More than 30 artists are exhibiting under one roof as part of this year’s Herts Open Studios event.

The art community’s annual showcase began on Saturday and runs until September 27 and for the third year running Datchworth’s Mardleybury Gallery is throwing open its doors.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the countywide celebration of local artists, and with more than double the artists showcasing and demonstrating their work than last year the Mardleybury studio offer is not to be missed.

The work ranges from ceramics, sculptures, glasswork, photography and textiles to amazing oils, acrylics and watercolour paintings.

Anja Penger-Onyett, one of the ceramic sculptors showcasing her work, experiments with homemade, glazes to create decorative fired stoneware.

Sculptor Linda Lipinski works in a variety of media including sand, cement, wood, plaster, clay and stone to create dynamic figures.

And Stella Swanton of Infinity Fusing creates unique and imaginative fused glasswork that is both decorative and functional.

Abstract artist Enrico Gobbi is one of 20 painters involved.

Artists are organising demonstrations and have-a-go sessions throughout the programme.

For full details about what’s on offer in Datchworth, visit

There are many other artists who are opening their doors throughout the Open Studios season.

They include glass artist Sharon Korek from Hitchin’s Fishponds Road, who is hosting weekend sessions at her home – as is printmaker Nick Wonham, who lives in nearby Bearton Road.

Hazel Godfrey is displaying woven 3D and 2D willow work at her studios in Great Offley, while painter Helen Dodds is welcoming visitors to her Weston studios.

The aim of Herts Open Studios, which is masterminded by Heerts Visual Arts, is to make the arts more accessible, and make the public more aware of the art and craft that is created around them.

Each year around 200 artists take part in the programme and more than 10,000 people visit studios and exhibitions around the county.

You can find out further details about artists involved in this year’s event and the dates when their doors will be open online at