Latest News from Warsash Art Group

News Update 18th January - 2021 

Sunlight over the Salute, Venice.  A two-hour watercolour painting demo by artist Cecil Rice

Thursday 4th February, 7.00pm-9.00pm via Zoom - Invite and Information

An email went out to Members on Monday 18th January with full details, including a Zoom invite link to join the meeting. If you have not received this email please email Joan via her gmail address or Warsash Art Group's address. If you a member of Warsash Art Group who has not given us your email address and would like to participate in this event, please use get in touch via the Contact tab here. I’ll resend this link to Members a few days before the demo. Some of you may already be well acquainted with the Zoom app, and already have it installed on your device. If you’re new to it, I’d strongly recommend that installing it and trying it out during the next fortnight. Download it via this link, or go to the App Store on your device.


He is going to record the demo and make it available for up to a month afterwards, for anyone who is unable to watch live on the night, or for anyone wanting to view it again. He will make it available via his Google drive a few days after the demo. If you watch live, or the recording at least once, please let one of us know so that we can gauge members’ interest. Programme Organiser Clair Clark has arranged this for the Group and it is being funded from our bank account. Therefore we’d like to have as many members watching as possible and would appreciate your feedback. If it is well supported, we will consider booking another virtual demonstration in the early spring.

Image: Cecil Rice

News Update 4th January 2021

Hello everyone,

I hope  you’re all safe and well and were able to celebrate Christmas in some way, even though things were very different and unsettled this time. Myself and the Committee now wish you all a happy and healthy new year and look forward to resuming our normal programme or face-to-face activities when we can. Because the Covid situation has meant that we’ve been unable to meet since last March, subscriptions for the year 2021/22, due on 1st April,  will be free to everyone who renewed in 2020 (about 120 Members).

Festive cards, arts and crafts – winner and runners up

Thank you to everyone who sent me images of their Christmas cards and paintings and to everyone who voted. The votes are now in and I’m pleased to announce the winners and the two runners up:

Winner – Heather Jay for her Painting Winter in the Forest (the stag above) (28 points)

1st Runner Up – Kay Le Poidevin for her painting of a highland cow with bells and holly on the left antler (24 points)

2nd Runner Up – Chris Lewis for her puffin in the snow, a card for her sister (21 points)

They will all be receiving vouchers from Hobbycraft which can be spent online or in their stores (once they reopen). 23 people voted, mainly by email. I gave 3 points to top choices, 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd. There were ten entries and everyone had votes. All the entries are still viewable on the Gallery pages of our website: the first ten images.


They are also on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WarsashArtGroup

And our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/782669058956129­­

Date for Your Diary – Thursday 4th February 2021 - 7.00 – 9.00pm – Zoom Demonstration with Cecil Rice

A reminder about the above online artist demonstration, booked for Members by Clair Clark, our Evening Meetings Programme Organiser. He will be painting a Venice Scene in watercolour. It will be free for paid-up Members to watch and the first event we’ve organised since last March. Please for now put the above date and time in the diary and support it on the night. More details to follow later in January. ­

I’ll continue to keep Members up to date by email and shortened versions of these new updates can be found on the News pages of our website (contact details and other personal information omitted). They may be useful to Members who have not provided the Group with an email address.  If you are in touch any of them, you may like to point them in that direction.


Arty Happenings Online

This is a link to Rob Trent’s latest You Tube video showing his seascapes and other paintings of a watery theme. Rob has been a member of WAG for nearly three years and was recently elected a full member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painters.


Scene Through Wood: A Century of Modern Wood Engraving


This is a virtual overview of the exhibition curated by printmaker / wood engraver Anne Desmet RA RE SWE in 2020. It was held at the Ashmolean in Oxford for three months from August. It was due to come to St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington from mid-January It is due to run there until 13th March so it may still be possible to see it live, in Hampshire if lockdown restrictions ease before then. I was sorry to miss this one last year as one of the engravers selected for the show was John Bryce RE SWE, a full member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, and the father of your Secretary. Other SWE members living in the Hampshire area include Kate Dicker, Garrick Palmer and Maggie Storm. More about the show and images of work by their members on the Society of Wood Engraver’s website



News Updates December 2020


4th February 2021 7-9pm - Save the Date!

Good news: Evening Meetings Programme Organiser has booked a virtual artist demonstration, via Zoom, with Cecil Rice. He will be painting a Venice Scene in watercolour. It will be free for paid-up Members to watch and the first event we’ve organised since last March. Please for now put the above date and time in the diary and support it on the night. More details to follow in the new year.

