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Herts Visual Arts 2018 Big Art Showcase at the New Maynard Gallery - Press release


9th March 2018                                                                                                                              

Following from last year’s successful exhibition, Herts Visual Arts are again staging their Big Art Showcase at the New Maynard Gallery to mark the start of their 2018 arts programme.  With more than 50 members taking part, the rich variety of 2D and 3D art also includes work by previous New Maynard Gallery Open Exhibition winners Sarah Poppleton (painter) and ceramicist Elspeth Keith.  

Artists and visitors alike will also be warmly welcomed by gallery trustees and volunteers for a packed and lively Private View evening on 20th April 2018. A huge breadth of techniques and subject matter across the Showcase includes paintings, prints, textiles, glass, drawing, ceramics, jewellery and much more filling the walls and cabinets with a wealth of colour and style. 

Running from 20thApril until 2rd June, the exhibition is open for visitors throughout the week.  All work is for sale. Herts Visual Arts members are all artists who live or work in Hertfordshire.

“This year I would again like to personally like to thank the New Maynard Gallery Trustees and volunteers for welcoming Herts Visual Arts into this amazing space” said Herts Visual Arts Chair, Hillary Taylor, who continued “We know our Big Art Showcase will be set out with professionalism, care and skill, showing our members work off to its very best.”



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. An annual programme includes members meetings, exhibitions, Art Showcases, the Big Art Fair and Herts Open Studios. ‘More creativity, more fun, more buzz, more laughter in our lives’

20th April – 2nd June:  Herts Visual Arts Big Art Showcase, New Maynard Gallery, Welwyn Garden City,  AL8 6BX 

A rich mix of creativity and skill on show for this annual Herts Visual Arts member’s Big Art Showcase, with more than 50 Hertfordshire artists and artisan makers taking part. First in a series of 2018 member-led events, a visual feast awaits gallery visitors with a wide range of paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media and more on display. All work is for sale. Herts Visual Arts members are all artists who live or work in Hertfordshire.

10th-13th May:  Herts Visual Arts Living Crafts Showcase at Hatfield House.  

Visit the Herts Visual Arts Marquee at Living Crafts for a fantastic opportunity to meet 24 members.  Each day six different 2D and 3D artists will be on hand, ready to talk to visitors who can experience work in the making, watch demonstrations and see completed work on show.  A unique chance to purchase direct from the artist/maker.  

26th-27th May:  Herts Visual Arts at the Herts Show.

An opportunity for Herts Show visitors to find out more about Herts Visual Arts, either as members, a visitor to one of HVAF signature events, or as a potential sponsor/advertiser. Speak to members and organising committee in the Made in Herts Marquee to find out about our amazing member-led organisation: bringing ‘More creativity, more fun, more buzz, more laughter in our lives’.

14th-15th July: Herts Visual Arts Big Art Fair. 

Following on from the success of our art fair last July during the Hitchin Festival, we’re delighted to bring the Big Art Fair back to Hitchin during this year’s festival.  Bigger than last year’s highly successful event, art by over 50 2D and 3D artists and artisans will be on display at Hitchin Town Hall.  All work will be for sale, with opportunities to meet the artists.  Please get in touch if you would like an invitation to our exclusive Private View in the evening of Friday 13th July that will feature/launch the 2018 Herts Open Studios Brochure. 

Sponsorship opportunities also available.

8th-30th September: Herts Open Studios 2018

Registration for Open Studios starts in March and is open until 30th April 2018.

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 2018, with brochure launch at the Big Art Fair.


Twitter: @HVAF #HertsOpenStudios

Facebook: @HertsVisualArts

Press Release by Hillary Taylor

Tel: 07939 478 466

Longer feature articles and additional images also available

Hertford Art Trail

Hertford Art Trail 2018

Various Venues, 7th April – 6th May 2018

The centre piece of the annual Hertford Arts Festival, Hertford Art Trail splashes the work of local artists across town.

The 2018 trail runs from Saturday 7th April to Sunday 6th May, with an exclusive charity launch event at Hertford Castle on Friday 6th April – Festival Launch evening tickets

For one month, pop-up exhibition spaces appear across Hertford – from retailers to bars and cafes, beauty salons to gift shops. Participating artists team up with a venue at which to display and sell their work for the duration of the trail.

