Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Exhibition Listing Studio 61 Gallery 2014

We have an exciting line up of artists in 2014 and here is the first glimpse at who they are going to be. With examples of their past work.

 January - Janice Allen


February - Deborah Hook 


March – Louise Collis

April – Max Hale
Oils / Watercolour

May – Louise Rawlings

June – Georgia Woolridge

July – Ruth Gray

August – Martin Sloman

September – Mandy Jayne Ahlfors

October – Louise O’hara Drawn to Stitch
Mixed Media

November – Judith Yates

December – Suzy Shackleton
Felt Artist

Watch out for artists interviews in 2014.

November Rain Artists Interview Ruth Gray

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Ruth Gray, I am a Landscape painter and also the author of this blog! Which is part of my work as PR for g2g the collaboration of two galleries (Studio 61 Gallery and Cromford Studio and Gallery) and their artists.

Why do you do what you do?

I have always painted since as long as I can remember, it’s something that I was good at and something that no one could dictate to me how to do. There is so much in life that we have to compromise on but art is the one thing I don’t compromise on so that’s why I do it…. Freedom to be me!

What’s your background?

I left university when I was 19 and two weeks work experience turned into a twelve year career as a Lingerie designer working for all the major high street stores. Things started changing in the industry and what was a hands on creative job became computerised and made overseas. But lucky for me my husband was sent to Australia with his job so we went to live in Albury Wodonga three hours north of Melbourne. This is where things got real good I worked in galleries and picture framers, co-ordinated workshops, was the publicity officer for the Art Society and developed my art practice to the point of writing for national magazines and putting on solo and joint shows. When we decided to return 6 years later, I completed my degree and have been building up my art business and over here.

What art do you most identify with?

I identify with work that provokes a reaction in me, something researched or from the heart. I have cried many times in art galleries as well as laughed, but my best experience was in Tate Britain in an installation called ‘coral reef’ it reminded me of so many rooms I have stumbled into in my life that I wish I hadn’t! An extremely unnerving artwork that’s why it’s brilliant! See for yourself here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUsaSnyvZnA  For me a great work of art is one that leaves you in awe. It doesn’t have to be painting, the art I like is wide ranging.

What themes do you pursue?

My work has always been personal even if that is not obvious to the viewer, It used to be more obvious in that I would paint a series based on my migrational experience or on the experience of still birth, or drought, but now in subtle ways I am able to revisit past experiences  in a way that appeals to others as well as my need to get it out!  The November Rain series  for Studio 61 is more abstract than most. I am currently obsessed with the notion that if I paint what is around me today it will soon be a historic view, a moment in time. Already the series I am working on The Ripley Rattler is outdated as houses have been repainted, shops taken over or up for sale, at first I was horrified that a green house in Ripley that I had painted was now brick after renovation but I’m happy that I have recorded it just before its makeover!

How do you work?

I live my life and record the things I see on camera, I then  spend hours sifting through photos and manipulating the best ones. Then one day I will have an idea for a show and I will collate the photos into files go take some more and start a new series. While I am painting that series I become like an actor and immerse myself in my subject research and fact finding… whether this research is obvious in my work you be the judge but I always think the best actors are the ones who can show emotion with just a raise of an eyebrow. I can’t paint well unless I am emotionally connected to the subject.  For my PR work I love meeting all the interesting artists and finding out about their practice and trying to find ways of showing them off in a good light via blogs like this one.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Retail Assistant, Picture Framer, Hair Dressers Sweep, Gallery Assistant, Functions Officer, Publicity Officer, Lingerie Designer, Retail Training Consultant /Work Place Trainer and Assessor

Favourite or most inspirational place?

Matlock Bath there is nowhere in the world I would rather be than Matlock Bath, what’s not to love? Bikers, chips, cafes, amusement arcades, alpine like scenery, rivers, fish ponds, spas, pubs ,cable cars, adventure playgrounds, theme parks, a band stand ,quiet walks, noisy footpaths and gift shops . If I’ve forgotten anything please add!

What is your dream project?

To be asked by a local council to paint their town for their council chambers and be paid for it!

Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?

The artistic life I lead is anything but lonely I learnt early on that being an artist is boring if you do it by yourself it is essential that you get out and about and network with other creatives, I love meeting up with and working with other artists and I absolutely love helping other artists get on by giving advice or assistance. My favourite thing is setting them up on social media and this now forms part of my business.

What do you dislike about the art world?

Galleries that talk money, not just high prices but low as well, when I have walked into galleries and the owner has described the work by its price tag first I know I will not be able to work with that gallery. Because to me a good gallery talks about the work and its meaning, is passionate about the piece not the price. Money does not come in to it I think allow the customer to enjoy the work and learn about it. They will buy it if they want it or walk away wishing they could… but to introduce art as a price is not a good practice.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

When I started out in my first job my boss said be nice to those on your way up as you may need them on the way down! This is something I try to apply in my whole life as sometimes we are up and thriving and other times we are back where we have started. I have been made redundant, made homeless, burgled you name it but I have also been on TV and flown about in aircraft to get to appointments and lived in wonderful homes too. So I try to treat everyone I meet with respect and remember where I started and who gave me the breaks, I may be able to give them a break in the future. Just be nice!

Ruth Gray Images  Fine Art Landscapes - Anything But Grey.
Thank you for reading this blog! For the last year I have had the pleasure of meeting and connecting with some wonderful Friends of Studio 61 Gallery. 2014 is shaping up to be even better with some fantastic UK artists and designers lined up for the exhibition programmes, I look forward to sharing their work with you. 

November Artist in a Window Anna Krystyna Casey

Novembers artist in a window is  Anna Krystyna Casey she is a unique talent read more about her below!
What’s your background?

