Abbey Art Centre Open Studios 7-8th September

A unique opportunity to see inside the most intriguing art studios in the country!

The Abbey Art Centre Open Studios 2013

7th – 8th September 2013, 89 Park Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire EN4 9QX

The spirit of Lotte Reiniger lives on at the Abbey – click the image above to see wonderful footage of the highly influential animator at work in days gone by at the Abbey Art Centre, and then make a note in your diaries for the weekend after next to visit today’s artists and craftspeople of the magical Abbey. This year we even have music in the garden! Scroll down for more info…

So what’s in store? Here’s a little teaser for you all – we can’t wait to welcome you!

Fleur Oakes – Exquisite Needlework
This year Fleur will be showing stumpwork embroidery, and a range of embroidered buttons and jewellery will be for sale . Visit her blog for more information:

Further Afield:

Fleur will also be exhibiting at the Knit and Stitch show at Alexandra Palace this Oct 10th-13th.. stand TGi7

..and if you fancy perusing and purchasing from the comfort of your own home why not visit Fleur Oakes’ Etsy Shop ‘The Glass Pingle’?

Lisa Takahashi – Linocut PrintsFollowing Lisa’s successes at both the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (where she sold her entire edition before the exhibition opened to the public!) and the Artsdepot Open (showing until 8th September), Lisa is delighted to be showing new lino-cut prints exclusively at the Open Studios. In addition to this T-Shirts and Bags adorned with the design shown will be for sale, as well as a delicious variety of greeting cards. Her tiny studio will be bursting with eye candy!

Verene Lack‘I paint, I draw, I make.

I will draw on anything, paint mostly on gesso with oil, I make things that try to be useful’.

Verene will be showing recent work including her highly intricate modern day icon paintings using gold leaf and oil colour on gessoed panels.

Ruth ParkerRuth is a diverse contemporary designer working on the borders between craft and fine art. She is best known for her beautiful work combining discarded objects with drawings, colour and craftsmanship.  Come and see what she has created for the Abbey Art Centre Open Studios in the Arcade.

Further Afield:
Ruth has created an exclusive range of mirrors, for, which will be released in mid-sept. You can follow her on facebook (  or twitter @RParkerStudio for further details.

Sheila Englert‘My painting is landscape based and I am exploring the qualities of woodlands. I work mostly in oil using layers of colour to create translucency.’

Molly Hagan – Paper Cut Outs and Installations‘The media context of my practice ranges from 2-D paper cut outs to 3-D cut paper installations. Also at Hearts of Glass (No. 7) 28-29 Sept.’

Sylvie Borel – Photography and SculptureSculptural work and photography, also exhibiting photography at 86 Crescent Road on the 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd September

Saturday 7th at 4pm in the Abbey Garden – Dog Headed SpiritsTheir sultry voices convey strong intention, their playing is organic, sensual and a sense of danger ripples through their music. The singing- songwriting duo Dog Headed Spirits shall wow you with their mysterious flavour in the garden at 4pm.

So, what else is happening during Herts Open Studios 2013? More information on what else is happening in Hertfordshire this Indian Summer can be found here:

**We are looking forward to welcoming you!**

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