Press Release from Herts Visual Arts - September 2019
This Alpaca has just found a new home!
This magnificent Alpaca original pastel painting was one of many fantastic saleable art works that are proudly displayed on the walls of the btc in Stevenage.
The fourth sale in recent months took place this week when Anita, who works for a business based at the btc, fell in love with this cute Alpaca that was created by local Stevenage artist, Sally Taylor.
Artist Sally Taylor said: “It is a real pleasure to have my work on the walls of the btc and such a delight to be able to share my work with others and find it a new home. I am so grateful that the btc has been running this initiative and I’m delighted to be part of it too!”
Sally continues: “As a member of Herts Visual Arts, I have been able to connect with many other local artists as well as being encouraged to exhibit my work too. This is definitely a real boast to me personally and the exhibition is a joint collaboration between the btc, a business centre community for local start-ups and growing businesses, and Herts Visual Arts, a volunteer-run organisation which promotes awareness of Hertfordshire artists.”
The btc has provided four floors of wall space for ten Hertfordshire artists, each showing their own original work. The range of work includes photography, oils, watercolour, acrylics, glasswork and textiles. Home to over 120 businesses the centre is managed by social enterprise, Wenta, on behalf of Stevenage Borough Council.
Commenting on this joint collaboration, Jo Kiely – Centre Manager of the btc, said:
“We’ve had the pleasure of hosting this wonderful artwork here created by local artists and it’s great to be able to be a part of this. We’ve had many positive comments from the businesses based here at the btc and long may this collaboration continue.”
The btc encourages entrepreneurship and creativity, providing free start-up business advice, free training workshops and so much more. The centre also offers workspace to start-ups and small businesses – this includes artists and other creatives too!
If you want to know more about Herts Visual Arts, or wish to join, visit www. hvaf.org.uk or engage on social media @HertsVisualArts.
To find out more about the business support services available at the btc, take a look around the rest of the btc website or search btcstevenage on socials.
Note to Editor: the picture attached is the alpaca pastel painting, created by Stevenage artist Sally Taylor.
About – Further Information about Herts Visual Arts
Herts Visual Arts is the largest county-wide volunteer run organisation for amateur and professional artists and makers in Hertfordshire. An annual programme includes members meetings, exhibitions, Art Showcases, the Big Art Fair and Herts Open Studios.
Many join simply to be part in Open Studios each year – but there is so much more to the excellent value annual membership (currently just £40 per year)
Benefits of annual membership include a gallery on the HVA web site, social media promotion across HVA platforms and a PRIVATE Facebook group to connect with other members. There’s also access to opportunities and a full annual programme of meetings and events, just for members. A monthly newsletter includes news, opportunities and exhibitions across Hertfordshire, as well as hints, tips and articles on Open Studios, marketing and more. Members can also promote their workshops, classes, exhibitions and publications and contribute to the newsletter itself.
Non-members can sign up to our newsletters Free of Charge.
Herts Open Studios 2019
Herts Open Studios is Herts Visual Arts annual flagship event, when artists open their doors to visitors. Details of participating venues and artists will be available on line and in print from summer 2019, with the brochure launch at the Big Art Fair. There is also a comprehensive advertising and sponsorship offering.
The easiest way to join HVA is online
Twitter: @HVAF #HertsOpenStudios