July/August 2014


Linda Warminger

Welcome to the Summer 2014 edition of the HVA Newsletter.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us to continue the various discussions raised at the AGM last month at our members meeting on the 31st July.   

On a cautionary note - members have reported a spike in the rate of both email and telephone scams to artists this month - so please be vigilant ! Your attention is drawn to the more recent ones.

I returned from holiday to find a selection of lovely postcards for the Secret Art Sale remember, you have until the end of August and there is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.

Memorial Service for Tessa Barnes

Tessa Barnes sadly passed away after a long illness on the evening of Tuesday 24th June 2014, peacefully and at home.  Tessa was a stalwart, long-term and active member of HVA and her quiet humour and twinkling-eyed enthusiasm will be greatly missed.

Chairman's notes on HVA AGM 2014

The AGM for 2014 had a wonderful venue at Sharon Struckman’s PS Arts gallery in Datchworth. It made not only an excellent meeting room, but also gave us space to chat and take some refreshments – and to look at some interesting work. And we also were able to listen to three of Sharon’s exhibitors talking about their work: Linda Lipinsky, Laura Dunmow and Jenny Leslie.

Forthcoming Events

To continue the valuable discussions started at the AGM a further members meeting has now been arranged for 31 July 2014.  Also bookings are now being taken for the first in our autumn lecture programme. A talk by Pure Evil, Grafitti Artist & Gallery Owner on 20 October 2014.  


A sculpture by HVA Member Dianne Maclean is unveiled by HM the Queen in Paris on 6 June 2014. Backstitch open new premises near Royston, and our regular Postcard from Shetland.

Featured Artist: Lucie Green

Lucie Green is an established printmaker who regularly exhibits and sells her work, including at this year’s Royal Academy Summer exhibition. However she only started taking printmaking really seriously several years after leaving art college, having lived abroad and brought up a family. There has been a revival of interest in traditional printmaking techniques in recent years, and Fiona Gaskell finds out about a field that Lucie says is limitless in its possibilities.

Featured Artist: Ronald Wong

Clare Kendal Bate has had an appreciative eye on Ronald Wong’s work for a while. Looking at his website, you can’t help but be impressed with the stunning realism of his paintings of military and civil aircraft. Ronald also has a mind-boggling knowledge about all things aviation.

Jo's Web Wizardry

Jo Atherton
What is a hashtag?

This month, we consider the humble #hashtag, and how we are planning on using this powerful little symbol during #HertsOpenStudios