Work by Melodie Cook selected for The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition, Fiona Gaskell reports on the success of HVA participants at the Harpenden Art, Craft & Antiques Fair.  And our monthly Postcard from Connie Flynn in Shetland...

MELODIE COOK selected for The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition 8-23 May 2014

Work by HVA Member Melodie Cook has been selected for the second year running from over 1,000 entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading portrait artists at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual open submission exhibition.

Graced by portraits of royalty, celebrities, academics, mothers, daughters, fathers and sons, the exhibition is a feature of the social calendar.

With some 200 portraits on show this is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of recent portraits in the country with a special section on self-portraiture.

Melodie's entry was a portrait of her son Ciro in Pastel over ink and bleach on gessoed paper.

It is 107cm square and is called Barba Rossa (Red Beard)

'Barba Rossa', Melodie Cook

This year’s exhibition will be on display at the Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square between 8 and 23 May 2014.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition
Mall Galleries, The Mall (near Trafalgar Square), London SW1

Tel: 020 7930 6844

Open 8 to 23 May, 10am-5pm daily

Admission £3, Concessions £2.50 (Free to Friends of the Mall Galleries, Art Fund Members, and Under 18s).



On 8 March five members of HVA Harpenden group took over a section of this regular event: Denise Bowser, Fiona Gaskell, Elspeth Keith, Opal Seabrook and Sue Wookey. From ceramics to glass, paintings, cards, and artwork showing myths and legends, they offered visitors a glimpse of the diversity of HVA. Different members of the group will be exhibiting at future events in May, July, September, October and November. HVA Harpenden group takes over the stage at the Methodist Church hall, while stalls on the ground floor are co-ordinated by the overall event organiser, Amanda Booth. The event regularly attracts a steady flow of visitors.

“This was an innovation by HVA Harpenden group,” said Fiona Gaskell, who co-ordinated the HVA presence.  “We weren’t sure how it would go, and it turned out to be a success, although of course some people sold more than others. In future we shall aim to have seven stands to create more of a buzz on the stage. Having HVA at this event during the year raises our profile locally, and we shall use it as a springboard for advance publicity for Open Studios.”

There might be space for one or two HVA members from outside the Harpenden area at the July, September and October fairs, however priority is being given to Harpenden group members. Please contact Fiona Gaskell if this opportunity is of interest.



HVA Member Connie Flynn records her experiences whilst studying for a degree in Contemporary Textiles in Shetland via a monthly 'Postcard'.  MARCH - Net mending in Shetland

Photograph by Connie Flynn
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