Recent Events

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November

10am–5pm

Autumn Fair 2019

In this our Diamond Jubilee year the annual Autumn Fair was held at St Alban's Primary School as usual, but this time in the newly extended and renovated main hall. This proved to be a much better display space for our members to show their work. We welcomed a number of new members whose creations added greatly to the diversity of work on show. Visitors were treated to an exhibition of high quality and this was reflected in bumper sales of both paintings and craft work. A very successful event all round and congratulations to all who took part - both behind the scenes and on the screens and tables.

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November

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: LIVE MODEL

After last night’s excellent demonstration by Malcolm West we had the opportunity to apply some of the advice we received with the help of a professional model. While the wind blew and the rain lashed down outside, inside Lula adopted a series of ten-minute poses before the tea break and then a longer pose in a change of costume. All very challenging but a good thing to do on an otherwise miserable afternoon.

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November

7.45–10pm

Demonstration: MALCOLM WEST

For the last demonstration of the year we welcomed Malcolm West - an old friend of the Society - who gave us a masterclass in drawing from the human figure. With drawing medium in one hand and measuring device (a long-handled paintbrush) in the other he proceeded to make quick sketches from the young ballerina who struck a series of challenging poses. Observation is the cornerstone of Malcolm’s practice and it was fascinating to see him transfer what he saw in front of him onto paper in an anatomically accurate way but without losing spontaneity or liveliness.

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October

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: JOAN STEEL

Joan did not actually do any painting. She had, instead, three examples of interiors she had prepared earlier. The subjects were in black and white and she had a good supply of photos to inspire members. She then went round the room stopping at each artist helping and advising them on what next steps might be appropriate. Her comments and help were well received and her examples were inspirational. A very different approach to painting interiors that initially seemed rather daunting but confidence grew with her sensitive coaching.

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October

7.45–10.00pm

Demonstration: ROGER DELLAR

Roger gave a very interesting demonstration in oils. He prepped his board with 3 coats of gesso but otherwise started with a blank canvas. Using burnt sienna he sketched out the rough areas of interest and scene layout. He selected the interior of a violin maker’s workshop which was really challenging. He mixed all of the colours at the beginning and painted in a diluted version of oils painting in much the way one would a watercolour. He explained what he was doing as he went along so that everyone’s interest was captured throughout the session, answering questions as and when they arose. He worked continuously, reaching an appropriate finish point to set the picture in a frame.

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September

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: MARCIA HUGHES

Marcia Hughes ran today’s workshop and provided us with an assortment of shells and found objects from the shoreline, giving us individual tuition. For those whose interests lay elsewhere Marcia also brought along flowers and foliage. Despite the fine weather the session was well attended and everyone agreed that we had a successful and enjoyable afternoon.

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September

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: FREDA ANDERSON

It was a full-house for the first workshop of the season and Freda Anderdson guided us through painting a landscape in watercolour which continued the theme of Friday’s demonstration by Kevin Chapman. Freda was on hand with plenty of tips and advice which she illustrated by painting a landscape of her own. By the end of the afternoon there was an impressive display of member’s work – the creative impulse has obviously been waiting for an opportunity to express itself over the summer months.

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September

7.45 – 10.00pm

Demonstration: KEVIN CHAPMAN

For the first demo in our new season we welcomed Kevin Chapman, an old friend of the society, and his theme was landscape in watercolour. The subject was a Tuscan hill village but rendered in the style of a Chinese artist (Chien Chung-Wei) using oriental brushes. With his usual lively commentary Kevin first applied pale washes of naples yellow and cobalt blue onto a basic pencil sketch. Subsequent layers of colour were gradually applied and minimal detail added until the sun-soaked landscape finally emerged. An entertaining and instructive evening was enjoyed by all.

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August

9.00am–5.00pm

August Bank Holiday Open Air Exhibition

Our annual open air exhibition took place under cloudless blue skies and in blisteringly hot temperatures on the towpath by Molesey Lock as usual. Undaunted by the heat our members put on a really good show on both days with some new faces, some members returning after several years and many regular ‘stalwarts’. Although the conditions may have restricted the number of casual visitors - it really was very hot - the display attracted a lot of interest and quite a few sales and all concerned had an enjoyable, if somewhat exhausting time.

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August

7.30pm

2019 AGM

Our AGM was held at Mole Hall in West Molesey. The event was well attended and drinks and light refreshments were available for members as they arrived. Our chairman, Colin Kyte, led the meeting with a comprehensive report back to the members. A copy of this report is available from the secretary. Colin thanked the committee members for their support and hard work in the past year and announced that there were some changes to the officers of the society and to the committee. Colin was standing down as chairman and Wendy Crawshaw as vice-chairman, although both would continue as committee members, and that the committee had nominated Paul Potter to take over as chairman and Eric Drewery as vice chairman. During the course of the year Marcia Hughes, Margie Haslewood and Mike Lambert had all stood down from the committee but Sue Monteath had joined it. Expressions of gratitude were made to all concerned for their contributions to the Society. Prize winners were announced, certificates awarded and then the members adjourned to the next door room for the demonstration of painting a landscape in oils by Jim Hanlon.

