Artists open studios for ‘three glorious weeks of art on your doorstep’

ARTISTS’ studios across North Herts will be open to the public for “three glorious weeks of art on your doorstep”.

Herts Visual Arts members in North Herts are inviting you to join them in their studios for Herts Open Studios, running from tomorrow (Saturday) until September 30.

The annual event gives Comet country residents the chance to sample work by artists in the area from the very place it was created.

“It’s an opportunity to support local talented artists, and designer-makers,” said Linda Warminger, Herts Open Studios project manager.

“This year over 160 artists across Hertfordshire are waiting to greet you when you visit them in their studios and workshops - it’s three glorious weeks of art on your doorstep.”

Among those featuring this year is Hitchin artist Anna Fairchild, who will be opening her new purpose built studio at 23 Girdle Road.

Anna will be on hand to explain and demonstrating many of the techniques that she uses in work which explores the theme of fragmented time, place and memory through the use of sculpture, photography and printmaking.

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Her studio will be open from 10am to 1.30pm every Saturday and at 3pm to 5pm each Sunday from September 8 to Saturday, September 29.

New to Herts Open Studios for this year is Kathy Glenister, a largely a self-taught artist from Pirton whose preferred subjects are wildlife and florals. Kathy’s work varies in media including acrylics and pastels, but she specialises in pen and ink drawings.

Maggie Barton, who is sharing her studio space with Kathy, specialises in contemporary stained glass, working in beautiful vibrant colours. The pair will be showing their work and demonstrating at Stoneyards, in 20 High Street, Pirton, on Saturday and Sunday from September 8 to September 23 from 1pm to 5pm.

There’s also a chance to see a collection of elegant contemporary silver and gold jewellery when visiting Ruth Lewis at 7 The Quadrant, Letchworth GC. Her work can be viewed daily (barring Mondays) from September 18-30 Sept, at 1.30pm to 5pm Tuesday to Friday and from 10.30am to 5pm at weekends.

Hand-carved stone and limited edition sculptures in bronze and metal composites by Mark Humphrey can be viewed at Burloes Farm Studios alongside eight other artists exhibiting a wide range of disciplines.

Open each Saturday and Sunday from September 15 to September 30 at 10am to 6pm, the complex is based at Burloes Farm in Royston.

For details of all the participating artists across Hertfordshire visit www.hvaf.org.uk or call Linda Warminger on 07813 100651.

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