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!

Exhibition – April 2022

Yet another successful Spring exhibition has now closed. We had a wonderful display of arts and crafts and some delicious homemade cakes in the cafe. The winner of the public vote for the best craft table was Sandra Lee with her delightful display of felted items and Eric Humphreys won the best picture vote with his oil painting entitled Green Pond.

Exhibition – Nov 2021

This was a very successful exhibition with more visitors than in recentl years. Both the artists and crafters had some good sales which was very encouraging after the last 2 years of lockdowns and shutdowns due to the covid pandemic.

The winner of the most voted for craft table was a new member, Sandra Lee. She displayed a lovely selection of needle- felted items.

The winner of the most voted for picture was Sara Sawers with her beautiful brown bear picture.

Anniversary Exhibition

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November 2019 we are holding our anniversary exhibition to celebrate 40 years since Fair Oak Art and Craft Society was formed. This will be held in Fair Oak Village Hall from 10am to 4:30pm each day. There will be a wonderful display of arts and crafts for sale and a cafe so you can have a cuppa and slice of delicious cake! Do come along – you will be made very welcome.

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.