Open doors as studios show off their talent

Open Studios artists and exhibits in Harpenden

Open Studios artists and exhibits in Harpenden - Credit: Archant

Art studios all over the county throw open their doors from next Saturday, September 5, for an annual event which has notched up 25 years.

St Albans exhibits for Open Studios

St Albans exhibits for Open Studios - Credit: Archant

Herts Open Studios first began in 1990 and every year since then artists and craftspeople working or living in the county have opened their studio doors or held combined exhibitions of their work.

The event is organised by Herts Visual Arts (HVA) and a dedicated team of volunteers with the aim of introducing artists to the general public, galleries and other enterprises.

The artists take the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity in action as well as interacting with visitors and talking about their work.

Herts Open Studios runs until September 27 and is a free event. Mel Hilbrown, chair of HVA, urged people to take advantage of the opportunity, saying: “The artists themselves fund Open Studios and especially the publicity to promote it so that you can enjoy a free event.”

Among the artists who will be opening their studios in St Albans are Clive Anthony who paints things which he finds amusing.

Another local artist Maggie Barton creates vibrant quirky designs in fused glass while Rachel Jeffrey’s jewellery, created in both silver and gold, can be seen in her workshop on the River Lea.

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Working with computer graphics, drawing and printmaking, Adrian Marden’s art celebrates the careful crafting of the forms and the detailed finishes of everyday things which are all too often overlooked or discarded.

Also taking part in Open Studios is Rocio Ortiz who creates unique paintings and drawings of peaceful coastal landscapes, using sea motifs.

In Harpenden Penny Bird concentrates on landscape, portrait and nature photography while Katy Cook’s artwork is inspired by landscapes, animals and natural forms.

Lesley Pollock creates original handmade jewellery in silver and gold, with precious and semi-precious stones, all inspired by forms, shapes and patterns from nature.

Opal Seabrook creates unique, one-off handmade stained glass mirrors, fusion tables, 3D wall art and jewellery.

Also taking part is Sue Wookey whose watercolour paintings are inspired by nature, symbols, dreams and inner journeys.

Open Studios’ colour brochures, including details of every participating artist, images of their work and opening hours, can be found in libraries, museums and tourist information offices across the county.

For details about Herts Visual Arts, or to obtain a copy of the brochure visit, email or ring 07813 100651.