February 2012


Join me in welcoming the following new members to the HVA team of volunteers.  Some or you will already know HVA Member Jo Atherton, she will be joining our Publicity team and looking after our Facebook & Twitter Accounts and have a regular newsletter column keeping us all up-todate on aspects of social media.  New volunteer Francesca Bruce will shortly be joining our Newsletter editorial team.


Login to the website to access:Illumini - Call for Submissions, Waddesdon Manor Fair, Exhibiting opportunities at The Art Nest and conduct your own Workshops at Luton Hoo Walled Garden.  Remember you can access these opportunities as they are loaded ...

Exhibitions & Events

Textiles in Berkhamsted & Hertford.  Paintings & Pots in Welwyn Garden City.  The HVA Exhibition at Bishops Stortford College ... and more ... much more to see this month.


Winner of the Woodland Trust Photography Prize, Schools Exhibition (St. Albans), Radlett Art Expo, and launch of the Missenden Abbey Summer School Programme for 2012.

Art Groups - News & Meetings

All members are welcome at our Art Group meetings.  Simply email the group leaders on the links as the end of this article to find out arrangements for future meetings.


Jo's Web Wizardry

Hello, my name is Jo Atherton and I have recently taken on the role as the HVA Online Media Consultant.

Artist on File: Tessa Barnes - Applied Artist & Painter

Tessa Barnes creates beautiful designs on silk; painting and fashioning patterns on scarves, umbrellas, jewellery, sarongs and cards. She takes inspiration from nature or uses curving abstract designs. ‘One of the fascinations of working with silk is that the painting is semi-translucent and can move, which means that the colours are seen through other colours and shapes drift and change. Silk painting has many moods.’

Belinda's Bash

Making a Bundle

I promised to look more closely at the business side of art this year. The choices are: do nothing – or do something. Doing something is more interesting than nothing – though perhaps it depends on your definition of interest and whether you’ve got friends in high places…