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Thin Places: An exhibition of work by Caryl Beach and Gill Ayre

The Wynd Gallery, The Wynd, Letchworth, Herts SG6 3EN

www.wyndgallery.co.uk

 

13th – 20th October 2018

Opens Saturday 13th October 2018, Private View 2 – 5pm

Thin Places are places where the veil between the temporal and the spiritual worlds are tissue-thin, and in such places, we may be able to experience glimpses of the spiritual dimension.

Artists Gill Ayre and Caryl Beach explore what this means to them in their work. Always rooted in their experience of landscape, their work touches on these shifts in perception, where mundanity gives way to mystery.

‘Woodlands, marshlands and mountains are places where I can feel a shift in my experience of the world, places of dissemblance and mystery. 

Trees are both rooted in the earth, with their branches stretching towards the heavens, and woodlands are associated with magic and myth, tree spirits and faeries. 

Marshlands are transitional, threshold places, where substance becomes insubstantial, where earth melts into water.

Mountains, shrouded in mist and cloud, are places of mystery, are often seen as spiritual places, where we can glimpse something of the eternal.

Places where you can lose yourself, in both senses of the word - these are my inspirations.’

Gill Ayre www.gillayre.co.uk 

 ‘Landscape:  where land meets sea is my thin place. A calm, mysterious and sometimes overwhelmingly powerful place.

A place of wonderment and inspiration where the elements of nature vie for dominance.

My work in video, photography and mixed media strive to represent the transient and enigmatic nature of our world, whose beauty lies in imperfection and impermanence. ‘

Caryl Beach www.carylbeach.org

Finders Keepers Tales in Textiles! exhibition by Connie Flynn

Once again this exhibition by HVA member Connie Flynn is touring, this time it will be exhibited in The Maeldune Heritage Centre, St. Peter's Tower, Market Hill, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4PZ on Fri 5th to Tues 23rd October 2018, open Tues – Sat 11am – 4pm. All welcome!

In June 2015 Connie was the Artist in Residence at Sumburgh Lighthouse Shetland, during the residency she researched the social history aspect of the keepers and their families who stayed, worked and lived at the lighthouse. Connie recorded these experiences in her sketchbook, this then developed by using cloth to construct textile wall hangings, each one decorated with different surface effects and hand stitched techniques.

Finders Keepers Tales in Textiles! has been shown in Harwich Lighthouse (Aug 2017), Three Hares Gallery in Buckinghamshire (Feb 2017), Rayleigh Windmill, Essex (Sept/Oct 2016) and Shetland Museum (April 2016).

 

HOME & AWAY TEXTILE BANNER by CONNIE FLYNN

HVA member Connie Flynn is exhibiting her hand stitched Suffragette-inspired textile banner entitled "Home & Away" in North Herts Undaunted. The Fight for The Vote -Suffrage Stories from North Herts.

From the 13th Oct to 1st Dec 2018.

Tues - Sat 10 30am – 4 30pm Admission free

O1462 474554

 

North Hertfordshire Museum,

Town Hall entrance, Brand Street,

Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1JE

Exhibitions at The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

Life Drawing Happenings/Herts Open Studios exhibition     

An exciting exhibition of Life Drawings made by the Herts Open Studios group of over 20 artists from regular Hemel and Berkhamsted sessions. Sessions for beginners and improvers are held in The Old Town Hall Cellar Club, run by Kelly Pedlar. Life Drawing Happenings have been running for almost 10 years, taking part in Herts Open Studios is a wonderful way to exhibit and celebrate!

Monday 3rd September – Monday 1st October

The Old Tower     

By Sharon Axcell and Stephen Hill

A unique collaboration between local screenwriter Sharon Axcell, graphic illustrator Stephen Hill (Hilly) and the Old Town Hall, The Old Tower is a graphic novel experience set in dystopian 2131. Following global warming and the religious conflicts of 2027, Earth’s waters now engulf the enduring lone Old Town Hall tower. One man finds hope for salvation in his time-travel invention, but things go badly wrong…

Monday 1st October – Monday 3rd December

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. 

Postcards from Shetland

HVA Member Connie Flynn records her experiences whilst studying for a Contemporary Textiles (hons) degree in Shetland via a monthly 'Postcard' ... the latest postcard appears at the top of the article.

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