Exhibitions

THREE HVAF artists are exhibiting at a mixed show at the new Walter Strachan Art Centre in Bishop's Stortford until March 26.

Sculptor John Farnham, well known for working with Henry Moore for many years as his assistant, and painters and printmakers Lotte Farnham and Liz Boast are three of five artists profiled in New Year Exhibition.

Liz and Austrian-born Lotte are both graduates from the University of Hertfordshire and have recently been involved, together with John, at the anti-slavery exhibition at the Rhodes Museum. Liz is showing large and small prints and drawings while Lotte is showing large colourful oil paintings inspired by a recent trip to China.

A prolific printmaker, predominantly employing the process of etching, Liz uses images drawn from the world around her to tell her story, with her own symbolism composing personal mythologies.

Lotte has produced work in a variety of media, predominantly graphic prints and painting, but also photography, book installations and ceramics.

John's early works were stone carvings and bronzes, later producing work in steel. His sculptures are mostly an abstracted exploration of the human form, or parts of it. John's bronzes involve a more deliberate process of creation, whereas his carvings are mostly dictated by the features and qualities of the stone.

The exhibition is open by appointment during college hours. Please contact the Richard Honey on 01279 838580 or 07906 144369.

Walter Strachan Art Centre, Bishop's Stortford College, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2PJ.

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LIFE Stories is a painting and printmaking show by Kathy Foster and Joy Thompson at the Visual Arts Centre, Watford Grammar School for Girls until March 24th.

The exhibition is themed around objects in the landscape, figure studies and personal visions of the world.

Since meeting at Chorleywood Community Arts Centre fifteen years ago, both artists have developed highly personal styles and attained awards in a variety of artistic fields. They both exhibited in the recent Watford Art Space empty shops project.

Kathy Foster is inspired by the minutiae of life: familiar everyday objects and spaces that are often overlooked. Joy Thomson uses a variety of printmaking techniques and their combinations provide endless, often unexpected, new possibilities.

The exhibition is open to the public from 4-8 pm, Monday to Thursday (closed 15-19 Feb).

Contact Kathy Foster on 07941 227116 or email kathryn.foster@btinternet.com or Joy Thomson on 07941 416287 or email joythomson10@btinternet.com. Both artists offer tuition and take on commissions.

The Visual Arts Centre, Watford Grammar School for Girl, Lady's Close, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0AE

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THE Mayor's Charity Art Exhibition at the Old Town Hall will be open on Saturday 6th February from 10.30am to 6pm and Sunday 7th February from 10.30 am to 4pm in St Albans.

The auction will take place at 3pm on Sunday on behalf of The Citizen's Advice Bureau and the Council for Voluntary Service.

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