Monday, 26 November 2012

End of Year Exhibition and News

Friends of Studio 61 Gallery would like to wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Its been an amazing year at the gallery with the addition of some highly collectible artists and designers joining and exhibiting here in Holloway.  Plans are coming together for 2013 with a diverse workshop and exhibition programme as well as Tuesdays regular meet and make sessions where creatives can meet up and chat about projects and share ideas as well as sit in the snug or outside in good weather and work on their projects.
The friends are already plotting for Derbyshire Open Arts with plans to be the most vibrant venue with 12 artists inside and outside the gallery demonstrating and selling their artisan products!
But before we farewell 2012 you must visit The Winter Wonderland Exhibition:

Winter Wonderland by Karina Goodman and Friends of Studio 61 is a diverse collection by Derbyshire artists inspired by Winter in the beautiful Peak District. Artists exhibiting with Karina at her Holloway gallery during December include:
 Gareth Buxton,
 Ruth Gray,
 Christine Gray,
 Jenny Oldknow
 Jenny Aitken, Janice Allen, and Martin Sloman  who are just a few of the Friends of Studio 61.
The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5pm and is the perfect place to buy exciting handcrafted British gifts for loved ones this year.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Christmas Pop Up Gallery on until 25th Nov.

The Pop Up Gallery Allestree is under way on 10 am - 4pm daily until 25th November. Opened on Saturday 17th in an old kitchen shop, the friends have done a fantastic job of turning an empty shop into a stunning gallery. Come along to buy original handmade presents for Christmas.
Karina is working within the gallery creating her personalised Christmas Cards.
There is the Secret Santa raffle raising money for the charity Derbyshire Wish giving you the chance to walk away with a piece of art for as little as £1.00 donation everyones a winner!
Various arts and makers are manning their stalls selling a variety of craft items.
So come along and spend sometime browsing and meeting the makers! Here's a sneak video preview:


Friends exhibiting are:
Karina Goodman  Paintings, personalised cards,ceramics and more!

Martin Sloman  Original watercolours,cards and prints.

Ruth Gray  Original paintings, cards and calendars.

Janice Allen Original paintings,prints, glass jewellery and cards.

Mel Anderson  Beautiful felt pictures,prints and cards.

Gareth Buxton Gareth_buxton/ Highly collectable paintings.

Suzanne Parnell  Watercolours, prints and cards.

Kelly Nixon  Individual paintings prints and cards.

Silver Birch Originals  Lovely prints,notebooks and cards.

Frances Lumber  Fabulous photographs and cards.

Cat Mahon   Paintings,prints and cards.

Michelle Pearson  Original oil paintings and prints.

Kim Robinson  Wonderful wildlife artworks.

Smouldering Wicks  Candles perfect for Christmas.

Martin Davis  Original oils and printed artworks.

Dolores Gemkandi  Fantastic original jewellery.

Karen Casper  Gift items in tulle highly individual.

Steev Stamford  Fantastic photographs.

Lynne Bruce Original artworks.

Paula Shalpes Wonderful floral watercolours.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Studio 61 Gallery November Featured Artist Martin Sloman Watercolourist

Watercolour artist Martin Sloman is based in the hamlet of Ireton wood and has been painting for just over ten years.
Martin enjoy's painting a wide variety of subjects but particularly  seascapes and animals.

Commissions are an exciting challenge for Martin and so far he has covered such diverse subjects as vintage cars and motorcycles, canal barges, and family pets.

'I was even asked on one occasion to paint Harlech Castle but to place it in another setting which was special to the client!'
Martin's paintings are collected all over the world including collectors in America, Japan and Germany as well as the UK.
Martin is a long time 'Friend' of Studio 61 Gallery and is the driving force behind this months Pop Up Gallery at Park Farm Allestree 17th-25th November. Where he will be attending to answer any questions you may have about his beautiful watercolours.
Martin is the featured artist for November at Studio 61 Gallery where you can buy his originals, prints and cards.

Martin also teaches watercolour classes and is a regular exhibitor at Cromford Mill and Derbyshire Open Arts for more information about Martin visit his website:


Wednesday, 31 October 2012


Park Farm Shopping Centre,Allestree.
Park Farm Drive,
DE22 2QN
Friends of Studio 61 gallery invite you to visit The Park farm Christmas Special Pop up Gallery. Fine art and limited edition prints and cards, and a new Craft & Design mini arcade with local artisans selling British handmade jewellery, glass, ceramics, and gifts, perfect for a more personal Christmas present.

Look out for the Secret Santa bin next to the counter for a minimum £1.00 donation you can take a way a piece of artwork donated by our friends all proceeds will go to Derbyshire Wish.*

Our friends will be available to answer any questions about the artists taking part, art techniques, the Studio 61 Gallery and the friend’s 2013 art programme.

This will be the last pop up gallery at Park Farm so come and see how the friends have turned an old kitchen shop next to Wilkos into a stunning gallery! Its open 10-4pm on each of the days and there is ample free parking and coffee shops nearby.

Friends exhibiting are:
Paula Shalpes

For more information contact:
Studio 61 Gallery Boutique Leashaw Holloway Nr Matlock Derbyshire DE4 5AT
Tele: 01629 534532 Email:

*Derbyshire Wish is a local charity helping women and their children live free from violence and abuse. Chosen by the friends to help bring a smile to families in crisis at Christmas.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Sessions Were a Great Draw!

Well these last four weeks have been so much fun here.Participants in the Come Draw With Me Sessions (or should that be Come Talk With Me!) have been scribbling and doodling away in the gallery and rediscovering how relaxing an hour away from it all sketching is.
All the drawing and coffee drinking has produced some good cheer as well as interesting compositions!
Enjoy these photographs and listen out for a one off
 'Christmas Dicing Demos'
 (with mince pies) in December!



Thursday, 18 October 2012

Come Draw With Me Session Three Pictures.

A great turn out this morning at the third Come Draw With Me Session at Studio 61 Gallery must have been the sunshine, on this beautiful Autumn morning here in Holloway.

The campaign for drawing is a charity to raise awareness of the ability of drawing to bring people together to create, be social but most of all enjoy the fun of drawing. Today we had caricatures,portraits and still life around the table in the snug.

The concentration of our participant's today was great to see.

Next week is the last session of Come Draw With Me Thursday 10.15am-11.30am 25th Oct.
Why don't you come along and have some fun its free!
Coming soon its the Pop Up Gallery by Friends of Studio 61 at park Farm Allestree
 17th-25th Nov.
More details to come, but there is a rumour that there will be an artist working in the window as well as a secret Santa raising money for charity! Watch this space!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Pictures From Come Draw With Me Session One

The Campaign For Drawing at its essence is about getting people together to share their creativity to be social through the medium of drawing and the sessions at Studio 61 Gallery are all about that. The participants are given a loose guideline to get them started and away they go! Still life and portraits turned into much more and the use of graphite powder which no one had used before enabled them to try something new with amazing results as you can see here. These sessions are relaxing and there is no pressure to stick to topic or even produce a masterpiece. The next session is Thursday 11th October at 10.15am till 11.30am. There is no cost involved these are free sessions so please come along 'Come Draw With Me'!!