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It’s time for Herts Open Studios – get out and get some art!


Photograph - Lady Walk, Ashridge - by Stuart Grieve
Lady Walk, Ashridge – by Stuart Grieve


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

Stained glass - by Vitreus Art
Sennen Surf – by Vitreus Art

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.

Herts Open Studios – another chance to meet artists at work

Stuart Grieve - photographer and digital artist
Infra-red photograph by Stuart Grieve

Here it is again – Herts Open Studios, organised by HVAF.
This year is the 21st anniversary of the biggest and most diverse art event in Hertfordshire – the county which boasts Henry Moore among its best known artists.

Each year we (Jenny Timms and I) ponder on the inevitable hard work that we know will be involved in putting on a good show.

Each year we remind ourselves that the chance to meet art lovers, talk about what we do and what they like, and to demonstrate how our stained glass is created is an invaluable opportunity.

The way we look at it is this:

  • It’s a chance to communicate to others our passion for what we do
  • It’s an opportunity to show that we know what we’re doing!
  • It’s a great vehicle for gauging opinion on some of our experimental ideas – which may get turned into viable pieces of art or they might get abandoned.
  • It’s an enjoyable social gathering, with artists and members of the public mixing and talking about what they’ve seen and which studios they plan to see next.
  • And it’s a buying opportunity – you can buy art direct from the artists who created it, at prices that are likely to be much lower than in galleries.

This year we’ll be exhibiting  in the garden of fellow artist and good friend Stuart Grieve and his wife Margaret.

Stuart will be showing his new Infra-Red photographs – very ethereal, almost ghostly – and large originals and prints of his very striking digital art.

We’ll also be crossing fingers for weather too, but come rain or shine we’ll be showing so do visit us – even if you need your umbrella!

You can see details of all the other artists in the Dacorum area here:

You can see examples of Stuart’s work here:

We’ll be at:
41 Hempstead Lane, Potten End, Herts HP4 2RZ.
Look for the yellow signs and please don’t park on the grass!

  • Sat 10th – 11am to 5pm
  • Sun 11th 11am to 4pm
  • Sat 17th – 11am to 5pm
  • Sun 18th 11am to 4pm
  • Sat 24th – 11am to 5pm
  • Sun 25th 11am to 4pm

Visit www.hvaf.org.uk for details of all the studios open during the season.

And as an extra incentive to visitors, we’ll be making Christmas decorations (we have a big order to fulfill) and we’ll be selling them to visitors at half their usual price…

Hope to see you there!