Herts Visual Arts is bringing artists, artisans and art lovers together for inspiration and discovery. Running from 9 September to 1 October, Herts Open Studios is a popular and well-established part of the annual art calendar.
Visitors can enjoy everything from classical to contemporary, decorative to functional, figurative to abstract, wall-hung to 3D art.
This year, 10 Dacorum artists are taking part – opening their studios, pop-ups and exhibitions to the public, free of charge.
In Berkhamsted, you can visit Katie Jones and Mitzie Green. In Winkwell, Donice Sousa will be welcoming you to her studio. Meanwhile in Hemel Hempstead, Cal Hoy, Carolyn Storey and Katharine Harper are opening their doors, and Carla Valente, John Durham and Pete Greening are exhibiting together at the Old Town Hall. Plus you can find Berkhamsted knitter Elspeth Hector’s creations at Sofas & Stuff in St Albans.
Katie Jones says: ‘Herts Open Studios is such a fantastic way to explore the many creative pockets around Hertfordshire. It’s one of the highlights of my year. I love chatting to visitors and sharing my art in such a relaxed setting.’
This is an opportunity to meet local artists, see art being made, and enjoy and discuss the artists’ work. Visitors can expect to be inspired by original artwork, prints and greetings cards.
Finding an Open Studio is simple. Use the Herts Visual Arts website and brochure (pick up a copy at your local supermarket or library) to plan your visits before you set out. Look out for the yellow bunting, banners and arrows positioned near each venue, inviting you in.
Herts Visual Arts Chair Sally Taylor says: ‘With many new artists joining our event alongside long-standing participants, there is just so much to explore. We look forward to welcoming all our visitors.’
Herts Open Studios website: www.hvaf.org.uk/our-events/herts-open-studios