Haslemere Art Society

founded in 1894

The Society's Annual Exhibitions

The 118th Annual Exhibition

Contributions are invited for Haslemere Art Society's

118th ANNUAL EXHIBITION:8th – 15thSeptember 2012

The Annual Exhibition is an exciting opportunity to view high quality members' work across all media, and a chance to buy the exhibits directly from the artists.

Further information will be sent by post shortly, but the
KEY DATES for your diaries are:

The Museum will be closed on Sunday and Monday

PLEASE NOTE: Handing in is on Monday 3rd Sept. from 10.30-12.00 am.

Outside these hours the museum is closed.

The 117th Annual Exhibition

17th to 24th September

The Society held another successful annual exhibition in the Haslemere Educational Museum. There were 50 artists exhibiting and 234 items on show.

Roger Dellar paints Jim Edwards, Mayor On the opening Saturday, local professional artist Roger Dellar demonstrated portrait painting with Haslemere's Mayor, Jim Edwards as his sitter.

More to follow...

September 2010: The 116th Annual Exhibition

September 2009: The 115th Annual Exhibition

Haslemere Art Society held the 115th Annual Exhibition and Sale, from 12th- 19th September at Haslemere Educational Museum.

A success!

This year's exhibition beat the recession; sales of work were up this year on last year. Sales of portfolio work were notable and it was a good year for ceramics.

We will have more details later and we will include some pictures, too.

How to find the Museum

Haslemere Twon HallIf you are coming into Haslemere from Milford and you see this sight - the Town Hall, then have missed it! Look the other way, up the hill, and the Museum is on your right.

Looking up the High Street

Haslemere Twon HallYou can see the Museum in the distance.

It is a Georgian building with a pillared portico.

A map to help you

Haslemere Museum - marked on a Google map

If you use the Museum postcode (GU27 2LA), your satnav will take you to the opticians! However, if you know how to put this into a satnav, you will get to the front door:


2008 The 114th Annual Exhibition

6th September to 13th September

In 2008, 46 artists showed 194 works in many styles and media; including oils, pastel, watercolour, acrylic, mixed media, stoneware, porcelain, raku, carved limestone, alabaster, slate, wood, clay, perspex, textiles and fabric.

Thanks go to all the volunteers who manned the sales desks and stewarded the event.

Archive of "latest news"

6th November 2010: Ali Yanya demonstrates

Ali Yanya demonstrated his water colour techniques at a well attended event at the Haslemere Museum. He likes to work from his own sketches of groups of people and paint them in silhouette.

His favourite technique is to use perspective and grades of depth in colour to achieve his transient effects. Some examples are included here.

Ali Yanya demonstrating his watercolour techniques Ali Yanya demonstrating his watercolour techniquesAli Yanya demonstrating his watercolour techniques

7th October 2010: The Watts Gallery restoration project

Visitors enjoying the private view

Mark Bills, curator of Watts Gallery, gave an interesting and informative talk on the restoration project at the gallery. The project is well on its way and looks very excitiing.

If you became a "friend" of the gallery you would be among the first to see the restored gallery when it opens - more details can be found on the Watts Gallery website.

3rd September 2010: 116th Annual Art Exhibition opens

Haslemere's Mayor with Dapne Skeate, chairman, Meriel Weston and Roger Dellar, exhibitors Visitors enjoying the private view

The Haslemere Art Society's 116th Annual Art Exhibition opened with a private view on Friday evening. It was well attended and a lively occasion. Among the guests were Jeremy Hunt MP and the Town Mayor Melanie Odell.

(l to r: Melainie Odell, Daphne Skeate (chairman), artists Meriel Weston and Roger Dellar, potter Louise Blenkinsopp and guests.)

Barbara Murray in charge of refreshmentsJeremy Hunt MP with Art Society members

Special thanks go to Barbara Murray for taking charge of refreshments and we were all pleased to see that our local MP had taken time out of his busy schedule to be at the event.

(l to r: Barbara Murray, Sheila Carr, Daphne Skeate, Jeremy Hunt and Rachel Vitolo)

24th August 2010: Painting The Town

Haslemere Art Society members took to the streets (Haslemere High Street mainly) on a bright and breezy morning to publicise the forthcoming annual art exhibition by painting outdoors under the gaze of passers by. Several of the paintings were shown later at the exhibition.

Katie Naroxnik painting by Town Hall Katie Naroxnik painting by Town HallAnne Bewsey painting the Marley Flowersl shopAllan Thomson painting the High StreetAllan Thomson's watercolour - view from Town Hall looking northRoger Dellar paints Darnley's cafeRoger Dellar paints Darnley's cafeNancy Frost paints by the Town Hall

Left to right

Katie Naroznik(2), Anne Bewsey, Allan Thomson(2), Roger Dellar and Nancy Frost.

