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Following a review of last year's annual exhibition the committee has decided it is time to freshen it up and make some changes. We will be moving the dates to Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th and Monday 19th AUGUST 2019. Yes, that does say August and here's the reasons for the change; •The exhibition will join Hampshire Open Studios 2019, with a full page listing in their directory featuring the work of some of our members. •The link with HOS will encourage more visitors to come to the show and we hope to also link in with OAG members and other local artists who are part of HOS to co-promote the exhibition as part of a local 'art trail'. •The exhibition will be open for three full days so more chance for members to sell their paintings. •The Private View (which will take place on Friday 16th August in the evening and won't be listed in the HOS dates) will be in daylight - a warm summer evening wandering around an art exhibition with a glass of something sounds a lot more appealing than October. Obviously this means that everything is going to be pulled forward a couple of months so we have already had ourr first exhibition committee meeting and have sent off the entry for the HOS Directory. Also we think we've sourced some new exhibition panels but more news on those when we have confirmed they're available. If so it does mean we will be changing the size of paintings so we can have much larger ones on show - watch this space! Full details will be published next month and the entry forms etc will be available in May.

TWO demos in March - Chris Forsey on 2nd March and Sera Knight on 16th March

Don't forget the demo by Chris Forsey on 2nd March (Acrylic Landscapes) and make a note of the new date of 16th March for Sera Knights demo, which was originally scheduled for February but was 'snowed off'. Hope to see many of you at both demos.

Hook Surgery 'gallery' changeover date, Thursday 7th March.

Yvonne has organised a changeover date for the Hook surgery paintings and the theme this time is 'Spring time' which can include flowers, birds, wildlife and landscapes so that should suit everyone. Please bring your paintings to Hook Surgery, Reading Road, Hook RG27 9ED at 1pm on Thursday 7th March

Welcome to new members

We've had a number of new members join us recently and would like to welcome Tracey Rosser, Jennie Walker, Ria Cornall, Jennifer Bryan and Debra Morgan to the fold. We look forward to meeting you at future demos and events.

Forthcoming local events

The Friday Art Group will be holding their annual watercolour exhibition at The Hugh Barton Room, Memorial Hall, Bentley on 26th April (12noon - 5pm) and 27th & 28th April (10am - 5pm). All are welcome and refreshments will be available.

Report on the Drawing Workshop, January 2019

Report on Yvonne Pwoells drawing workshop.
Click here to read Joan's report on Yvonne's workshop.

Report on Marketing for Artists, Chris Christoforou, 5th January 2019

Report on Chris Christoforou's talk on marketing for artists.
Click here to read John's report on Chris's talk.

Demonstration report, Jayne Perkins, 3rd November

Report on Jayne Perkins' demonstration of a 'Pastel Landscape'.
Click here to read Maureen's report on Jayne's demo.

OAG Annual Exhibition

The Annual Exhibition was deemed a great success - read Joan's review by clicking on the link below. Our thanks go to all the Exhibition Committee - Joan Crawford (Chair), Maureen Ashworth, Diane Welsh, Kris Walker, Jan Mabbott, Anna McGeough, Jocelyn Kynoch, Karen Davison, Julian Routledge, Sheila Gadsby and Paul Batchelor for all their hard work and dedication. Without them the exhibition would not have happened so well done everyone. If you are interested in getting involved in the exhibition next year do contact any member of the OAG Committee and have a chat about how you can help. Remember, many hands make light work!
Click here to read Joan's review of the OAG Exhibition 2018.

Demonstration report, Trevor Waugh, 27th October

Report on Trevor Waugh's demonstration of 'Oriental Scene in Watercolour'.
Click here to read Maureen's report on Trevor Waughs' demo.

Demonstration Report, Karen Pearson, 6th October

Report on Karen Pearsons demonstration of 'Watercolour on Location'.
Click here to read Christine's report on Karen Pearsons' demo.

RAF100 Celebrations - painting by Len Murrell

Len recently completed this excellent oil painting from a series of sketches and photographs done at the RAF Centenary celebrations on Odiham High Street. Read the article for a detailed explanation of the compositional techniques he applied. Well done Len!
Click here to read Len's article on his painting.

DVD Library

Don't forget that we have a wide ranging number of arty DVD's for hire for the princely sum of £1 per month and a complete list can be viewed by clicking on the link below. If you want to take a look at the 'collection' and grab some inspiration see Diane at the demonstrations each month.
Click here to view the list of DVD's available to hire.

Annual General Meeting 2018

The AGM went very well with 38 members attending the afternoon - despite the roasting temperatures and England playing in the World Cup quarter finals that afternoon! The AGM minutes are attached for information and they are recommended reading as they include important information on the OAG's plans for next year - see also the Membership Fees item above. A convivial lunch followed the AGM itself and then we had an excellent demo by Chris Jones to round off the afternoon, a detailed report on the demo is published below. Those attending also voted on the 'Favourite Painting' competition which was won by Christine Sharp for her acrylic painting 'Winter Beach Walk 1'.
Click here to read the OAG AGM 2018 Minutes
Click here to see the Financial Summary 2017.2018

OAG Demonstration report, Chris Jones, July 2018

Report on Chris Jones' demonstration of a Barn Owl in Acrylic, July 2018 (the AGM demo).
Click here to read Christine's report on Chris Jones' demo.


The full listing of next year's programme can be seen on line on the Calendar page, where you will also find a Print version available to download. Lots of good stuff planned for the 2018-2019 season, make sure the dates are in your diary.

Elizabeth Baldin Workshop, 12th May 2018

Our final workshop of the season was run by Elizabeth Baldin on 12th May 2018. She proved an excellent teacher and all the attendees thoroughly enjoyed the day, going home with vibrant paintings of pheasants in watercolour and acrylic ink.

OAG demonstration report, Soraya French, February 2018

Report on Soraya French's demonstration of Figures in a Beachscene.
Click here to read Christine's report on the demonstration.

OAG demonstration report; Stewart Beckett, October 2017

Report of Stewart Beckett's demonstration on landscapes in Acrylic.
Click here to view Christine's report on the demonstration

Older news can be seen on the Archive page.