Welcome to our new Herts Open Studios Project Manager - Lucinda Rowe, and Marketing Co-ordinator - Kelly Pedlar. HVA members at the annual Pastel Society Exhibition at The Mall Galleries. The Broadway Gallery opens in Letchworth Garden City, and work by Liz Sergeant selected for 'Moving Image Margate' ...


Lucinda Rowe

"I am delighted and excited to be taking on the project co-ordination for HVA's Open Studios. 

Throughout my career I have been involved in organisation, administration and support, initially in the performing arts, then spending many years working in information technology in the City.

More recently I set up and ran a recruitment agency specialising in part time professional roles, and I am currently being trained as an expert food taster for Jordan's Cereals. 

In my spare time I enjoy playing the baritone saxophone and am part of a number of local music groups including Hitchin Light Orchestra and I have my own saxophone quartet, Liquorice AllSax.  I am married with two teenage children and live just outside Hitchin."

Kelly Pedlar

​"I'm Kelly, and am excited to be the new Marketing person for HVA!  

I am a self-employed tutor, teaching ceramics and life drawing classes, and I'm based in Hemel Hempstead. I make websites too, blogs, and love using social media to promote my projects.

I initially trained as a graphic designer, which has been very useful over the years, incorporating a strong brand and design both online and in real-life. I enjoy the challenge of being creative and self-employed at the same time.

I'm nearly always busy working on one project or another, I also enjoy being outdoors, and life with two fantastic teenagers and a springer spaniel.  I'm looking forward very much to this role with HVA! "


Work by Hertfordshire artists Melodie Cook & Jan Munro is amongst the prizewinners from over 700 entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading pastel artists at The Mall Galleries, Mall Galleries, The Mall, St. James's, London SW1.  The Mall galleries are open 10-5pm each day except the last day 10–3pm.


Jan Munro picked up both the both the Frank Herring and Sons Prize and the Annie Longley Award for  ‘White Stool and Flour Pots’ and Melodie Cook joint winner of the Pastel Society's Catalogue Award which is given to Non Members, the prize being a full page in their 2016 exhibition catalogue.  "I am especially thrilled because this is the third award I have won in the three times I have exhibited with them.  It's also the 2nd award I have won for my series "The Circus Drawn", which I have been working on since 2014, and which I should complete this summer." 

"Tweedy in Centaur Costume - The Thunders - Giffords Circus 2014" by Melodie Cook.

Featuring works created in pastels, pencils, chalk and charcoal, the Pastel Society exhibits abstract and experimental works alongside traditional representation. The artists, including elected members of the Society and those chosen from open submission, all share a passion for working in dry media.

“Pastels are the most exciting of all the mediums. What better than to grab a small piece of chalk and make an immediate blast of colour. No mixing, no fiddling around with Flow Improvers or Slow Drying mediums, no brushes to keep clean. Just pure colour at your fingertips.” Cheryl Culver, President of the Pastel Society.


Broadway Gallery  (formerly Letchworth Arts Centre) launches its new art space on 24 February with a vibrant solo exhibition featuring the work of internationally acclaimed artist Richard Smith, an abstract painter and printmaker born in Letchworth Garden City.

The inaugural exhibition, entitled 'Reunion', celebrates Richard Smith’s rich body of work spanning six decades. Audiences will be able to enjoy a selection of his drawings, paintings, collages and prints and discover more about the artist through a series of interviews, photographs and books.

Renowned for his bold and vibrant use of colour and texture, Richard Smith has long been recognised as one of the important painters of his generation. His work is currently held in collections around the world from the Tate Modern in London to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  Richard has cited the Letchworth Arts and Crafts movement as a source of inspiration for his work and a key component in his development as an artist.

Laura Dennis, Visual Arts Curator of Broadway Gallery said: “Richard’s vibrant and joyful paintings are the perfect way to celebrate the opening of the Broadway Gallery, and it’s fantastic to be able to show these wonderful works back in the artist’s home town’’.

The Exhibition on Wednesday 24 February and will run until Sunday June 5. Entrance to the Gallery is free.

Broadway Gallery, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3ES

Broadway Gallery is open Wed to Sat 10:00 to 17:00 and Sun 10:00 to 16:00. 


Liz Sergeant's 'Speaking of Charlotte' has been selected for 'Moving Image Margate', and exhibition which brings together UK Women artists working in film and is curated by Sally Childs. Works have been selected on the basis of their ability to challenge, provoke, amuse, educate and / or inspire.  The exhibition is taking place at Margate House from 8th-13th March as part of the POW! Thanet festival to coincide with International Women's Day on 8th March. Full story...