Artison is unleashed on the dales!

Hi Everyone,

Just a mini-blog today to tell you all about the opening of Artison last weekend.

Founders Scott, Sue, Gaynor and Josie (The Gallery’s owner)demonstrating how to hold a sign up with your own head.

As you will recall from the last blog, Artison is an exciting new venture just outside of Masham where anyone with a desire for creativity and a passion for learning can gather some new artistic skills. In other words, within the tranquil settings of High Burton, Masham, artists and crafts makers will be running day courses on a variety of diciplines; from Weaving to Printmaking, Ceramics to Silver-clay. Every course will include a delicious lunch and regular coffee and biscuit breaks. These courses are designed for complete beginners and those with more artistic experience, so really EVERYONE can join in.

Last weekend, on a slightly blustery August bank holiday, Artison opened it’s doors to the public for the first time – a chance for the curious amongst us to get a look at the premises, meet some of the tutors and most importantly enjoy a variety of cakes. Below you can see what went on, and how amazing the studios look!

The main studio set up for a weekend of artistic demonstrations…

Textile artist Wendy Knight showing off some skills…

Ian Scott Massie demonstrating abstract painting in the main studio…

The reception/eating area (large table of cakes just out of view!)

enjoying a tumbler of bubbly after a successful Sunday!

Artison runs it’s very first course this friday, and has over 30 courses scheduled before Christmas – places are still available. To find our more, book a course, be Artison’s friend, or even follow Artison, use the following;

The website –

The facebook Page


The Gallery’s website

Thats all for now!


Journeys and New adventures…

Happy August everyone! At this moment the sun is shining and summer is in full swing (I did drive through a downpour this morning but lets ignore that), and here at The Gallery we have just opened our mid-summer exhibition Journeys ┬áby Ian Scott Massie. The collection of work on display is features new pieces along with some vintage paintings from over 20 years ago. The show explores two significant journeys – one around the dales surrounding Masham (home of both Ian and The Gallery), and the other into the Lake District. Ian has experimented with various techniques and sizes of work for Journeys, and I’m sure you’ll agree the results are fantastic.

Following a successful preview on Friday night, Journeys will be on display until September 3rd, and is definitely worth a visit.

In other news, I’m very excited to announce the official opening of Masham’s exciting new creative head-quarters this month! ArtisOn, founded by friends/artists Gaynor Pearson, Sue Palin, Ian Scott Massie (yes, the one we were just talking about) and The Gallery’s owner Josie Beszant, is the new artistic hub of the dales, offering a spectrum of art and craft courses in painting, stone carving, knitting, jewellery-making and printmaking amongst others. Courses are open to beginners or more experienced arty folks alike, and are run by local artists and craft-makers.

ArtisOn will be launching with an open weekend on the 29th and 30th of August,where anyone curious about developing their creative talents can pop in for a cup of tea, meet some of the tutors, and see live demos from some of the forthcoming courses.

For enquiries or bookings (individual, groups or parties) check out (currently under construction-watch this space!) or our website and click on the art courses section.

Don’t forget, for more regular updates and pictures from us (and from ArtisOn), and to let us know what you’re up to, please check out our facebook page.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

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