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We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members who have joined HVAL this past summer: Michael Blumenfeld, Carl Hetherington, Arthur Hillman, Michael Lebowitz, Claudia Ricci, and Angelo Sinisi.


Harvey Kimmelman will be getting out of the cold and attending Jerry Fresia’s Oil Painting Workshop in St. Petersburg, FL for the 4th straight year. It will be held the last week in February and focuses on the method of Monet & Sargent. This year, there’s an option to take the workshop for just 3 days or the full week. For more information, log on to, or contact Harvey.






Italian Painting Holiday III took place the first week in September. This year 11 people squeezed around Alma Ortolan’s dining table at her beautiful 15th century palazzo, in Serravalle (Vittorio Veneto), Italy. The members who par-ticipated this year were Ellen Murtagh, Karen Linden (her 3rd time), Tina Chandler, Bob Gold-stein, Kyle Higgens, Susan Johnson, and group organizer Harvey Kimmelman. Susan Kay, apainter from London and friend of both Harvey & HVAL, was artist number 8. Rounding out the 11 were Tina’s family; husband Rusty, son-in-law Chis Higgens, and son Kelly Doughty. Despite a couple of days of rain, the week turned out “Magnifico”, with fabulous meals accompanied by wonderful wines & prosecco, all pre-pared by Alma, her mother Eleonora and Ernest, in a beautiful, picturesque setting. The week was filled with stimulating camaraderie, lot’s of laughter (maybe caused by a wee bit too much grappa), and even quite a bit of painting.

Each year seems to get better and better, as canbe attested by Karen Linden, Susan Kay and BobGoldstein, who have already said they’re comingback next year!

You can see the results in the next “Made In Italy III” group show at the Sheffield Library, next May,


Susan Bachelder has started a collection of movies related to artists and artist’s lives that will be the core of a lending library for those who would like to borrow them on a short term basis for viewing. Among those available are films about Artemisia, in French with English subtitles and a definite R rating; Jackson Pollack; Georgia O’Keeffe; Freda; and two chestnuts – one aboutVan Gogh with Kirk Douglas, and the other about Michaelangelo with Charlton Heston (especially timely with the Michaelangelo Drawing exhibition now at the Met). She is also working on an arrangement with the Thornwood Inn to show some of these as part of our Last Sunday of the Months.

 Violet Wilcox had her drawing, “The Hand of Elroy Face” chosen for the sign dedicating a baseball feld in his honor in Spencertown, NY, his birthplace. Elroy Face, for those few members too young to remember, was a great pitcher for the Pittsburg Pirates in the 1950s & 60s.

 Members Currently Showing Their Work

Alice McGowan will be showing her paintings at the Bushnell Sage Library, Main Street, Sheffield for the month of March. The opening is on Sunday, March 3, 2019, 2-4 PM.  Save the date!


Keith Emerling has several pieces in the “Flower Show” at the Garage at the Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, MA. The Show runs through January 29, 2019.



Joe Baker has now attained the status of Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America with the acceptance of his pastel “Bend in Gold” into this year’s
46th Annual Exhibition, “Enduring Brilliance”, on display at the National Arts Club in New York City through September. In addition the painting has been selected as one of a small number of works to travel to the Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown,Ohio, for an exhibition through January, 2019.



Michael Lebowitz has 20 of his paintings and sculptures in a show at Magic Hill Gallery at 558 Warren St. in Hudson NY. The works will be on display through January.



To all members:  Post a notice of your show on the HVAL website.

If you are having a show, you can have a notice with a picture of your work on the HVAL website and Facebook page. Contact:  Ann-Marie Light