The Cherry Orchard is an artist led company - owned and run by Kelly Nixon and Suzanne Parnell
As well as owning The Cherry Orchard, Kelly and Suzanne also organise the Belper Arts Festival Trail Which takes place on the first bank holiday weekend in May.
She has always had such a passion for art and creativity and has always shown this and kept it with her.
After a complete overhaul of her life and everything within it Kelly started studying again and graduated with image and fashion styling qualifications.
Here is where the story begins..
Kelly spent a few years as a fashion editor of a magazine and she really enjoyed designing layouts and writing fashion articles.
She got more and more involved with the Belper Arts Festival and spent a year curating The Cherry Orchard pop up gallery.
She is now the joint organiser of The Belper Arts Festival Trail which is turning out to be a huge event and takes a lot of organisation.
She has a great love of manga and anime (remember Battle of the Planets when you were a kid) and uses that as her inspiration when she gets the time to illustrate and be creative.
Kelly has a growing passion for photography and wishes to develop this much further. Who knows there could be a collaboration of photography and manga illustration on its way.
Do take a look at Kelly’s website…
She spent most of her early life in the corporate world as a business analyst/consultant before making the decision to change this aspect of her life and leave whilst she was still remotely sane!
Since leaving the corporate world behind she has become involved in art in many ways from running a business to organising events and, also, being an artist in her own right.
Suzanne initially developed a particular focus on landscapes in watercolour with no limit to the subject matter - a country scene or a vibrant and populated cityscape. Her aim is always to create a composition that is relevant, tells a story and provides harmony and a sense of serenity - factors which are important in her life.
More lately she has broadened her style and now loves working in oils because of the greater flexibility that they give. She also loves drawing, sketching and working directly in ink because of the challenge of the immediate mark!
She is currently looking to get involved in the urban sketching movement.