As is traditional, our final members’ meeting for the year, which will be held on Thursday 28 November, will be a fun, social evening, combined with the Eleanor Palmer Competition. For all the rules and regulations, please see the latest SASA newsletter.
Members and guests had to brave rainy weather and bad traffic conditions in order to attend the SASA monthly meeting in the Athenaeum last Thursday, 25th July. Those of us who did so, were amply rewarded for our efforts, and treated to a very lively and informative meeting.
The meeting started with a short presentation by Di Metcalf from Art Sauce, who came to remind us about the 9th annual August Sketchpack Project which is an initiative to encourage artists to focus on something creative every day, by making a little sketch on any theme in the concertina sketchpacks. The project has a Facebook page to link to, and all completed sketchpacks will be exhibited at Art Sauce in October. Sketchpacks were available to purchase.
Traditionally, the July meeting is the time for the annual Landscape, Life, and Still Life competition. All entries are to be painted from life, in one sitting known as working alla prima.
We were given the opportunity to look at the entries, and complete the voting process. While the votes were being counted Gavin Winsen from Winsen’s canvasses spoke to us about the company, which was started 34 years ago in Johannesburg by his uncle and has remained a family business. Gavin brought samples of the stretchers and various cotton duck and Belgian linens available.
All the frames are made using sustainable Obeche wood from Ghana, which is a very stable wood that is not susceptible to warping. They are also all fitted with expansion wedges, are double primed and are available in various depths. Orders can be placed and canvases delivered door to door with no additional courier charges. Adrian Larkin thanked Gavin for the many canvases he has donated to SASA for outreach and prizes. Each one of us at the meeting were then given a beautiful Winsen canvas to take home and try for ourselves.
The winners of Landscape, Life, and Still Life were then announced, and cups and certificates were awarded, together with prizes donated by Art Sauce.
The winners were: In the Landscape category – first Beth Lowe, with “Reflections”; second Grazyna Janik’s “Kalk Bay”; third Lyn Northam’s “Noordhoek Beach”. In the Life category – first Grazyna Janik, with “Desire”; second Veronica Reid, with “Princess”; third Paramisiven Veeramunder, with “Family Driver”. In the Still Life category – First Marcelle Lyons, with “A Rose for Lawrie”; second Beth Lowe’s “Radishes”; third, Penny Steynor’s “Still Life with Plectranthus”. Well done to all our winners.
The 116th SASA AGM was held on Thursday 28 February, at the home of our society, the Athenaeum in Newlands.
As has become tradition, SASA Fellow, Solly Gutman very kindly agreed to chair the meeting, doing a great job and adding gravitas to the formal part of the evening, as he smoothly worked his way through the set agenda.
Our president, Audrey Innes, gave a slide-show presentation on the past year’s activities of the society and, looking back on it all, it’s quite amazing how much we fitted in!
Mike Forrester delivered the treasurer’s report and the council was elected. There was a call for nominations for prospective council members to be put forward and any points of concern to be raised, but none were, so we must assume our members are content with the status quo.
With the dry half of the meeting out of the way, we could get down to the real reason we came – the annual drawing competition, the theme of which for this year, was “Water”.
In second place was Liz Pearson with “Submerged” and third was Avril Retief’s “The Rescue”. All beautiful work and worthy winners.
A big thanks to “The Deckle Edge” for donating vouchers for the prizes and to “Artland” who gave us a very good deal on their imported sketchbooks.
The SASA end of year function was held last night – Thursday 29 November – at the Athenaeum. As is our tradition, the “Eleanor Palmer Competition” was the highlight of the evening. This is the one “in-house” competition where there are not too many constraints regarding your entry – one original piece per member, any subject, any medium – and we had some truly beautiful entries to choose from.
Our members strolled around the hall, plateful of snacks in one hand and glass in the other, studying the paintings and making their choices. While the votes were being tallied, we were kept amused by the wonderful art quiz, compiled by Christine Cherry-Jones, which not only taxed our brains and history of art knowledge, but also provoked much hilarity. Thanks Christine, for your hard work in putting it all together.
The winners of the competition were: first – Marcelle Lyons, for her painting “Newlands Forest Winter”, second – Laura Wenman, with “Always Remembered” and in third place – Chantelle Van Zyl, with “Beach Buddy” Well done you three!
Though bordering on chaos at times, it was a wonderfully festive and light-hearted evening, with plenty of wine and a great spread of snacks – thanks everyone who contributed a plateful, it was really enjoyed and appreciated.
A very Happy Christmas to those who celebrate it and happy everything else to those who don’t.
Have a wonderful holiday and we’ll see you in the new year.
On Thursday 29 November, at the last members’ meeting for 2018 we will, as is traditional, be holding the Eleanor Palmer competition and end of year function. We hope to see you all there. See latest newsletter for details.
This past weekend, August 11 and 12, it was time for the 2018 SASA selection weekend. A rather chilly Saturday morning saw us assembled, bright and early, at Rustenburg Girls High School.
