Adebanji Alade visits Chandlers Ford May 25

We are excited to welcome Adebanji Alade, whose demonstration in Acrylics was postponed from last year due to lockdown.

Rain and Reflections in an Urban Landscape

On Wednesday 25th May, Adebanje will be painting for two hours during which you can ask questions, and move around to view from different angles.

Adebanji, the ‘Addictive Sketcher’, is vice-president of The Royal lnstitute of Oil Painters and has appeared on numerous TV programmes. The demonstration takes place at The Methodist Church, Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh SO53 2GJ (M3, junction 12),from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

There is no charge to Chandlers Ford Art Group members; visitors can pay £5 at the door – either cash or card payment

A Painter’s Paradise: Monet’s Garden at Giverny

Chandlers Ford Art Group were treated to a whistlestop tour of Monet’s Garden after their AGM on April 20th.

Dr Anne Anderson is well used to entertaining and informing groups both on land and afloat, but nobody was at sea during her fascinating presentation of the artist’s life, trials, tribulations and gardening.

Anne Anderson CFAG
Dr Anne Anderson after her presentation

Claude Monet is of course, well known as the artist who launched Impressionism – or at least whose ‘Impression: Sunrise’ gave the movement its name.

The history of his life, and the problems he had with selling his works, may be well documented, but it is always enjoyable listening to an articulate speaker on her favourite subject. Along the way, the audience were treated to tips on the best time to visit Giverny (which is always packed with tourists), the number of gardeners needed to keep Monet’s palette of plants anywhere near its best throughout the year, and how many Impressionist masterpieces you could have bought for $400 at the turn of the century.

I’m sure many other members of the audience thought back to aspects of their own encounters with Monet’s works during this insightful talk. Mine floated into the modern room of the Orangerie, where I was surrounded by his later works. I recommend a visit to all Monet enthusiasts. I also recommend Dr Anderson if you ever want to investigate art history, whether in a talk or through her many publications.

Thank you for a delightful evening.

Report by Jacky Pett

March social raises £500 for Southampton Hospital Trust

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.

From ‘Meadow Walk’, a watercolour monoprint (c) Sheila Lockyer

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.

Roll on the summer, and our cream tea event!

Monet’s Garden follows our Annual General Meeting

This year we will be holding a real, live, in person Annual General Meeting! Not by Zoom, not online – but with real committee members and – hopefully – most of our members!
Reserve the date: Wednesday 20th April. 

Enjoy the promise of immersion in Monet’s Garden after the (mercifully short) important bits.

Our speaker – Dr Anne Anderson of Solent University, will tell us all about ”A Painter’s Paradise: Monet’s Garden at Giverny”.

Click on the ‘event description’ link below for some really delicious words about her talk, together with some of the glorious paintings he made in his garden. Whatever, however you paint, you won’t fail to find some inspiration in Anne’s talk.

Click here for more information: Event Description

Please see the details of the AGM, and especially the changes to the Constitution, in your recent email from Gill Brophy.

Hampshire Open Studios 2022

Chandlers Ford Art Group will be participating in the Hampshire Open Studios event during August.

So far 102 members will be reimagining their ‘studios’ at our event in the Dovetail Centre, from 10.00-4.00pm daily. The hall is situated next to the cafe, which is open mornings Tuesday – Saturday. We hope visitors to the cafe will wander in as well as Open Studios tourists.

Latest meeting

At a meeting on March 16th, our event organiser, Alex P, went through the information on tables, settings, and the support the group can provide by way of screens, labels and so on. He also answered questions, ranging from sales to paint spills. A full set of notes, and a follow-up, have been emailed to HOS participants.

A second HOS meeting will be in the Dovetail Cafe on Monday, 16 May, 7.30-9.30pm.

Contact Alex at with any questions.


We have sent our entry into HOS, and chosen four images to use for the HOS booklet. This is a mockup of how it might look, based on last years brochure – things may change this year.

mock-up of the HOS brochure

The pink portrait is by Sarah Ellerington. The lady in the white dress is by Pat Larkin. The blue abstract, as you may know, is by Barry Fry. The “Dubrovnik Roofs under a Psychedelic Sky” is by Alex. Not sure what he was on when he painted it, but it certainly stands out!

HOS will be providing us with flyers and booklets, plus posters, in due course.