Now active – our social media pages

Chandlers Ford Art Group now has an active page on Facebook, a Twitter feed, and an account on Instagram. Rachel Harcourt and Jacky Pett have set them up, and need you to help us make it social!


The Facebook page has been going a few weeks now. Thank you to everybody who has already ‘Liked’ it. In order to get posts sent to your own page you also need to ‘follow’ it. The number of Followers is below the number of Likes, but I’m probably one of the missing people!

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Our Summer Exhibition is TWO WEEKS away!

Chandlers Ford Art Group Summer Exhibition at the Hillier Gardens is just two weeks away.

All exhibits must be handed in on Monday 25th July, with the Exhibition open from 10 am till 4 pm on Tuesday 26th July through to Wednesday 10th August.

Visiting the Exhibition

Visitors are most welcome – and you do not have to pay to enter if you are just coming to the exhibition or the cafe! But the gardens are lovely, and well worth spending time, wandering and relaxing.

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Laurence Belbin takes us by storm

Laurence Belbin at Chandlers Ford Art Group
Laurence Belbin at Chandlers Ford Photo June Ferguson

43 members and 12 visitors were thoroughly entertained by Laurence Belbin on June 22nd.

Comments included:

  • All came together, he is such a fabulous painter.
  • Would love to do a workshop with Laurence!

Laurence explained how The Lanes project had come about; selecting various views of the lanes in his area, and painting them through the seasons. He gave very useful tips on selecting light and shade in colours that really create the seasonal differences.

We very much hope to see him again.

Don’t miss Laurence Belbin this Wednesday

Our next live demonstration will take place on Wednesday 22 June, from 7.30-9.30pm at the Methodist Church. Laurence will be giving a two-hour talk and live demonstration entitled ‘The Lane Project’. Refreshments will be available during the break.

Laurence Belbin is a painter of light and atmosphere. He has a fascination with sunlight, especially on water. His paintings of Venice, the beach and the sea are full of light. His landscapes and interiors sparkle and his handling of paint is both sensitive and expressive.

Free to Members, Visitors £5 at the door (cash or card).

Additional details…

Hampshire Open Studios Update

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!

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Sketch! Sketch! Sketch! Adebanji’s message

Wednesday 25th May 22

Adebanji Alade set up his area for the demonstration. As soon as he seemed finished, members and guests gathered round to pick his brains before the event started. And despite two hours of pearls of wisdom falling from him as he worked, they gathered again at the end of the demonstration, reluctant to miss a thing.

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Hillier Gardens and Cream Tea

Saturday 21st May 22

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.

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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.

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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!