Musical theme for Derbyshire art gallery

studio 61The Friends of Studio 61 Gallery, at Holloway, have put together a seasonal and musically themed programme for 2013.

Each exhibition has a song as its title which means the programme reads like a musical playlist of holidays and life in the British landscape.

It begins in March with a joint collection of works with a refreshing spring theme and ‘The Colour of Spring’ as the song title.

April’s ‘Sea’ – And Other Stories is a unique exhibition of storytelling and life with breathtaking and quirky landscapes by Jenny Aiken and Nansy Ferret.

The seaside is then re-introduced in May with ‘Coast to Coast’ by Cornish artist Julia Crossland and returns in July with a midsummer showcase by the Friends called  ‘Wish You Were Here’.

Mel Anderson and Helen Rhodes bring two interpretations of Africa to the gallery in June with ‘Under African Skies’.

Late summer’s ‘Gone Surfin’ will feature work by gallery owner Karina Goodman and Martin Sloman and it will relate their love of all things coastal – a theme which is clearly at the heart of the ethos of the gallery.

In September  the feel swings towards ‘Stormy weather’, firstly with Gareth Buxton’s distinctive moody mountain landscapes, and then with the wonderful autumnal wildlife art of award-winning watercolour painter Jenny Oldknow.

Belper artist Ruth Gray will showcase her work, featuring the misty beauty of Derbyshire, as winter arrives with ‘November Rain’ and to finish off the year the Friends will present an exhibition of atmospheric skies and moody landscapes in ‘Thunderstruck’.

For more details and updates through the year go to or the friends blog at