Members’ Show – 8th–10th November 2013
This year we had the opportunity to celebrate the centenary of Alfred Russell Wallace who was educated at Hertford Grammar School. Members responded with a display of excellent work reflecting his great pioneering gift to mankind of knowledge of the magnificent natural world around us. Best Wallace picture was chosen by the Curator of Hertford Museum and awarded to Janet Benge for ‘The Wallace Line’.
In all 130 framed pictures were submitted and hung, more than in any of the previous 5 years. George Garbutt’s ‘English Delight’ was selected by the Mayor of Hertford for the May Bennett prize. The visitors’ choice was’ Snowy Sheep’ by Donna Chamberlain (no relation to the illustrious Trevor) and the Members chose ‘Lawn and Fields’ by Geoff Bennett. This year three selections were made for the Most Intriguing Work – Celia Sanders ‘The Herb Seller’, Stella Hunt ‘Gone Fishing’ and Caryl Beach ‘Wallace 100’. As Celia is unable to make use of the award (creation of an artist’s web site) this will be taken up by Stella Hunt.
The weather was kind for two of the three days, less so on the Saturday. The gallery was well attended by the public: 236 people voted for the Visitors’ Choice and considerably more would have come through our doors. Eighteen pictures were sold, which is about the going rate for the Members Show, together with 127 cards. Financially we did a little better than break even, which is all we look for in the Members Show. The traditional Friday evening party went well with plenty of food and drink. So a good show, providing all Members an opportunity to exhibit their work.
Member's Show Awards
We are grateful to our Sponsors for the following Awards.
Each year the following prizes are awarded:
The 16th Annual Members' Show will take place on 8th, 9th and 10th November 2013 (one week later than usual) to coincide with the celebration of Alfred Wallace's centenary. Alfred Russel Wallace, who attended Hertford Grammar School as a child, was an explorer, naturalist and intellectual who co-discovered the process of evolution by natural selection with Charles Darwin. This year is the centenary of his death and across the world there are going to be events, exhibitions and projects to commemorate his achievements and to introduce him to members of the general public who have only heard of Darwin. There will be a special category in the 2013 Member's Show for entries which reflect the natural world and additional prize will be awarded this year for the best artwork of this type.
MEMBERS' SHOW - 2014 The 2014 Members show will take place in October 2014 at the Millbridge Rooms, Hertford.
Background The Members' Show is an annual exhibition, exclusively for the work by Members of the Hertford Art Society. It has been running successfully for a number of years now and has maintained a consistently high standard of work.