Art at Hurst Village Show

Dynamic dozen’s ambitious art show

A village’s annual art show will be its most ambitious yet with a dozen Thames Valley artists and makers offering a wide range of styles and media.

Water colourist Liz Chaderton is organising the show in her village, Hurst, as part of Hurst Show and Country Fayre on June 28 and 29.

“Art should be an experience, it should inspire and entertain, so I wanted the show to offer something for everyone. From traditional to modern, the work on show and for sale ranges from large, challenging abstracts, to beautiful still lifes, to very detailed pen and ink drawings.” she said.

“Our South African artists’ work is infused with the sun and smells of Africa. Gorgeous zebras will graze alongside Berkshire goats and cows for one weekend only.  And the Scottish highlands will sit alongside the Thames Valley, in the landscapes.

“The artists include eight painters, two jewellers, a ceramicist and one who “upcycles” furniture, painting and decorating it in shabby-chic style. Reusing found objects is a theme running through much of the work.

“There will be demonstrations of work in progress, as well as a chance to get your hands mucky in clay and maybe have a go at jewellery making.

“The fact that all twelve artists are from Twyford, Hurst, Maidenhead and Wokingham shows how diverse and exciting the art scene is here. Many took part in the Wokingham and Henley art trails.”

The art show is at Hurst Village Hall, School Road, Hurst, RG10 0DR, 11am to 5pm on the Saturday and 11am to 4pm on the Sunday.  It is the fourth art show to be held at the Hurst Show.

Liz, a copywriter by profession, is inspired to create her watercolours by the farmyard animals and fowl, flowers and plants, which she keeps or grows on her allotment, in her garden or, she says, “on my imaginary smallholding.”

A very real addition flew in to her garden this week, an exhausted racing pigeon. “I rescued it from being pecked by our chickens, evicted the guinea pigs from their run and tucked it away to recover.

“Fortunately the pigeon’s leg ring gave its Cambridgeshire owner’s telephone number. The owner has arranged for a specialist courier to pick it up,” said Liz.

  • Hurst Show and Country Fayre on June 28 and 29, 10am-5pm, is in School Road, Hurst RG10 0DR. There will be arena events, classic car and dog shows, children’s games, country crafts and products on sale, farm yard animals, and beer, barbecue and tea tents. Entry is free for children and seniors, teens £1, adults £3. Details:


Hurst Show details are at

The twelve artists and makers are:

Sarah Abell /

Liz Chaderton /

Carol Cox /

Natalie Hazell /

Jayne Leighton Herd /

Elaine Martin /

Maria Meerstadt /

Michael Restrick / http://www.124

Christine Rogers /

Jane Stewart / 

Linda Tyler /

Natalie Venter /


About lizintheshed

Watercolour artist and copywriter, living and working in the Thames Valley.
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