired by the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, has created a kinetic art installation from re-cycled bike parts, using a frame donated by Shelley-based Stargate Fabrications.

The resulting artwork is part of this year?s Shelley Art Exhibition, ARTisan, next weekend and can be seen at Armitage?s Pennine Garden Centre in the village.

To commemorate the Tour?s arrival in Yorkshire, ARTisan will have a distinctly Gallic flavour. Saturday, June 28, will see a French-themed craft and local produce market, as well as a ?best dressed bike? competition for children, but the celebrations begin on Friday, June 27, with an ?Allo ?Allo charity fancy dress night at the Flying Ferrett and an art exhibition preview at the parish church.

Shelley?s arts event is a biennial affair, which began 15 years ago. It alternates with an open garden festival.

This year two professional artists will be showing alongside local amateurs. Paul Curtis, a graduate of the school of the Royal Academy, is well known in Shelley and has shown his jewel-bright seascapes and landscapes in previous art exhibitions in the village.

Entry to the French-style market and the exhibition in the village hall will be free and offers visitors the chance to snap up home-made jams, chutneys, soup, wood-turned objects, felted items, embroidered textiles, handbags, soap and jewellery. And to keep the youngsters amused there will be craft workshops for children.

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