Review of Members’ Show - 30th October - 1st November 2015
This year, for the first time, Hertford Art Society members held their annual show at their regular meeting place - Cowbridge Hall, Cowbrige, Hertford, SG12 1PG. In its new premises the Members’ Show took on a whole new look – lots of light flooding in, room for double the number of pictures of previous shows, and a layout that beckoned you around each set of panels like a garden full of nooks and crannies. This larger venue meant that were able to exhibit more and larger artwork and 68 artists contributed 230 framed and 3D pieces as well as browsers full of unframed work and an exciting selection of greetings cards.
Strewards offered coffee, tea and cakes and the result was a totally relaxed and friendly show enjoyed by a good stream of visitors each day. If they didn’t feel like buying a picture there was always a good selection of colourful cards to browse through.
Among the other exhibits, the following really stood out:
35 pictures were sold - 27 framed and 8 unframed together with many greetings cards - all of which were respresentations of Members’ artwork or original images. This compares with last year’s figures of 22 sold (8 framed and 13 unframed). So we did a lot better in the new premises. This successful Show was made possible by the efforts of many Members and thanks go to all who helped put up and take down the show, baked cakes, dispensed refreshments or acted as stewards.
Review of the 17th Members’ Exhibition - October 31st – November 2nd 2014
The 17th exhibition of members’ work took place at The Millbridge Rooms, Hertford. Once again, the work was of an excellent standard, a fact commented on by a number of visitors, and we can be proud to showcase our work in this way.
This year we sold 8 paintings, 1 wall plaque and 1 3D figure plus 13 unframed works. This total of 21 works compares favourably with sales last year. Well done to those who gave their time to steward the exhibition. Card sales were good and my thanks go to all who managed the cards so well and to all those in the handing-in team, the hanging team and the handing-back team. The success of this exhibition is entirely due to willing volunteers who recognise that this is their own exhibition, showcasing, as it does, the work of the Hertford Art Society.
Congratulations to our prizewinners:
There were many more artworks worthy of special note, but let me pick out a very few: Janet Benge's witty pencil drawing of a bus queue: Geoff Bennett's 'Autumn', a very successful print in which a farmer ploughs a lonely furrow in a field: Nigel Earle's ceramic wall plaque of Aldeburgh Fishing Hut, quite rightly snapped up at the beginning of the exhibition so we hope he makes more: and a delightfully humorous portrait of a cow, 'Cathy the Cow', by a new member, Georgia Smith.'
The Friday evening party was, as always, a most enjoyable occasion in which the members could meet socially and enjoy the exhibition and the food so kindly donated.
Congratulations to all who took part in the exhibition this year, whether you exhibited or volunteered or both. This exhibition is all about offering a platform to the Hertford Art Society members in which they can exhibit their work. For some it is the only exhibition they enter, for others it is only the first exhibition they enter, with many more to come. It is clear that the visitors love this show and we must make sure we attract even more visitors next year!
Member's Show Awards
We are grateful to our Sponsors for the following Awards.
Each year the following prizes are awarded:
Members' Show This annual exhibition is exclusively for works by Members of the Hertford Art Society. The 2015 Members' Show took place on 30th and 31st October and 1st November at Cowbridge Halls, Cowbridge, Hertford SG14 1PG.
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.