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Late Afternoon Watch Wins Again

Congratulations to S.O.F.A. member France Bauduin, her piece Late Afternoon Watch won Best Domestic Animal at the UKCPS regional exhibition at the Hillier Gardens. Well deserved!


Debbi Hide, also a SOFA member, won Best in Show, Best Wildlife and Best Abstract/Fantasy for her Fox pieces. A great exhibition to go and see if you are in Hampshire. It’s on until the 31st of July.

3rd UK Coloured Pencil Society’s Regional Exhibition 2016
Visitor Pavilion,
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens,
Jermyn’s Lane
Ampfield, Romsey,
Hampshire, SO51 0QA
6th – 31st July 2016

Late Afternoon Watch in Jackson’s Art Supplies Competition

S.O.F.A. member France Bauduin’s beautiful drawing of Griffin, Late Afternoon Watch, is in Jackson’s Art Supplies Amateur Prize competition.

The Jackson’s Open Art Prize had a huge response with 3100 artists submitting their drawings, paintings and prints,  108 amateurs have made the short-list for the Amateur Prize. The winner of the Amateur Prize will be decided by public vote.   In order to make voting fair they are using the Facebook login system, so you will need to be logged in to vote.

If you’d like to vote for Late Afternoon Light click here.


AAA Award for Pollyanna

Passionate about wildlife and equally passionate about accurately interpreting her subjects Wildlife Artist Pollyanna Pickering has dedicated her life to conservation through art.

And now she is honoured to have received the Association of Animal Artists most prestigious award, which was presented at their Annual Gala Dinner last Saturday. The Inaugural Chairman’s Award is presented to the artist who is considered to have most significantly raised the profile of wildlife art in the last twelve months.P1050446

SOFA member Pollyanna is the most published artist in the UK, with images selling in eighty countries worldwide, giving her a unique opportunity to raise the profile of wildlife art internationally. During the past year her artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout the UK as well as in Vancouver, Florida and  Arizona.

Pollyanna is an award winning speaker and in the last year she presented over 50 talks throughout the UK, about her expeditions to paint endangered species in the wild.  In early January 2016 she travelled to Tucson to lecture at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute. Pollyanna’s enthusiastic and often light hearted presentations help to bring awareness of specific environmental issues and the role of wildlife art in conservation to her audiences – often for the very first time.

She is also able to reach brand new audiences through her regular guest appearances on the Create and Craft TV channel – in 2015 Pollyanna filmed 28 one hour shows, working at her easel live in the studio, and chatting to the presenters about the inspiration behind her artwork.  Over 100 follow up shows featuring her artwork and clips of her interviews were broadcast, and in spring the channel sent a crew to her studio to film ‘A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Artist’. For the first time last year, Pollyanna also took part in several ‘simulcast’ shows – which broadcast live across the USA.

Pollyanna said ‘I feel so lucky to have won this beautiful award for doing the work I love, and sharing wildlife and feline art with a wider audience.”

UK Coloured Pencil Society’s Regional Exhibition 2015

S.O.F.A. member France Bauduin won ‘best domestic animal’ for this fabulous drawing in the 2nd UK Coloured Pencil Society’s Regional Exhibition in Richmond, North Yorkshire. Congratulations France, very well deserved!
The show is on until the 14th of October.


2nd UK Coloured Pencil Society’s Regional Exhibition
The Station, Station Yard,
North Yorkshire,
DL10 4LD

On from the 3rd to 14th October 2015

Autumn Art Fair in Teddington

S.O.F.A. member Barbara Thaxter is exhibiting paintings, including her cat paintings in the Autumn Art Fair at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington. The show is on Saturday 17th October & 18th October.

Pink Fluffy Throw Barbara ThaxterAutumn Art Fair
Ferry Rd, Teddington,
TW11 9NN

Saturday 17th October & 18th October
10.AM – 5PM

James Lewis picks a Winner for Pollyanna!

The winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation 2015 Prize draw has been drawn by celebrity TV auctioneer James Lewis. The lucky winner, Sue Allen of Stafford has won a painting of a Tiger.


James is without doubt one of the most recognised faces in the international antiques world. He is regularly seen as an expert on BBC shows including The Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt. However James is also a great animal lover – who originally considered training to be a vet! Along with Pollyanna he acts as a patron of the Born Free Foundation. Pollyanna was delighted that James was willing to spare time from his very busy schedule to help her select the winners in the prize draw organised by her charitable foundation.

The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation raises funds and campaigns for conservation and animal welfare in the UK and worldwide. Between the sales of prize draw tickets, donations and a percentage of sales from Pollyanna’s Summer exhibition the Foundation has raised £8000.00 which will be used to fund the retraining of Chinese workers from bear bile farms to become certified animal carers in a new sanctuary for animals which have been rescued from this cruel trade. Find out more about the work of the Foundation at

A Time for Paws Exhibition in Australia

S.O.F.A. member Margaret Slape-Phillips has twenty new paintings in an upcoming exhibition in Marion Cultural Centre in Adelaide, South Australia in September.

BOOKWORM - Margaret Slape-Phillips (Oil on Belgian Linen) 46cm x 30cm

“Bookworm” features Tigger my studio muse. Oil on Belgian Linen, 46cm x 30cm.

A Time for Paws Exhibition
Gallery M,
Marion Cultural Centre,
South Australia.

The exhibition runs from 4th – 27th September, 2015.

Exhibition Photos

Slide Shows
See the photos of each exhibition as a slide show. Click the links below and sit back and watch the show. These will be quite large photos and may take a while to load.

SOFA London 2016
SOFA London 2015
SOFA London 2014
SOFA London 2013
SOFA London 2012
SOFA London 2011
SOFA London 2010
SOFA London 2009
SOFA London 2008


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