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.



The Drawing Office

Here’s our studio half a century ago when it was the drawing office of Bristol Tractors. That’s half a century of pencil wielding at 22B. Come and see how things have changed by popping into the studio. You can come to a workshop, Open Studio, exhibition or just call in. If the A board is out we are open!

drawing boardbeerandfags

With thanks to Earby Local History Society for the pictures.

Invitation – Open Studio Saturday 8th November 2014


Pop in any time between 10 and 6 on Saturday. We will once again be doing workshops. Aly will be doing unorthodox things with acrylic paint and Matt will be having fun with freeze frame action photography. Just turn up and join in. It is up to you if you prefer just to peruse the art, have a brew or have a go at a workshop. It is free entry but if you wish to tick a few names off your Xmas shopping list by getting them a calendar or a print whilst simultaneously supporting local artists we won’t stop you! We look forward to seeing you.



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.

Open Studio with drop in workshops, Saturday September 6th, 10 a.m to 6 p.m.

We are kicking off our new season of Open Studios the first Saturday of September. As well as the usual exhibition, prints,cards and of course home made cake, we are also doing workshops. These are on a drop-in basis – no need to book, just turn up and take a seat.

Aly is doing a pen and ink workshop. This is £2 for materials and you could walk away with your own streamwalk masterpiece as well as new techniques and ideas.

Do your own 'streamwalk' picture using acrylic inks.

Do your own ‘streamwalk’ picture using acrylic inks.

Matt is doing table top/close up photography with emphasis on composition. Give your photography a shot in the arm with new ways of seeing as well as new technical skills. Giclee prints available to order of your work, printed by Matt. Camera equipment supplied.

Get some expert advice from Darkside photography.

Get some expert advice from Darkside photography.

Both workshops are suitable for children (of school age) and adults – no matter how long it is since you left school. Any questions, use the contact form below or email

Open Studio Latest

Thanks to all those who came to our June Open Studio.

This will be our last one until September 6th as we are both off on holidays at varying times throughout the summer. There will be one or the other of us around most of the summer so if you wish to call in just ring 0777 3583072 or 07803 151699 for an appointment. Or, if you’re passing and the A-board is out, just pop in.

We were really pleased that quite a few local people from Kelbrook and Sough called in and liked us enough to ask to be on our mailing list. Just fill in the contact form at the bottom of this post to do the same.

Regal Purple

Regal Purple

Mademoiselle X

Mademoiselle X

It was also good to see Matt in full portrait photography mode as he was doing a ‘Prom Dress Special’. Some of the local soon to be high school graduates turned up in their prom dresses and finery for a photo shoot as classy and elegant as them.

Above are a couple of the results.

If you would like to book a Prom Dress Special photoshoot ring Matt on 0780 315 1699. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes at the studio and costs just £15. This offer is available until the end of the school term. This includes an A4 print of your favourite shot. Extra prints are from £10 for an A4, £15 for an A3.  Discounts for runs of 3 or more.

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Invite Open Studio Saturday 7th June

Our last Open Studio of the season is this Saturday the 7th of June. We open at 10 in the morning and shut the doors at 6pm. They will be restarting in September. There will be old and new works as well as signed prints and artist cards.  If you can’t make it just ring 0777 3583072 to make an appointment, or use the contact form below.

Look out for the sign!

Look out for the sign!

You’ll find us between Kelbrook and Earby. Set the satnav to BB18 6SZ. Dogs welcome!

Framed prints from £45

Framed prints from £45