Paint the landscape with colour and song!

St John Street Gallery is celebrating the local landscape in May with TWO solo exhibitions:

Sheep on the Ridge

Sheep on the RidgeSongs from the Land


A Private View of the solo exhibition by


Friday 5th May from 5:00 – 8:00pm.
Wine and light snacks will be available.
The exhibition will be on from

5th to 20th May.

‘Songs from the Land’ is a collection of paintings inspired directly by the sights and sounds of life in rural Britain. The paintings tell a story of the fields, the trees and the animals which fill the hedgerows and the skies.

“I always carry a sketchbook so that I can record any moment that calls to me.  Recently, I have also been recording my observations in writing, as the free flowing words offer another valuable way of expressing my feelings:

“I stood on the hill and looked out across the fields of May blossom and young rapeseed. Starlings trilled from the highest twigs of the ancient oaks, and bumble bees, plump with pollen, bounced along the red flowering currant bushes. The comforting purr from the wood pigeons was interrupted by a fleeting chatter of whizzing cyclists from the lane.
This land sings out with birdsong and tales upon the wind.”

Also read our enlightening interview with Anna.

A fresh view on the Landscape IMG_8311

A Private View of the solo exhibition by


Friday 26th May from 5:00 – 8:00pm.
Wine and light snacks will be available.
The exhibition will be on from

26th May to 10th June.

Born in Cumbria in 1964, Halliday was brought up on a farm overlooked by the Pennines in rural Cumbria. The surrounding landscape was to have a lasting impression on him.
After completing his studies in Exeter he pursued his interest in contemporary art in London. In 2005 a move to Derbyshire put him in a new but essentially rural landscape again. As his relationship with that landscape became more established, Halliday realised the growing importance for him of the “application of paint”, and that painting landscapes without reference to people or buildings allows that to predominate adding a timeless quality to the work.

“A fresh view on the Landscape ” is an exciting and vibrant collection of work in his typical style using oil and palette knife. It will showcase some of Colin’s very latest work, with many new pieces never shown before.
The exhibition will be on from 26th May to 10th June.

Look out for our interview with Colin which will soon apppear on our website newsblog.


JOHN CONNOLLY WORKSHOP – 2 May:  Trees, Woodlands and  Forests
Students will explore the use of mixed media and acrylic paints on both paper and canvas. We will look at Trees and Woodland in a variety of seasons. We will work fairly loosely flicking and pouring paint to get interesting effects. Students will leave the course with completed paintings. Suitable for all abilities. The cost is £75 which includes lunch and refreshments.

LEWIS NOBLE WORKSHOP – 15-17 May: Sketching & Painting the Derbyshire Landscape.
These inspirational workshops include drawing and sketching out in the Derbyshire landscape, followed by studio work back at the gallery. Suitable for all abilities and designed to provide a solid working practice that will help you to develop as an artist. This 3 day workshop cost of £225 includes lunches and refreshments.

WENDY DARKER WORKSHOP – 23 & 24 May: Paint Highland Cows with thick painted textures in acrylic.
A one and a half day workshop painting two highland beasties. Starting at 1:00pm on the first day and 9:00am – 4:00pm on the second day. Suitable for all abilities. The cost is £100 includes all materials, refreshments and lunch on day 2.

Other Offers and Events:

Join a loved one for a Cream tea with real Devon clotted cream, jams and topped off with honey glazed British strawberries, served with a pot of loose leaf tea. £4.95

Celebrate with our delicious Afternoon Tea for two at £25: homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches, clotted cream and a selection of our luxury loose teas or cafetière coffees.
Booking is essential: please phone 01335 347425.

Don’t miss our Early Bird Breakfast – 9am – 11am. Toasted Muffins, Scrambled Egg, Bacon, Pan roasted Tomato with
FREE Tea or Cafetiére Coffee. £6.95.

Our Book Group meets every 1st Monday of the month at 10am. Anyone is welcome – please contact Louise Sykes if you want to join or for further information: jot down these dates for our future meetings:
1 May           1984 by James Orwell
5 June          The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
3 July           The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark.

Dates to remember for June:

Until 10th June: Colin Halliday Exhibition ongoingA fresh view on the Landscape 
6th June: Sue Prince workshop Introduction to Egg Tempera Folk Art 
7th June: Louise Jannetta workshop: Woods in Summertime
12th June: Dave Gelder Silver Jewellery workshop
15th June: Exhibition preview “Adam & Eve Project” which will continue until 2nd July as a fringe event during the Ashbourne Festival.
21st June: Valerie Dalling photography workshop Outside the Box.

See our events page for further details on all events.

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