Exhibition by Sharon Cohen @ The Radlett Centre Upstairs Gallery


Sharòn Cohen returns to the Apthorp Gallery. As an artist her artwork is deeply heartfelt & inspired by herself as a woman, wife, mother, by life, love and yoga. It explores feelings with honesty, understanding & respect, an ongoing process of discovery. Sharòn’s abstract & organic style celebrates the beauty, flow & expressive qualities of lines, shapes & colours.

'Glass Art Reflections’ Exhibition @ The Radlett Centre

Eva Edery, Glass Artist specialising in contemporary glass wall art has released the dates of her next exhibition; 1st-28th February 2018 at the Radlett Centre, WD7 8HL. Celebrating her sixth consecutive year at the centre she will be exhibiting her signature glass wall art collections including the popular ’Tree of Life’, ‘Heart Beat’, ‘Finding the Balance’ and ‘The Journey’ series.

Exhibitions at The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

The Common by Jenny Thorburn

An exhibition of woodcut prints, drawings, maps and collages by a Berkhamsted artist. This work has been created by walking and exploring Berkhamsted Common (part of the Ashridge estate), mapping its historical features and sitting out in the woods drawing individual trees. The work is inspired by the past stories and present form of the Common and celebrates its continued importance to the local community. The Commons were an important community resource in pre-industrial times, providing food and fuel. Where they remain, they are an equally important resource for our urban society in providing us with freely accessible places to be with nature.   

Monday 5 February - Friday 2 March 2018


Wildlife Portraits by Chris Shelley

Chris is a locally based photographer who for much of his career was a cameraman on film and TV productions. In recent years, e has concentrated on stills photography, with an emphasis on wildlife and landscape. 
This Exhibition will feature some of his favourite examples of animal portraiture. In these he has tried to capture the unique quality of his subjects, and hopefully provide an insight into their character. At best, a good photograph can allow us to appreciate at leisure the wonder of our fellow creatures, and why we must strive to preserve them for the future. 
Monday 5 March – Friday 6 April 2018

Waxing Lyrical by Rachel Todd

Encaustic wax is a technique that was used by the Egyptians and involves applying molten encausticwax to paper using a variety of tools. A hot iron, hot stylus or a heat gun are used to manipulate the wax into a landscape or abstract design. Rachel first came upon encaustic wax 2 years ago after seeing artist, Julie Wrathall, at an Open Studios event and her curiosity on the subject led her to attend evening classes where she mastered her technique.

Monday 9 April – Friday 4 May 2018

Guided Sculpture Walk at Herts University (free)

This walk introduces the 12 outdoor sculptures located on College Lane Campus

1 January 2017 - 28 February 2018

First Monday of each month at 1pm


Our Sculpture Walk encourages you to take a new walk around the campus, paying attention to objects that you may have passed by.

The University of Hertfordshire Art Collection features 500 artworks displayed across its campuses. Hosted by UH Art Collection, UH Arts, this walk introduces the 12 outdoor sculptures located on College Lane Campus.

The Sculpture Walk presents an eclectic group of works which map the changing characteristics of British Sculpture since the 1950s. You will encounter an abstract stone sculpture by the iconic Barbara Hepworth, a bronze torso by Henry Moore’s pupil John Farnham and a bespoke wall relief map by Trevor Tennant. The trail reveals Land Art by Andy Goldsworthy, as well as sound sculpture, interactive sculpture, assemblages and intervention into the landscape.

New Art Exhibition at Rothamsted

There is a new, regularly changing, art exhibition now being shown at Rothamsted in Harpenden! The Harpenden Arts Club (HAC) and staff at the Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise (RoCRE) have been working together on a new art initiative to provide a display of HAC members’ artworks to be exhibited for sale in the Rothamsted Conference Centre Restaurant, which is open to the public. 

The Open Door - Berkhamsted workshops

Art and Crafts Workshop Venue from top tutors bought to you by the curators of The Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted. 


We are excited to announce our new project at The Open Door, 360-364 High Street, Berkhamsted, where Upstairs will be Downstairs, running workshops, showing artwork and providing a pop-up exhibition space. This is in addition to the main gallery above the Post Office.

We are looking for new volunteers so if you would like to be involved in this new exciting venture in any way, either as an artist or on the admin side or just being part of the team, we would love to hear from you - please email or call in and talk to us.

To see classes currently running

or see their Facebook Page

Herts Visual Arts SPRING Exhibition 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.