Studio 1 Gallery

New gallery opens in Banchory town centre

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Studio 1 is a social enterprise that supports local artists and makers by providing them with an affordable space to sell their produce. 

The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am - 4pm

If you would like to sell your work contact here for terms and conditions 

Our present list of artists and makers  

Ivy Matilda
Bright Star Jewellery
Sooki Coo Candles
Heather's Wood Crafts
Trina Stark 

A graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.

Trina Stark works from her studio in the very heart of Banchory where she is inspired by the essence of her surroundings.

Trina has taught Art & Design in a career which has spanned more than 30 years in Aberdeen and tutors both locally and abroad.

Trina continues to expand her diverse and exciting portfolio, exploring the natural environment of Scotland and, more specifically, the immediate area of Royal Deeside. Changing light, weather and colour inform her captivating landscapes which feature a variety of techniques and media.

 Angela Bolt
Inspired by my grandparents, who met at Leicester School of Art at the end of the of the 1st World War, and by my mother who also painted, I have always been fascinated by art.

After school I completed a year’s Foundation course in Art and Design at Bath Academy of Art, though later spent most of my working life as a Counsellor. Throughout this time I continued to attend art workshops and evening classes and to draw, paint and do print making. Now semi-retired I have returned to my first love of art and have recently exhibited in several local exhibitions.

I enjoy life drawing and portrait painting and am also frequently moved by scenes in nature and in my daily life that I feel inspired to try and recreate.

Christine McLennan 
Christine McLennan is a self- taught landscape artist from Midmar in Aberdeenshire.

Walks in the beautiful Scottish countryside provide much of her inspiration. Her paintings typically feature dramatic big skies, mountains, trees and water.

She enjoys playing with colour, exploring the tonal variations of natural light and capturing the changing seasons in either very large canvases or small studies.

Some of her paintings are now in Europe, Canada, Australia and Dubai. She is a member of Upper Deeside Art Society and is the secretary for Art Aboyne.

Deb Munro 
Based in Deeside, Aberdeenshire, I work in oil, acrylic and mixed media.

As a Landscape Architect I’ve spent many years analysing and recording the variety and history of landscapes and habitats. This has inevitably influenced my art. Every landscape has a story to tell - I hope to capture a little of what makes everyday places special, for others to appreciate and reflect on.

In my journey as an artist, a gallery tour of Canada in 2008, visiting the inspirational paintings of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, proved to be a pivotal moment. Similarly, a career break in Australia in 2010 allowed me to undertake formal training in painting techniques.

 Hugh Ferguson
Like many who find themselves striving to capture the spirit of nature, I came from many years just being out and about, experiencing it in the moment and not recording it. But eventually you pick up a camera and start to learn if you can take that fleeting emotion and sensory mix back with you. I had an artistic vision yet I found it frustrating that conventional landscape photography could be limiting in many situations.

I began looking at non photographic art more and more and was drawn to the emotive impressionism of contemporary abstract landscape painters. Artists such as Ellis O'Connor and Elaine Jones in particular. I have since been influenced by more abstract photographers such as Susan Derges, Valda Bailey, Doug Chinnery, Paul Kelly and Bruce Percy. Many use abstraction to simplify and capture a more intimate and targeted aspect of nature.

The desire to articulate the raw emotion of nature, through abstracted shape, colour tone and texture is still the joy and as long as that is the driver all methods are open; photography, in camera techniques, additional blending of shape, colour and texture through digital and application of paint and other mediums. There is no right and wrong, rules are guides not absolutes.

 Elsa Brown 
I work mainly in acrylics and mixed media, finding my inspiration from the land and natural environment around me. 

I love the colours and shapes of the Scottish landscape and the unusual light effects created in nature.

In particular I like to bring to life the light and textures of old farm ruins, crofts and other forgotten objects. The design and abstract qualities that can be gained from our natural surroundings inspire my painting.































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