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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


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

Pat Hogan
is showing her work with Marlene Mosca in the Two Perspectives Show at the Good Purpose Gallery, 40 Main Street, Lee from September 12 to November 13.  The opening reception is on September 28 from 4:30 – 6:30.

She and her husband Ron are in a kind of dual, solo show with the Marblehead Art Assoc. On May 20. Ron did a demo and Christine gave a talk about Tonalism. The exhibition ran through June 17 at the King Cooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, MA


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 December.


Sue MacVeety had some of her Chicken Family Portrait paintings
and an article published in the August edition of Backyard Poultry Magazine
this month.


Marie Walsh has been busy over this past summer. Two of her monoprint works “Red and Juicy” and “Sliding Doors” were on exhibit and won first and second place at Art By The Bay 2018, at the Ellison Center for the Arts in Duxbury, Ma.

Two other paintings, “Color Tree” in watercolor and “In the Beginning” in pastel, are on exhibit at the Color Fall Exhibit 2018. The Pastel won second place. The exhibit runs through Oct. 22nd at Cape Cod Center for the Arts in Barnestable, Ma.

Thea Baker is having a Studio Tour Art show at 12 Squaw Peak Rd., Great Barrington, on Oct. 6, 2018, from 11:00 – 5:00 p.m. She hopes to see you there!

Alice McGowan has a painting in the Spencertown Academy juried show, “Light & Shadow”, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, MA.  The show runs from October 6-28 and the opening reception is Sunday, October 7, 3 to 5 pm. 

She also is showing work in the Trinity Gallery Juried Columbus Day Show, Lime Rock, CT., 488 Lime Rock Road, Lakevielle, CT.  Show Dates and Hours:  Saturday, Sunday and Monday-Columbus Day, October 6,7,8; Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, noon to 4 pm.


Doris Bronson also has paintings at the Trinity Gallery Juried Columbus Day Show.

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