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Herts Visual Arts SPRING Exhibition opens at New Maynard Gallery

Invited to exhibit at the New Maynard Gallery in Welwyn Garden City, some 50 members of Herts Visual Arts contributed to a rich and varied Spring Exhibition of both 2D and 3D art. Amateur and professional artists from all corners of the County came together to bring in their work, including international prize-winning glass artist Teresa Chlapowski, previous New Maynard Gallery Open Exhibition winner ceramicist Elspeth Keith and renowned paper/book artist Janie Graham.

Artists and visitors, including the local Mayor were warmly welcomed by gallery trustees and volunteers for a packed and lively Private View evening on 27th April 2017, which also saw the launch of Herts Visual Arts 2017 leaflets. A huge breadth of techniques and subject matter across the collection including paintings, prints, textiles, glass, drawing, ceramics, jewellery and much more have filled the walls and cabinets with a wealth of colour and style.  Running from 28thApril until 3rd June, the exhibition is open for visitors throughout the week. 

“I would personally like to thank the New Maynard Gallery Trustees and volunteers for welcoming Herts Visual Arts into this amazing space” said Herts Visual Arts Vice Chair, Hillary Taylor, who continued “Our Spring Exhibition has been set out with such professionalism, care and skill, we have been overwhelmed by all the positive comments, thank-you. You have done all our work proud.”

At the end of the Private View evening, the Mayor also thanked Hillary, saying that she had really enjoyed the opportunity to meet the artists and see such a variety of work.

This Spring Exhibition provides just a small snapshot of the rich variety of art and visitor opportunities on show during Herts Open Studios this autumn.  From 9th September to 1st October, many more HVAF members will be welcoming visitors to their studios and exhibitions across the county for what is arguably Hertfordshire biggest art event.

Exhibition runs until 3rd June 2017

Photo credits Hillary Taylor

Further information:

Herts Visual Arts is the Hertfordshire-wide not-for-profit organisation for visual artists.  Run by and for members, HVAF supports artists and makers around Hertfordshire. The annual programme includes members meetings, exhibitions, Open Studios, the Herts Affordable Art Fair and more.

Herts Open Studios is Herts Visual Arts annual flagship event, when artists open their doors to visitors. Details of participating venues and artists will be available on line and in print from Summer 2017.

The dates for 2017 are 9th September to 1st October:

Registration for Open Studios is open until 2nd May 2017.

Twitter: @HVAF #HertsOpenStudios #HVAFMbr

Facebook: @hertfordshirevisualarts

Press Release by Hillary Taylor

Living Crafts @ Hatfield House

The not-to-be-missed event! Featuring many Herts Visual Arts members...

Living Crafts at Hatfield House this May, look out for our Herts Visual Arts tent, pop in and say hello!

4th - 7th May 2017

Thursday - Emma Franc, Ann Trotter, Dana Mallon, Suse Nielebock, Samantha Hurley Denise Bowser

Friday – Sandra Berti, Mike Rollins, Sarah Crickmore, Jackie Bennett, Moya Evans Sue Nicholls.

Saturday – Sue Patient, Amanda Charles, John Durham, Jean Langdon and Sabine Reichman

Sunday Ruth Goodman, Marlene Tanti,Sharon Korek, Lesley Pollock, Mitzie Green and Kathy Roberts.

A Wood Turner and Photographer come together for the first time in this ‘elements’ inspired exhibition at Curwen’s Gallery in Royston

Starting on Tuesday, May 9th for two months.

For those of you who have not visited Royston recently, it’s a vibrant hub for Artists as well as being famous for Royston Cave (as seen on TV)

The Royston Arts Festival, held every September, its flourishing Photographic and Arts Societies and the Albion Press regularly used by printmakers at Royston Museum and Art Gallery and overseen by HVA Member. Liz Beardwell.

Herts Visual Arts Spring exhibition!

We are delighted and excited to invite you to our Herts Visual Arts Spring exhibition!

Featuring work by Hertfordshire artists, HVA members, a taster for Herts Open Studios coming this Summer.

28th April - 3rd June 2017 @ The New Maynard Gallery, Campus West, Welwyn

Mentmore Arts Festival

This is a fantastic event featuring many of our Herts Visual Arts members! Don't miss it!

The 9th Mentmore Arts Festival will be held from Saturday 27th to Monday 29th May 2017 from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.

We are delighted that our favourite artists continue to support the event and are also very happy to make new artists a welcome addition to the team. We now showcase the work of over 60 contributors, twice the number from our opening year. This, together with record numbers of visitors, has meant that we have been able to donate to charity the fantastic sum of £9,000 in 2016 and over £50,000 in total from eight events.

The lead charity for 2017 will be our local Air Ambulance. We are also supporting Young Carers Bucks, the church and the village hall. The weekend is an opportunity to have a family day out with our refreshment tent offering light lunches, teas, coffee and a fantastic bar selling Pimms and local beer. We also have a raffle with some great prizes.

Exhibiting at Nude Tin Can Gallery St Albans in May


The art gallery presents an exhibition of fine art and original contemporary paintings, photography and printmaking. Featuring versions of 'scapes and places from the architectural landscape to surrealism. From atmospheric scenes to abstract colour tones. Impressionism to realism.  The unreal and illustrative captured across the spectrum from extremely talented contemporary artists.

Exhibiting at the Upstairs Gallery in May - Berkhamsted

A Painter, a Printer and a Potter

2nd - 13th May

Three Chilterns-based artists, Amanda Curbishley (a painter), Nathalie Pymm (a printer) and Elaine Wells (a potter, recently seen on BBC's Great Pottery Throwdown) show their latest work!

Graham Boyd exhibiting at Parndon Mill

Those familiar with Graham Boyd’s work will find the New Hampshire grids and the 3D pieces a very interesting diversion. They may also appeal to mathematicians! All visitors to this exhibition should find it fascinating.

Exhibition at Parndon Mill 6th April - 14th May

Graham Boyd will be giving an informal talk on Sunday 23rd April 2 – 4