Art Groups - News & Meetings

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Self Portrait by Olive Van Klaveren


The Southern Painters Group met in June to discuss ideas and share information.  At the meeting, we were inspired by a theme that sounded like an easy task but actually turned out to be very challenging. The aim was to loosen up our work and generate ideas. We were to produce some artwork using only one large brush or implement.

Most of us tried and found it difficult to achieve the finishing touches such as highlights without reaching for at least one other smaller brush. The painting that really captured the spirit of the theme was Self Portrait by Olive van Klaveren which was very much admired by the group.  We look forward to our next meeting and a fresh challenge.

At the August meeting we displayed work on the theme of 'The Sea'.
It was a good theme for this time of year, as many artists had been away during August and had the opportunity to complete the challenge on site.
There was a good variety of work with many interpretations and this led to a discussion about mediums and sketching outdoors.

For images follow the link to see the album loaded on Facebook

A new theme will be set for the next meeting which is scheduled for 27th September.

Email for further information about the group and details of their next meeting.


INDIGO (North Herts Painters)

The INDIGO group of painters met in July for a novel meeting.  We attended a lecture by Anthony Slinn, part of the Hitchin Festival Programme. His subject was " Vincent's friend Gauguin ".

His lecture has become an annual event in the Festival, with a different subject each year.  He is always an entertaining speaker and approaches his subjects at a slightly different angle - his talks a sellout every year.

We met beforehand at Hitchin's  "Just Desserts "  for cakes, pancakes, waffles etc enjoyed by all.

In August several members met at Kettles Yard in Cambridge and enjoyed an exhibition entitled ' Von Ribbentrop in St Ives. Art and War in the last resort'.   Apparently von Ribbentrop holidayed in Cornwall in the 1930's gathering intelligence in preparation for a German attack on Britain. The exhibition is the response to this of the artist, writer and filmaker Andrew Lanyon (son of Peter Lanyon). It is beautiful and witty and also includes work by St Ives artists such as Alfred Wallis. Very much recommended it is on until 18th September.

We also visited the house which proved a very inspirational space and we later had an excellent discussion over tea and cake. Our next meeting involves painting to Carnival music led by a Brazilian member. Anyone who wants to join us would be very welcome.  Email for further information



See the exhibitions page for the Textile Groups event at Hertford Museum and the various demonstration days.

The next meeting of the group is taking place on Tuesday 27th September. For further details please email



Following his appointment as group leader at the AGM William Barnard has arranged an informal meeting for group members on Friday 16th September at 7.00pm in the Michael Brown Gallery at the Hitchin Centre of the Arts, North Herts College, Willian Rd, Hitchin SG4 0LS.

For further information about the group please email



The group is now being led by Marlene Tanti, Jo Atherton, and Patrick Joyce. (Many thanks to Michael Hardy for his many years of work ). The next meeting will be held at:
Fairlands Farmhouse Studios, Fairlands Way, Stevenage, SG1 1NU
on Saturday 1st October at 3pm. Parking available in main car park off Fairlands Way, for the Leisure Park.

Please contact Jo Atherton if you are interested in attending, so that they have some idea of the numbers interested.
If you are unable to attend and are making a general enquiry about the group please email



The date of the next meeting has yet to be arranged. Please email for further details about the group.