Welcome to the Harpenden Arts Club!
The Harpenden Arts Club aims to provide a wide range of creative workshops, demonstrations, life drawing and studio practice evenings, as well as a sociable meeting point for artists of all abilities. We are aiming to restart in-person meetings in September 2021, if Covid regulations allow. We will be meeting on most Thursday evenings at 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Salvation Army Halls, Leyton Green, Harpenden AL5 2TG, from September to May, followed by outdoor sketching in the summer.
Our proposed programme of art events for 2021/22 can be seen here:
Full details are emailed to members weekly, but this is a summary for the next few weeks:
SUMMER SKETCHING PROGRAMME
Full details will be sent to members via email, but here are the outline dates.
Saturday 5 June, 10.30am - Meet at the "Crinkle Crankle Walled Garden", Wheathampstead. Led by Bel Bluemel.
Wednesday 16 June, 10.30am - sketching at St Mary's Church and on the Common, Redbourn. Led by Yvonne Bolton.
Saturday 3 July, 2.30pm - meet in the Amble Inn car park, Station Road, Harpenden, for sketching at Batford Springs and the River Lea. Led by Judi Simons. Cancelled due to wet conditions around the river.
Wednesday 14 July, 10.30am - sketching at Peter Brown's garden, Redbourn. Led by Peter Brown.
Saturday 31 July, 10.30am - sketching Harpenden Common, meeting at The Silver Cup, Harpenden. Led by Fiona Gaskell.
Wednesday 11 August, 9.30am - meeting at the Sensory Gardens, Bowers Parade (near to the Cook Shop), Harpenden. Led by Sarah Poppleton.
Saturday 28 August, 2.30pm - meeting at the Amble Inn (Bistro Gautier), Station Road, Harpenden for sketching at Batford Springs and the River Lea. Led by Anne Hignell (rescheduled date after cancelled 3 July sketch-out).
KEEPING IN TOUCH
We are a sociable and creative group of people who enjoy learning new art techniques and sharing ideas. We have over 130 members and a strong committee of nine enthusiastic individuals who, along with many willing helpers, organise and run the activities.
SOME MEMBERS CELEBRATING THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY
While we were unable to hold physical indoor meetings due to Covid, we suspended the art club subscription fees. However, we are now planning a return to in-person meetings in September, and have booked guest artists for demonstrations and a venue for our Members' Art Exhibition scheduled for October 2021. Membership subscriptions for the 2021/22 season are now due. Details are on the Membership page. If you would like to join:
Three of our long serving committee members stepped down at the AGM on 27th May 2021. Chairman Roy Bentley, Programme Secretary Yvonne Bolton and Brushstrokes Editor Bel Bluemel (picture here in the front row) retired after many years of hard work and dedication on the HAC Committee. We thank them immensely for their time, and wish them well in their continued creative pursuits.
We are fortunate that four new committee members were elected at the AGM: Fiona Gaskell, Bridget Bucktin, Susan Dean, and Michal Parr. In addition, Debbie Knight was elected as our new Chairwoman. We are lucky to have a thriving, engaged membership and are looking forward to all the challenges and activities of the new season.
With great sadness, we announce the death of our friend and well respected Honorary President, Harry Dobkin. It was a privilege to have had his involvement in the Harpenden Arts Club for so many years. Rest in Peace Harry.
HARPENDEN ARTS CLUB ANNUAL EXHIBITION
We are delighted to have secured the light and spacious Harpenden Trust Centre halls for our Members' Exhibition this year. It is booked to be open to the public from 29th - 31st October 2021. More details to follow.
In the meantime, here is a reminder of our 2019 exhibition (2020 being cancelled due to Covid):
ST ALBANS ART SOCIETY EXHIBITION
Many of our members are also members of the St Albans Art Society, which is holding an exhibition of members' artwork at the end of July 2021. Do go along if you can!
Don't forget that there are pages here on the HAC website that can display your work. If you would like your own section or would like to update the current pictures you have on display, please do email Sarah Poppleton on firstname.lastname@example.org with jpegs of your paintings (up to 6 images, under 1MB file size each please) and a paragraph about you and your work.
Harpenden Arts Club has now published a data protection policy in line with the new General Data Protection Regulations.
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