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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.

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Summer 2020 Update

This week there should have been the Frimley & Camberley Society of Arts 59th Annual Exhibition at High Cross Church. The Coronavirus has meant that all our plans, meetings, demonstrations and events have had to be cancelled since the lockdown in March.

Nonetheless, the committee has held two futuristic committee meetings via Zoom. The first meeting was to progress the new look website which was launched at the beginning of July. This week the committee met again to consider how to best serve the membership during lockdown.

2020 Lockdown Exhibition

The committee discussed the possibility of organising an online exhibiting of members’ paintings, especially those that might have been done during the lockdown, by putting it on the new website. Olga Salgado and Steve Hammatt attended the meeting and offered to upload paintings into an exhibition area.

If interested, people would need to take good quality photographs of their artwork. The minimum size necessary to work well on the website is 1024 x 768 pixels, but bigger would be better. Once you have saved the photos onto your computer it would be a question of submitting them in an email to gallery@fcsaonline.org.uk. In the accompanying email there would need to be the following information:

  1. Artists name, Title of the painting, Size of the painting, and Medium
  2. Price of painting if offered for sale or clearly indicating NFS (Not For Sale)
  3. On the Exhibition web page there will be a notice advising that if anyone wishes to purchase a painting or commission work from an artist, then to contact the society via gallery@fcsaonline.org.uk and the message will be passed to the artist.
  4. Artists will be responsible for agreeing the sale, and for the collection or dispatch of the paintings themselves.

There would be no hanging fees or commission fees on this occasion. Primarily the idea is to offer members of the society an opportunity to share and exhibit their work online. It would also help to promote the society through the website and keep everyone connected over the period when we cannot meet up.

Adult Education Art Studio

Camberley Adult Education Centre has informed us that it intends to re-open in September. The committee discussed the possibility of FCSA meeting again on a Friday if the art studio was made Covid-19 safe. It was agreed that we should find out from the membership how many people would be likely to attend if the Society were to open up again in September.

It was also acknowledged that even if we could socially distance to paint together we would not be able to hold demonstrations safely because more people would have to be sitting in a very confined space. It was suggested that it might be possible to arrange a Zoom demonstration online and we wondered if this would interest members. Since the demonstrator would expect payment, there would need to be a method of charging people to attend via a paid portal.

Survey Of Members

It would be very helpful if you could complete the following survey and return it to carolehead@waitrose.com. Just cut & paste these questions with your answers into an email. If you would like to add any comments please feel free to do so.

Do you like the idea of an online exhibition? YES/NO

Would you want to participate? YES/NO

If the studio were open on Friday nights in September would you attend? YES/NO

Would you be interested in a Zoom demonstration? YES/NO

Have you used Zoom already? YES/NO

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Sketching with UNICEF

Our Chairman Peter Tuitt’s son has been a member of FCSA for some time. As the Field Security Advisor at UNICEF Afghanistan he has been sketching some of the interesting scenes he comes across during the course of his work.

If you follow the link below I am sure you will find this article interesting and enjoy seeing some of his sketches

https://www.unicef.org/afghanistan/stories/staff-creativity-unleashed-amid-covd19

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New Website Launch

Sam Dauncey has been our webmaster for the past twenty years and anyone who has looked at the FCSA website will know that it is like a compendium of all the happenings within the society over those years.

A huge debt of thanks must go to Sam Dauncey for creating and maintaining the website and for all the work he has put into keeping it updated all this time. Thank you, Sam.

In May 2016 there were 2859 pages made up of HTML and Javascript. There must be considerably more now. Sam informed the committee that the system he was using was obsolete and the search was on to find a new platform that would work well on iPads and iPhones. However, it became clear that to translate all the pages on this website into a new programming language would take hours of work and cost the society a large sum of money.

After exploring a number of different ideas, the society was fortunate that one of our members, Olga Salgado and her husband Steve Hammatt offered to help build a new website from scratch. The old website will be archived and available to members on a memory stick.

The new website was launched on Wednesday 1st July. Grateful thanks to Olga and Steve for volunteering their expertise and for leading the subcommittee in creating the new look website.

The new website is accessed from exactly the same web address at https://www.fcsaonline.org.uk.

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Brian Richardson 90th Birthday Celebration

Brian Richardson celebrated his 90th birthday in March, and on the Friday before his birthday all those at the studio celebrated with him with some birthday cake.  Many happy returns Brian.

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Royal Surrey County Hospital Exhibition

7th February – 6th March 2020

The Exhibition in the Peter Thompson Gallery of the hospital was organised by Val Painter.  It proved very successful.  There were 42 paintings in the hang and of those five were sold. 

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Heritage Gallery

There is a new hang in the Heritage Gallery which is part of the Surrey Heath Museum located opposite Argos in Camberley Mall.

The painting exhibition is upstairs where the Thursday lunchtime lectures take place. There are also some artists’ cards for sale.

BREAKING NEWS Due to the Coronavirus the Heritage Gallery has been closed for the foreseeable future.

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Committee 2020

At the AGM at the beginning of this year the Committee agreed to stand again. The Committee is as follows:

Chairman Peter Tuitt
Acting Vice Chairman Sue Whitehead
Treasurer Lesley Kilner
Honorary Secretary Val Painter
Membership Secretary John Stacey
Newsletter Editor Carole Head
Additional Member Marie Bunce