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Read about some of our Members who were selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Pastel Society Prizewinner - Melodie Cook, a postcard from Shetland and Tessa Verrecchia's latest commision at the Lister Hospital.

ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION 2013

Our congratulations to members who had work accepted this year including:

ANGELA ROSE
Her painting 'Blondie', Acrylic On Paper was inspired by iconic women in popular music.

'Blondie' Angela Rose

TONY FRANCIS
A retired TV presenter, turned painter sold his painting in acrylic, 'The Streets Where I Lived'

LISA TAKAHASHI
Whose linocut print 'Tour de Force' was accepted and the edition of 50 sold out during Buyers' Day !

and congratulations must also go to printmaker SUMAN GUJRAL,whose work narrowly missed inclusion, but her work was brought to a wide audience as she was featured in a BBC2 documentary on the process and lead up to the RA Summer Exhibition.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Melodie Cook who has just won the Conté a Paris Award for "Red Monocle" at The Pastel Society Exhibition.

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JUNE 2013 - POD IN THE BOD !

HVA Member Connie Flynn records her experiences whilst studying for a degree in Contemporary Textiles in Shetland via a monthly 'Postcard'.

Photographs by Connie Flynn www.hvaf.org.uk/connie-flynn/gallery

Click here to view the series of postcards to-date

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TESSA VERRECCHIA'S FUSED GLASS WINDOWS INSTALLED IN THE CHAPEL AT THE LISTER HOSPITAL

I was initially approached by the Rev. Jane Hatton (Team leader C. of E. Lister Hospital) in July 2012 with the possibility of making a 3 stained glass windows ( 150 x 35 cms each) for the new chapel at the Lister hospital.

I was given the freedom to design and the tight budget suggested that I make them by using the fused glass technique and exclude any painting. This would be a more economical method.

I wanted a design that was inclusive of other faiths so that all would feel welcomed into the Chapel. I wished to get as much light and colour into the chapel as possible and the idea of a sunrise, symbolising hope and renewal, incorporating ”God is Love” discretely at the top of the windows was approved.

Originally the windows were needed by October 2012, but fund raising and refurbishment considerably extended this date and although they were complete by March 2013 they were not fixed until June 2013.

The windows were made with glass supplied by English Antique Glass (EAG) the last British company to manufacture hand blown glass. They were divided into 3 sections and fused in my large kiln. Although I was tempted to include some painted work  into the design this was not part of the brief.

Tessa Verrecchia and the Bishop of St. Albans

Dean Barnet fixed the windows on 1 June  and the Chapel was dedicated by the Bishop of St. Albans on 19 June.  The Chapel provides a refuge for any seeking calm and quiet within the busy Lister hospital.                                                    

By TESSA VERRECCHIA

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