The stories of ‘My Place’ coming alive – Newsletter June 2018 

‘My Place’

A solo exhibition by local folk artist Sue Prince.
15thJune – 7thJuly

PREVIEW: Friday June 15th
5:00 – 8:00pm

More about the artist:

‘My Place’ is about where Sue lives and her place as a folk artist. Her folk art is like folk music only in paint; encompassing stories about people and their places, work, love, conflict and society.
So far this year she has focussed on two aspects, Ashbourne’s Shrovetide Football event with its astonishing bustle and energy crammed in the Georgian streets, and the works of Iona Opie who died last year. Iona and Peter Opie wrote ‘The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren’. The familiarity of many nursery rhymes conceal their sometimes sinister roots.
Sue makes her egg tempera paint and creates her work on linen and cotton canvas, where the texture plays an important part. She has been instrumental in reviving this ancient technique in Southern Sweden where it originated in the late 1700s. In 2017 Sue created a new Ashbourne Treasure with the help of over 170 Ashbourne residents. ‘The Ashbourne History Painting’ can be seen on the windows of the Library and other public places.

For more about the artist and her work, please go to our artist page. Also check our News blog on the website for an upcoming interview with Sue about her work.

Ashbourne Festival Fringe Event

The exhibition will be a ‘Fringe Event’  during the Ashbourne Festival and will be available throughout the festival period. 
A Talk by Sue about her work will take place on Thursday the 21st June at St John Street Gallery from 7-8pm. The £5 entrance fee will  include a glass of wine/juice.

Art Workshops in June:

6 June: Louise Jannetta ‘Woods in Summer’ watercolour & inks workshop
11 June: Dave Gelder Silver Jewellery workshop
12 June: Ruth Gray ‘Street Scenes Simplified’ acrylic workshop
14 June: Maggie Robinson ‘Working with Collage’
20 June: Valerie Dalling ‘Painting with Photography’ workshop

We have a brochure with all our workshop dates for 2018 available at the gallery, make sure you collect one next time you visit!
The cost of our workshops for 2018 are £80 per person per day (except where otherwise stated) which includes a two course lunch served by our café, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. All the workshops are suitable for beginners and intermediates. 
Gift vouchers are available if you want to book a workshop for a friend or loved one. For more information on these workshops go to the workshop page on our website.


Gallery Café

Deliciously fresh, tasty and healthy – try our Ham, Brie and Apple open sandwich with mango chutney – available as a large or small sandwich, served with our famous gallery salad and a homemade potato salad. Or try an old seasonal favourite that is back on the menu: Heritage Tomato salad with Grilled Haloumi, Green Tomato Chutney & Olives.

Our Book Group

Our Book Group usually meets every 1st Monday of the month at 10am. Anyone welcome – please email Louise Sykes if you want to join or for further information:

Please jot down these dates for our future meetings:
July 2nd: Autumn by Ali Smith.
August 6th: How Saints Die by Carmen Marcus
September 3rd: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Upcoming events in July

July 2nd – 4th: Lewis Noble workshop ‘Painting & Sketching the Derbyshire landscape’ (full)

July 10th: John Connolly workshop ‘Colour, Light & Texture in the Landscape’

July 14th: Liz Welby workshop ‘Lino Cutting’ 

July 23rd -25th: Lewis Noble workshop ‘Painting & Sketching the Derbyshire landscape’ (full)

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