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

November 2016 Exhibition

Best in show!

The visitors to our November exhibition voted on a wide variety of pictures for the ‘Best Picture’ award. First place was for Amanda Axtell’s watercolour ‘Getting ahead’


The picture with the second highest votes was an oil painting by Lisa Moulton ‘Blue Tit’


The Third place went to ‘Evening over the Itchen’ by Sheila Houghton

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, with the wide range of media and styles it was very difficult to pick out one picture!

Christmas Party (12 Dec 2018)

Last night our party evening started with an hour of entertainment by Cosmic Sparkle (Robyn and Mike). Robyn has a beautiful voice and sang a wide range of upbeat songs that got everyone’s toes tapping. She was supported by her husband, Mike, who did all the clever stuff with the background music and acoustics. Following this we had a wonderful American supper, quiz and raffle. Now it is time to start planning next year’s Christmas party entertainment!

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.

Best Picture Spring 2018

The winner of the vote for best picture at the spring exhibition is ‘Protecting our future’ by Hayley Walker, a stunning pastel with great detail.

Congratulations to Hayley, who also won the prize for best Craft stall with her display of felted animals and Bears.

It was a great exhibition of our members work with a huge variety of styles and media, we were pleased to hear how difficult our visitors found it to vote for a single winning picture!

Crafts displayed included papercraft, soft craft and clay craft and provided a colourful backdrop to the pictures exhibited.

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.

Eastleigh Museum Exhibition

We are pleased to be exhibiting at Eastleigh Museum from the 7th April to the 5th May 2018

Opening Hours

An exhibition of our works will be showing during Normal Museum opening hours, when you can enjoy looking at the art and craft on display and purchase works from the Museum.


there will be two very different workshop run by members during the exhibition.

Spring a surprise

this is a drop in workshop running on the 11th April from 10am until 2pm, where you can make pop up cards and Jack in the boxes. Cost is £1 and all children must be accompanied.

Spring a Surprise workshop
Mixed Media Madness

This is a bookable workshop running on Saturday 5th May at 10:30am and 12:30pm where you can make a small mixed media picture using various products and techniques. This is not suitable for small children, and older children must be accompanied. The cost is £5 and the workshop will last approximately an hour.

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.

Annual Exhibition 2017 11th/12th November

This weekend is the Annual Exhibition for 2017!

Opening at 10:00 on Saturday at the Village Hall in Fairoak  (SO50 7EJ) there is a small entrance fee for adults but accompanied Children have free entry. There will be a selection of art in many media, typically Oils, Watercolour, Acrylics, Pencils and pastels are shown along with ink and mixed media. Many of the pictures are for sale and they make a great original Christmas gift!

Craft stalls surround the hall where textiles, silk painting, wood-ware, paper-craft, clay work and many more are represented. This is a brilliant way to start or finish your Christmas shopping as well as a chance to see the work done by the society members, some of whom will be demonstrating throughout the weekend.

A tombola stall will be running and there is tea and coffee available to buy along with a selection of cakes; there will also be a make and take to join for £1 per person, this will only be for 10 to 20 minutes and should be great fun!

We will be open both days from 10 to 4:30 and look forward to seeing lots of lovely visitors!

Summer Exhibition results

Open Studios 2017

We opened our doors on the 19th and 20th August as part of the Hampshire Open Studios exhibition and had a busy two days!

As well as pictures there were textiles and craft tables, and as in previous exhibitions we asked visitors to vote for their favourite Painting and their favourite Craft.

The votes are in!

It wasn’t me

Winner of the favourite Picture votes was ‘It wasn’t me’ by Hayley Walker, and the favourite craft was the woodwork duo of Lynn and Nigel O’Shaughnessy.

Well done everyone for giving a lovely display of Art and Craft over the weekend.