Exhibitions & Events

Textiles in Berkhamsted & Hertford.  Paintings & Pots in Welwyn Garden City.  The HVA Exhibition at Bishops Stortford College ... and more ... much more to see this month.

HVA MEMBERS EXHIBITION AT BISHOP'S STORTFORD COLLEGE - SPRING TERM 2012

A selection of photos from the well attended Private View held on 13th January.  The exhibition which runs to 30th March 2012, at the Art Department Gallery, can be viewed by appointment (individuals welcome, no need to get a group together), please telephone 01279 838 580 / 07906 144 369
To view map and directions: http://g.co/maps/q2g7h.

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2012: Winter:Ex: at The New Maynard Gallery 13 January - 18 February 2012

Herts Visual Arts Members Terry Wood (painter in acrylics, oils and watercolour) and Joanne Atherton (who works nature's beautiful patterns into hand thrown pottery) will be exhibited, alongside Daniel Shadbolt (oil paintings) and Elisabeth Lane (insect inspired sculptures using wire, beads and aluminium) at The New Maynard Gallery exhibition which runs from 13 January to 18 February 2012.

by Terry Wood

by Terry Wood

by Terry Wood

by Terry Wood

www.artbyterrywood.co.uk

by Joanne Atherton

by Joanne Atherton

by Joanne Atherton

by Joanne Atherton

www.potspotspots.co.uk

The New Maynard Gallery (Theatre Foyer), Campus West, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6BX

Tel: 01707 326109 / 357117

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'GOING UNDERGROUND'

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TEXTILE ARTS - 17 January to 18 February 2012

Currently on show at The Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted is an exhibition of contemporary textiles from local artists both wall hung and 3D items.

www.upstairsgalleryberkhamsted.co.uk

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'LESS IS MORE', The Power of the Monochromatic Photograph and the Empty Vessel

The Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted is holding an exhibition of monochrome photographs and empty vessels from 22nd February until 17th March 2012.

The exhibition examines the quiet but powerful intensity that photographic images, free from multiple colour, can exude and marries this with the quiet intensity of the three dimensional empty vessel. 

All work shown is by local artists who live or work in the Chilterns and surrounding counties. 

The exhibition will be open for visitors on Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11am-4pm.

The Upstairs Gallery, (above the Post Office), 268 High Street, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 1AQ

www.upstairsgalleryberkhamsted.co.uk

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'TRAPPING COLOUR, CATCHING LIGHT' 6 FEBRUARY -  3 MARCH 2012 AT HERTFORD THEATRE GALLERY

HVA Member, Barbara Weeks is a Textile Artist.  Her latest exhibition explores imagery from the Great Barrier Reef, 'Where the rainforest meets the Sea’, in Northern Queensland, Australia.

Dazzling blue waters and white sandy shorelines create a heightened sense of well being. Here the reef is protected to allow a rich bio-diversity. But underwater not all is well. Small changes in the marine environment, water temperature and salinity can cause coral bleaching and upset the symbiotic relationship between fish and coral.

Nearby the rainforest: damp and steamy, misty layers dripping with trailing foliage; punctuated by shrill sounds and flashes of brilliant colour.
2012 will mark the sixth year of her ongoing Journal Quilts, producing a small quilt each month on this theme. Many of the pieces have started with wet felting, ‘drawing’ with wool and silk fibres to create a base layer, to be overlaid with painted silks.

Barbara is attracted to simple ‘hands on’ techniques that can be achieved without a wealth of technology. The felt making process is both physical and contemplative; painting silk involves an element of risk.
Barbara will be present at the Gallery on Saturday 18 February between 11am-3pm
www.barbaraweeks.com

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'COLOURFUL OBSERVATIONS', ERYL WATERS & JANE HOPE - EXHIBITION 1-28 Feb 2012 THE RADLETT CENTRE

Jane and Eryl get their inspiration mainly from nature and living things.

By Eryl Waters

Eryl's vibrantly coloured ink paintings are based on zen drawings with a bamboo pen, a technique which concentrates on using the right side of the brain in observational work. The subjects are drawn freely using black soluble ink as it bleeds well.

By Jane Hope

Jane concentrates on Digital Printmaking using close up images of nature. A fascination with growing natural forms and the ambiguity that changes of colour, tone and texture can evoke in an image.

'Colourful Observations' runs from 1-28 February at The Radlett Centre,
 1 Aldenham Ave, Radlett WD7 8HL
 www.radlettcentre.co.uk
 Opening Hours: 10 - 4 Monday–Saturday

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JOANNA AUSTIN: ICARA, ICARA27 JANUARY- 11 MARCH 2012UH GALLERIES: MUSEUM OF ST. ALBANS

Icara, Icara by Hertfordshire-based artist Joanna Austin is her first major solo exhibition.  Austin works primarily in video installation. While her video work focuses on very different subjects – a garden tour, a moon descending over Luton Hoo, the echoing sound of traffic – they share an emphasis on the experimentation with disorientation, and the process of image-making in the context of contemporary and historic popular culture.
 
Taking inspiration from Greek mythology, Icara, Icara is a reworking of the Icarus myth from the point of view of a woman living in suburan England. Icarus, son of the proficient artisan Daedalus, attempts to escape from imprisonment by employing wings that his father has constructed from feathers and wax. Icarus, however, ignores his father’s instruction not to fly too close to the sun, melting his wings and falling to his death.
 
In Icara, Icara, the stages of imprisonment, flight and fall are a cyclical metaphor for increasing self-awareness. Concerned with notions of the ‘visitor experience’ in our physical reality Austin heightens the viewer’s self-awareness through disorientation and the creation of desire.
 
The darkened gallery space, housing a double-screen video projection and a mirror, immerses the viewer who watches but also participates in the unfolding narrative as they walk towards their own reflection. This dual viewpoint is echoed in the partly autobiographical video of Icara, Icara.
 
Joanna Austin is currently undertaking a MA by research at the University of Hertfordshire and has shown work both in galleries and in non-gallery contexts in Hertfordshire and beyond.

For further information please contact UH Galleries on O1707 284290 or uhgalleries@herts.ac.uk

Museum of St. Albans, Hatfield Road, St. Albans AL1 3RR

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