Exhibitions & Events
Plenty to do and see during May...
OCTAVIA ART GROUP
The Octavia Art Group (Gladys Connaughton, Carol Rogers, Morag Vangeyzel, Frances & Patsy Geraghty, Joy Taman, Sarah How, Andy Sands & Gill Potter) are holding their 31st annual exhibition. Exhibits will include vibrant paintings in various media, stunning wildlife photography, original ceramics and beautiful hand-crafted jewellery.
'FLOTSAM', SPACE 2 GALLERY, 3 MAY–28 JUNE 2014
A solo exhibition by Jo Atherton at Space2 Gallery, Watford Museum.
The exhibition showcases her unique tapestries, comprised completely of flotsam and marine debris gathered from shorelines around the world. Through her striking weavings, it is possible to examine our throwaway culture and question the untold stories of the orphaned objects used in her work - who owned them and how did they arrive on a beach?
The exhibition runs until 28 June and can be viewed Thurs–Sun in Watford Museum.
ART @ ST.JOHN'S
'STRUCTURES IN NATURE', 29 Mar - 21 May 2014
The latest body of Ceramic Art by Herts Visual Arts Member Androulla Theochari is on show at Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon, Herts EN11 8BH.
OPEN: Wed-Sat 10-4.30.
COURTYARD ARTS OPEN EXHIBITION 2014
'JOURNEYS', HVA EXHIBITION AT HAREFIELD HOSPITAL 7 FEB- 13 MAY 2014 (EXTENDED DATE - now runs to 20 MAY)
Our exhibition is in the Cafe Gallery at Harefield Hospital. If you are visiting the hopsital do take a look round the site to see work by Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Catherine Yass, Susan Aldworth, Quentin Blake & Robert Ryan. Further details.
RICHES IN STITCHES... at KNEBWORTH HOUSE
From 5 April to 1 June 2014, there will be an exhibition of embroidered textiles inspired by Knebworth House, by the Filamenti textile group.
Filamenti are based at the Letchworth Settlement. The group visited Knebworth House in 2013, and were inspired by the rich tapestries and furnishings in the House as well as the unusual architecture of the House itself and surrounding Park. Their mentor and group leader Helen Mastrandrea has encouraged the artists to develop their work using elements of the fabric of Knebworth House as their starting point. There is a wide range of two- and three dimensional work on display and visitors to the exhibition will enjoy seeing how each member of the group has been inspired by a different aspect of Knebworth.
The rich pattern of the carpet in the Library has been developed by Susie Welch into a colourful printed velvet stole, with intricate beading and carefully dyed fringing to echo the carpet’s colour scheme. She has used the suffragette colours of purple, green and white as the starting point for a further piece.
Carola Garview has been inspired by the pattern of the original Elizabethan wall painting, which can still be seen in the House. The fronds of foliage have been richly interpreted to make a piece in crewel work for a kneeler cushion for a prayer stool.
Each of the nine members of the group has also created a small square cushion which will be hung for visitors to see as part of the exhibition. The eight-inch square cushions are worked on all sides using motifs on vastly different scales, from the intertwined plaster ceiling mouldings to the gothic stone carvings from the front of the House. A portrait of writer Edward Bulwer Lytton surrounded by a calligraphic design, worked by Lana Young, is one of the more intricate and inspired cushions.
The exhibtion opens on Saturday 5 April and is included in the Knebworth House admission ticket. On selected weekends, members of the group will be in attendance to talk to visitors about their work. See the Knebworth House website for more details.
THE ART OF DES TAYLOR
THE HERTS SHOW
This year, Herts Visual Arts will be taking a stand at the Herts County Show.
The annual event traditionally takes place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend, attracting up to 38,000 visitors & displaying the best of Hertfordshire.
Herts Visual Arts will be represented in the Made in Herts tent showcasing a selection of members work.
Led by Jo Atherton, a team of member volunteers - Hillary Taylor, Suman Gujral, Sarah Poppleton, Sue Wookey, Linda Gifford and Pat Joyce - will be manning stall and will be on hand to answer any questions about HVA membership whilst exhibiting their work.
Traditionally, County Shows are associated with agriculture, but the Herts County Show is so much more than that. As well as animals, there will also be displays and educational demonstrations along with free entertainment, food and shopping. It should be a great event to talk to people about Herts Visual Arts and represent the wide range of creativity we have in our county.
