Exhibitions

KINGSBURY Barn exhibition is set to showcase artworks by 111 HVAF artists as well as feature demonstrations from 9 members during the week-long event.

Timed to coincide with the St Albans Festival, the total number of exhibits now confirmed is 440 pieces, covering the whole spectrum of visual arts and bringing together some of the best artists across Hertfordshire.

The barn was built by St Albans Abbey in 1374 and has recently undergone a comprehensive programme of conservation. With a large open space and high ceilings, the venue makes for an unusual yet perfect setting to view art.

A prelude to Open Studios from 11 September to 3 October when artists across the county open their studios and invite the public see how they create their art, there will be demonstrations each day.

The programme of events is as follows: Saturday 12 - Silk painting by Tessa Barnes, Sunday 13 - Cartoon illustrations by Claire Pinney, Monday 14 - Painting by Mitzie Green, Tuesday 15 - Calligraphy by Susan Llewelyn-Elvidge, Wednesday 16 - Silver jewellery making by silversmith Joanna Mason of the Hertfordshire School of Jewellery, Thursday 17 - Botanical art painting and drawings by Jill Winch, Friday 18 - Tiffany glass demonstrations by Vitreus Art; (Jenny Timms & Mike Caddy), Saturday 19 - Ceramic sculpture demonstration by Debbie Bent.

The exhibition takes place from 12 June - 19 June at Kingsbury Barn, Branch Road, St Michaels Village, St Albans AL3 4SE. The event will be stewarded by artists. Admission is free and all exhibits are for sale. Hours of opening are 11.00am-5.00pm daily, Thursday 11.00am-9.00pm.

Susan Llewelyn-Elvidge demonstrates calligraphy

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CERAMICIST Joy Trpkovic is the only finalist selected from England out of 44 participating countries to have work in an international competition.

Wall piece Floating Shards has been chosen for the exhibition of the 30 Concurs Internacional de Ceràmica l’Alcora 2010 at the Museum of Ceramics in Alcora near Valencia, comprising 59 works by finalists from a worldwide entry.

“It surprises me even more as I regard myself as a painter and am a self taught ceramicist,” said Joy. “I have looked up some of the other finalists and now I am very humbled. They all have extensive and very impressive international CV's, whereas I work on my kitchen table!”

There are 4 substantial prizes including acquisition by the museum for their permanent collection. The opening is on 15 July.
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HVAF members Kim Roskell and Jackie Grisley will be showing work at The Society of Women Artists 149th Annual Open Exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London next month.

The exhibition is a continuation of the society's long history which was set up at a time when it was considered too shocking for women to display their artwork in London 153 years ago.

When a few rebellious women formed their own society in 1857 there was no shortage of women artists. At the first exhibition, 149 women showed 358 works, some hiding their true identities for fear of social recrimination. And so began The Society of Women Artists (SWA).

Kim and Jackie, also members of SWA, will display paintings alongside a variety of works in many mediums and styles, from miniatures to large canvases, ceramics and sculptures, etchings and other handmade prints.

The Society has attracted Dame Laura Knight, the first woman Royal Acadamician for over 160 years and elected President of SWA in 1932. The world famous illustrator Mabel Lucy Atwell was a member. Current members include Daphne Todd OBE, the first woman President of The Royal Portrait Society; well-known portraitist June Mendoza OBE; the late Suzanne Lucas, Past President of both The Society of Botanical Artists and The Royal Miniature Society.

The Mall Galleries, London SW1. 1-10 July 2010. 10am – 5pm (inc Sundays) Closes 1pm last day.

The Exhibition will be officially opened at 11.30 on 30th June by its Patron HRH Princess Michael of Kent.

www.society-women-artists.org.uk

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MEMBERS of St Albans Art Society will be showing artworks at the Summer Art Exhibition next month.

Hundreds of paintings and prints will be displayed alongside pieces of sculpture and ceramics. This year the exhibition is showing St Albans as it has never been seen before. A new award, The St Albans Trophy, has been added to the three existing categories to be presented to the work that best depicts St Albans in an original way.

Summer Art Exhibition, Lower Hall, Baptist Church, Dagnall Street, St Albans, AL3 5EE
DATE: 23 - 31 July 2010. Open daily from 9.30am - 4.30pm. Sunday after 1pm. Free.
More information at www.stalbans-artsociety.org.uk

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HIDDEN among the roses, pot plants and greenhouses at Pioneer Nurseries in the village of Willian you'll find an amazing exhibition of artworks by HVAF members from 19 to 20 June.

With more than 30 artists taking part in Art in the Garden, the range of work will include watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings, etchings, drawings, ceramics and sculpture. Exhibiting artists stewarding the event will also be available to talk about their work.

Sales of work will support local charities, with 10% of the proceeds going to Macmillan Nurses, The Garden House Hospice and The Letchworth Arts Centre.

Art in the Garden is open on 19 June 10.00am – 5.00pm and 20 June from 10.00am – 4.00pm. For directions to Pioneer Nurseries, Willian, near Letchworth, SG6 2AE visit: www.pioneerplants.com/find.html

For more information on Art in The Garden contact Sue Lines at: sue.lines@ntlworld.com

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LAST chance to see four artists who have got together to give the New Maynard Gallery in Welwyn Garden City a fresh feel of spring/summer.

In the spirit of the new season, Susan Sanders uses vibrant colours both in her intriguing oil landscapes and landscape photographs.

Lotte Farnham’s vast fields of poppies and oil paintings from her recent trip to China (pictured) are on display alongside works by Henriette Busch and Juliette Purdy, who contributes to the show with her curious porcelain figures.

The works will be on show only until 12 June. Opening hours are from 10:30 to 7:30pm at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6BX.

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BUILDING on its success over the past year, INSIDEout Contemporary Art, whose first exhibition in 2008 was held on the premises of an empty shop and large barn in Cowbridge, returns to Hertford again to hold an annual group exhibition entitled INSIDEout Extra.

Showing both old and new work in the recently launched VIP Lounge, Café Yum, 6 The Old Cross, Hertford SG14 1RB until 19 June 2010, the group’s diverse range of contemporary work includes painting, printmaking, photography, wire sculpture, plaster forms, applied arts and video.

INSIDEout held four successful exhibitions in 2009, including two in London. The exhibition, curated by Lupe Cunha MA, will be open seven days a week from 10.30 am - 4.30 pm.

For more details call 01992 552288 or go to www.insideoutartists.co.uk

Image by Jon Williams.

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