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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.

HERTS VISUAL ARTS MEMBER, BEL BLUEMEL, WINS 1st PRIZE IN WOODLAND TRUST PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

'Deer Sculptures among the Bluebells' by Bel Bluemel

It was when I was at a tree planting day at Heartwood Forest that I was given an entry form advertising The Woodlands Trust's photographic competition. I remembered that I had taken some photographs back in the Spring when I was exploring Heartwood Forest with a group of walking friends. Back then it was a lovely, sunny morning when we discovered these beautifully made deer sculptures among the bluebells of this enchanted wood.
 
I feel extremely fortunate to have won such a lovely prize. The photograph will be included in Heartwood Forest's publicity material and I have also received a picturesque Woodland calendar, membership details and nature books. It always pays to carry your camera!

by BEL BLUEMEL

Visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk to find out more about Heartwood Forest in St. Albans.

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MISSENDEN ABBEY LAUNCHES ITS 2012 SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMME

Now available in pdf click here to download the 2012 Summer School Brochure. Including classes by HVA Members Dick Onians (Wood and Stone Carving & Sculpture) and Roger Reynolds (Identification and Painting of Local Wildflowers in Watercolour).

by LINDA WARMINGER

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SCHOOLS ART EXHIBITION – St. Albans and District

On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th January Francis Bacon school played host to the first Schools Art Exhibition that attracted over a 200 visitors and was featured in the Herts Advertiser over two editions.  The aim of the exhibition was to encourage over 20 local schools to submit 2 pieces of art each so that the general public and other school art departments could witness the talent of students across the District.  From my point of view it was hard work and a logistical nightmare but for an overwhelmingly good response and appreciation by all who took part, it was worth it. The comments book is full of very positive remarks about the superb standard of the work and the professional look of the exhibition and we have already booked for next year.

 

FROM THE VISITORS BOOK:

'Thank you so much for organising this exhibition.   It is fantastic and demonstrates the talent in all schools in our area of Hertfordshire' - Alan Gray - Head of Sandringham

'I was blown away with the variety and quality of artwork on display.  This is a wonderful opportunity for local schools to exhibit and celebrate their talents' Emma Fenn - Head of Abbey Primary School

'An excellent idea and extremely well presented' - Matt Gautier - Head of Francis Bacon

'I really enjoyed the self portrait and the dragon made by our school was inspiring.' Maisie Moore - Fleetville Junior

'Lovely exhibition, all the students have put a lot of work and effort into all their pieces' Lauren Sayers - Student exhibitor from Marlborough School)

'Splendid.  Imaginative.   I do hope it will be repeated.   Some fabulous work' - Ex Head of Marlborough School. 

by KAROLE LANGE, Exhibition Organiser

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VERSATILE FIRST ART EXPO IN RADLETT INAUGURATES 2012 HERTFORDSHIRE'S ART CALENDAR WITH A BIG BUZZ

It was only early January, a time when we are usually still recovering from the parties, the travelling, the family get-togethers and all the indulgencies that normally accompany the Christmas festive  season, in other words,  a sluggish time when we think: what this new year will bring…???

Well, for us artists and for all art-lovers, there was no need to question further: the First Art Expo at the Radlett Centre promised to start the year with a big bang. And it did!

It was just 5th Jan and the works had to be brought to the centre.  Doors opened only the day after.

On 11th January there was the Meet the Artist Evening.  Well attended, it was an evening of fun and laughter, when both public and artists had the opportunity to mingle and chat away about art techniques, inspiration, life…, who knows what else …. over a cup of coffee, or more likely a glass of wine.

Then, just a few days later, on Sunday 15th Jan, there was the One Day Art and Antiques Fair. At this occasion, exhibitors included not only artists but also antique dealers.

Vitreus Art & Ben Shalom

The 6th to 27th January exhibition
Curated by event organiser Jean Dennis, among the 30 exhibitors were: Liz Armstrong with her equestrian prints, Ted and Trish French with landscape photography, Amanda Jones with abstract pieces and Serena Salvatore with heavy textured oils of the Italian countryside.

There were also cute and charming limited signed editions of Beryl Cook O.B.E., collectable vintage 60’s bus blinds, vibrant flowers by Jean Picton,  classic still-life pieces by Julia Sterland and many others themes and styles.

Denise Bowser & Linda Warminger

The One Day Art and Antiques Fair
Among Herts Visual Arts members, Ben Shalom showed his enchanting colourful landscapes, your own writer Denise Bowser had her abstracts and semi-abstract oil landscapes, Phil Madley took part with his encaustic wax pictures, Haydn Dickenson displayed his abstract pieces, and Mike Caddy and Jenny Timms from Vitreus Art exhibited their contemporary stained glass art. Most of the artists who had taken part in the Meet the Artist Evening also had stands at the One Day Art and Antiques Fair.

As a special event for the day, the Gold Medallist Athlete and acclaimed sculptor Donald Brown was also there creating a large relief sculptur entitled A Sporting Chance for Peace (in alliance with the BBC). The thrilling part of this project was the fact that on the day, any member of the public was given the opportunity to place a small ‘peace’ of clay onto the sculpture, thereby becoming part of the creative process and being able to support social and environmental peace.

The complete creation of A Sporting Chance for Peace Sculpture will be available online during the months leading to the 2012 Olympic Games at www.theglobalgallery.org.

The range of works on display also included a few coveted pieces by Rolf Harris and Jack Vettriano. All in all, a fantastic 2012 start for the Herts Art world.

by DENISE BOWSER

Contacts:
The next 1 day Art Fair will be held on Sunday 27 May 2012, for further details visit www.artexporadlett.co.uk / email: info@artexporadlett.co.uk

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