Paws for Thought by Jenny Gladding

Members Monthly Update – November 2021

Dear members

In this update highlights from our October exhibition.  You can also see a photo galleries of the preview evening, exhibition and more.  Please explore our 70th Anniversary Art and Craft Exhibition in forward to our autumn activities

You made it a fantastic success!

Thank you  to all members for your incredible support. Your willingness to  display posters, to give out invitation cards, to enter your art and craft and to volunteer to help, plus your generous donations of cakes  and sausage rolls plus gifts for the tombola all helped to ensure  what long standing members seem to agree is the most successful  exhibition in the history of Fareham Art Group.  

The overall feedback from visitors was really positive. Many commented on the excellent standard of art work and also on the general warm and friendly nature of the event.. It was wonderful to see so many visitors, a number of whom  commented positively on having both the art exhibition and the craft stands together. They certainly enjoyed being able to have  home made cakes and a cuppa as this area was incredibly busy.  The tombola was also warmly received with  comments on the great number and quality of prizes. 

We set out to achieve 3 things – to increase the number of entries,  to increase the number of attendees and to make the exhibition  self-funding. We  achieved all three!  We more than doubled exhibits –  from 109 in our previous exhibition to 264 this year.. We increased  exhibitor numbers from 33 to 74,  and whilst we have no record of visitors in 2019 we welcomed more than 700 people this year.

We tried some new things this year which attributed to the overall success of the event.  Our new venue – the Titchfield Community Centre –  worked so well we’ll be returning there next autumn.  For the first time we had guest judges, local artist Jerry Smith, who chose his favourite paintings.  Guest judge Vanessa Well chose her favourite craft items.  We also invited local crafters to book tables and showcase and sell their craft which proved very popular with visitors.  Serving refreshments was also a first for us and was so popular we needed to bake more cakes overnight to serve on the second day!

Of course, we learned a lot too. We are aware that not  everything went perfectly, and we’ll be making improvements to some of our processes for 2022.  That said, it was a brilliant exhibition, showcasing our work to the local community, and giving our members the chance to exhibit and sell their wonderful art.

Huge thanks are owed to the Exhibition Committee for organising the event, and to all of the members who contributed, supported and exhibited – what a brilliant team effort!  Well done everyone!

Christmas Event – Thursday 25th November

Our event on 25th November is our last get together of 2021 and is open to all members.  This year, the party will be different because we need to ensure we keep our members safe, and remain flexible and adaptable should the government introduce any restrictions.

We’ll be having the usual quiz, competitions, raffle and festive activities.  There will be light refreshments (drinks and snacks) and of course coffee, tea and mince pies!

It help us to know the numbers attending to finalise our plans. 

Forthcoming Demonstrations and Workshops

We are currently in the final stages of booking artists for the winter/spring demonstrations and for our Saturday workshops.  We’ll be able to give you the details in our next newsletter, but it looks to be an exciting year ahead!!