Denise Bowser reports on the first BBH Print Society Exhibition and June Faulkner on the recent "pop-up" gallery exhibitions in Watford.
Calling all printmakers and print collectors: a brand new print society promises to invigorate Beds, Bucks and Herts printing scene
It was not long after Christmas, the snow and the slow beginning of a New Year when printmakers from Beds, Bucks and Herts had already joined efforts to put together a spectacular three-in-one event: the launch of their new society, the opening of their very first annual exhibition and the launch of 'Collagraph – a journey through texture', a step-by-step collagraph manual by artist and society president Kim Major-George.
The event happened on Friday 14th January at the Boxfield Gallery in Stevenage. Comprising the works of 30 artists, “the idea is that our annual exhibition will rotate round the three counties: starting this year in Hertfordshire, next year will be Buckinghamshire, then Bedfordshire and so on”, said Major- George.
Each participating artist contributed to the exhibition with three original pieces and ten folios.
What you can expect to see
Without a particular theme underlying the show, it encompasses a variety of themes : from portraits and still lifes to city, sea or landscapes either in a figurative or abstract fashion. Following the same trend, it also puts together a wide range of techniques: from lino print, etchings, collagraph and monatype, to woodcut, dry point and carborundum print. For those not exactly versed in the very dynamic/creative possibilities of printing techniques, there is a very useful and detailed explanation of each one, right at the entrance of the exhibition.
Cost wise, the range is also varied and there is an opportunity to acquire a work of art for every budget, with works priced from around £50 to £400.
See and then learn how to make it
For those interested not only in admiring or acquiring the works, there is also the book Collagraph – a journey through texture which provides a valuable insight into this technique. With appealing photographs and information; displayed in an easy to follow method, the book is very comprehensive: it has 100 pages and covers all forms of collagraph printing and texture.
Make a note
B.B.H. Print Society Annual exhibition
When: From 14th Jan to 13th Feb
Where: Boxfield Gallery, Lytton Way, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 1LZ
Time: daily from 10am to 6pm
Next folio weekend (an opportunity to buy unframed work from the browsers): 12th and 13th Feb (Sat 12-6, Sun 12-4)
Collagraph – a journey through texture – available online at Amazon
For more information, please also see: www.bbhprintsociety.org.uk
"POP UP" SHOP & ART GALLERY
A “pop up’ shop and art gallery, created at 60-62 Queens Road, Watford WD17 2LA by Watford Borough Council, opened between 6th November and 18th December 2010 with an exhibition on the theme of textiles and recycling, with work by artists including HVA members June Faulkner and Caroline Kirton.
The shop provided exhibition space for works of art, with an artist in residence, complete with Saturday recycling textile workshops, information about the Watford New Hope Trust’s work with the homeless, together with an opportunity to shop with vintage clothing and accessories for sale.
The original bathroom showroom had been kept allowing separate scenarios to be created in the different areas of the space, utilising some of the charity’s monumental and elegant second hand furniture to set the scene for the displays.
This creative space is being run in partnership with the New Hope Trust, and Tucker French Bathrooms.
The shop currently has an exhibition with an illustrative theme including submissions from Laura Sellman, Marta Cernovskaja, Lizzie Prestt, Laura Nutall, Daisy Gam, Roger Kattenhorn, Bianca Hamilton, West Herts College, Watford Girls Grammar School, and HVAF Member Alana Jenkins. This will be open until 19 February 2011. The shop will be open Wednesday - Saturday between 11am and 4pm.
Contact: Sophie Ronson, Watford Borough Council Arts Development Officer on tel: 01923 278150 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for details of further “pop-up” events in Watford. June Faulkner