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Congratulations to Hilary Dancer

Many congratulations to Hilary Dancer for winning an award from Daler Rowney.  Her painting “Love London” was judged best in show at the Wokingham Summer Exhibition by representatives from the company and she has been given the privilege of one week’s residency in their artist’s studio in Bracknell.  The prize will include an opportunity to see the manufacturing processes and to use any of the products Daler Rowney have to offer.   Well done Hilary!


“Love London” will be on show at Wokingham Art Society Exhibition in St Paul’s Parish Rooms, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH until Saturday 5 August.


Summer Exhibition 2017

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.

Highly commended

Local artist Rick Holmes very kindly agreed to select three paintings that he thought were worthy of note.

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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

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Public Vote

Most Favourite Painting voted for by members of public was “St Ives Bay” by Bill Searle.

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Sea and Sky in Acrylics

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 Exhibition

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!

2017 Workshops

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
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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



Newsletter – January 2017

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