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April

SPRING EXHIBITION 10th - 14th APRIL

The Spring exhibition is the biggest event in our calendar and began with a Private View evening on Tuesday 9th April. It was a very successful social event and well attended. On the night, quite a lot of sales were made which is always an encouraging start to the week.

As this is our Diamond Jubilee year, extra effort and expense went into making it an even more memorable evening for every body, with delicious food and drink and Diamond Jubilee themed decorations, all finished off with a wonderful piano player Peter Toth ‘tinkling the ivories’.

We were also delighted to welcome the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mary Sheldon and her consort John Sheldon, they stayed for most of the evening and were really impressed with the work on show.

The exhibition ran until Sunday 14th April and overall has been another success for the society with even better results than last year. Our Treasurer Stephen Waxman says that sales of work were up by quite a bit and that visitor numbers went from around 600 last year to almost 800 this year!

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March

Saturday: 2.00 – 5.00pm

Workshop: FREDA ANDERSON

Watercolour – Portrait

The workshop – the last of the present season – was very well-attended and included several new members. Following on from the previous evening’s demonstration, Freda was on hand to offer advice and encouragement in the creation of convincincing portraits, mainly from photographic references. The results of the afternoons labours were of a high quality, as usual, and an enjoyable and rewarding time was had by all.

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March

Friday: 7.45 – 10.00pm

Demonstration: FREDA ANDERSON

Watercolour – Portrait

Freda started the evening by giving us some valuable tips for making a well-observed drawing of the human head - essential for capturing an accurate likeness. She then went on to demonstrate her method of using watercolours for portraits, including advice on paints and papers. She enhances the valuable pencil drawing with some early washes and preserves any white highlights with masking fluid. Darks are then applied to establish the basic structure of the image and then the lighter skin tones are introduced in a series of transparent glazes. Layers of colour are added when the surface is dry and finally the masking fluid is removed. The result was a complete and convincing image ... all achieved with one or two well-used brushes.

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February

Saturday: 2.00 – 5.00pm

Workshop: MARCIA HUGHES SWA

WATERCOLOUR: Theme - Fruit & Vegetables

The "Fruit and Vegetables in Watercolour" workshop was run by Marcia Hughes and attracted the largest number of members this season. We were provided with a colourful array of subjects to paint and, together with Marcia's tips and guidance, this contributed to work of a very good quality. Let's see if any of them make it to the Spring Exhibition!

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February

Saturday: 2.00 – 5.00pm

Workshop: BARBARA THAXTER SOFA

Pastels - Animals

The subject of Barbara’s workshop was ‘’Pets in Pastels’’.

Ever generous with her advice, Barbara took us through the essential details for creating a successful pastel painting, supplying us with references, materials and ongoing guidance, and at the end of the session was very complimentary about our efforts.

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February

Friday: 7.45 – 10.00pm

Demonstration: SHARON HURST

Watercolour - Fantasy Landscape

The theme of Sharon’s demo was ‘’Fantasy Landscapes’’ in watercolour.

We were all treated to an outstanding evening with a witty commentary and many useful tips for members to use in the future. It was such a success that we have booked Sharon for a One Day Workshop in July 2020.

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January

Saturday: 2.00 – 5.00pm

Workshop: WITH A MODEL

Drawing workshop with Natasha. For this afternoon we had Natasha modelling for us in a variety of elegant poses with a Spanish theme. There was a selection of short studies with a longer one at the end. The afternoon was well attended.

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January

Saturday: 2.00 – 5.00pm

Workshop: ACRYLICS WITH RONNIE IRELAND

Following on from the previous nights' demo on mastering acrylics, members arrives with arms laden with acrylics and mediums, ready to try out our new painting tricks. The work created was inspiring and varied across the group. Some painted portraits and others painted scenery. Ronnie assisted us as we painted on the ground and then applied the upper coats and glazes as he had demonstrated the previous night.

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January

Friday: 7.45 – 10.00pm

Demonstration: RONNIE IRELAND

"Everything you want to know about acrylics but were afraid to ask".


The hall was packed with members, several new members and visitors. We were all expecting an informative evening and that is exactly what we got.

Ronnie listed the numerous materials available for use with acrylics and how they interact with the paint to create different effects. Then he described the colours and best paint choices when using this medium. Preparation of the various types of surfaces to paint on is fairly important but ground colour should be of a neutral tone. Ronnie also showed us how best to lay out colours on his palette.

We really appreciated his ability to share his knowledge so freely and the members looked forward to the masterclass workshop the following day.

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November

AUTUMN FAIR 10 & 11 November

This year, the Autumn Fair was held over a rainy weekend but numbers attending the event was good. There was a sense of joy as the artists and crafters chatted to visitors and friends.

The paintings exhibited were of a consistent high standard with some new members work being exhibited for the first time.