May 2012


Welcome to the May edition of the Herts Visual Arts Newsletter. It's a busy time as the Open Studios project gains momentum, in addition we are preparing for our tent at the Living Crafts Exhibition, Hatfield House, 10-13 May and also the AGM, 6 June 2012.


This month's opportunities information includes: submission details for the 'Up the Garden Path' Exhibition, studio space available in Berkhamsted, artists in residence opportunities, craft stalls available at St. Albans Folk Festival...  

HVA Members' Meetings and AGM

Here you can find Mel Hilbrown's review of our last meeting ... and an important date for your diary... Our AGM will take place at the University of Hertfordshire on Wednesday 6 June at 7.00pm followed by a great opportunity to visit to the Herts University Degree Show.  We will send members AGM papers and further details by email.

Open Studios 2012

Delighted to advise we have 168 members participating this year.  The brochure is currently being artworked and a print proof will be in circulation in the next few weeks. 

Art Groups - News & Meetings

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

Artist on File: Christine Calow

 ‘I create richly coloured and textured mixed media collages and limited edition screenprints. My work is mainly inspired by travel, in particular by my longstanding interest in Indian culture and beliefs. I have exhibited both locally and nationally for a number of years and my work is suitable for any contemporary environment.’  Artist Statement: Christine Calow – Painter and Printmaker

Belinda's Bash

Screaming Abdabs

I find art or craft that holds a message intriguing. I don’t necessarily need to ‘get’ the message, or the message can be lost in time. Just the fact that there is a message lurking magnifies interest and makes me linger longer over the piece. ‘The Scream’, an expressionist work by Edvard Munch is one such picture. It’s been hanging about for over a century waiting for the world to understand it.