(and thanks to the Haslemere shopkeepers for making coffees for the artists - it was much appreciated)

18th March 2010: East Anglian Skies - Colin Wilson

Colin Wilson demonstrates landscape painting

There was a very good turnout for Colin's demonstration titled "East Anglian Skies". He is pictured here with an excellent example of what can create with the techniques that he demonstrated.

The appreciative audience had an enjoyable and informative afternoon at the Museum. 

25th February 2010: Encaustic Techniques - Carol Ellis

Carol Ellis demonstrates encaustic techniques Carol Ellis demonstrates encaustic techniques

Carol Ellis demonstrated her skill and imagination using encaustic techniques to an appreciative audience at the Haslemere Museum. There was genuine surprise that an apparently simple technique can produce so many textures and blended colour effects. 

Carol made the example shown here as we watched. We admired her dexterity and were amazed each time Carol revealed the result of each process.

Appreciation should go to Carol and the audience for braving torrential rain, floods and high winds - it was a wild night.

10th December 2009: Antarctica - Christopher Baker

Christopher Baker talks on AntarcticaChristopher Baker, senior painting tutor at West Dean College, gave a fascinating talk about the inspiration he had from a trip to Antarctica. He illustrated it with a short film of the trip and slides of his subsequent work. The talk and his thoughtful answers to questions from the audience were much appreciated. (Christopher is pictured here with Daphne Skeat)

There were mince pies and mulled wine to round the evening off.

19th November 2009: Portrait in Pastels

Ann Chadwick demonstrates a portrait in pastelsAnn Chadwick demonstrated how she goes about making a portrait in pastels. She described her choice of paper and pastels and passed on many tips on how to use the materials as she went along. The lively audience asked questions and had a good view of a very sympathetic and lifelike portrait of Ron Tanner taking shape.

Many thanks go to Ron Tanner for being a patient and good natured sitter.

12th September 2009: Live painting on show

Roger Dellar demonstrates portrait paintingRoger Dellar demonstrated painting a portrait in watercolour and gouache in two hours to an attentive audience on the opening day of the annual exhibition.

As he painted he described what he was seeing, thinking and doing which gave a fascinating insight into how a professional  painter works - many of the audience stayed from the start to the end. Roger Dellar is pictured here at work on the portrait.

Imelda Apps demonstrating life drawingLife drawing sitter - John Jenvey

Imelda Apps gives a demonstration of life drawing with Jo Jenvey. Also pictured here is their sitter, Jo's husband John.

11th September 2009: Private View

Guests at the Art Society's annual exhibitionGuests at the private view are pictured here with some of the work on display at this year's annual exhibition.

Ronald Tanner - refreshements for private viewRonald Tanner - photographed here looking very much in charge of the refreshments; many thanks go Angela and Ronald for all their hard work.

Melanie Odell - Haslemere Mayor at the private viewHalsemere Mayor, Melanie Odell came along to the private view and she is pictured looking through the "portfolio" work of some of the artists.

Jeremy Hunt - local MP at the private viewLocal MP, Jeremy Hunt is seen here with Committee members and former Mayor William King.

8th September 2009: Handing in day

Volunteers preparing for the Exhibition Volunteers preparing for the Exhibition

The volunteers were busy at the Museum today.The exhibitors hand in their work and then comes the sorting and hanging, keeping track of what's what with care and attention to the admin. There is a lot to do in a day and all concerned deserve a thank you!

September 2009: Annual Art Exhibition

The Society's 115th Annual Art Exhibition starts on the 12th September and runs for one week - see Programme for details.


This year, 50 artists will be showing their work - 159 framed pictures plus unframed portfolio work and 38 works in the category; ceramics, craft and sculpture.

June 2009: Annual General Meeting

At the 2009 Annual General Meeting the retiring chairman David White stood down after over 10 years on the committee, 4 years as secretary,a period as Exhibition secretary, and finally 4 years as Chairman.

We are grateful for his extensive and dedicated service. All his years of hard work for the society are much appreciated .

The incoming chairman is Daphne Skeate. We are lucky in having someone with her wide experience and knowledge and we look forward to an exciting future under her dynamic leadership.

February 2009: A tale of two potteries

Examples for talk on potteries Examples for talk on potteries

The ceramics enthusiasts enjoyed a fascinating talk on the art and the business of two potteries. The two potteries in the title were Dartington and Grayshott

Examples for talk on potteriesExamples for talk on potteries

Several striking pieces were on show to illustrate the talk.

June 2008: Annual General Meeting and Summer Party

Valerie Lee with vase Valerie Lee with vase

Left: Enjoying the summer sun in the Museum garden after the AGM.
Colin Wilson, Exhibition Officer; David Culpin, Sculpture /3D and John Brown who compiles the newsletter.

Right: Daphne Skeate, who took up the Chairmanship in 2009, with Valerie Lee, the Membership Secretary (left) and Kaja van Walt (right)

Valerie Lee with vase

Former Chairman David White, then in office


2012 Exhibition

The Committee is looking forward to organising next year's exhibition. It is never too soon to make your plans for entering work next year!