The Dorset Arts and Crafts Association annual exhibition (Showcase 2024) is taking place at the Purbeck School from Friday 2nd August to Tuesday 6th August. This is a chance to display and sell your paintings and drawings to hundreds of visitors from all over Dorset and beyond. You can also enter craft items such as cards and needlework.
Entries can be made through their website and the last date for entries is 12th July. All details about the show are on the website, or you can ask David or Richard at the workshops. You have plenty of time, so get painting (and crafting)!

Once again Sheila has arranged a great programme of painting days through the summer at a wide and interesting range of venues. We hope that as many members as possible will take advantage of these opportunities; particularly exciting is the visit to Encombe House, a place most of us would rarely get a chance to visit.

Thursday 25th April – Upton Country Park
Signposted from A35 between Bakers Arms and Fleetsbridge roundabout. Meet 10:30 in car park (Charges apply, free entry to the house and gardens.) There is a walled garden where many of us might like to paint, as well as extensive grounds. Picnic area and tea shop. There is often an art exhibition in the gallery above the tea shop.

Friday 24th May – Corfe Castle
Park in the National Trust car park in Corfe centre. Meet at 10:30 outside St Edward’s Church. Lots of room to sit outside the church with views over the Greyhound Pub and the castle. Meet for coffee / lunch at 12:30 in the NT tea shop. Lots of seats around the church for picnics.

Thursday 27th June – Swanage Lifeboat Centre
Park at the car park by the sailing club or in the town. Meet at 10:30, walk to where the lifeboat launches. Sit together to look at Old Harry Rocks and the views towards Swanage Pier. Meet for coffee at 12:30 in the cafe on the pier.

Thursday 4th July – Encombe House
Park outside the house only at 10:15 to 10:30. Access to the gardens, lake, clock tower and private gardens behind clock tower. Also views towards the sea. The owner has said that we can stay for the day, there is no limit on time. For lunch we have access to the clock tower where there are tea / coffee making facilities and a fridge. There is a covered verandah with seating where we are able to sit for a picnic. Bring a packed lunch and your own coffee and teabags. [Note: Visit can be changed to Friday if wet.]

Friday July 26th – Kimmeridge
Drive through the village to the car park overlooking the beach (£6) or park in the village and walk through fields. Meet at 10:30 in the car park. Views looking towards Clavell’s Tower and beach huts. We will be sitting on the beach so you will need to bring a packed lunch. Coffee is usually available from a van in the car park but it probably best to bring your own. If you prefer you can sit in the car park overlooking the beach

Friday 16th August – East Creech Village
Meet at the car park in the centre of the village at 10:30. Farmyard, ducks, lake, animals, village buildings. Very good tea shop!

For more information or if the weather looks doubtful, please phone Sheila on 07814 364305