The Show takes place 24th – 25th May on the Herts County Showground in Redbourn from 8.30 until 5.30 each day. You can save 20% if booking your tickets in advance.
For more information, visit the Herts County Show website and do pop by the HVA stall and say hello!
HERTS OPEN STUDIOS PREVIEW - ARTISTS FROM WELWYN & HATFIELD
ARTISTSMEET OPEN EXHIBITION 4 MAR-6 MAY 2014
Over 150 submissions were received and the organisers are delighted to show a collection of remarkable works by visual artists from across Hertfordshire and beyond. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to view the final selection at Artistsmeet.
Connect with all selected artists by visiting: www.watersmeet.co.uk/artistsmeet/current-exhibitions/
Open during Watersmeet Box Office hours, 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. Entry is free of charge and all works are for sale.
Artistsmeet, Watersmeet, High Street, Rickmansworth, WD3 1EH
NEW PAINTINGS2 - FREYA PURDUE
HARPENDEN ART, CRAFT & ANTIQUES FAIR 10 MAY 2014
Six artists from HVA Harpenden group will be exhibiting on Saturday 10 May at this fair in Harpenden Methodist church hall in the High St.
The work on show will include photography and paintings by Bel Bluemel and Teresa Newham; ceramics by Elspeth Keith; drawings and mixed media by Hillary Taylor; mixed media paintings by Sue Wookey and oil paintings by Fiona Gaskell. Several of the artists will be selling their own fine art limited edition giclee prints as well as cards.
The fair is open from 10–4. There is normally an entrance fee, but you can gain free entry if you mention ‘Herts Open Studios’ at the door.
VISION AND MEMORY
PERIHELION, Jason Oddy 25 March - 3 May 2014
Unknown to most, perihelion, the day the earth’s elliptical orbit steers our planet closest to the sun, falls every year on January the 4th. Taking this abstruse and, for those of us in the northern hemisphere, counterintuitive idea as a guiding thought, Jason Oddy’s forthcoming exhibition brings together photographic works from the last decade-and-a-half to ask us to look with renewed intensity at the manmade world we normally take for granted. See full article...
Art and Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire,
College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB
Opening times: Mon-Fri, 9.30–5.00, Sat, 9.30–3.30
MENTMORE ARTS FESTIVAL
'A JOURNEY THROUGH PAINTING', 3 Apr-11 May 2014
An exploration of abstraction with beginnings in landscape by Martin Walton at The Gallery at Parndon Mill.
Martin Walton has spent over 50 years as painter, beginning as a landscape painter but over time moving to explore abstraction which gave him more scope for structure in his work. The influence of the landscape remains in the use of colour in many works with browns and ochres. He feels that words to describe painting are irrelevant as the process comes from that relationship of the painter and canvas which is a journey into the unknown.
Complemented by ceramics by Fraser Burchill
KIMPTON ART SHOW
HERTS VISUAL ARTS are in TENT NO.30
Meet members of the TEXTILES GROUP on on Thursday, CERAMICS GROUP on Friday, GLASS GROUP on Saturday & SCULPTURE GROUP on Sunday.
ARTISTS & MAKERS FAIR - IVINGHOE
TURN THE PAGE ARTISTS' BOOK FAIR
This two day event at The Forum in Norwich is a UK and international exhibiting and selling platform for artists who are creating work that is inspired by the structural and conceptual properties of the book form. Amongst the exhibitors are HVA Members Jo Howe and Mary Down. www.turnthepage.org.uk
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd May 2014. 10am-6pm. Free Entry.
A bookish kind of heaven...
HERTFORD ARTS FESTIVAL
Friday 25th April saw the launch of the Hertford Art Festival Art Trail at Hertford Castle. Artists will be showing their work at shops, cafes and other venues through out the town from 26 April - 11 May 2014 to see for free.
HVA Member Linda Gifford's work will be at Kids Connection, 14 Market Place, Hertford, SG14 1DQ and features new designs based on her Towersey Butterfly Collection www.lindagifford.co.uk
HVA Member Amy Pettingill is also on the trail, Art at Manic Munchies, location 16
BEST MADE LOCAL
DAT OPEN STUDIO - THE FORGE
And for a summary of Open Studios currently happening across the UK visit www.openstudiocomms.org