I studied textiles throughout school, both traditional dressmaking skills, and more contemporary aspects. I’ve always loved working with manipulating fabrics, but through college and into my degree, I became more interesting in creating an art outcome from my techniques.

What art do you most identify with?

My personal interests and loves vary hugely, but I find I am drawn to ceramics. While I don’t really work with ceramics myself, there are similarities in my practice, and that of ceramicist’s. A concentration of technique, form, colour, texture and shape.

What themes do you pursue?

I love to look at the hidden details, to examine things under a microscope, both metaphorically and literally. My Cell Cultures and Cellular collections are inspired by microscopic imagery of the natural world. My Hooked collection focuses on the linear qualities that are found in each crochet stitch, as well as overall fabrics. I suppose I like to draw attention to things which are often overlooked.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I started working as an artist from graduating (I went on to uni from school and college) so this is my primary career. However I also work as a Textiles Technician in a school, and do some freelance design work. And then of course, there were all the jobs that paid my way through college, waitressing, bar work, factory picking…

Why art?

Because I can’t help it!! Everything logical in me, wanted to get a nice stable 9-5 with a salary, but I can’t help but want to create!!

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

There are many answers to that, I’ve had some pretty, well, rude (!) ones, and some funny ones too.  But I like to make people take a second look, to question what they see, and how I’ve created it.

Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?

As I work part time, it’s actually quite nice when I have long and solitary days in the studio to get lost in my work. But if I am feeling the loneliness, I have a fab network of creative friends, even if I don’t have time for a coffee and chat, I can usually tweet hello, and get some contact that way!

What do you dislike about the art world?

The pigeon holes: my work doesn’t fit neatly into boxes; it is art and craft, traditional and contemporary, functional and non-functional. Etc. Etc. Trying to define your work into tick boxes gets really boring after a while!!

What do you dislike about your work?

I love the results of working with glass, the textures, the light qualities, but sometimes I find the processes I use for the glasswork a bit tedious, I like the immediacy of the papers and waxes better.

I also wish I could be a bit more sustainable in my practise, it’s something I strive for, but I don’t want to compromise the outcome of the work.

What do you like about your work?

I like that it is very different, people often comment on how unique my combination of processes are! I like that I fuse traditional techniques with contemporary outcomes.

What research to you do?

All sorts, I love, love, love looking at other artists. I could quite happily have an alternative career as a collector. But I also research technical developments, first hand imagery. It varies depending on the need.

What is your dream project?

I would love to do large scale commission work, fill big interior spaces, and do more installations. I love to think big, despite the small crochet hooks!! 

Thanks Anna! Find out more: www.anna-krystyna-casey.com

Novembers main exhibition is the author of this blog Ruth Gray Images artists interview coming up!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Textile DesignerJackie Ward and Our Giclee Fine Art Printing Service

“These giclee prints of my textile work are simply out of this world, they capture all of the texture of the original - people are always wanting to touch them because they can't believe it's a print and think they're looking at a textile original" ............Jackie Ward, TreeHuggery

It doesn’t get better than that! To say our printing service is unbelievable is an understatement. Studio 61 Gallery has been producing fine art prints for just over two years now and has a loyal client list of some of UK’s best artists and textile designers.

 To be able to reproduce Jackie Wards textiles  into fine art cards and prints has meant that Jackie has another product to sell and has been able to expand her already successful business. Now she can offer a card to go with her products when being given as a gift, or a matching framed print to compliment her cushions and textile range.

“The high quality of the print and the card means that these images pick up all of the textures and detail of the original textile piece.” …… Jackie Ward, TreeHuggery.

Jackie works closely with our print manager and is able to request bespoke orders tailored to her needs.

Our artist-led business with the emphasis on personal customer service is what we specialise in, providing high quality fine art Giclée Prints using the best quality Hahnemuhle fine art papers in the industry. By offering small runs with no hidden set up costs we are one of the most transparent easy to use print services for artists and designers.

We work from your own digital image or offer a scanning service.  We supply to artists up & down the UK and can post out at cost.

Not only do we provide your printing requirements we take it further by presenting your print ready mounted in a clear bag. Or you can complete the whole process by choosing from a wide variety of frame samples and we can print mount and frame your work all here at Studio 61 Gallery saving you time and money.

We are happy to discuss your requirements over a coffee at the gallery or by phone: 01629 534532  or email: karinagoodman@btinternet.com 
Studio 61 Gallery, Leashaw, HOLLOWAY Nr Matlock DE4 5AT                     OPEN Tue-Sat 10-5pm  
Everything is on our website, http://www.studio61printing.co.uk/   we've deliberately kept the site simple and not full of techno jargon so if you want to know anything please just ask by contacting Karina at the gallery.


Friday, 11 October 2013

Have Your Home Captured as an Original Quirky & Colourful Watercolour.

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You don’t have to live in a chocolate box cottage; Karina can do terraced, semis, the whole street and even add the cat! Tailored to individual requirements,  Karina will work from your photograph.

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 Prices start from £100 ….see prices/sizes below:

HOUSE PORTRAITS & BESPOKE CARDS – PRICES 2013-14 supplied with a mount.

Starting from 7″ x 11″    £100 …..This size only allows room to suggest the subject but is not large enough to capture huge detail.

The sizes below are ideal for capturing more detail and background scenery.


Image size          Final size                    Price                    Ready Framed

up to..

8” x 12”                14” x 18”                       £140                     £180

10” x 14”              18” x 22”                       £160                    £200

12” x 16”              20” x 24”                       £180                    £240

Quotes are available for larger sizes.

Bespoke Cards

Turn your painting into bespoke cards with words of your choice on the reverse perfect for sending out to relatives as a thank you card or as a moving house announcement.

These are Fine Art Cards 7” x 5” with quality white envelope

50+                      £1.95

25                        £2.25