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We hope you find our website informative. We always welcome new members with the new ideas, skills and inspiration that they bring to what is already a progressive, forward thinking Art Group.
Our 2015-2016 Winter Programme has finished and I would like to thank on your behalf the Winter Programme organisers, who provided a brilliant programme for everyone to enjoy this Winter, culminating in an all day Saturday workshop at Betchworth with Jamel Akib. Take a look at the great comments on our Facebook page!
The Summer programme of outdoor painting is about to start, take a look at the Activities Programme page for information, and you can download a pdf of the venues. Let's hope the weather is kind to us this year!


I 'd like to thank the Summer Programme organiser, Hazel Macartney, who has put together another series of fantastic places this summer. If you've never tried drawing and painting in different venues, come and join us to get some experience! You can see how other members tackle the complexity of working outside, get some hints and tips about useful tools and equipment, and generally get some often much needed encouragement to try something new.

Our next exhibition of new and original artwork will be held at Betchworth Village Hall, April 29th - May 2nd  2016.
To find out more information about the Dorking Group of Artists, please continue to browse through the site.
Jane Anderson Wood, Chairman

Jamel Akib Saturday Workshop April 2016

Over 25 members worked nearly as hard as Jamel using pastels and acrylics, on a small scale, and much larger! At least three paintings were done before we stopped for lunch! This was the 'finale' of our Winter Programme, and enjoyed and appreciated by all.

Stop Press

It is with great pleasure we announce that the face of modern british impressionism Artist Sheree Valentine Daines will be opening our Spring exhibition at the private view on Friday 29th April. Here is a link to her website for more information

Spring Membership Mailout.

Members Spring Membership mail out pack will be sent out by email in February 2016. This will include your newsletter, Summer Programme, Stewarding form for the Spring Exhibition, and Exhibition forms for Exhibiting members.

Jamel Akib Workshop

The Barbara Johnson Memorial Prize Painting

'View from Boxhill' by Julia Hawkins

Thanks from St Catherine's Hospice

Twenty-one members spent Tuesday afternoon 9th June in the five acre garden of 'The Old Croft' in South Holmwood. We paid an entrance fee and donations for tea and cake, which amounted to £131.00. The money was forwarded to St Catherine's Hospice by Mrs Lardinier-Burke as this is the charity she supports for the NGS open gardens. The DGA received a very nice letter from the hospice thanking us for our donation; we all enjoyed a lovely afternoon painting as well as supporting this very good cause, Thanks to Hazel for organising this afternoon.

Membership Mail-out

The Summer/Autumn Membership Mail-out has been sent by email this week! 150 members should be looking in their email inbox; so far only 22 have! 37 members without email have been sent theirs by snail mail last week!

Chris Forsey

Congratulations to Chris Forsey who won the Visitors Vote at our Spring Exhibition, Betchworth 2015!

Congratulations to DGA member Chris Forsey for winning the Frank Herring Easel Award for his painting "Puss in Souk" at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 2015 Exhibition! Well done Chris! Don't forget his one man exhibition at the Lincoln Joyce Gallery, 11th April to 2nd May, "Clear Perspectives".
Private View Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th April. Chris will be doing a demonstration on Saturday 11th April in the Barn Hall from 2pm.

'Lillies' by Claire Sears
The October Exhibition Visitors Vote was won by Claire Sears for her painting 'Lillies'.