All invited: ‘Flora and Fauna’ Exhibition Preview Evening.

SAVE THE DATE! Our next exhibition opens on Sunday 3rd June at 7.30pm. We will be celebrating the natural world in pixels and paint, from macro studies of flowers to trees to vistas. Expect colour, texture and detail from both of us. The exhibition will then be up for a month before moving on to Garstang Arts Centre. Why not join the Facebook event page here, to keep up with all the latest plus sneak previews.


STARK naked

 STARK naked:
Guts, Body and Mind

“Stunning exhibition, enjoyable and thought provoking…”
Really good partnership of painting and photography”

Painting and Photography by

ACTelfer and Matt Gartside


at  Studio & Gallery 22B, Soughbridge Mill, BB18 6SZ

Exhibition on throughout July and August.

Gallery open Thursday-Sunday 2-6pm


More Waves and Ripples

A second chance to catch the show at Studio22B

We had a great time at Artsmill and were sad to leave. Invigilating the exhibition and talking to visitors about our work was both interesting and motivating. We got really good feedback and comments which has given us a boost and a positive start to 2016.

Our pictures (minus sold pieces!) are now back ‘home’ at 22B and we will be hanging them over the next week, to open on Thursday 25th February at our usual time of 2-6pm.

A Virtual Tour of 22B

The new gallery at Studio22B has been open for a few weeks now. Quite a few of you have called in to see us. If you haven’t been able to here’s a taster of what you’ll find. We are open Tuesday to Saturday 12.30pm to 5.30pm.

Studio&Gallery22B – work in progress

We have been working on our new digs. The new space should be rather lovely by the time we have finished. Our first job is filling annoying cracks and bumps in ceiling, walls and floors. Then we will be on to painting. We are going for white and just a couple of shades of grey – hence the monochromatic theme to this post.

Our home-made blinds, made on my Grandma’s 1951 festival of Britain Singer Sewing machine, will be coming from the old studio. There will be four main areas. One for mount cutting and ‘putting in’, a retail area for prints and cards, and the two main ones of a gallery wall for framed work and a photographer’s studio for portraits, studio shoot and workshops.

We are aiming to be in at the beginning of July and definitely all ship shape for our grand ‘Open Studio&Gallery Warming’ on Sunday July 19th. Watch this space for more details of this event. If you’re wondering where the painter is going to be, she’s next door in a self contained messy space/padded cell.


September Open Studio – report.

Thanks to all who came to our September Open Studio. It was the first time we had offered workshops at an open studio day and we were really pleased with the response. We had a steady stream of visitors all day, and it was great to see new faces amongst the old friends. Visitors enjoyed interacting with both activities and it is definitely something we will do again.

One of our visitors was 14 year old Megan from Long Preston. She really enjoyed setting up, shooting and editing some photographs of stones under Matt’s expert tutelage and spent a long time getting it all exactly to her liking.  Here she is hard at work along with the finished product.

Megan working hard at editing her image.

Megan working hard at editing her image.

Hints and tips from Matt.

Hints and tips from Matt.

Any suggestions for titles?

In the pen and ink workshop, sisters Tara and Caitlin enjoyed exploring a new medium. Only one bottle of ink was spilt the whole day – though by an adult, not them! – which was less than Aly manages when working on her own. Both workshops were enjoyed by both children and adults.

Tara and Caitlin enjoying the pen and ink workshop.

Tara and Caitlin enjoying the pen and ink workshop.Tara and Caitlin each completed a wonderful streamwalk in pen and ink. They were quite rightly really proud of them.

Our next one is the second weekend of November as Alyson is at Kelbrook Art Fair the first weekend. We are hoping to offer workshops again. And the traditional home made (by Aly) cake.  Please note that there is no Open Studio in October due to other commitments.

Workshop fodder for the masses - let them eat cake.

Workshop fodder for the masses – let them eat cake.