HERTFORD ART SOCIETY OPEN EXHIBITION
May 5th to 18th 2019
These are just a few of the comments made by visitors during the course of this year’s Exhibition.
There was something for everyone in Cowbridge Hall, a light and airy venue which shows work at its best. There were impressive and atmospheric landscapes, townscapes and seascapes; beautifully crafted abstracts which looked like puzzles; still life images which made your mouth water; delicate and dramatic flower paintings; engaging portraits; figures resting or rushing around, and a gorgeous variety of animals (cats relaxing on window ledges, a curious giraffe, a quiet elephant, a pouncing cheetah and a running badger to name but a few). Some works were colourful and bold, others subtle and elusive. There were some large monochrome pen and ink scenes, some spooky images crafted in charcoal and graphite and an intriguing painting of a pair of old boots. The exhibits included oils, acrylics and watercolours; etchings, lino and screen prints; pastel, pencil, charcoal and ink and collage. The 3D work included some gorgeous sculpture in stoneware, bronze resin and wire, ceramic portraits, shapely pots and a stack of kitchen pots topped off by a head and chef’s cap, to add a touch of variety.
A childrens’ quiz kept children (and their parents) engaged as they explored the hall for solutions to some very quirky questions. As usual additional works were displayed at other venues in Hertford.
The Hertford Annual Open Exhibition covers just about every genre and the work is judged each year by a panel of four eminent, practising artists who are completely independent of the Society. This year’s judges were:
Marie Antoniou, an artist and tutor well known for her unique depictions of wildlife in acrylics which have earned her numerous awards and accolades.
We thank the judges for their professional and expert input and are also very appreciative of our sponsors who so kindly contribute to the Society each year. It is a great honour and incentive to receive one of their donated awards.
The prize winners this year were as follows:
Open for an entire fortnight the Exhibition attracted many visitors from a wide area. Hundreds of visitors cast their votes for their favourite exhibit.
Thanks go to all the people who contributed in making this, the 67th Open Exhibition, such a success - it was another exciting and popular show. This comment is by our Member, John Jarratt and really sums up the pride with which the show is presented and the pleasure that this annual event gives to all its visitors.
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 2020
Date 3rd May to 16th May
Handing-in Sat April 25th
Hanging Sat May 2nd
Show opens Sun May 3rd
Show closes Sat May 16th
Dismantling Sat May 16th
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
67th Open Exhibition prizewinners, 2019.