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 restarting in-person meetings in September 2021, with some Covid precautions. 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:
9th September - Zoom Review of Members' work over the summer
16th September, 7.30pm - Presentation and workshop on Painting Still Water and Reflections, led by Sarah Poppleton. The presentation will cover how to look at and understand reflections as well as some techniques.
23rd September, 7.30pm - Presentation and workshop on Painting Moving Water and Waves, led by Sarah Poppleton. Please bring whatever art materials you feel happy with for the workshop part - acrylics, pastels, watercolours etc and a source photo of moving water or waves to work from. There are some source photos to download if wanted on the Resources for Artists page here:
30th September, 7.30pm - Review and informal critique of members' work, led by Sarah Poppleton
HARPENDEN ARTS CLUB ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION 2021
Submission deadline for entry forms - October 6th
Handing in date - October 27th
Exhibition open to the public - October 29th, 30th, 31st
Handing back date - October 31st
We are excited to be holding our annual art exhibition again soon but this time in the light and spacious Harpenden Trust Centre halls on Southdown Road, Harpenden (opposite the Plough and Harrow pub, near the Co-op in Southdown). The exhibition will be open to the public from 29th - 31st October 2021, with two opening events scheduled.
Submission forms and rules can be downloaded here:
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
Membership subscriptions for the 2021/22 season are now due. Details are on the Membership page. If you would like to join:
ART ON THE COMMON 18 - 19 SEPTEMBER 2021
Harpenden Art Club members had fun displaying some of their work at the Art On The Common event on Harpenden Common over the weekend of 18/19th September. It was enjoyable to meet and tell people about the exciting new programme of art workshops and demos that are planned for the new season. The Saturday was gloriously sunny and very busy, but unfortunately heavy rain was forecast for the Sunday, so reluctantly we decided not to set up our large tent on that day. Many thanks to all those who helped and visited us.
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.
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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We send out regular email to members roughly every week. If you are a member, are you getting our emails? Sometimes the addresses become out of date or other technical issues inadvertently halt emails to individuals.
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