Festive Competition

Thank you to everyone who sent me images of their festive themed cards / pictures / craft work so far. I’m taking entries until Friday, 18th December. Send them by email to me: warsashartgroup@hotmail.com or waterwayfarer@gmail.com You can then vote for your favourite until Sunday 3rd January. I’ll announce the winner and send out vouchers to the top three shortly after that. Vote by emailing me, giving the entry number of your top three choices, or do similarly via the Warsash Art Group Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/782669058956129 or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WarsashArtGroup When all the entries are in, there will be a post there with images of all the entries. The Gallery on our Website will be reordered, to show the festive entries first. 


Our Venues for classes and evening meetings

The good news from St. Mary’s Church Hall, Warsash is our slots for Thursday evenings and daytime tutored Tuesday classes are secured for our eventual return once Covid-19 guidelines allow.

For the untutored sessions which I understand have taken place at Sarisbury Green since the 1980s, organiser Aniska Ballingall is currently seeking possible alternative venues to Sarisbury Green Parish Rooms. The Committee there have done everything they can to fit in fairly the various groups who have met there until now, but the only time which might be available during the week next year is 4.00-6.00pm on Thursdays. This is still non-ideal: congestion and parking hassle during the afternoon-early evening rush hour. Tight timing before monthly Thursday evening demonstrations at St. Mary’s Church Hall; timing would be tight and Aniska isn’t free then. If anyone is interested in that time and can organise, please let Aniska or myself know.

Help Wanted to Keep the Group Running 

Warsash Art Group continues to operate online next year online or can meet in person, we will need more members to play and active part in keeping the Group running. That includes taking on key roles, including a new Treasurer. For various reasons, several people on the current committee have found it increasingly difficult to continue where they are. Therefore they are standing down as of now or are seriously considering doing so early next year. Joan Lee intends to continue as Secretary for 2021, but could use some assistance in some areas at the busiest times of year (March - June and summer exhibition time). If anyone can assist her, that would be good. Is there anyone out there who might be able to help as Facebook as admins or moderators to better keep everything up to date?  We'll more early next year, but if you can help the Group in any way it would be greatly appreciated.


Warsash Art Group and Covid-19

As it says on our homepage, Warsash Art Group's programme of events remains suspended. Both St. Mary's Church Hall, Sarisbury Green Parish Rooms and Warsash Victory Hall were closed from the middle of March, during the spring national lockdown and much of the summer in line with government guidelines. Our programme will resume when the Committee can be confident that it can do so safely and fairly, especially as many our members are at high risk from Covid-19. 

We were able to hold one evening meeting on 6th February: a wildlife painting demonstration and talk by Pip McGarry who judged our 2019 Annual Exhibition. It proved very popular and attracted new members. Our Annual General meeting was on 5th March and attendance was well down on usual, reflecting the very the understandable and growing anxiety about the Covid-19 threat in the UK and abroad.  The rest is history. In late April, our Chairman also made the difficult decision of cancelling our 62nd Annual Exhibition which was due to have taken place during the last four days of August. We hope to hold it during the equivalent week in 2021 and the Victory Hall has been booked. Getting up and running again will depend not only on when the halls can reopen but also whether or not social distancing and Covid-safe hygiene is practical. In the meantime, I (Joan the Secretary) have encouraged our members to share artwork they have created at home this year on the Gallery pages of this website (all labelled 2020). See also Facebook - Warsash Art Group and Instagram #warsashartgroup . Here (left) is Kay Le Poidevin's painting of Hill Head Harbour in watercolour and gouache and an oil painting of lillies by Rob Trent. 











2019 Annual Exhibition

The show began with the Preview evening on Wednesday 14th August, where the show was opened by the Mayor of Fareham. Our poster artist this year was WAG member Rachael Brown, with her fused glass art. The Mayor's Choice for painting was awarded to Alan Akerman for "Brollies" - the Mayor said it made him smile. The Judge was wildlife painter Pip McGarry. His Judge's Choice was Pink Ferry painted by Susan Page. Alan Akerman's Trafalgar Bound was Highly Commended. Heather Jay's pendants won the Judge's Choice for 3D work and Michael Conduit's wood turned Small Indoor Plant Tub was Highly Commended. Both the Mayor and Judge praised the high level of talent evident among our Group by artists who do not necessarily have any formal training in painting or artwork more generally; but have instead acquired their skills from informal art courses, classes and belonging to groups such as this one. Pip McGarry was impressed with the wide variety of styles and genres and found it so hard to choose his favourite picture that, before announcing his final choice, he gave his longlist (of 23 pictures) and shortlist (of 5). Alan Akerman's historical marine painting Trafalgar Bound was the visitors' favourite and Steve Phelps's Electric Guitar was the visitors' favourte on the 3D art and craft table. The Victory Hall is already booked for 2020, during Hampshire Open Studios week. Preparations are already underway. All Warsash Art Group members can exhibit and there's no selection. If you are planning to put work into the show, please think about how you can help out while the show is on, including stewarding and helping set up / dismantle the screens etc at the start and finish.

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