October 2013


Welcome to the October 2013 edition of the Herts Visual Arts Newsletter. We are looking forward our lecture programme resuming after the summer break and our speaker - Drusilla Cole on 17 October. Members & Non-Members please remember to register to reserve your place.


This month opportunities included an Artist in Residence, entries for an exciting Halloween project, call for artists for Christmas Exhibition and more...   Congratulations to all members who took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the Giant Monopoly trail - the results were spectacular - see the news page in this issue for a selection of images.

Forthcoming HVA events

Herts Visual Arts presents another high calibre speaker event. On Thursday 17 October guest speaker Drusilla Cole comes to Hertfordshire especially to talk about an area of art that affects all our lives – pattern. She is an energetic and enthusiastic speaker inspired by surface pattern – its history, its colour, its affect on our daily lives and the stories that patterns hold.


Brian Robinson selected for the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Amy Pettingill's logo design adopted for Folkstock 2013, Connie Flynn's regular postcard from Shetland, Liz Sergeant's 'Dirty Linen' and HVA artists participate in the Giant Monopoly Art & Sculpture Trail in St. Albans ...

Artist on File: Justine Lois Thorpe

Arriving at Justine’s house is like entering an Aladdin’s cave. Vintage objects, set off by peacock feathers, fake flowers and colourful fabrics, serve as a backdrop for her magnificent paintings. Everyone who visited the recent HVA exhibition in Harpenden will have been struck by her large abstract on an easel at the end of the hall, but Justine does not only paint abstracts. She is a versatile painter of landscape, still life and cityscapes as well. Fiona Gaskell finds out what is the driving force behind so much creativity.

Jo's Web Wizardry

This month I take a look at crowdfunding and how this collaborative means of fundraising is benefiting artists.

Belinda's Bash

There's a fly in my soup
Catching food is a subject that has kept cropping up this week. We think of catching fish – a nice salmon perhaps? But there’s a buzz in the air. Things could be changing…


As we close the doors on Open Studios we are already starting the planning for 2014.  If you would like to help with promoting the event or share coordinating activities at a local level do get in touch.


For Sale ... Rollaco Classic Press £950.

Also a new FACEBOOK PAGE for art materials and equipment....