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.


Members of Southern Painters enjoyed a wonderful afternoon when fellow member and talented artist, Janet Robinson, showed our group how to create basic Chinese brushstrokes.  After we had practised diligently we were refreshed with tea and chocolate biscuits.  Then we watched how Janet, using these brushstrokes, created wonderful images including cherry blossom, peonies, chrysanthemums, a chicken and even a bluetit! Such an inspiring and interesting afternoon which was enjoyed by all. by BEL BLUEMEL

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 23rd May at 2pm in St. Albans hosted by Tessa Barnes. Members are invited to bring paintings of rain and/or sketch the sculpture in the garden.

New members welcome, please email



The Sculpture Group enjoyed a very interesting sunny Sunday afternoon in the garden and studio of Bryan Parkes in Welwyn in March. They were fascinated and intrigued by his ‘negative’ 3D work – as seen on TV (QI two/three prior) and entranced by a short exposition of his stereoscopy (3D photography) which has been a serious study of his for many years.


Dick & Group in Frances' Studio

Dick & Frances' garden

Dick in his workshop


On  the afternoon of Sunday April 22nd a very appreciative group of sculptors met at the home/studio of Dick Onians where we were educated, enlightened and entertained by Dick who explained his working methods as a stone and wood carver and also showed us some examples of the excellent work of his students at the City and Guilds Institute. Sunday’s lull in the April showers also gave us an opportunity to explore his beautiful garden and the many sculptures therein. Dick’s wife, Frances, does lovely cakes!



Future dates will be confirmed but currently the scheduled hosts are:

MAY - Derek Howarth; JUNE - Martin Blindell; JULY - Norman Emms; AUG - Dawn Dominic; SEPT - John Farnham.

Any new members wishing to join the group contact please email

There is no formal group leader as hosts are rotating month on month. However it is desirable for the group to be represented at HVA Meetings.  If you are interested in this representative role please email for a no obligation chat about what is involved.




Textiles are so often wrapped and protected and carefully stored. On display they are in cases, behind glass. The idea of taking textiles outdoors is both liberating and exciting. How will the materials survive the elements? How will the structures fit in their environment?

The Textile Group exhibition "Weather or Not" continues at Mill Green Museum with an opportunity to meet the artists on Sun 20 May and Sun 24 June.  

Mill Green Museum. Mill Green, Hatfield AL9 5PD

Open Tues-Thurs 10-5 / Sun & Bank Holidays 2-5


The next TEXTILE GROUP MEETING will take place on 24 July 2012



LIVING CRAFTS 10 - 13 MAY 2012

Over 300 innovative designer-makers will be travelling from all corners of the United Kingdom to exhibit at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire from 10 – 13 May. Living Crafts is the country’s premier craft showcase with an enviable reputation for the range and high quality of design and with its lively festival atmosphere attracts many thousands of visitors each day.

This year Living Crafts is celebrating the renaissance of craft as an important part of our British cultural heritage in the Queen’s Jubilee Year while also recognising its economic significance.  Robin Younger, the event organiser, comments, “We are promoting the future of designer-made craft in the UK with immensely talented craft professionals whilst also giving newly qualified designer-makers the opportunity to launch their skills”

This vibrant show features both traditional and contemporary British, original craft with exhibitors demonstrating, selling their work and taking commissions.  There are art lectures, masterclasses and ‘have a go’ workshops for all ages. Live music and entertainment add to the ambience. New this year are an award-winning steel band, tutored wine tasting and master storytelling.

Herts Visual Arts members will, once again, have their own tent in the centre of the showground.  

Do come along and introduce yourselves -  visit the Textile group on Thursday, Ceramics Group on  Friday, Glass Group on Saturday and Sculpture Group on Sunday.