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 ...


An International Invitational Exhibition

July 12, 2012 – September 20, 2012

'The Unicorn'

Brigid Marlin at her Studio in Berkhamsted



'Visionary art is a journey, an inner journey of interconnectedness, into a world of extraordinary imagination, encompassing and exploring the qualities of light and dark with a universal and personal focus.  The artists utilize images that run the spectrum of the human condition, from elation to desperation.  From the heart rises fantastic and astonishing works of art!'  France Garrido

VISIONARIES presents forty-one participating national and international artists whose work exemplifies the growing genre of art known as Visionary art.  Their works are created in a variety of mediums, predominantly painting, many of which are executed in the Mische’ technique rediscovered by Professor Ernst Fuchs and perpetuated by Brigid Marlin, founder of The Society for Art of Imagination. 

These artists embrace dreams, visions and their personal inner life, in all forms to create imaginative works of art that are rich and seeping with passion.  Isaac Abrams’ extraordinary, The Revelation of The Turtle Pond, is a psychedelic exploration into the natural world, macrocosm/microcosm.  The late, Sibylle Ruppert, whose works are now emerging into the contemporary culture, are exquisite portrayals of physical metamorphosis, commanding attention in the provocative work, 'Chant de Mald'.  Graszka Paulska whose work, 'Butterfly', in dry pastel, is haunting and seductive, real and metaphysical.   The QCC Art Gallery - an educational and cultural resource for the Queensborough Community College, as well as for all New York City and Long Island communities - boasts a superb permanent African Art Collection that has already received critical acclaim. New York Times art critic, Holland Cotter states, 'Queensborough Community College has quietly assembled an impressive collection of African Art… with luck, other university galleries around the country will emulate it.'  Over the years, the QCC has installed world-class exhibits of wide-ranging interests such as Post-Modernism paintings, Pre-Columbian Art, sculpture, photography as well as Chinese pottery and works of established and emerging artists.

QCC Art Gallery / CUNY 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, New York 11364



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Sculptor Mo Gardner, who was one of the founder members of HVA now lives in Rutland. Her sculpture 'Exultation' was presented to Her Majesty The Queen, a gift from the County of Rutland, when Her Majesty visited Burghley House on 13 June 2012.

'Exultation' by Mo Gardner

Mo and her husband, painter Roy Holley started Rutland Open Studios in 2007. They are now in their 6th successful year.
Mo and Roy run painting and sculpture classes in their studios at their Rutland home. The Sculptors group had a visit there in 2006.



Last year Clare Kendal Bate interviewed Bushey painter and applied artist, Sian Fenwick, for the May edition of our newsletter. They talked about her work with the charity MENCAP and her commission to create a triptych for their Diamond Jubilee in 2011.

The artwork depicting the history of Watford MENCAP was unveiled at the charity’s offices in Rickmansworth in April 2012. The event at The Old Town Hall gathered together nearly 100 members, supporters, staff and volunteers for the ceremony.  The guests of honour included the Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, Hertsmere Mayor Cllr Peter Knell and Cllr Chris Whately-Smith, Chairman of Three Rivers District Council.

Sian is the artist in residence at Watford Grammar School for Girls, who along with the West Herts Strategic Area Partnership Group secured funding for the impressive artwork which now hangs in MENCAP’s entrance hall.

The three panels are entitled '1951', ‘2011’ and ‘Hopes and Dreams’.  The latter depicts dozens of butterflies, and on each butterfly MENCAP members were invited to write their hopes for the future. One member, Adrien O’Brien, said: 'I really enjoyed working on the butterflies and I wrote that I wanted to do more cooking and football.'

The school was represented at the event by Deputy Head Julie Richards who said: 'It has been a privilege to work with Watford MENCAP. Everyone involved learned a lot from the experience. It is a great partnership.'   The school is a Visual Arts Specialist College, and has worked with MENCAP for the past ten years on art and craft activities.