Yes, come the beginning of September it will be time for Hertfordshire’s biggest (and best) art event – the annual Open Studios for around 200 artists.
How else could anyone get to see so much art, talk to so many artists, and even have a go themselves at many studios?
During 3 weeks of September each year, almost all of the county’s artists – professionals, talented amateurs, and even Jenny and I – put on exhibitions, open our studios, get together to present collaborative events, all free, and all open to all.
Many counties around the UK now have an Open Studios week, fortnight or month, but
Herts OS is one of the longest-established and it shows – around 200 artists at nearly 100 different venues.
This year’s event includes artists working in book binding, computer graphics and digital art, drawing, encaustic wax, glass (including stained glass of course), illustration, metalwork, scultpure, mixed media and 3d work, mosaic, painting in dozens of forms, photography, textiles, carving, wood and printmaking. Phew – quite a list!
Our own exhibition is a joint show with photographer and digital artist Stuart Grieve, who will be showing his latest work from around the world and closer to home. He’s being very guarded about his new work so we can’t tell you too much about what you might see.
Last year’s show included some really striking infra-red photography that caught the imagination of all who saw it so we expect much greatness again this year!
We’ll be showing plenty of new pieces ourselves too – new pieces in our sea and surf series, new affordable window hangings and others besides.
But a key aspect of Open Studios is the demonstrations and discussions. Stuart will be on hand on some days to talk about his work, and we’ll be making pieces of stained glass during the show too – and if you fancy trying your hand at cutting glass or soldering then you’ll be very welcome!
Here are the details of our show:
Herts Open Studios in Bourne End with Stuart Grieve
Monday 22nd Sept – Saturday 27th Sept
- Open from 10-30 to 5pm each day
- Wheelchair access
- Demos and discussions each day
- Work in progess on show as well as work for sale
- Artists present on rotation:
- Monday – Stuart, Jenny, Mike present
- Tuesday – Stuart present
- Wednesday – Stuart present
- Thursday – Jenny present
- Friday – Mike present
- Saturday – Stuart, Jenny, Mike all present
St Johns Church Hall, London Road, Bourne End, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP1 2RU
There will be plenty of work for sale or to enjoy, the show is free for all, and we will welcome you and any questions you have!
While you’re out and in an artistic mood, why not visit other artists nearby?
This page on the HVAF website lists the other artists taking part in the Dacorum area of Hertfordshire:
Mike & Jenny – Vitreus Art
Visit HVAF.org.uk for details of all artists taking part in Herts Open Studios 2014.
You can also visit our Facebook page for updates and news before and during Open Studios.