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VALERIE BROOKS

Very sadly indeed FCSA learnt of the death of Valerie Brooks just before Christmas on Saturday 19th December 2020. She was a very accomplished artist who won several prizes at the FCSA Annual Exhibitions as well as winning the Jerry & Jill Seward’s Trophy, also known as the People’s Choice, twice. Our deep sympathy goes to all her family and friends. Her funeral is on Tuesday 12th January 2021.

If you would have liked to attend the funeral, due to Covid restrictions this is not possible, but you can find details of the webcast by following this link: https://valeriebrooks.muchloved.com/

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George Boyter Zoom Demonstration

James Boyter gave the third of the FSA Zoom demonstrations on Friday 4th December. It was a watercolour landscape of Great Haseley Windmill. Once again the Zoom Demo was free to members and non-members could join for a fee of £5.00.

For write up follow this link: https://fcsaonline.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/GEORGE-BOYTER-ZOOM-DEMO-PDF-.pdf

This was the finished painting taken as a screen shot..

Screen shot of Great Haweley Windmill watercolour from Zoom Demo
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AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2020


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Treasured Trees Museum Exhibition

No sooner was the “Treasured Trees” exhibition of paintings by FCSA artists up in the Museum and Heritage Gallery in Main Square, Camberley, than the second Lockdown was announced and the doors were closed until 2nd December 2020 at the earliest.

It is hoped that there will be an extension to the end date of the exhibition beyond Christmas and into the New Year. In the meantime here are some photographs of some of the paintings in the exhibition.

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James Willis Zoom Demo

Friday 23rd October 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm

James Willis will be giving a watercolour demonstration based on the above painting of the Italian hillside town of Matera in Southern Italy.  He has said that since there is a lot of detail in this painting he will have to simplify it for the Zoom demonstration when he will explore colour relationships using complementary colours. 

The demonstration will be free to FCSA members and £5.00 to non-members.

For more details and to register interest please contact news@fcsaonline.org.uk

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British Legion Poppy Appeal

At a time when charities are finding it particularly hard to raise funds, one of our members, Sue Whitehead, has generously offered her beautiful poppy painting to put up for auction. The money raised will go to the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

To place a bid, send an email at gallery@fcsaonline.org.uk with your offer. We will keep the auction page updated to reflect the current bid.

You can visit the auction page via this link.

This painting is part of our Lockdown Exhibition, which you can visit via this link

Sue Whitehead – Poppy field, Acrylic Framed 55cms x 45 cms
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Surrey Heath Museum Exhibition

In February, before anyone was aware of just what an extraordinary year this was going to be, Surrey Heath Museum offered Frimley & Camberley Society of Arts the chance of having an exhibition in the Surrey Heath Museum & Heritage Gallery.

The good news is that this exhibition is going ahead.  It will run from 24th October until Christmas. The Surrey Woodturners will be displaying work at the same time and the Museum calendar for 2021 is on the ancient woodland of Surrey and will also be on sale.

For this reason, the paintings for submission should fit in with the theme of WOODLAND. There is not a large amount of room for the exhibition so paintings should be small.  With just over a month, members may want to paint something specially for this event but if you have something suitable already framed, that would be excellent.  Any woodcarvings from members can also be submitted and will be displayed in a glass case.

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Fatima Pantoja Colour Pencil & Graphite Demonstration

On Friday 11th September Fatima Pantoja gave the first Zoom Demonstration to Frimley & Camberley Society of Arts on a landscape in Colour Pencil and Graphite.

She worked from a photograph of Durdle Door on the Jurassic coast as her reference and produced this delightful picture over the two hours of the Zoom session.

See the write up here

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LOCKDOWN EXHIBITION 2020

On Tuesday 1st September The Frimley & Camberley Society of Arts Lockdown Exhibition 2020 will be displayed here.

There will be a large variety of artwork exhibited, many of which will be available to purchase by contacting the artists via the website at gallery@fcsaonline.org.uk.

The deadline for members’ entries is Friday 21st August.

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Heritage Gallery News

After a closure of 17 weeks Surrey Heath Museum and Heritage Gallery in Camberley Mall has reopened.   There is an exhibition of Frimley & Camberley Society of Arts paintings upstairs in the Heritage Gallery.  

The Gallery will be open on Wednesday to Friday from 11am to 3pm. Research sessions can be booked for Saturdays. The museum displays have been reorganised and renewed. To meet Coronavirus rules there is a one-way system with social distancing. Gloves and a sanitizer are available.

Volunteers will not be required until September, at which point anyone wishing to enlist for a session should ring the Gallery – 01276 23771 – to contact one of the Museum staff. Rotas will be re-established when sufficient numbers are willing to take part. Talks will restart when it is safe to have an audience.