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Hertford Art Society 67th Open Exhibition 2019

Hertford Art Society is fast approaching its 67th Open Exhibition. One of the most prestigious Open Exhibitions in the South East, it welcomes amateurs and professionals alike. The exhibition takes place at Cowbridge Halls, Cowbridge, Hertford SG14 1PG and runs from Sunday 5th May to Saturday 18th May 2019 (closing at 2.30pm).

To enter, you will need to pay £5 on handing-in day to become an Associate Member (temporary member for the duration of the exhibition). You can then submit up to 6 pieces of work at £3 per entry. Works to be exhibited will be selected by a judging panel of four professional artists who are completely independent of the Society.

Handing-in day is Saturday, April 27th between 8.30 a.m. and 10 a.m. only.

There are two private views: Saturday, May 4th in the evening and Sunday morning, May 5th.

So, whether you are a ceramicist, a painter, a sculptor, if mixed media is your thing, or perhaps you prefer pastel, graphite, printing, in fact, pretty well any artistic medium with the exception of photography, here is your chance to exhibit with the best.

For full information, please download an entry form and labels from our website, read the terms and conditions carefully and bring along, on handing-in day, the completed entry form, your entry fee and your finished work/s ready for hanging/displaying. Unselected works will need to be collected from 3:00 to 4:30 on the afternoon of Saturday 27th April.

This is a great opportunity to exhibit, perchance to sell.

Review of 21st Members’ Show

2nd - 4th November 2018

The 21st Members' Show took place in the well lit and spacious Cowbridge Hall in Hertford from 2nd to 4th November 2018. Two hundred framed artworks, submitted by 58 Members, were on show and browsers were full of unframed work. Thirty five pieces of work were sold as well as a good number of artists' greetings cards.

The range of subjects and styles made this a truly enjoyable show to visit, with something for everyone and prices to suit all. The Children's Quiz was appreciated by children and parents alike and, as usual, tea and coffee and cake were a popular attraction. Although Friday was a quiet day for visitors, the weekend was particularly busy.

Everyone who visits and revisits the show has their favourites. The problem is choosing which one to vote for! Particularly popular among the visitors were the following: 'Nose in the Air' (camel) by Donna Chamberlain; 'Quinbury in Winter' by Sandra Edney-Lynch; 'Ladies at Ascot' by Jill Elliott; ' Rose and Cow Parsley' by Stella Green; 'Tufty' (squirrel) and also 'Alpes-Maritimes' by Pete Kelly; 'Gazebos, Ware' by Chris King; 'South Devon, plein air' by Craig Lee; 'Strolling in the Sun' by Linda Radford; 'Lion No.1' by Alyson Sharpe; 'A Sunny View' by Paul Swinge and 'Panshanger Country Park' by Fiona White.

The winner of the Visitors' Choice Award was Chris Baker with 'Port Vale Sunset'. This was a beautifully lit portrait of a much-loved street.

Voting for the Members' Choice Award (now known as the Enid Fairhead Award) was very evenly split across the whole show. I would encourage all Members who attend the show to take a moment to vote, as your vote could really swing the result!

The winner of the Enid Fairhead Award was Geoff Bennett with 'Myddelton House Greenhouse 3'. This third study of a greenhouse was a very attractive abstraction of the subject which was still readily identifiable.

The May Bennett Award for Still Life was awarded to Heather Brown with 'Fruit and Berries', a beautiful study in gouache with glowing colours.

The winner of the Mark Ely Award for most innovative/intriguing work was Chris Hewitt with 'Washington Square, New York'. This impressionist painting looked almost as though viewed through the raindrops on the window of a yellow taxi cab!

The Marie Goldsmith Award (for a member with a consistently high standard of work who has served the art society well without formal recognition of their work or service) was awarded to Jill Rolfe with 'Sea Holly'. This painting is a watercolour study with a wonderful light touch.


The Visitors' Choice Award:
'Port Vale, Sunset' by Chris Baker - Oils.


The Members' Choice Award:
'Myddleton House, Greenhouse 3' by Geoff Bennett - Acrylic.


The May Bennett Annual Award for the best still life:
'Fruit & Berries' by Heather Brown - Gouache.


The Most Intriguing Work Award, selected by Mark Ely:
'Washington Square, New York' by Chris Hewitt - Acrylic.


The Marie Goldsmith Annual Award:
'Rainy Day' by Jill Rolfe - Watercolour.

This is a show which is much appreciated by visitors, who comment on the high standard of work and the variety. It is an important showcase for the talents of the Members of Hertford Art Society (some of whom only show their work here) and it frequently brings in new Members. It would not be possible without the work of the Members, whether in setting up or dismantling the show, assisting with the hand-in, hanging or hand-back of artists' work, serving teas or stewarding. Thank you to all those who helped this year.

Frances Stevenson, Show Coordinator

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.

Award Winners

  • The John Goss Prize for the painting the judges considered best in show - 'Punk Portrait', William Carney.
  • The Lady Laming Award for Abstract Art - 'Still Life', Brian Innes.
  • The Bill Dale Award is chosen from works by Members who regularly support the whole of the Society's activities - 'Blue Storyteller', Marianne Dorn.
  • The Mayor's Award for the best 3D work sponsored by The Arts Society East Herts - Crouching Hare', Anne Gascoigne. Commendations were awarded to Kathy Burman for “Labyrinth Echo” and to Maria-Luisa Wilkings for “TheScrum”.
  • The Edward Mason Brushes Award for the best watercolour - 'Vaporetto Venice', Andy Lee.
  • Visitors’ Choice Award - ‘Storm over NYC”, Chris Hewitt. The joint runners up were The River Beane, Hartham Common by Fiona White and 42nd & Lexington by Michael Lawrence.


John Goss Prize for Best in Show, William Carney, 'Punk Portrait'.


Lady Laming Award for Abstract Art, Brian Innes, 'Still Life'.


Bill Dale Award, Marianne Dorn, 'Blue Storyteller'.


The Mayor's Award – best 3D, Anne Gascoigne, 'Crouching Hare'.


Commendations were awarded for
The Mayor's Award – best 3D
Kathy Burman
'Labyrinth Echo'

Commendations were awarded for
The Mayor's Award – best 3D
Maria-Luisa Wilkings for
'TheScrum'


The Edward Mason Brushes Award – Best Watercolour, Andy Lee, 'Vaporetto Venice'.


Visitors’ Choice Award, Chris Hewitt, ‘Storm over NYC'.


Joint runners up
Visitors’ Choice Award
Fiona White
'The River Beane, Hartham Common'

Joint runners up
Visitors’ Choice Award
Michael Lawrence
'42nd & Lexington'