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Art news and exhibitions in Hertfordshire this month

PUBLISHED: 13:03 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:03 05 September 2017

Danielle O'’Connor Akiyama - Journey II

Danielle O'’Connor Akiyama - Journey II

Danielle O’'Connor Akiyama

We have selected the exhibitions and news from Hertfordshire’s visual arts scene

The cover art, created for the Royston Arts Festival by local artist Stacey Leigh RossThe cover art, created for the Royston Arts Festival by local artist Stacey Leigh Ross

All change in Royston

A wide range of arts in Royston will be celebrated at Royston Arts Festival from September 22-24 with the central theme of ‘changes’.

The Town Hall will be taken over by arts and photographic societies while Curwens Gallery and Royston Methodist Church will both be running exhibitions.

On the Saturday, local graffiti artist Gnasher will be doing a live art demo in Priory Memorial Gardens. There will also be workshops for all ages during the festival, including pottery, design and drawing and an under-18s’ art competition. Music, dance, theatre, literature and film events will also be held.

Helen Lack exhibiting at the Radlett CentreHelen Lack exhibiting at the Radlett Centre

Tickets are available online at creativeroyston.org or at The Stationery Cupboard in Royston and David’s Books, Letchworth.

Capturing the cosmos

The energy of the universe is the theme for contemporary artist Helen Lack’s latest exhibition, Natural Elements and the Universe.

The artist, who works with acrylic on large format canvas, describes her work as ‘original, energetic and based on abstract expressionism’.

She adds, ‘I’m inspired by astronomy – specialising in cosmic rays, nebulas and galaxies. It is the energy in the universe that is exciting and this is portrayed in my artwork.’

See the exhibition at the Apthorp Gallery, Radlett Centre until September 30.

Talent in full bloom

Danielle O’Connor Akiyama who describes her work as ‘sanctuaries for the soul’ is launching her latest collection alongside previously unseen paintings at Gallery 1066 in Baldock.

The Toronto-based award-winning artist, who has enjoyed international success for more than 30 years, creates floral images in a loose and impressionist style, painting large groups of flowers and single blossoms. Her study of Japanese brush painting gives her work a fusion of east and west tradition, while the new collection shows a move to a more abstract interpretation.

Gallery owner Hayley Norman said she was delighted to welcome Danielle to Baldock. ‘The demand for the work has spiralled and we are thrilled that she has flown in from Canada to launch her spring collection at Gallery 1066.’

A meet the artist event takes place on Friday, September 15 from 7-9pm. To reserve a place, go to gallery1066fineart.com

Where the magic happens

For nearly 30 years, artists and makers across Herts have been welcoming visitors into their workspaces during the annual Herts Open Studios. This year, the county’s largest free-to-enter art event is no exception with 130 creatives taking part showing everything from painting, sculpture, printmaking and glasswork to photography, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and more. Visitors will find artists also happy to demonstrate and talk about their work.

Hillary Taylor, vice-chairman of organisers Herts Visual Arts said the high quality and enormous variety of arts and crafts in Hertfordshire will ensure an exciting experience. ‘Whatever our visitors’ interests and wherever they are, there’s bound to be somewhere local to visit.’

A guide to the event from September 9 to October 1 is downloadable via hvaf.org.uk. It lists full details of artists, opening hours, demonstrations and accessibility.

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