61st Annual Open Exhibition 5th May to 18th May 2013
DATE FOR DIARY - The 61st Annual Open Exhibition will take place at the same venue as last year (Cowbridge Halls, Cowbridge, Hertford, SG14 1PG) and handing-in will be on Saturday 27th April from 08.30 – 10.00am. Entry forms for Associate Members can be downloaded (see below) or are available on the day.
Running for two weeks each year, the Annual Open Exhibition is a highlight of Hertford’s artistic life and attracts hundreds of visitors. Over 300 artworks are exhibited having been selected by a panel of judges from the work submitted. The 2012 Exhibition featured paintings, collage, digital images, prints, sculpture and fused glass and visitors praised the high quality and great variety of exhibits.
Please note that there is an additional form (see below) which needs to be completed if limited edition prints are being submitted and the artist would like to have further copies available from the browser during the Exhibition (should the work be selected by the judges).
60th Annual Open Exhibition – 6th to 19th May 2012
The number of entries for the 60th Annual Open Exhibition of the Hertford Art Society was again very high. As always selection of pictures was entirely in the hands of the 3 external judges, chosen to represent a wide spread of artistic experience. This year they comprised Geoff Hunt, a Past President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and a leading figure in marine art; Jean Noble RI SWA, whose work explores the boundary between representation and abstraction; Martin Smith, an accomplished artist who runs art classes, gives a wide variety of art lectures and critiques; and Paul Bainbridge a freelance sculptor and member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. From an entry of over 600 works they selected 253 pictures and 43 sculptures.
The Exhibition opened in style with two very well attended Private Views, the first on Saturday 5th May when prizes were awarded and guests enjoyed the vibrant transformation of The Cowbridge Halls, surrounded by work in a wide range of styles and media. There are currently five prize categories and these are the worthy winners this year:
The John Goss Prize for the painting considered by the judges to be the best in show, won by Christine Spence for “What’s in my Bucket?”, a brilliant display of acrylic painting which looks like a one-shot dash with no revisions .
The Lady Laming Award for Abstract Art, won by Lynne Kirk for “Breaker” a rather introspective painting with a lot of depth for the viewer to wander around in.
The Bill Dale Award, for a member who supports the whole of the Society’s activities, won by Barbara Groves for “Here’s Looking at You”, a fine, confident watercolour with a touch of humour.
The Mayor’s Award, presented for the best 3D work, won by Kathy Burman for “Place”, an intriguing and original 8-part stoneware sculpture.
The Edward Mason Award for the best watercolour painting, won by Karen Murray for “Mango”, a colourful and meticulous piece which reminds us that not all watercolours are about wateriness.
This year, in addition to the above prizes, three artworks were “Highly Commended” by the judges. These were: “Urban Twilight”, a collage by Kathy Burman, “Still Glides the Stream”, a mixed media sculpture by Angela Godfrey and “River Traffic off Tilbury”, a watercolour by Alan Runagall RSMA.
Once the Exhibition closed, votes were counted for The Visitors’ Choice Award. This was won by Cathy Smale for her acrylic painting “Woodland Trees & Ferns”.
Running for two weeks, this exhibition attracted hundreds of visitors, many of whom returned several times as there is always something new to discover among the colourful and varied exhibits.
60th Open Exhibition prizewinners, 2012.
“Highly Commended” by the judges.
Open Exhibition Awards
We are grateful to our Sponsors for their Awards.
Each year the following Prizes are awarded:
"The Queen of Sheba" by Mark Gertler
In 1963 the Hertford Art Society sold a large nude painting "The Queen of Sheba" by Mark Gertler, to the Tate Gallery.
The Open Exhibition is a celebrated part of the Hertfordshire art scene. Quality is maintained by a panel of three independent judges selecting from the wide range of more than 500 artworks presented by artists both amateur and professional. About half of these are accepted and shown. A number of major prizes are generously awarded by our sponsors.
The exhibition has a national reputation for showing exciting collectable artwork with many buyers returning each year to extend their investment in art.
This prestigious exhibition runs for two weeks at the beginning of May with Private Viewings, by invitation only, for collectors and patrons prior to opening to the public.
A Members’ folio illustrates more about the work of our Members, and we are pleased to take details of commissioned works and to put buyers in touch with their favoured artists.
OPEN EXHIBITION 2013
Date 5th to 18th May 2013
Handing-in Sat April 27th
Hanging Sat May 4th
Show opens Sun May 5th
Private viewing session on the 5th & 6th May
Show closes Sat May 18th
Dismantling Sat May 18th
Background The annual open exhibition is attracting entries from all over Great Britain. Approximately 250 paintings are selected for display. The selection is by a panel of three independent judges who are not Members of the Hertford Art Society.
Location Cowbridge Halls, Cowbridge, Hertford.
email Exhibition Secretary