Set in the small village of Aldenham, close to the towns of Radlett, Bushey and Watford, in the Hertfordshire countryside St John the Baptist church is a wonderful mediaeval church of outstanding beauty where Christians have worshipped since the 13th century.
The addition of a large selection of original works of art from artists in many mediums and styles makes it the ideal place to spend an hour or two, browsing, having tea and buying something to fill that space on your wall.
There will be a big selection of both framed and unframed original art and prints to browse and buy at affordable prices as well as refreshments and maybe some live entertainment.
All income from the Art Festival will help to preserve the fabric of this beautiful and historic church for the future. Your donations on entry will help this and artists will be donating a fee to hang their work and a commission on sales.
If you would like to attend the Preview Evening and get an early choice of the art, on Thursday 13th, your advisory donation of £5 per adult would include a glass of Prosecco, wine or soft drink. Finger food will be served and there will be live music.
Take advantage of this superb event and register soon for your pictures to be hung in this medieval setting. The organising 'hanging team' will place your work either from boards or strategically placed locations around the church for maximum effect. You will not need to be there for this and the team's decision is final.
The event will be advertised as widely as possible to attract a good buying public and we will be holding a preview night as well.
It was amazing to see this beautiful 12th century church not only full of people but also full of quality original paintings, collages and other mediums – 209 framed and 215 in ‘browser racks’ made it a massive show. With so many styles, sizes and mediums to choose from the show must be considered amongst the best in the County for lovers of art seeking to fill a space on their walls, and many did so!
The event brought many local residents into the church for the first time who were surprised at this little gem in the heart of the village. It was also a brilliant social occasion for parishioners and local residents.
The event began with a Preview Night on Friday 15 th September with over 180 guests and artists attending; they were treated to Prosecco, wine and soft drinks accompanied by trays of wonderful canapés all with the compliments of Aldenham Golf Club and accompanied by live music from Harpist Lucy Haslar.
The event continued over Saturday 16 th and Sunday 17th , with delicious home-made cakes and refreshments available to all visitors. During the event a pianist played soft light music, at times other musicians and singers accompanied him. One very enthusiastic and talented singer was local resident Julia Romanenkova who sung her native Russian ballads.
Over £3000 was raised for the church and will provide much needed funds to preserve this wonderful building. At the close of the Art Festival thirty-eight paintings were sold raising a total of nearly £4000 plus donations and refreshment money. Pretty good for a first time!
Paul Lancaster, General Manager at Aldenham Golf Club said ‘We were more than happy to supply the refreshments and some sponsorship for the Aldenham Art Festival. It was a good opportunity for us, as new owners of the club, to get more involved in the village and the community.
Plans are made this year and with some improvements in mind 'Aldenham Art' will become a landmark event in the calendars or artists, buyers and visitors alike.
More information on how to enter the next event: Aldenham Art Festival 2018
All pictures below are courtesy of Ken Haslar