Hertford Art Society 66th Open Exhibition
May 6th to 19th 2018
The style of this Exhibition varies year by year. The selection of work for a place in the Exhibition is made by a panel of four eminent, practising artists who are completely independent of the Society. This year we were delighted to welcome Abel Kestevan, David Sawyer and David Ord-Kerr as judges for 2D work and Jim Brown as the judge for 3D items. The range of expertise and opinion of the judges and the wide variety of work submitted each year, ensures that each show has a unique mix of artworks. This year 145 artists submitted 562 items for consideration. 269 2D works were selected for hanging and these, together with 27 sculptures and 3D items provided visitors with a diverse, colourful and exciting 66th Open Exhibition at Cowbridge Halls.
The exhibits included etchings, lino and screen prints; digital images; oils, acrylics and watercolours; pastel, pencil, charcoal and ink; collage; 3 D works in a variety of materials. A quiz helped to keep children engaged as they searched for elusive entities. There was something for everyone: atmospheric landscapes, townscapes and seascapes, abstracts, figures busily texting, storytelling or on a busy pedestrian crossing., still life images (abundant fruits, flowers, melons and jugs), butterflies, puffins and elephants. Some works were delicate, others rich in colour and boldly executed. Many, this year were in monochrome, ranging from large pen and ink scenes to exquisite life studies in pencil. Additional works were displayed at other venues in Hertford.
Open for an entire fortnight the exhibition attracted many visitors from a wide area. Hundreds of visitors cast their votes for their favourite exhibit - the winner was Storm over NYC by Chris Hewitt. The joint runners up were The River Beane, Hartham Common by Fiona White and 42nd and Lexington by Michael Lawrence.
Thanks go to all the people who contributed in making this, the 66th Open Exhibition, such a success - it was another exciting and popular show.
Annual Open Exhibition Reviews
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 2019
Date 4th May to 18th May
Handing-in Sat April 27th
Hanging Sat May 4th
Show opens Sun May 5th
Show closes Sat May 18th
Dismantling Sat May 18th
Background The annual open exhibition is attracting entries from all over Great Britain. From an entry of over 600 works, approximately 300 paintings and sculptures 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
66th Open Exhibition prizewinners, 2018.