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Home and Away comes to Hitchin

Colourful painting of a Letchworth allotment
Letchworth allotment by Barbara Heaton

No, we’re not talking about the Australian soap! A new exhibition featuring the work of local artists Barbara Heaton and Anne Parker has opened at North Herts Museum. Until the end of April, Home and Away will showcase a collection of paintings which reflect their love of interesting and beautiful scenes at home in North Herts and on their travels and holidays.

Ros Allwood, Cultural Services Manager at North Herts Council, said: “We are delighted to host this exhibition with some fabulous pieces recognisable to local residents, including Barbara’s gorgeous scene of a Letchworth allotment with typical early Garden City houses in the background (pictured above). Anne’s paintings include one of Norton Common with a muntjac and black squirrel, and a charming view of bluebells in Hitch Wood. We hope the exhibition inspires other artists and creative groups to exhibit with us.”

A recent young visitor aged 12 said: “I love these pieces of art, they’re so pretty. As a young artist they are very inspiring.”

North Herts Museum is located in Brand Street, Hitchin, open Tue-Sat 10.30am-4.30pm and Sun 11am-3pm, and general admission and this exhibition is free.

For more information check out @northhertsmusuem on Facebook and Instagram, @nhertsmuseum on Twitter, visit the North Herts Museum website or call 01462 474554.

Painting of Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Castle in Northumberland by Anne Parker

A little about the artists…

Barbara Heaton

Barbara has been a long-term member of Letchworth Art Society and regularly exhibits with the group. She has won three competitions, two in ‘The Artist’ and one in ‘The English Garden’ magazines. 

Anne Parker 

Anne’s great grandfather owned one of the first houses to be built in Letchworth Garden City. She enjoys living near Norton Common which inspires many of her paintings. Last year, 12 of Anne’s paintings were featured in a local calendar sold in support of the Garden House Hospice. She is also a member of and has exhibited with Letchworth Art Society.

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