Exhibitions & Events
Coming up this month ....
OCTAVIA ART GROUP -2012 EXHIBITION
Monday 30 April - Saturday 5 May 2012 (10am - 5pm)
LIVING CRAFTS 10 - 13 MAY 2012
Over 300 innovative designer-makers will be travelling from all corners of the United Kingdom to exhibit at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire from 10 – 13 May. Living Crafts is the country’s premier craft showcase with an enviable reputation for the range and high quality of design and with its lively festival atmosphere attracts many thousands of visitors each day.
This year Living Crafts is celebrating the renaissance of craft as an important part of our British cultural heritage in the Queen’s Jubilee Year while also recognising its economic significance. Robin Younger, the event organiser, comments “We are promoting the future of designer-made craft in the U.K. with immensely talented craft professionals whilst also giving newly qualified designer-makers the opportunity to launch their skills”
This vibrant show features both traditional and contemporary British, original craft with exhibitors demonstrating, selling their work and taking commissions. There are art lectures, masterclasses and ‘have a go’ workshops for all ages. Live music and entertainment add to the ambience and new this year are an award-winning steel band, tutored wine tasting and master storytelling.
Herts Visual Arts members will, once again, have their own tent in the centre of the showground.
Do come along and introduce yourselves - visit the Textile group on Thursday, Ceramics Group on Friday, Glass Group on Saturday and Sculpture Group on Sunday.
BY THE WATER'S EDGE 12 April - 20 May 2012
An exhibition about the delight in being beside lakes, rivers, streams and the sea is being held at Parndon Mill this month.
Parndon Mill, Eizabeth Way, Harlow, Essex CM20 2HP
Tues-Fri 10-5 / Sun 2-4
www,parndonmill.co.uk - 01279 426042
ALAN BURGESS paints the great variety of ways land and water meet. He grew up near the Essex coastal marshes, an area where there is an ambivalent relationship between sea and land. Now, in the Stort valley he paints the river in various moods and how, in times of flood, the water slides over the land and brings the luminosity of the sky to the earth. "The completion of a painting can be seen as the resolution of opposites; solids and voids, warm and cool colours, movement and stasis. What better metaphor than painting the water's edge?"
SUSAN ERSKINE-JONES' inspiration for her paintings comes from the area in which she lives including the nearby College Lake in West Hertfordshire. Early impressions and memories of the open spaces, the coast and the clear light of the South African Cape still strongly influence her work. Susan explores the relationships between the sky and stretches of water which reflect it. She says "I am interested in the borders, the edges and marginal states; in interpreting the delicacy, the chance and the strength that I see in the world around me. "
DILYS HALLBONE'S delightful paintings and watercolours are of the seaside on sunny afternoons at Seaview, Isle of Wight.
KAREN MURPHY'S glass dishes are inspired by water including tumbling waterfalls and the sea The pieces are fused and formed in the kiln and are enhanced by subtle additions of dichroic glass which change colour with the angle of the light.
HERTS VISUAL ARTS TEXTILE GROUP EXHIBITION - WEATHER OR NOT
Members of the Textile Group are hosting an exhibition at Mill Green Museum. Mill Green, Hatfield AL9 5PD from 22 April - 24 June ... and taking Textiles outdoors !
Textiles are so often treated gently, wrapped and protected and carefully stored.
For this exhibition they are displayed outside - will the materials survive the elements ? .... and how well will they fit into the environment ?
HELEN HALLIDAY AT CHENIES MANOR, 3-31 MAY 2012
The exhibition is being held throughout May on Wednesdays, Thursdays and the Bank Holiday from 2-5pm.
WD3 6ER www.cheniesmanorhouse.co.uk
A mixed media exhibition including ceramics, collage, paintings and work created during an artist residency in the Azores.
MITZIE GREEN PAINTINGS
7-25 May 2012
Old Town Hall,
Tel 01442 862978
Space² Watford 'BEGINNINGS'
An exhibition of work in a range of different medialooking at themes of birth, rebirth and change. NEW -There will be an opportunity to meet and watch artists at work in our new Artist Studios.
There will also be a range of events to support this exhibition, please see the website for further details: www.watford.gov.uk/space2
Open Thursday 26 April – Saturday 16 June 2012
Thursday - Saturday, 1pm - 6pm
Space² Watford, 69 High Street, Watford, WD17 2DL
'SUNDROPS' A selection of original prints by Sir Terry Frost
Wed 11 April - Sat 26 May 2012
To mark the onset of fairer weather Ian Rastrick Fine Art will be exhibiting a selection of original prints by the much loved Cornish based artist Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003). A pioneer of British abstraction in the 1950’s, Frosts vocabulary of beautifully coloured chevrons, discs, crescents, spirals and triangles have become instantly recognisable.
The exhibition will consist of approximately twenty works ranging from the iconic 1968 lithograph Lace 1, an image that was issued as a stamp by the Royal Mail in 2004, to the large woodcut triptych Timberaine 1 of 2001. Prices £650 - £3750.
Ian Rastrick Fine Art 38 Holywell Hill, St.Albans, AL1 1BU
'RESORT' 30 March - 10 June 2012
RESORT is the result of two years spent photographing life at Butlin’s, Bognor Regis in West Sussex – one of only three remaining resorts in the UK. Anna Fox has captured the British at leisure, providing a vital and highly charged insight into the contemporary Butlin's holiday experience.
For further information please contact UH Galleries on 01707 284290 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UH Gallery at The Museum of St. Albans, Hatfield Rd, St. Albans Herts AL1 3RR (Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am - 5pm / Sun 2-5pm)