Meeting the Makers at Studio 61

Inside Studio 61 Gallery Boutique at Holloway

Artist Karina Goodman is a woman who knows her own mind and is tenacious enough not to give up when the going gets tough.

She set her mind on creating a gallery in the heart of Derbyshire selling beautiful things which have all been made in Britain and she has done that and more.

Back in 2005 she would have been considered her brave as other galleries in the county were closing down, but she had a dream which she has stuck at and is now starting to reap the rewards of her labours.

Not that she is resting on her laurels though – she has now made Studio 61, which is tucked away in Holloway, near Matlock, a hub for like-minded artists who meet regularly to plan ways of promoting their work and capturing the attention of more of the counties residents.

This week sees the last one in a series of Come Draw With Me – drop in sessions for those wanting to learn to draw or improve on their technique. The Thursday morning lessons from 10.15 to 11.30 have been hosted throughout October by Belper artist Ruth Gray who was selected for The 2011 Midlands Open exhibition at the Tarpey Gallery and is currently represented by several local galleries in Derbyshire. Ruth is also part of the collective Desperate Artwives who are supported by the Womens Art Library and she has exhibited recently at Vibe Gallery London as part of its inaugural show.

I met both Ruth and Karina at Studio 61’s weekly Meet and Make get-together session for artists who fancy a bit of a natter. I was impressed by their energy and they certainly helped boost my confidence with my new project. Look out for a longer feature on them in print when Artsbeat is launched.

Meantime check out the website

And why not go along to the last drawing session tomorrow. You might be better at it than you think.