11:05 03 October 2015
Our Hangout, Kealey Farmer
The latest art news and exhibitions in Herts
Contemporary artist Kealey Farmer will be exhibiting and making a personal appearance at Montague’s Gallery, Kings Langley, on October 1 from 7-9pm, when she will unveil her latest collection of three-dimensional contemporary art including new works on her popular tree theme created specially for the show.
Farmer, who volunteered to conduct art therapy with the charity Mind for two years, has evolved her work from early abstracts to incorporate 3D elements on raised and reflected surfaces. The results are hailed by critics as ‘hinting at emotions and romanticism through strong evocative colours’ and are adorned with handcrafted hearts and leaves.
The history of Tring is in the spotlight at the town’s Natural History Museum this month with a special exhibition mounted by Tring and District Camera Club.
On show from October 9-November 21, the collection of images is part of a programme of events to mark the 700th anniversary of Tring receiving its Market Charter. The camera club organised an archive project as part of the programme to collect photographs and other memorabilia from the past, with the exhibition the result. The show also features entries for the club’s 2015 photographic competition.
Knebworth Barns hosts its annual Glass Fair on October 11 with a wide range of items on display from museum-quality pieces worth thousands to affordable gifts. Glass from all periods and genres will be on sale, from fine quality antiques to continental high design; retro collectables to pressed glass and paperweights and from jewellery to Georgian drinking glasses.
Contemporary studio glass, another field of interest to collectors, will again be represented by artists showing their own work from hand-blown cameo and graal pieces to sculpture, kilnforming, engraving and other skills. A glassblowing demonstration by Ed and Margaret Burke of E&M Glass is another feature. See knebworthhouse.com.
Watercolourist joins prestigious show
St Albans artist Julie Cooper is gaining nationwide exposure for her work after some of her paintings were selected for the prestigious 2015 Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.
The event, now in its 28th year, is the largest of its kind for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. More than 1,200 works were presented this year for consideration by the panel, and 90 chosen for exhibition last month at the Mall Galleries in London. This exhibition is being followed by the Smith and Williamson Tour to Castle Fine Art, Birmingham from October 10-18 and Guildford House Gallery, Guildford, from November 14-January 2.