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Members monthly update – December 2020

Dear members

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well.  This is the first of our emails leading us up to Christmas, and it wouldn’t be Christmas without a quiz!

In this issue

  • Christmas Quiz
  • Christmas Craft Shop
  • Christmas painting competition now open
  • Arty ideas and opportunities from our Publicity Secretary

Fareham Art Group Christmas Quiz

One of the highlights of our Christmas events each year is our Christmas Arty Quiz.  This year we have a bumper quiz put together for us by Ros Croft. There are 6 rounds to the quiz.

Rounds 1 and 2 were emailed out to members but if you didn’t get yours please get in touch.  Look out for Rounds 3 and 4 in our next update.  When you have your answers to all 6 rounds send them into  We’ll be awarding arty vouchers to spend in the Fareham Gallery to our winner.  

Cards and Craft Packs and gifts now on sale in our Online Christmas Shop

To raise funds for next year’s annual exhibition we will have some books, cards and craft packs for sale.  These will be exclusive to members and you can now order these on the Member’s only Christmas Page of our website.  

Don’t delay or you’ll miss out on a bargain.  Follow this LINK to enter the Christmas Shop.  You’ll need the members password to enter.

Our Annual Christmas Competition open for entries until 31 December!

We are still holding our annual Christmas competition for members which would usually take place at our Christmas party.  

The competition subject is A Winter Morning  and your work can be in any medium. The deadline for entries is 31 December 2020.   The winners will be chosen through members voting for their favourite. More about how you can vote will follow at the beginning of January.

We aren’t able to award  trophies currently due to the virus restrictions, but winners will still receive their certificates and vouchers to spend in the Fareham Gallery.  Current trophy holders please either retain your trophy until called for, or return it to your nearest committee member.

How to submit your competition entry: 

Take a photo of your entry and email it to  Please remember to include:

  • your name    
  • membership numberthe
  • title of your painting and·       
  • the medium.

Arty ideas and opportunities shared by our Publicity Secretary

Carole Jarman, our Publicity Secretary has been busy looking for local arty opportunities and we’ll be sharing these with you each month.  If you’ve discovered something you think that members would like to know about please let Carole know at

Local Exhibition now open:

An update on last month’s t exhibition at The Ashcroft Centre which will run from until February.  We had previously advised this exhibition was solely virtual, but due to the change in recent restrictions we can now advise that the art Open Exhibition will be open to view from Tuesday 8th December within centre opening times. Masks must be worn within the centre and you will be required to sign in upon arrival.

This will be a lovely opportunity for people to view other people’s art in a relatively quiet and safe environment.

People can vote for their favourite painting and make purchases.

Hampshire Cultural Trust is delighted to present the Arts Open Exhibition; a collaborative exhibition coordinated by Ashcroft Arts Centre(Fareham), Forest Arts Centre (New Milton) and West End Centre(Aldershot). The exhibition is a showcase of artwork in all different sizes, mediums and subjects from hobbyists, aspiring and professional artists of all ages, from children to adults.  Here is a link with more information

Pan Pastel specialist presenting live virtual demonstrations on 7th and 15th December

Les Darlow, pastel specialist has shared 2 demonstrations you might like to check out.  We can’t endorse his work as we’ve not had a demonstration by him, so leave you to check out his lovely work on his website which is  We’ll leave it to your own discretion – the first is seascape using pastel and ink at 3:15pm on 7th December and costs £2.50 and the second demonstration takes place on 15th December but this time using panpastel.  The charges are to cover his costs and the sessions are around 90 minutes long.

And finally, as always..

We pride ourselves on being a friendly and helpful group.  We do our best to keep in touch with all members, but we know that some of our members don’t have access to the internet, so if you know anyone who isn’t able to receive our electronic newsletters please share this with them.  We will be posting out to these members occasionally, but not not being online can be isolating.

Perhaps you might offer to help them to participate in the competition  by taking a photo of their competition entry and sending it in on their behalf.  We’re all experiencing these extraordinary times, for some it can be quite lonely, or difficult to communicate.  Your help could make all the difference.

Enjoy your painting!