The Haven Artists Xmas Art and Crafts Fair 2017

This popular annual Xmas Art & Crafts Fair offers a chance to buy affordable original paintings and get ahead with seasonal gifts, decorations and cards. The stallholders and artists are all local and this year items for sale include knitwear, pottery, fused glass and mosaics, jewellery, wooden artefacts, cushions, scarves and Christmas decorations. Situated in the bright and welcoming St Faith’s Parish Centre in Lee-on-the-Solent (adjoining St Faith’s Church, Victoria Square, Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9NF), the Fair features a bumper tombola and a superb Café serving quality coffee, tea and delicious homemade cakes.

All paintings on show are for sale and this year there is a special exhibition of artwork entitled “Hope” – a project where each artist has contributed a piece reflecting their own interpretation of hope. They will be sold individually.

The Haven Artists’ Xmas Art & Crafts Fair aims to raise money for the Rainbow Centre in Fareham (supporting children with cerebral palsy). Each year the Fair has raised over £1200 for the Centre (

The Haven Artists run painting workshops throughout the year and are open to all. (More details from and

Tickets on the door, Adults £2 (children free)

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The Hope Project

This year as part of the exhibition, there will be a display entitled “HOPE” where each artist has contributed a painting reflecting their own interpretation of hope. The paintings are all for sale and range from a bowl of cherries to a portrait of a baby and a picture of a nude woman on the bathroom scales peering optimistically at her weight. There are depictions of nature – beautiful flowers, birds singing and scenes of fishing – as well as images on global themes of peace, saving wildlife and climate change.


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As well as the Hope project, there are many other paintings for sale at affordable prices: landscapes, seascapes, local views, portraits, buildings, flowers, animals and much more.

Local crafts are on sale with many ideas for Christmas gifts, including cards, jewellery, scarves, cushions, wooden items, ceramics, fused glass and mosaics and ragdolls.

A superb café will be selling tea, quality coffee and delicious homemade cakes.

This popular annual event aims to raise money for The Rainbow Centre (


Details of the Fair: Organiser Clare Selerie (

Saturday 18th November, 10:30am – 4pm

St Faith’s Parish Centre, Victoria Square, Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9NF

Saturday Workshop 14th January 2017 – “Hope”

To start the New Year we have taken the theme of “hope”. All artists can treat the theme in whatever way they choose. The idea is that by the end we will have an interesting visual display which we can exhibit later in the year.

Saturday Workshop 3rd December 2016


Bring along your photos or images from google, magazines etc as reference material. Also bring pictures of people and/or objects you might want to include. Take a look at famous paintings of sun, snow or rain for inspiration.

Christmas show 2016 and next workshop

Congratulations to everyone for such a brilliant group show in Lee on the Solent – well done!  So now, let’s keep up the good work and start producing even more paintings for next year’s show!

Our next workshop, on December 3rd 2016, is based on the theme of ‘Weather’ – we’ll start with a brief intro from our tutor Rachel, and then she is providing some warm up exercises for us before we get on with our main images. Please see below for more info!

As always, everyone is welcome whatever your ability, from beginner upwards – don’t forget your packed lunch!



Always changeable in the UK; well, they say that’s why the Brits always like to talk about it!  For this workshop, please find images either from your own photo album or google images or magazines etc which include some reference to the weather – I’ve included some paintings below – and also bring along pictures of people and/or objects you may wish to include in your composition.  As a focus for this session, I’ll be looking at perspective within the frame, not in a mathematical way but by planning the composition to draw the eye into the picture.  This is a bit of a recap for some of you but practice makes perfect!

Materials:  acrylic paints are advised, but you can also use pastels, gouache or watercolours if you prefer, plus all the usual painting paraphernalia (do get in touch if you’re not sure what you need).  Bring along a sketchbook to plan your composition in pencil.  You will need a canvas/ canvas board/strong watercolour paper for your main piece of work, and please try not to work too small; A3/A2/A1 sizes are good.

As it’s the last workshop of the year, we’re going to do something rather different for our preliminary exercises (!) – nothing to worry about of course, and it will get you well warmed up for working on your main piece.

The Haven Artists’ Xmas Art & Crafts Fair

Our popular annual Christmas Art & Crafts Fair is on Saturday 12th November this year from 1030m – 4pm. Bigger and better than ever, it will include affordable original paintings, greetings cards, local craft stalls selling handmade chocolates, ceramics, scarves, cushions, knitwear, wooden gifts, silver jewellery, stained glass, Xmas decorations and more. This year we have added another attraction – Santa’s Grotto (2pm-3.30pm)- and our cafe will again be offering homemade cakes, speciality coffee and tea.

Last year this event raised over £1200 for the Rainbow Centre (children with cerebral palsy, adults with Parkinson’s disease). Please come and help us to raise even more.


Saturday Workshop 16th July 2016

Food Glorious Food!

For this workshop we are focusing on the theme of food. This could take any form you like, from café scenes, kitchen day to day still life, a glorious plate of food, or maybe a classic bowl of fruit. You may want to have people in your image so how about a group around a table/at a bar or eating ice creams on a bench for example? Spend some time choosing your images and don’t forget that you can use artistic license to mix and match your subjects, such as: use a café background and then put your chosen people at the tables, and perhaps allow them some knicker bocker glories!
For our preliminary warmup work, I’m going to talk briefly about colour theory and provide some colour experiments for you to try out, so please bring acrylic paint and sketching paper.

Saturday Workshop 11th June 2016

Hill Head en Plein Air

A workshop to produce local scenes at Hill Head – seascapes, harbour, beach etc – starting on the beach with sketches or paintings in the morning and completing the work at Catisfield Hall in the afternoon.