Exhibition Time!

Exhibition open this weekend.

This weekend, the 10th and 11th November, we open the doors at the Village Hall, Shorts Road, Fair Oak for our Autumn Exhibition.

Lots to see.

For a small entry fee you can browse and buy a variety of art and craft, with demonstrations taking place over the weekend and refreshments available too.

There is plenty of parking and good wheelchair access so come along between 10:00 and 4:30 Saturday or Sunday, accompanied children enter for free.

Spring Exhibition 14th and 15th April

Fair Oak Art and Craft Society opens its doors for the Spring Exhibition!

Look Out by Hilary Archer

On Saturday 14th April and Sunday 15th April we will be exhibiting at the Village Hall in Fair oak between 10:00 am and 4:00pm.  Join us in a weekend full of Art and craft displays and demonstrations.

Tea and Coffee will be available along with a selection of snacks, members will be on hand to talk about the art and our society, a small entry fee applies, accompanied children have free entry.


This is also listed on Where can we go web site.

2017 Demonstrations end on a high

The final demonstration of 2017 was by Julia Beehag, textile artist.

Julia gave a brilliant talk about her journey through textiles to designing her own line of handbags, and then making jewellery from textiles.

The Handbags were beautifully made, and lined with lovely patterned materials; Including Leather in her embellishing and the handles ensured that these were strong and durable. Julia’s love of fabrics shone through her demonstration, as did her joy of textiles.

Julia then talked us through her ideas behind her textile jewellery. More beautiful designs for broaches earrings and necklaces, each having lots of detail with threads and beads making them unique and wearable.

This was a great last Demo for the year, and following the Christmas Party we then head into 2018 with a Watercolour demonstration by Sue Colyer. Join us on the 3rd January for the first meeting of 2018.

Open Studios Exhibition 19/20 August

The Summer Exhibition is fast approaching, and I an sure I can hear the sound of paintbrushes, scissors, needles and paint being thrown around in a last minute frenzy of creativity!

Watercolour by Amanda Axtell


We are handing in our work on Friday evening before the Exhibition goes live at 10:00am on Saturday the 19th August, for two whole days of public viewing which ends at 4:30 on the Sunday (20th)

As part of Hampshire open Studios there is no entry fee to this wonderful event, although we do charge for refreshments! The Village hall in Shorts road, Fairoak (SO50 7EJ) has good facilities with ample parking and disabled access.

On show will be painting in Oil, acrylics, Watercolour and mixed media with subjects typically including landscapes, Seascapes, pets and wildlife. Craft will include hanging craft which is likely to be textiles and mixed media, and there will be a selection of craft stalls covering many Crafts.

Many crafters and some artists will be demonstrating over the weekend, and there will be members on hand to discuss the work on show.

Join us for 5 minutes or 5 hours, and browse the artwork ready to vote on your favourite!

I hope everyone displaying and visiting has a great weekend!

Tracy O’Neill cake decoration in porcelain clay

August 17 workshops

August at FOACS

August at the Fairoak art and craft society is workshop month, where we have members and visitors running workshops which can be technique based or project based. This year we have needle felting, porcelaine clay flowers, Painting techniques and a mixed media tag.

Workshop format

The workshops run on Wednesday evenings at start at 7:00pm. these are held at the Village Hall, Shorts Road SO50 7EJ. There is a break for tea/coffee half way through the evening and this closes at 9:30pm. The entry fee is £4 for non members and £2 for members, and there will be a small fee for materials though this is kept as low as possible. You may also join us on these evenings and ‘do your own thing’ if the workshop is not for you!

2017 schedule

2nd August  Rowena Wedge – Needle Felting

Rowena will lead us through a needle felting project, a small fee for wool will be charged


9th August  Mandy Axtell – Painting Workshop

‘Light and Shade” this  will cover counterchange – the principle of dark on light and light on dark Mandy will cover warm and cool colours, shadows and contrast.

Bring along your preferred painting medium, brushes and paper.


16th August   Tracy O’Neill  workshop  for at least 1 cattleya orchid flower to be made with porcelain clay.

please bring, if  you have them;

2 small paint brushes, 1 is to be used with glue,

PVA glue, a tile or plastic chopping board, wet wipes,

kitchen roll. There will be some available on the night if you don’t have them.

There will be a £2 charge for clay and wire.


23rd August  Nicky Baker  Mixed media workshop

We will be adding crackle and paint to MDF tags (various sizes)

If you have them please bring an Apron, a craft / messy mat or large tile, a water pot and a brush suitable for use with glue, and a heat tool.

There will be a charge for the materials up to £2. 00 per tag.


Peter Hogarth paints Lurcher in Pastel

Lurcher in Pastel by Peter Hogarth - work in progress!
Lurcher in Pastel by Peter Hogarth – work in progress!

The Fair Oak Art and Craft Society welcomed Peter Hogarth for the February Art Demonstration. Sheduled to appear in March he kindly stepped in at short notice and entertained us with his Pastel portrait.

Peter works full time as a portrait artist using pastels to capture our favourite pets! He likes to meet the pets if possible, and this gives him an insight into their character which he can then capture in his portrait.

It takes a day or two to complete a picture, but as you can see from the picture above he made a good start in the two hours he had with us. He started with a prepared sketch and layering on the tones of the picture with white and black before moving on to the colours.

Peter also paused to show us how to get the detail of an eye, he took his photograph and used the pastels to paint the eye of the dog, showing shape and highlights which make the eye come to life.

The lurchers eye
The lurchers eye

A brilliant demonstration, he talked as he worked and the Lurchers Portrait was coming along nicely by the time we had to close for the evening.


2017 Demonstration by Cy Baker

Oil and Ball Point pen with Cy Baker

Our 1st meeting for 2017 saw Cy Baker talking about and demonstrating his Oil and Ball point pen Art.

Cy introduced himself as the guy who was the Arty type at school. He gave an interesting talk about his career in art and showed examples of his work, which were really lovely to see.

Cy paints animals and landscapes using the Ball point pen to add shade and texture. For our demonstration he worked on Linen, his preferred substrate, and built on a sketch he had already painted with a dilute oil colour. Working with Ball point and Marker pens to add texture to the picture, he demonstrated his technique. This works especially well with animals, where the fur comes alive as he builds up the patterns.

This was an entertaining and inspiring talk,  I know at least one person went home and had a go!

If you have a chance to watch Cy demonstrate make sure you go, you won’t regret it!

Two lovely examples of his work are the Black bear and the Large White Pig!


Cy Baker - Black Bear
Cy Baker – Black Bear
Large White Pig
Large White Pig