A second planning meeting took place in May, and notes have been sent to all who have shown an interest.
A reminder: we are participating in Hampshire Open Studios with our own ‘studio’ set-up at the Dovetail Centre, from 20th to 28th August.
The idea is that each participant creates their own mini-studio, and does whatever they want with it (within reason). A chance to show your work, the way you work, demonstrate your technique, and talk to visitors about your work!
Places still available
Due to some cancellations, and to the extra days at the hall, we have spare tables on several dates. Please contact Alex Phillips as soon as you can if you would like to take another date, another table, or maybe your first step into the studio!
It was one of those days at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens when you hope the weather forecast is accurate, having planned a day without a brolly! Large grey clouds trundled across the horizon at regular intervals, but the sun triumphed and provided us with lovely warm spells, just enough to keep the coat off and not shiver. Artists were hidden in crevasses throughout the gardens, and cameras were out in force. Well done to all who ‘got on with it’ and produced a sketchpad or paints. It takes some confidence to paint ‘au plein air’, but once settled it is such a lovely way to spend a few hours.
Our first social event of the year on 23rd March included an Arty Bring and Buy, with donated items raising over £500 for the Southampton Hospital Trust.
We very sadly lost Sheila Lockyer, our Exhibition Manager, in December. She died very suddenly and will be greatly missed. Her husband gave us a quantity of her studio contents, with which we created a ‘Spring Bring and Buy’ table. We also invited members to bring along unwanted art items, books, etc. for inclusion in the sale.
Many items exchanged hands almost as soon as they touched the table! There is clearly an appetite for other people’s overstock among group members.
People also enjoyed the opportunity to have tea or coffee – and chocolate biscuits – and just get to know each other more, especially after the long wait since our last social event.