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HVA Big Art Showcase - on now at the New Maynard Gallery

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 19th 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 20th April until 2nd 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.

Gallery information here

Herts Open Studios 2018 - coming this September

OPEN STUDIOS PRESS RELEASE

Herts Open Studios 2018 – Discover more this September

Herts Open Studios 2018 will run for 3 weeks from 8th-30th September 2018 inclusive.  This popular annual event connects art-lovers and artists and is even bigger this year, with 150 artists are taking part at almost 70 solo and group venues across the County. As always, visitors will be able to enjoy a rich mix of free-to-enter experiences including personal studios, live demonstrations, exhibitions and more. Hosted by Herts Visual Arts and established almost 30 years ago, it’s a unique opportunity for inspiration and discovery - a popular fixture of Hertfordshire’s annual art calendar

The widely-acclaimed Big Art Showcase at Welwyn Garden City’s New Maynard Gallery gave visitors just a taste of Open Studios. Our July Big Art Fair in Hitchin during the Hitchin Festival not only provides a feast of art, but again marks our Open Studios Brochure Launch. Other Herts Visual Art Showcases include Hatfield’s Living Crafts and the Herts Show are also part of the lead-in to Open Studios.

What can Open Studios visitors expect? Our artists, artisans and designer-makers across Hertfordshire offer enormous choice and opportunities. With painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, glass, photography, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, a blacksmith and more in the 2018 #HertsOpenStudios mix, visitors will be able to plan amazing personal art trails. Our artists are ready to show, demonstrate or talk about their work, or just allow quiet browsing if preferred. Regardless, a warm welcome is assured at every venue.

This year’s sought-after Open Studios brochure is again in the new A5 format that proved so popular last year. An amazing mine of reference information about individual artists and venues, venues and opening hours, including demonstrations, refreshments and accessibility information. Widely available at public locations across the county as well as from participating Open Studios Artists, the brochure is also available online via the Herts Visual Arts website. To help plan visits and personal trails, there’s also a central at-a-glance mini-guide listing all venues, dates and art forms.

“Last year’s new-look brochure proved very popular and this year we have even more artists taking part” said Herts Visual Arts Chair, Hillary Taylor, who continued “Open Studios is always a fantastic opportunity for inspirational connections between artists and visitors. How often can you be sure of a chance to talk to an artist about their work, watch work in progress or perhaps even have a go yourself?  Whatever your interests, there’s bound to be somewhere local to visit, from individual studios to larger mixed groups.  Welcome to Open Studios 2018 - what’s not to like?”

www.hvaf.org.uk ‘More creativity, more fun, more buzz, more laughter in our lives’

Full press release available here.

Big Art Fair 2018

Herts Visual Arts Celebrates with a Big Art Fair for the second year running

Hitchin Town Hall Saturday and Sunday July 14th and 15th.  Open to the public from 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.

Following the highly successful launch of a new Art Fair for Hertfordshire in 2017, Herts Visual Arts (HVA) is back with their Big Art Fair for a second year during the ever-popular Hitchin Festival.  Run by and for HVA members: artists and designer-makers from across Hertfordshire will display their work at the newly refurbished Hitchin Town Hall Saturday and Sunday July 14th and 15th.  Open to the public from 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday, a number of exhibitors will be at the Fair during the weekend, offering unique opportunities to meet the artists themselves.

Even bigger than last year’s event, the 2018 Big Art Fair features almost 60 2D and 3D artists and artisans. Catering for every taste, an exciting and enticing array of paintings, mixed media, printing, photography, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, glass and more awaits visitors - all for sale. With options from greetings cards to larger statement pieces, original unique art alongside limited editions, there’s something for every pocket – a range of prices that won’t break the bank.

An exclusive Private View for Artists, Sponsors and invited guests in the evening of Friday 13th July will feature Sponsor’s Favourite Award presentations and also the 2018 Herts Open Studios Brochure Launch.  If you would like an invitation, please do get in touch. HVA welcomes further enquiries from potential sponsors.

New for this year is the ‘Visitors Vote’ award with a certificate going to the exhibitor whose nominated piece gets the most votes from visitors to the Big Art Fair.

HVA members Sharon Korek, Sandy Andrews, Laura Dunmow, David Harris and Sally Taylor have again been meeting regularly to plan details of this year’s event. "After the success of last year’s event, North Hertfordshire seemed ideal to again showcase the sheer variety of skills and creativity in our membership” explains Sally, a textile artist and illustrator, "This new venue is well matched to our expanded Art Fair, again taking advantage of the Hitchin Festival which always attracts so many visitors."

With the marketing put together by representational artist Laura and the display stands managed by visual artist Sandy, the second Fair again looks set to recreate the amazing atmosphere and excitement of 2017.

"We were just delighted by last year’s event, which prompted even more members to take part this year", HVA Chair Hillary Taylor confirms, "we have such a talented and committed group of HVA members who create and repeat events like this to bring an amazing and even wider range of art to the forefront and benefit our members too.”

www.hvaf.org.uk ‘More creativity, more fun, more buzz, more laughter in our lives’

Full press release here

Ayot St Lawrence Art Show

Now in its 44th Year the Ayot St Lawrence Art Show will this year be held from Saturday 9 June to Monday 11 June 2018 in the beautiful Palladian Church.  To coincide with the Art Show, our lovely 14th-century pub, the Brocket Arms, is also holding its popular annual beer and cider festival with at least 20 additional “guest beverages” as well as live music and a BBQ.  This will start on Friday 8th June.

Artists can register work until 13th April - more information here

Dates & Times
Friday 8 June: 7pm – 9pm Preview evening (by invitation only)
Saturday 9 June: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10 June: 10am – 5pm
Monday 11 June: 11am – 2pm

Preview evening: Entry fee of £8.00 per person with a complimentary glass of wine, juice or Farr Brew local beer and canapés will be charged.  As space is limited please ‘Contact Us’ for an invitation.

More information can be found on our web site at www.ayotartshow.co.uk and keep up to date on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AyotArtShow

Exhibitions at The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

I Can't Read and I Can't Write Down by Jordan Lewington

With dark and noir set photos, freelance photographer, Jordan Lewington invites you to fall into the captured landscape and create a new journey in his second solo show.
Tuesday 8 May - Friday 1 June 

A Collection of Oil Paintings by Michael Hartley

Tring artist, Michael Hartley's artistic flair was noticeable from a young age and he was encouraged by his art teacher at school to pursue his natural talent at Art College. However, Michael was only able to draw in his spare time and started oil painting in 2015, following his retirement. These days, Michael is able to devote more time to his art and says he is "continuously learning and hopefully getting it right".

Monday 4 - Friday 29 June

https://www.oldtownhall.co.uk/exhibitions

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

FREE

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. 

WAY-INN OPEN DOOR WORKSHOPS

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 opendoorberko@gmail.com or call in and talk to us.

To see classes currently running http://www.upstairsgallery.co.uk/workshops.html

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.

Gallery 32

Gallery 32 is a new gallery in Fleetville, St. Albans. It is located in the Vintage Emporium on the Hatfield Road. 

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