September 2013


Welcome to the September issue which includes a review of our Summer Exhibition, details of our October Lecture and whole host of exhibitions to enjoy, in addition to your Herts Open Studios visits.


This month ... an exciting Art & Science project with a research organisation, Studios Space in Watford, a Secret Art Sale in aid of MacMillan, the UH Galleries Open Exhibition ... and more !

Herts Open Studios 2013

Herts Open Studios is a regular autumn event on the Hertfordshire social calendar. This year a wide range of artists and makers are on view in 114 venues. The event features: painters - in oil, acrylic and water-colour; multimedia artists; ceramicists, jewellers and glass artists; photographers – both digital and film; sculptors and engravers; print, textile and fashion creators.

Forthcoming HVA Events

Are you interested in patterning?   If so, join us at the talk on Repeating Surface Pattern; its development over the past 150 years which will be given by Drusilla Cole, at 7.00 pm on 17 October at Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ

HVA Summer Exhibition

A few comments from the visitors book:

"A great variety of excellent work."
"A fantastic exhibition thank you!"
"Some really exciting work."
"Such a range of styles."
"A very inspiring & enjoyable exhibition."
"Great show again." 

Exhibitions & Events

September is finally here, and in addition to our annual Herts Open Studios there is plenty to do and see across the county.  New items are added to our website every week so do visit our News & Exhibitions page in between issues for larger articles on these featured events.

Artist on File: Peter Brown

Peter James Brown

The talented artist Peter Brown lives in a picturesque country cottage, up a single track road, and it is here that I visited him in his home studio.  The views around his cottage are glorious, surrounded by barley fields. I can see why the vistas would inspire a painter to capture the surroundings and how it would also be a wonderful and tranquil place to create any art.

Art Groups - News & Meetings

June Faulkner reports on the Textile Group's visit to the recent Zandra Rhodes exhibition, and Hillary Taylor reports on the activities of the Harpenden Group and the range of subject matters that have been discussed this year over their 3rd Wednesday of the month coffee meetings ...

Artist on File: Opal Seabrook

Behind her bubbly and friendly exterior, Opal Seabrook is quietly determined to play her part in keeping the traditional art form of stained glass alive and to explore new techniques. On top of a full-time day job, she produces handmade fusion and stained glass wall art as well as a wide range of craft that is very popular with Open Studios visitors. Opal is also HVA area co-ordinator for Harpenden. Fiona Gaskell finds out how she fits it all in.

Belinda's Bash

Putting Art and Design to Work

If you have the art bug – you just have to do art somehow. If you push it to the back of your mind it will push its way to the front at some point - with a vengeance. We artists have to do it. However, it is very common for artists to need another source of income – because art sales can be unpredictable. Is there a way to bring creativity and earning a crust together? Why not allow creativity and design to bring added value to the other work you’re doing? Surely it gives you an edge…


Welcome to Caroline Kirton, who will be joining the publicity group and represeting HVA on-line on PINTEREST.  This month we are looking for additional newsletter contributors, a website support volunteer and Area Coordinators for Open Studios 2014.