‘6more’ exhibition and sale of work 21st – 27th October 2019


Harpenden Pop-Up Shop ‘8and’ is hosting ‘6more’, an exhibition of work by 6 women artists, featuring evocative contemporary landscape paintings, stylish textile work and stunning sculptures.

Gill Ayre, Paula Barnard-Groves, Flea Cooke, Karen Frieldi, Anne Hignell and Judith Moule, all members of Herts Visual Arts , have formed a mutual creative mentoring group and have been meeting regularly since August 2018 to support each other in the development of our practice. We all exhibit regularly locally and regionally, but this is the first time we have had a joint exhibition which showcases all of our work.

Opening Event:

4 – 6pm Monday 21st October 2019

Exhibition opening hours:

Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, and Sunday 10am – 2pm


Pop Up Shop 8and, 8 Leyton Rd, Harpenden (opposite Waitrose)

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Herts Big Art Fair, 13th and 14th July, Hitchin Town Hall


Herts Big Art Fair

Sat, 13 Jul 2019, 10:00 –Sun, 14 Jul 2019, 16:00

Hitchin Town Hall

Brand Street



Herts Visual Arts are again holding their annual Big Art Fair at Hitchin Town Hall during the Hitchin Festival, and I will have a stand there, as I have for the past two years. The Big Art Fair is open to the public (free admittance) on Saturday 13th July (10am-6pm) and Sunday 14th July (10am-4pm). As always this will be an amazing collection of 2D and 3D art work by artists and artisan makers who are Herts Visual Arts members.

No tickets are needed and entry is Free of Charge on the Saturday and Sunday.

The Friday Preview Night is the official opening and sees the launch of the Open Studios brochure, as well as Big Art Fair Sponsors Choice Award certificates. With free drinks/nibbles, entry on Friday night…

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Upcoming Exihibitions in June and July – Ayot Art Show, and The Big Art Fair


I am really looking forward to participating in the following events in the next few weeks, and hope some of you will be able to able to join me at one, or both of them:

Ayot Art Show

Now in its 45th year, the 2019 Art Show is held from Saturday 15 to Monday 17 June with an exclusive preview evening on Friday 14 June.

Over the years the Show has gained a reputation for attracting an impressive and eclectic range of artists.

The Art Show takes place in the beautiful Ayot St Lawrence “New Church,” a Grade I listed, Greek-style Church, (locally known as the Palladian Church), which is a work of art in itself.

The Show is open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday and 11am to 2pm on Monday.  There will be a tea stall selling an excellent selection of home-made cakes, scones and…

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Wynd Gallery – Artist’s Studio Spring Clean Show – starts Saturday 6th April!

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For one week only, the Wynd Gallery in Letchworth is holding an Artist’s Studio Spring Clean Show and Sale, starting on Saturday 6th April until 13th April, and, as I am an active member of this gallery a collection of my old paintings and hand-made prints will be available at knock-down prices.

With at least 25 artist members, there will be a wide range of work available, and everything will be half price or more, so you are bound to get a bargain if you visit!

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A successful exhibition!


Many thanks to all those who came to see our recent exhibition at the Wynd Gallery in Letchworth.

Myself and fellow artist, Caryl Beach, had a week long joint exhibition, titled ‘Thin Places’, which launched with a very successful Private View on 13th October and finished on Saturday 20th October.

The title of the exhibition was based on a concept that may be more familiar to our Celtic neighbours, of ‘thin’ places where the veil between the temporal and the spiritual worlds are tissue-thin, and in such places, we may be able to experience glimpses of the spiritual dimension.

Caryl and I both explore this concept, and what this means to us, in our work, always rooted in our experience of landscape, but touching on these shifts in perception, where mundanity gives way to mystery.

I have now added my new work into the 2018 gallery page so you can…

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Thin Places Exhibition – Private View, Saturday 13th October 2 -5pm


You are invited to attend the Private View of ‘Thin Places: An exhibition of work by Gill Ayre and Caryl Beach’

Saturday 13th October 2018, 2 – 5pm

The Wynd Gallery, The Wynd, Letchworth, Herts SG6 3EN


The exhibition runs from13th – 20th October 2018

Thin Places are places where the veil between the temporal and the spiritual worlds are tissue-thin, and in such places, we may be able to experience glimpses of the spiritual dimension.

Artists Gill Ayre and Caryl Beach explore what this means to them in their work. Always rooted in their experience of landscape, their work touches on these shifts in perception, where mundanity gives way to mystery.

‘Woodlands, marshlands and mountains are places where I can feel a shift in my experience of the world, places of dissemblance and mystery. 

Trees are both rooted in the earth, with their branches stretching…

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Wish You Were Here – The Wynd Gallery anniversary exhibition – Private View Friday 31st August 6 – 9pm


Please come and join us on Friday 31st August, 6 – 9pm, for the Private View of the anniversary exhibition ‘I Wish You Were Here’, at The Wynd Gallery, 6 – 8 The Wynd, Letchworth, SG6 3EN

We are a co-operative gallery of 29 member artists, all local to Hertfordshire, and we are celebrating the fact that a year ago we first opened the doors to the public!

As well as a wide range of art, paintings, prints, jewellery, glass and ceramics, the exhibition includes unique hand-made postcards, for ‘sale’ for a suggested donation of £10, all proceeds in aid of the Garden House Hospice in Letchworth.

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