Members News & Exhibitions

Plenty to do and see this month including:

 a Private View in Kensal Green, Exhibition in Royston, Art Sale in aid of Watford Mencap, a Talk on publishing your own book .... and more ! ...


HVA members are warmly invited for a private view with drinks on Saturday 9th of April between 4 – 6pm.

HVA members Catherina Petit-van Hoey, Marian Murphy and Jenny Leslie are taking part in the Textile exhibition Tension between Man and Nature by the Secret Cemetery Group. The works on display are inspired by several visits to Kensel Green Cemetery and will be exhibited at The Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery, London, W10 4RA.

The exhibition is open on Sat/Sun 9/10 & 16/17 April from 10.30am – 4.00pm. For more info phone Jenny on 020 8905 2492.

Sue & Terry Hartga

Sue & Terry Hartga

The work by Herts Visual Arts Members Sue and Terry Hartga currently on show at Curwens Gallery draw you in to look afresh at the world. 

Both artists like to get close to their subjects, making the familiar unfamiliar and the ordinary extraordinary allowing the viewer to take another look at the world around them. 

Visit the exhibition which is on until Mid May at

Curwens Solicitors;Gallery, 17 High Street, Royston SG8 9AA.

Opening Hours Mon-Fri 9.00am-5.00pm.



We are delighted to report that two Herts Visual Arts Members, Edna Eckett and Miriam Fraser, took up the opportunity to participate in the artweek at Colnbrook School between 7-11 March.  Colnbrook is a special school for children aged between 4-11 years with moderate learning difficulties and has an autism base.


OFF THE WALL - Art Exhibition and sale in aid of Watford Mencap
Joy Thomson

by Joy Thomson

6th - 28th April 2011, Pavilion Gallery, Chenies Manor House, Chenies, WD3 6ER, open Wed & Thu 2-5pm & Easter Monday 25th April 2-5pm.

Watford Mencap celebrates its Diamond Jubilee this year, and events marking the occasion include ‘Off the Wall’, an art exhibition by 25 local artists, a number of whom are HVA members.

‘Off the Wall’ takes place in the Pavilion Gallery at Chenies Manor, and coincides with Chenies Manor’s spring opening and their renowned annual tulip display. With jewellery, ceramics, fused glass, paintings, prints and sculpture, the exhibition can be viewed on Chenies Manor opening days on Wednesdays and Thursdays and on Easter Monday, when they hold their annual Easter Egg Festival.

‘Off the Wall’ is sponsored by VocaLink, an international payments provider with offices in Rickmansworth who have an ongoing partnership with Watford Mencap and will support the charity for a further two years. Watford Mencap has suffered cuts in funding, particularly in its ‘Leisure Together’ scheme, which helps to provide social activities for members. By purchasing an original piece from ‘Off the Wall’ you can be sure of making a difference to the quality of life of local people. An entry fee to the gardens at Chenies Manor is payable.

Further information from Joy Thomson,, tel: 07941 416287
Chenies Manor: 

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For our first meeting of 2011 I suggested we visit Benington Lordship to see their collection of snowdrops on Wednesday 9th February.  We each paid £4 entrance fee and an extra £1 for the hour long guided walk around the gardens.

The sun was shining when we met just after midday in the grounds of The Lordship and enjoyed light refreshments of homemade soup in the tearooms before going on the guided walk.  Richard, our guide gave a brief history of The Lordship before taking us around the gardens.  The Lordship has a collection of 150 species of snowdrops which Richard has built up over the last 20 years, including the rare yellow ones and explained in great detail the differences between each of the species both single and doubles.  The snowdrops create a lovely carpet that's interspersed with winter aconites that spread across the banks of the dry moat as well as almost all of the flower beds.  Following our walk we went back to the tearooms for a warming cup of tea and homemade cake before going our separate ways. by JUDITH MACKAY



Beth Hardwicke & Rikki Harcourt reviewing Evalina Cravens Album

Last meeting of Indigo Group of painters was held at Evelina 's house in Knebworth.  The main subject discussed was the exhibition of the Royal College of Art entitled: "Show Me The Monet" in London, the work of the finalists. Some analysis about the styles presented by the artists, the application of different media and how in many works digital photography was applied in conjunction with painting and other medium.

