St John Street Gallery - A Feast for Summer

St John Street Gallery - A Feast for Summer

You are invited to the opening of this colourful and fun exhibition by three of our favourite artist. Preview: Friday June 18th from 5-8pm. The exhibition will run From June 18th until July 17th 2021.


Catriona Hall's paintings are easily recognisable due to the distinctive colouring and stylising of her subjects. She paints in acrylic on board at her studio overlooking the High Peak moors and is inspired by the wildlife, often in the area surrounding her studio. They conform to a primitive norm of big bodies with insignificant legs. Her subjects tend to face left and she seldom paints whiskers.

Ingrid Karlsson is a versatile mixed media artist and a talented storyteller through her artwork, that combines the magical scenery and ever-changing seasonal colours around her studio in Upper Dovedale. Her work encapsulates rich, colourful textures developed from recycled paper-based materials, or stitched in fabric and fibre. Her techniques include collage, mono-printing and crystalline water colour, enhancing the work with a luminous quality. The result is a three dimensional, visual representation attempting to evoke thought.

Janet Mayled uses acrylics, watercolour and dye to create bold and vivid images; including media such as papers and fabric to add depth and texture. Her subject matter includes landscapes, both rural and urban scenes, enjoying the juxtaposition of new and old, natural and synthetic, still life and figurative. Pattern is important in her work, and she is inspired by observations of everyday activities, not always featuring a figure but leaving a mark, or a collection of objects which give clues to the owner.

What's On in June and July?

The Ashbourne Festival is back, starting on June 21st with events until September 25th. We are offering exciting fringe events linked to the Festival:

Art Demonstrations (from 11am-2pm), Free entry:

  • 26th June: John Connolly
  • 3rd July: Wendy Darker and Janet Mayled
  • 4th July: Wendy Darker
  • 10th July: Ingrid Karlsson

Art Appreciation Talks: Sue Lewis-Blake (from 5:30-6:30pm):

  • 1st July: Understanding Abstract Art
  • 8th July: Looking at Architectural detail; an introduction to the appreciation of buildings

Tea/Coffee and fresh scones will be served; £12.50 entry fee required (£10.00 for an advanced booking, email or phone 01335 347425).

Wendy Darker Workshop - Highland Cow and Calf (Sunday 13th June 10am - 4pm):
Let's create some soft textures creating this cute calf and mom.
£90 includes lunch & refreshments.
Please email or call 01335 347425 to book.

Book Club:
We are happy to announce that our  book club will once again meet every first day of the month to discuss an array of interesting books, chosen by members of the club. Our next meeting is on June 7th where we will discuss "Greengage Summer" by Rumer Godden. On July 5th we will discuss 'What If' by Sinead Courtney, who will join us to discuss her debut novel.

The Gallery Café:
Our café is open again and many of our popular dishes are back.
The Ploughman's Platter is perfect for a lovely summers day - with ham off the bone, pork pie, stilton, cheddar, red Leicester, pickle, artisan bread, leaf and olives. Or indulge in our choice of homebaked cakes, gluten-free, dairy free and vegan options available. 
We hope to see you soon!

We are following government's guidelines and all COVID-19 requirements are in place. The health and safety of our customers and staff are always our highest priority.


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