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November Members’ Meeting





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… 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.

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End of Year Function and Eleanor Palmer Competition

On Thursday 30 November, our last members’ meeting for 2017, we will be holding our end of year function at the Athenaeum. As well as the annual Eleanor Palmer competition, there will be drinks and snacks and a bit of light-hearted fun. See November SASA newsletter for details.

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2017 SASA Selection Weekend





The SASA 2017 selection weekend took place on the weekend of 5 and 6 August, in the hall of Rustenburg High School. The whole exciting weekend flowed smoothly and seamlessly, thanks to our team of willing helpers. We couldn’t do this each year without so many of our members volunteering their services.





We are also very grateful to our wonderfully patient judges – Hayden Proud, Lindy Van Niekerk and Andrew Cooper – who gave of their time and expertise so generously, surrounded as they were by a plethora of beautiful works of art to be assessed and scored.






They had a most challenging job to do, but did it calmly and professionally and will be on hand at our August members’ meeting to justify their decisions, so come along with your three entries and find out how your work could be improved.






Congratulations to all who won awards – it’s always a tremendous feeling to be “chosen”, but to those whose work didn’t score as highly as they were expecting: Don’t be discouraged! See it as a learning experience. Perhaps next year it will be your turn.

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July SASA Members’ Meeting

The SASA members’ meeting was held on Thursday 27 July at the Athenaeum. It proved to be a very entertaining evening.

Di Metcalfe and Catherine Moss, of Artsauce, kicked off the proceedings with a presentation of their “Sketchpack Project”, which they run every year around this time. You get a little zig-zag sketch pad with space for a sketch a day for a month. A wonderful way to get you into the habit of sketching every day and to be a part of the exhibition of these wonderfully creative works, at the end of it all.

Next up was the “Alla Prima Landscape, Life and Still-Life Competition”. Entries had to have been drawn, or painted from life, in one sitting. A challenge for any artist, but we had many beautiful and skillfully executed entries.








While the members’ votes were being tallied, we were given a crit of each entry, by the most experienced double act of Margie Johnson and Laura Wenman. Thank you, you two, for your very informative, constructive – and sometimes hilarious – input for the evening. It was much appreciated by all who attended and especially those whose work was on display. You gave us much insight into the way the use of colour, tone and light can enhance, or detract from a composition. We all learned a lot that evening.

Then, of course we have the winners! In the still life category, first place went to Wyn Rossouw, second was Grazyna Janik and third, Penny Steynor. 

In the life drawing category, Penny Steynor was in first place, second was Christopher Reid and third was Tressan Vermunder.

In the landscape category, first place was awarded to Beth Lowe, second to Grazyna Janik and in third place, Penny Steynor. Well done to all the winners!

A big thank you must go to Gavin Van Winsen of “Winsen’s Canvases”, who donated the beautiful Belgian Linen canvases, which were given as prizes and I’m sure, which the winners can’t wait to work on.

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2017 AGM and Drawing Competition

We had a nicely full hall at the Athenaeum for our February SASA members’ meeting on Thursday the 23rd. This is when we traditionally hold our AGM and annual drawing competition, and the walls were lined with some very beautiful entries.








Under Solly Gutman’s expert chairmanship,  the meeting went very smoothly indeed. Glenda Chambers presented her wonderfully positive president’s report, which illustrated for us just how well our society is performing, growing both in membership and in expertise.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGlenda presented  Liesl Hartman, of the Peter Clarke Art Centre, with a cheque for R10 000, as part of the SASA outreach programme. This donation was gratefully accepted by Liesl, who told us of the wonderful projects happening at the Art Centre, aimed at children from poorer areas. The money will certainly be put to good use.

Last on the evening’s agenda was the drawing competition. After carefully studying the entries, decisions were made and votes were cast.

Then, while the officials were doing the tallying up, everyone else enjoyed a splendidly sociable tea, thanks to Mary and her team.

The winners of the competition were, in third place, Mary McMillan, second Adele Sanders and first place went to Craig Paton-Ash. Well done you three for your outstanding work.

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November SASA Members’ Meeting

On Thursday 24 November, we had our final members’ meeting for 2016 and the annual Eleanor Palmer competition.

The hall at the Athenaeum was full and the mood merry. Plenty to eat and drink and much happy conversation had the room buzzing. Thanks to everyone who brought a plate-full of snacks to share.

Christine Cherry-Jones once more compiled an interesting art quiz to tax our brains – with sometimes hilarious results – and add another dimension to a fun end of year function. Thank you Christine and to your able assistant, Wyn Rossouw, who did a lot of running around during question time.

There were many wonderful works entered, making for difficult decisions, but once the votes were counted, we had three very deserving winners. Wyn Rossouw, Elize Bezuidenhout and in first place, Karen Burns, who took home the trophy for her gorgeous still-life. Well done ladies!

It’s been a great year. Let’s hope the next is just as good. Happy Holidays everyone!


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Landscape, Life and Still-life Competition.

Thursday 28th, being the last Thursday of July, was the SASA members’ meeting at the Athenaeum, as well as the Landscape, Life-drawing and Still-Life competition. This competition is to encourage our members to paint from life, rather than photographs, be it from a model, a still life they’ve set up, or en plein air and to complete the painting on the spot, without any fiddling, or tweaking, in the studio afterwards. It means the artist has to work quickly and lends an element of freshness to the piece.

We had many lovely entries, each of which was given a brief crit – not a simple assignment! – by Mary Serrurier and Lyn Northam . Thanks Ladies, you did a sterling job. Many of the comments, regarding colour and composition, related not only to the work being discussed, but could translate to enhance whatever happens to be on our easels at home. A wonderful opportunity for learning through looking and listening.

Penny Steynor won the cup for both life-drawing and still-life, while Grazyna Janik took first place in the landscape category.

Runners-up were, in the life-drawing category, Laura Wenman; for still-life, Karen Burns and landscape, Lyn Northam. Gerbrand van Heerden took third place in all three.

Well done to all of you. May all our members be inspired to enter next year!