The general influence of the digital imagery in art nowadays with particular emphasis to painting with its repercussions on the art market.  I presented examples of my photographic work over the last 5 years including prints of both traditional photography and abstract compositions works produced with digital manipulation using Photoshop.

Aspects of the somehow different approaches on composition when Painting and Photography were considered by the Professionals in classical photograph.  Some Photoshop techniques were demonstrated to exemplify effects obtained on of my abstract photographic work presented recently in photographic exhibitions - Welwyn Garden City Photoclub.

Email for details of painters meetings in the north of the county.



Following the recent launch of her book "Collagraph a journey through texture..." Kim Major-George is giving a talk at David's Bookshop in Letchworth on Tuesday 19th April at 7.30pm.

So if you are curious how a technical book is produced and want to know more about the process why not pop along.

David’s Bookshop is located on Eastcheap in Letchworth (SG6 3DE) Tickets are free, but  please call the bookshop on 01462 684631 to reserve a space.


Jan Reichmann

Detail 'Spring', Jan Reichmann

The Hertfordshire-based group of artists INSIDEout Contemporary Art is moving north for its next exhibition.

The group which includes some Herts Visual Arts Members, continues to exhibit successfully on a regular basis in and around Hertfordshire, will be holding an exhibition of paintings, digital photography and sculpture entitled ‘Our friends in the South’, opening with a Private View on Sunday, 1 May, 12 - 4.30 p.m. at  ‘The Studio’, Leaze House, Ayle, Alston, Cumbria CA9 3NH.

The exhibition will run from Monday to Saturday, 2 - 7 May 2011, 10.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.  The artists taking part are Lupe Cunha, D-Bar, Lotte Farnham,  Anne Houghton, Richard Phillips, Jan Reichmann, Sue Sanders and Jane Willis, who will also curate the exhibition.

INSIDEout is looking forward to introducing its work to a new audience, and hopes that any of its regular clients who may be visiting the area at the time of the exhibition will come along and view the new work on show.

For further information about the exhibition and its venue please contact Jane Willis at: or telephone:  01434 382682.

Information about INSIDEout Contemporary Art can be found on



Susan Llewelyn Elvidge

At the Harpenden Arts Club on 10 March Sue Llewelyn Elvidge, an HVA member, gave a most interesting presentation on Calligraphy.  Not only did she give a concise history of the subject but illustrated her talk with informative maps, drawings and memorabilia.  After the presentation some of members were able to 'have a go' at creating calligraphy letters whilst others admired Sue's beautiful pictures and greetings cards.  All in all, a most enjoyable evening!
by BEL BLUEMEL, Harpenden Arts Club


Yellow Hat

"Yellow Hat", Graham Boyd

GRAHAM Boyd returns with a vibrant show of recent work at Space2, Watford Museum, following a solo exhibition at Bushey Museum last year charting his early work.

The Chipperfield artist launches The Primacy of Colour with an opening preview on 7 April from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition runs until 28 May 2011. The abstract paintings provide a continuation of Boyd’s preoccupation with particles, light and space. The use of vivid colour and textured surfaces which characterise Boyd’s work are no less present in the recent works, charging the canvases with a luminosity more frequently found in stained glass.

The show marks Boyd’s return to Watford, where he trained at Watford School of Art, studying book design and illustration more than 50 years ago. But it is the abstract that captures the imagination of Boyd, who developed the Fine Art Degree Course at University of Hertfordshire and was principal lecturer in painting until 1993.

The recent paintings, informed by techniques developed over decades, also display the past and present equally, where early applications of acrylic are revealed alongside later applications of paint. Viewed within the history of abstract art, Boyd’s paintings are reminiscent of the Abstract Expressionists, as well as formidable European artists such as Matisse.

The Primacy of Colour is open from Thursday to Saturday, from 10-5pm at Space2, Watford Museum.  For more information about the artist's work go to