February 2014


Linda Warminger

Welcome to the February 2014 edition of our newsletter.  We are delighted that the Social Media workshop being run for HVA Members this month is at capacity.  If there is sufficient interest we will run an additional session later in the year.  Caroline Lumb is finalising our 2014/2015 programme of lectures and workshops and further details will be posted on the website later this month.


What a variety of opportunities on offer this month.  From a 5 day stained glass workshop in a converted lifeboat house to submissions for London Luton Airport.  Fellowships at Digswell Arts Trust to teaching roles at Missenden Abbey.  And more ...

Herts Open Studios 2014

The on-line application system is now open...   just login to the website as usual (from the bottom left hand side of the screen) renew your membership fee for 2014-2015, pay your participation fee of £95 by paypal/credit card and upload your own application details and image. 

Exhibitions & Events

New items are added to our website every week so do visit our News & Exhibitions page in between issues for up-to-date information, and larger articles on these featured events. Click the 'Keep me updated' button on that page to be notified as new articles are added.


Following a cancelled booking, 14 members took up the last minute challenge of submitting work to the theme of 'Journeys' to be exhibited in the Cafe Gallery at Harefield Hospital.  The exhibition is being set up this week, and will run 7 Feb - 13 May.  Here is a flavour of the art that will be on show.

Featured Artist: June Faulkner

Versatile artist June Faulkner is a “What happens if..?” kind of person.
With a body of work stretching from painting and photography to dyeing and screen-printing on fabric, she is always ready to experiment with colour, light, texture and medium to see what happens.  Artists who feel their work is stuck in a rut should find her get-up-and-go approach inspiring.  Fiona Gaskell finds out how she does it.

Featured Artist: Jo Howe

Clare Kendal Bate recently interviewed artist Jo Howe at the Trestle Art Base in St Albans.  She was busy hanging work for her current exhibition, called ‘Echoes of Fragrant Voices’, which runs until the 7th February 2014.

Jo's Web Wizardry

Later this month, we’re hosting a workshop entitled ‘Getting the Most Out of Social Media’. Adam Blackie will be presenting a simple strategy that works with any type of social media and can take very little time to implement effectively. Ahead of this event, we feel it would be useful to provide an overview of some of our favourite social media channels available to promoting your art.

Belinda's Bash

Belinda Na;ylor=Stables
Pole dancing and other edges

I’ve just been trying to decide whether or not to take part in a Toastmaster’s competition. What would I talk about? Something that makes people take another look at their lives. Something edgy. Eureka!


New volunteers to join the team are always welcome this month we are appealing for newsletter contributors and also someone who would be happy to take on support role to assist members experiencing difficulty with using our website.


Discount for HVA members on the new A4 portable Minor George printing press launched at Christmas (the offer includes a FREE printer starting kit !)