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Welcome to Sable Studio Gallery

Painting Classes, Painting Holidays and Painting Retreats

I set up Sable Studio Gallery 20 years ago but have had my gallery space at Moira Furnace Museum for around 15 years. Such a beautiful location by the canal my unit is located in the courtyard with several other businesses including a pottery studio and café. There is free parking on site, wheelchair access, toilets, woodland walks, boat rides, ice creams, picnic areas and so much more locally to see and do. In my studio space I run regular watercolour painting classes and workshops and I also offer painting holidays and art retreats both here in the UK and in the South of France. From my gallery I also sell paintings, cards, prints, soft furnishings, jewellery and giftware.

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 Professional artist & author

Jo Allsopp

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  • I am a fully qualified art tutor and began working in Adult Education over 20 years ago for Leicestershire County Council. When a unit became available to rent by the canal, I decided this was just too much of a great opportunity to miss and so began running my own classes from my gallery space. The business has gone from strength to strength and I have lots of regular students who attend my weekly drawing and painting classes as well as attendees to the weekend workshops which I offer most Saturdays. I also offer painting breaks both here in the UK and in the South of France which are hugely popular.

  • In 2019 I was chosen to appear on BBC One on the new art TV series 'Home is where the art is' with presenter Nick Knowles which was a fabulous experience. This then led to me pushing my art further afield and striking up a working relationship with the SAA. I have my own watercolour book out now and available to buy from sites including Search Press and Amazon. Loving art of a different kind, I am a black belt and have previously held world champion title in Tae Kwon-Do at hand power - have been British Champion breaking boards and held many more titles from this martial art and Judo

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Loose and Lively Animals in watercolour, inks and mixed Media

Available with all good stockists, Amazon, Search Press & here in my online shop

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Jo Allsopp appeared on BBC One
Home is Where the Art is

with Nick Knowles

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Opening Hours

Come Visit

Tues - Sat: 10am - 3pm

Please always ring me before setting out as I often travel to other venues to demonstrate to art groups and organisations around the country so would not wish for you to have wasted a journey. I also offer painting holdi

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Please view more of my work in the Gallery section

By Jo Allsopp

SLEEPING LION

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Contacts and Links

Please find herewith my address and some useful links to my social media accounts and my Etsy shop where you will also find more beautiful products

Unit 3 Furnace Lane, Moira
Derbyshire, DE12 6AT
United Kingdom

01283 224332/07714 700686

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Upcoming Events

  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Mad March Hares 2nd March
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Mad March Hares 2nd March
    Sat, 02 Mar
    Moira
    02 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    02 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Paint these boxing hares using watercolours step by step. Click here for more detailed information or visit the shop area
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Flora & Fauna
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Flora & Fauna
    Sat, 16 Mar
    Moira
    16 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    16 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Learn the art of watercolours painting this stunning mouse and flowers. Step by step instruction means all abilities are welcome and can achieve a painting to be proud of. Click for more information or see details and book in the shop area
  • March Mosaic Making Experience
    March Mosaic Making Experience
    Sat, 23 Mar
    Moira
    23 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    23 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Choose from a range; fox, hare, mirror, scotty dog or seahorse. Use all the materials in the gallery; tesserae, millefiori glass, glue, wood base, gems, semi precious stones and much more. 10 am until 3pm with coffee and cake too
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Highland Cow
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Highland Cow
    Sat, 30 Mar
    Moira
    30 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    30 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    This workshop sold out last year and so I have decided to offer this one again, book now in the shop area to avoid disappointment.
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Loose Flowers
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Loose Flowers
    Sat, 06 Apr
    Moira
    06 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    06 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Paint in a loose style flowers, we could paint up to 4 paintings in one day as I encourage you to work in a loose and lively style, using lots of colour and wet into wet. Click to read more information or book in the shop area now.
  • Complete Beginners Watercolour Workshop 13th April
    Complete Beginners Watercolour Workshop 13th April
    Sat, 13 Apr
    Moira
    13 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    13 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Designed for the complete beginner, you will learn all the basics to get you started on this exciting journey... materials, colour mixing, washes and many techniques. Lots of mini demonstrations including how to stretch your watercolour paper. Materials are supplied, book now in the shop area.
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Loose & Lively Tiger
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Loose & Lively Tiger
    Sat, 20 Apr
    Moira
    20 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    20 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Paint my front cover image of my book 'Loose and Lively Animals in watercolour, ink & mixed media' where I take you through step by step on how to paint this stunning tiger. Click for more information or book now in the shop area.
  • Painting Holiday in the French Riviera 7th - 12th May 2024
    Painting Holiday in the French Riviera 7th - 12th May 2024
    Tue, 07 May
    Nice
    07 May 2024, 15:00 – 12 May 2024, 11:00
    Nice, Nice, France
    07 May 2024, 15:00 – 12 May 2024, 11:00
    Nice, Nice, France
     A fanta A fantastic opportunity to join us on what will be our fourth visit to the South of France where we will paint various scenes/topics which may include; boats, harbour, buildings, seascapes, landscape, flowers at various exciting locations including Monte Carlo, the port area and old town.
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Loose & Lively Speedy
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Loose & Lively Speedy
    Sat, 01 Jun
    Moira
    01 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    01 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Paint this gorgeous little mouse name Speedy. He appears in my book 'Loose & Lively Animals in watercolour, inks and mixed media' and is named after a pet I had as a child. Click here for more information or book in the shop area to reserve a space.
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Blue Elephant
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Blue Elephant
    Sat, 29 Jun
    Moira
    29 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    29 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    This is the elephant which made his appearance on the BBC 1 tv series 'Home is where the Art is' with Nick Knowles. Paint him step by step with detailed instruction and lots of demonstrations. Click for more information or book now in the shop area.
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Geri Giraffe
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Geri Giraffe
    Sat, 13 Jul
    Moira
    13 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    13 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    This was a sell out last year so be quick to reserve a space in the shop area where you will paint along, step by step using watercolours. Click for more information or book now in the shop by purchasing a 50% deposit.
  • Painting trip French Riviera 6-11th May 2025
    Painting trip French Riviera 6-11th May 2025
    Tue, 06 May
    Nice
    06 May 2025, 19:00 – 11 May 2025, 23:00
    Nice, 19 Rue Costes et Bellonte, 06200 Nice, France
    06 May 2025, 19:00 – 11 May 2025, 23:00
    Nice, 19 Rue Costes et Bellonte, 06200 Nice, France
    This will be our 5th trip - 5 nights and 4 painting and sight seeing days in the stunning South of France. Limited spaces available
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