July/August 2012


Welcome to the summer edition of our newsletter.

This is the time of the year when our volunteers are busy getting the final touches to their exhibitions together, so we resume a first of the month publication date from 1 September, as usual.


Find out more about the Wellcome Trust and Elephant Trust Arts Awards, speaking opportunities, studio space in Broxbourne and Hertford, the Salon Art Prize, free Stalls at Watford 2012, how to apply for the Aesthetica Art Prize, a drawing Open Submission culminating in a collaborative show - and an invitation for Herts Visual Arts members to attend a preview for the launch of a new on-line gallery...

Open Studios 2012

Open Studios is on its way, coming soon... As always it's an opportunity to support local talented artists, and designer-makers. This year over 160 artists are waiting to greet you when you visit them in their studios and workshops – 3 glorious weeks of art on your doorstep.  Click here to see all the studio locations on google maps.


An update from the Herts Visual Arts Chairman Mel Hilbrown.


HVA Member Brigid Marlin's work is being exhibited as part of Visionaries - an international invitational event in New York... Mo Garnder, one of the founder members of HVA presents her sculpture 'Exultation' to the Queen .... and more ...

Art Groups News & Meetings

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

Jo's Web Wizardry

Pinterest - what’s all the fuss about?

Imagine Pinterest as a bookmarking tool which allows you to share images from across the web to your own personal pinboards.  In Pinterest you can create as many boards as you like on any subject, be it sunsets, penguins, Harpenden or cakes, allowing you to curate your own mood boards.

Belinda's Bash

Belinda Naylor-Stables
Are you normal?

Some people want to be normal and worry that they’re not. Others try not to be normal and worry that they are. What is ‘normal’ for an artist? And how do you best show off your brand of normality or whackiness in Open Studios? Because, as the artist, you are definitely on show alongside your work…