This is the first year that we have hired exhibition stands and we received many compliments saying how professional the exhibition looked. Saturday was the busiest day but overall there were approximately 400 visitors.
There were just over 200 hanging entries and a further 40 folios or prints which showed a variety of approaches and styles but the general view was that the standard was very high.
Local artist Rick Holmes very kindly agreed to select three paintings that he thought were worthy of note.
Peter Forey Award for best Landscape Painting
Tony Yates, who was a very good friend of Peter Forey, was asked to select the painting to receive this award. Tony chose “Love London” by Hilary Dancer
Most Favourite Painting voted for by members of public was “St Ives Bay” by Bill Searle.
Congratulations are extended to Alan Ryder who has been selected to hang a painting at this year’s RA Summer Exhibition. The painting he entered, “Hornby Memories”, was Highly Commended at our 2016 Summer Exhibition. Well done Alan, we are very proud of you.
Our first summer workshop was held on Saturday 13 May and the day was a great success. Dave White demonstrated each step and then gave individual support as we worked on each section of the painting. We were given lots of helpful tips for painting skies, clouds and waves and even gained an appreciation of perspective. Whilst we all set out to paint the same image, we each put our own interpretation on the scene and went home with a slightly different painting.
The Friday Art Group are celebrating 30 years!
Their Annual Spring Art Exhibition will be held at
The Hugh Barton Room, The Memorial Hall, Bentley
on the following days
Friday 7th April from 12 noon to 5 pm
Saturday 8th and
Sunday 9th April from 10 am to 5 pm
All visitors will be made most welcome!
We will start taking bookings for our 2017 workshops at the February demonstration meeting so please bring your cheque book if you would like to reserve a place.
Saturday 13 May – All Saints School, Fleet
Dave White – Acrylics – Sea and Sky £30
You can see some of Dave’s work on
Saturday 10 June – All Saints School, Fleet
Jo Louca – Watercolour – Woodland Light £27
Saturday 8 July – St Phillip & St James, Fleet
Alison Lindley – Watercolour – Floral £27
Chairman’s Jottings by Sue Williams
Just before the AGM, I was delighted to accept the post of Chairman. Our thanks go to Tony Rose who bridged the gap to make sure the society continued to function. We now have a very strong committee having filled all the vacant posts. I would like to take this opportunity in thanking Frances Reed, our retiring treasurer, for her stalwart work over the past years. Her input and common sense on the running of the society will be sorely missed. Thank you Frances.
With our refurbished website, the attraction of good demonstrators and workshops, we are going from strength to strength. We hope to organise new opportunities for members to exhibit and sell their work too. We welcome any new ideas that members may have to enrich the society further. Happy painting for 2017 everyone!
Full version of the Newsletter can be downloaded fas-newsletter-2017jan
We were pleased to see such a packed audience for the first monthly demonstration of the year. Jamel Akib created four stunning pastel paintings in such a short time. He demonstrated his masterly skills with confidence and decisiveness.
Jamel very kindly brought along several of his paintings explaining his approach. During the afternoon, we were given several tips to improve our own paintings such as how to use brush stroke size to move the viewer’s eye to the focal point, tips on perspective or the importance of choosing a mid-tone background colour.
You can see more of Jamel’s work at: www.jamelakib.com