Member News

General News

A warm welcome to our newest members:

Bonnie Haig, New Ashford, MA, Kerry Milliken, Great Barrington, MA, Mary Buchan, Rochester, NY, Caryn King, Southfield, MA and Gary Gemini, Wolcott, CT

The Big Sky Workshop,  May 18th and 19th:


Harvey Kimmelman spent his 4th consecutive year at Jerry Fresia’s Impressionist Painting Workshop, in  St. Petersburg FL, in February. Besides enjoying the sun and warmth all week, he actually got some painting done





Oh No…The Model Didn’t Show Up!

It happens every so often when everyone shows up to draw but the model. It happened on March 13, when Harvey received a text at 5pm, the time we’re supposed to start our session, that our model had to cancel. Nine people were gathered around anxious to get their pencils moving. A situation made worse by the fact that bad weather had cancelled out the previous 4 weeks of Life Drawing. What to do…what to do…what to do! Well, what we did was pose for each other. Below is Pat Hogan’s and Harvey Kimmelman’s sheets of quick 10 minute portraits. Recognize anyone?

For more information on the Wednesday evening life drawing session, see the Workshops Page.


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 prepared 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 in 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). These will be shown on the last Sunday of the month at the Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield.  See the Monthly Program Page ‎ for film notices.

 Members Currently Showing Their Work


Joe Baker, Maureen tanner & Christine Goldfinger in Knox Gallery Show
Three HVAL members are part of a five-person painting group that is featured in an exhibition at the Knox Gallery, Monterey Library, 452 Main Road, Monterey, MA 01245, from October 5 – November 16. The opening reception is on Saturday, October 5 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. The group of artists includes Joe Baker, Maureen Banner, Christine Goldfinger, Ron Goldfinger and Richard Kimball; this group meets almost weekly, outdoors when weather permits, and you’ll see a variety of styles represented in oil, acrylic and pastel.

Joe Baker was again fortunate to have one of his pastels, “Progression”, selected by the jury to be part of the 47th Annual Juried Exhibition “Enduring Brilliance” of the Pastel Society of America. The show ran from Sept.3 – 28 at the National Arts Club, New York City. 



Dorene Beller, was selected to participate in a group exhibition, titled “Relative Relations” at Hebrew Union College Museum in N.Y.C.  A range of themes were represented by the work of participating artists, including the Hebrew Bible and its teachings, the broad variety of family relationships and friendships, contemporary social issues, and loss as an inevitable companion to love and connection. The show runs until June 30, 2020. For information, contact


Wayne Jenkins is having a one-man show, this December, at the Norfolk Library in Norfolk, Ct. The opening reception is on Sunday, December 8, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m..


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