I spoke too soon at the last demo when I said how grateful I was that we hadn’t booked our event for the “snowy weekend”! Saturday morning was quiet while people waited to see whether the roads would remain passable but luckily, by lunchtime it wasn’t too bad and they came along to see what our exhibition was all about. It seems to be the perfect location and attracts people of all ages.
Tony Yates completed three demonstration watercolour paintings during the exhibition
Greetings Cards attracted a lot of attention
None of this would be possible without the help and support of the Committee and some of the members who helped setting up/taking down, transferring to and from the overnight storage and generally helping “man the sales desk” during the exhibition. A huge thank you to all involved.
The first day of the pop up shop was a great success, taking nearly a thousand pounds in painting sales. Our newly set up “Card Reader” proved very useful as the majority of sales were made by card rather than cash.
The number of entries was higher than last year and there was lots of interest in all of the paintings on show. Tony Yates very kindly offered to paint a harbour scene during the day which drew quite an audience. Tony delighted some of the younger members of the audience by including the objects that they wanted to see in the picture.
Day two (being Sunday) was much quieter but we still managed to sell three paintings. There was a lot of interest in our Society and several people left their contact details with a view to becoming members.
Definitely a worthwhile venture.
Fleet and District Art Society celebrated 25 years of displaying their paintings at Fleet Hospital. The display of about 30 paintings is changed every six months and a percentage of the sales goes to the Friends of Fleet Hospital’s charity.
The Vice Chairman, Harrie Gossop was present at the changeover on Saturday and she was presented with a cheque for over £100 as a donation from the society’s recent annual exhibition. She thanked the society for their continuing support and talked about the projects past, present and future that the Friends have and hope to support. These include palliative care nurses for terminally ill patients in their own home and helping the midwives who are now based at the hospital.
Fleet Art Society are proud of their continuing support and connections with the Hospital and local community as well as encouraging artists of all abilities to reach their true potential.
For further information of The Friends of Fleet Hospital go to http://www.fhcf.co.uk
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.
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.