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Haslemere Art Society 123 Annual Exhibition

Haslemere Art Society will be holding its 123 Annual Exhibition of members’ recent work next month. The Society was originally founded in 1894 to promote art and the interest in arts in Haslemere. These founding members included Margery Allingham, Axel Haig and Walter Tyndale.

The current exhibition will cover two galleries and include approximately 200 works by around 50 professional and amateur artists. There will be a variety of work in most media and include painting and drawing in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pencil, sculpture, 3D, ceramics and craft. It will include many diverse styles and techniques, from traditional to very modern. It will be a vibrant show with something to interest everyone.

During the exhibition several members will be painting and showcasing their work. The Alan Thomson Award will be chosen and there will be two People’s Choice awards – one for painting and the second for sculpture craft and ceramics. These are voted on by visitors to the exhibition, so do come along and put in your vote.

Participating artists will include well-known local artist Chairman, Roger Dellar. Roger is a member of Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and Oil and the Pastel Society and has been a member of The Wapping Group since 1996. He shows and teaches throughout the country and received numerous awards and prizes. The latest is the prestigious John Goss Prize awarded by the judges of Hertford Art Society for best in show for his painting ‘Sunday Morning Wexford’.

Others include Clare Bowen, David Paynter and Sonya Vine, who have all just taken part in SAOS Surrey Artists’ Open Studios.

Clare is interested in light and atmosphere and is currently concentrating on plein air painting. Since 2016 she has a discipline of painting every day and likes to write an accompanying blog which can be followed on her website.

David is a member of the Surrey Sculpture Society. He is inspired by nature and often likes to accompany his work with a poem. These words come to him as he creates the piece. He hopes this accompanying poem will explain and enhance the work bringing more understanding and enjoyment.

Sonya qualified at Cheltenham College of Art. She is a figurative and plein air painter interested in light and dark. She exhibits in London including The Mall Gallery and throughout the country.

Three other exhibitors include Colin Wilson, who has been invited to exhibit in a gallery in Tokyo and has just been exhibiting at Yvonne Arnaud Art at The Mill Studio Guildford. Robbie Murdoch gained an interview in the BBC painting challenge programme and has also taken part in Art In Action, a young arts programme demonstrating to local schools.

Finally, Rachel Vitolo is an active member of Shared Art, a group of artists who meet weekly at The Hub in Hindhead. They mount an annual exhibition and explore various creative themes. Rachel is currently interested in abstract art with acrylic pouring and resin.

For further details, please visit the website at www.haslemere.com/artsoc.

Images: Bowl of Cherries by Clare Bowen; Father & Son bronze; and From Hyde Park Corner by Roger Dellar 2017

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