A BIJOUX art studio tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of Harrogate town centre is the location for a new series of monthly workshops giving aspiring artists the chance to learn how to paint in watercolours - and more.
Dove Tree Art Studio, a former 19th Century coach house off Granville Road near Harrogate Theatre, has just been renovated by versatile Harrogate artist Anita Bowerman who has taught for a number of years.
She is the artist in residence at Hazlewood Castle Hotel near Tadcaster where she also takes two-day art courses and paints.
Transformed into a light and airy studio in the French Atelier Style complete with an antique chandelier and old French grand piano, Anita says Dove Tree Art Studio is ideal for for beginners and those wishing to brush up on their skills.
Anita said: “There is lots of light streaming in from the numerous windows, it’s such a peaceful and relaxing space. The day starts at 10am with a coffee and a chat downstairs and a look around the studio. We then paint upstairs with top quality artist materials provided.
“At lunchtime we all go to the Sage Restaurant, just along the road, for a delicious lunch and glass of wine. Then it’s back to work and either studio work or outside to paint. ”
The studio features an ever-changing permanent exhibition of about 60 of Anita’s own brightly-coloured paintings on the walls with differing subjects, ranging from Almscliffe Crag, the Dales, Angel of the North, to landscapes, architecture, trees and animals.
The Dove Tree Studio was officially opened last December by Harrogate-based writer David Nobbs, author of TV hit The Fall and Rise of Reggie Perrin.
Anita’s next watercolour and mixed media workshop for a maximum of six people will take place on Tuesday, March 20.
l To book, call Anita on 07760 1570467 or visit www.anitabowerman.co.uk