By the time the members started arriving with their work, our team of happy helpers, to whom we are extremely grateful – without them this would be impossible – had everything organised and under control, ensuring that all went very smoothly, as each artist’s work went through the submission process. We soon filled up the once empty hall with an abundance of amazing artwork.
Sunday was “Judgement Day”! We had a trio of lady judges this year, who very efficiently and consistently gave a score to each of the close to four hundred pieces presented to them throughout the day.
Our well-briefed team all knew and carried out their tasks silently and capably, so that the judges could concentrate on their challenging assignment. Many thanks to our Judges – Liesl Hartmann, Virginia McKenny and Gail Dorje – for giving us the benefit of their time and expertise.
Tea and lunch breaks were crucial, allowing time for the judges to stretch their legs – and everyone else to rest theirs! – so that they could, refreshed, continue with the scoring. Thanks to Mary and Kate, for your usual excellent catering, which kept us going all day.
Congratulations to all the award winners. Best oil – Helena Jordaan, “My Naam is Moreblessing”; best acrylic – Jeremy Day, “Peace in the Valley”; best drawing – Suzanne Fortgens, “The Firemen of the Cape Town Brigade”; best watercolour – Pam Quinlan, “Toadstools”, best pastel – ChristophernReid, “Robberg Complements”; best sculpture – Penny Steynor, “Attack”; best print media – Marilyn Southey, “The Pool”; best mixed media – Ali Lauren Melck, “Sunbird Study”.
So, that’s another very successful selection weekend under our belts and we look forward to seeing all the chosen pieces on display at our annual exhibition.
This, SASA’s 112th annual exhibition, will be opened by Virginia McKenny on Friday 24 August at 18:30, at our usual venue, The Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch. We’ll see you there!
Last night – Thursday 26 July – was this month’s SASA members’ meeting, which is traditionally combined with the annual Landscape, Life and Still-life competition.
We had a lovely selection of entries to choose from, which made voting rather difficult, but choices had to be made.
While the votes were being tallied, Lyn Northam and Wyn Rossouw gave a critique of the work submitted and a marvelous job they did too! Thank you Lyn and Wyn – not an easy assignment, but one you are both most qualified to fulfill. I’m sure all who attended got a lot of tips for improving their work.
These completed sketch-packs will then be exhibited in the window of Artsauce for the month of October. I hope you all got yours?
The gift vouchers given to the three winners in each category for the evening were also donated by Artsauce. In addition to a voucher, each winner also received a quality canvas, kindly donated by Winsen’s Canvas. We had some very happy winners, taking home these lovely prizes.
….and the winners were…..In the Landscape Category – first was Beth Lowe with her oil painting of “Noordhoek Beach”, second was Craig Paton-Ash, with his drawing of “Muizenberg” and third, Grazyna Janik, with a painting of “Hout Bay Harbour”.
In the Life category – first Penny Steynor’s pastel portrait of her “Old Friend”, second was Tressan Verramunder with his watercolour “No Smile” and in third place, Jinty De Villiers with her sketch – “Finishing Touches”.
In the Still-life category – first Penny Steynor with her watercolour “Class Project” and in joint second place, Grazyna Janik with her oil “My Winter Crop” and Margaret Munro’s watercolour “Tulips”.
Well done to all our prize-winners – all wonderful work and well-deserved winnings.
On Thursday 22 Feb we had a good turn-out of members at our AGM at the Athenaeum, with Solly Gutman taking his usual, competent place in the chair.
Judging by the President’s Report, the past twelve months have been an extremely busy – and hopefully productive – time for all of our members. Packed with outings, workshops, meetings and exhibitions as it was, it was certainly not a boring year.
After the formalities of the evening were completed, we could get down to the important task of judging the drawing competition. There were many beautiful and varied interpretations of the theme “Ebony and Ivory”, but winners had to be chosen.
In first place we had Sonja Frenz, with her lovely “Trees at Sunnyside”, second was “Khasab” by Fiona Nichols and, in third place, Frederick Krause with “Pride”. Well done to the three of you, for your very worthy winning entries.
On Thursday 22 February 2018 at our monthly members’ meeting, we will hold the SASA AGM and annual drawing competition. We are looking for new council members, so come and join us and get involved.
2017 has flown by and we held the final SASA members’ meeting for the year on Thursday 30 November. The November meeting is traditionally a more relaxed evening, with an informal layout, wine and snacks to be enjoyed throughout the evening and an art quiz to get our brains buzzing.
Thanks to Wyn Rossouw for the (what we thought was a) challenging quiz. Nicely done Wyn and thanks for giving us the “easier” version. Really tested our art knowledge and sent us scurrying back to our reference books when we got home!
We had some beautiful entries for the annual Eleanor Palmer Competition and a difficult job choosing our favourites.
Chosen by your peers, by secret ballot, the winners were…..in third place, Mandy Herdien, second was Sonja Rivett-Carnac and our winner of the trophy for this year was Grazyna Janik. Well done to all three of you. Wonderful work.
Thanks to those who participated and to all who brought the very tasty plates of snacks to feed us all during the evening. Enjoy the festive season, however and whatever you may be celebrating and we’ll see you in the new year.