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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.

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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!

 

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2016 SASA AGM

The SASA 2016 AGM, held on Thursday 25 February, was very well attended – we certainly has a quorum! – and there were some wonderful entries for the drawing competition. The theme for this year’s competition was “Transport”.

The meeting was most efficiently run, without hiccups or objections, by Solly Gutman. Thank you Solly, we appreciate your calm and professional competence.

Glenda Chambers presented her “President’s Report”, illustrated by a slide-show, the fullness of which reminded us just how much we have achieved in the past year, as a society and as artists. This was emphasized on the business side by the financial report, presented by Kim Scarrott.

We said goodbye to three of last year’s council members – Jeremy Day, Helen van Stolk and Kate Pearce, who will all, thankfully for us, be continuing to serve in their various capacities – and hello to three new council members – Michele Batchelder, Irene Oxley and Steven Gibson. Welcome aboard!

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When the official half of the meeting had been completed, we got down to the fun part – voting for our favourites in the drawing competition – and while the votes were being counted, we enjoyed coffee and snacks in the drawing room.

….and the winners were…In first place, Penny Steynor with “Rapid Transport”, Mandy Herdien took second place with “Bad Boy” and third was Denise Hansen’s “Reluctant Transport”. Well done ladies and thanks to everyone for a pleasurable AGM.

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August 2015 Members’ Meeting

 

The hall at the Athenaeum was very full for the SASA meeting on Thursday 27 August. We were privileged to have two of our selection weekend judges – Robert Slingsby and Donna McKellar – to give brief crits of the work submitted for selection.

Members were encouraged to bring all three of their submitted works, for comparison, to be shown what worked and what didn’t, how addition or subtraction of elements can improve a painting. A great way to learn and to improve one’s artistic skills.

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Robert and Donna had a difficult task, but rose to the challenge, giving lots of constructive criticism and praise, where due. They generously shared with us of their experience and knowledge and everyone left feeling encouraged, ready to try out some of their useful tips.

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Spirits were high, as people left after the meeting. One member was overheard to say “That was the best meeting ever”! So thanks to everyone concerned, for a very well-run event and to Robert and Donna for your time and expertise. Thanks, as well, to Jeremy Day, for stepping in and hosting the evening in his role as vice-president of SASA. A job well done.

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July Members meeting

 

This month’s members’ meeting was held on Thursday 30 July at the Athenaeum in Newlands.

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The evening started off with a presentation by Di Metcalf, from Artsauce, of their “Sketchpack Project”, a wonderful initiative which encourages creative expression through daily drawing.

Each sketchpack is a zig-zag of water colour, or sketching paper, with enough pages for a sketch a day for the month of August and these will be exhibited at Artsauce in October.

 

The second part of our meeting was dedicated to the Life, Still-life and Landscape competition. A competition for “alla prima” (Italian for “at first attempt”) paintings and drawings. This is a competition for work done on the spot, with no fiddling about, or fixing up afterwards and the only competition in which our members are encouraged to enter unfinished works.

Catherine Moss, of Artsauce and our own Lyn Northam, very kindly agreed to crit the entries on the evening and had words of encouragement for every artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a lot of lovely work to look at and vote for. Difficult decisions had to be made, but the winners were Lyn Northam, for her beautiful “Sunlit Trees” in the “Landscape” category, while Penny Steynor took well-deserved first place in both the “Still-life” and “Life” categories.

Well done to both of you. Have fun spending your prizes – vouchers, generously donated by Artsauce.

 

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SASA Annual Selection Weekend

Our selection of work for the annual SASA exhibition at Kirstenbosch took place this past weekend – 18 and 19 July – at Rustenburg Girl’s High School in Rondebosch. We were prepared for a cold and wet Saturday, but were surprised by brilliant sunshine, although it was still pretty chilly early on, when the workers arrived.

All went very smoothly with the signing in and dropping off of paintings, with our assistants doing their assigned tasks quickly and efficiently. The rows and rows of empty chairs in the hall were rapidly filled with an astonishing number of beautiful artworks and their owners left with their hopes high, clutching their numbered slips of paper.

Then came Sunday – “judgement day” – with so many wonderful works of art to show to the judges, we were in for a long haul. Our three judges this year were professional artist, Robert Slingsby; Gallery owner and art curator, Lindy Van Niekerk; professional artist and gallery owner, Donna McKellar.

The judging also went well, with just one little hiccup when unscheduled load shedding put all the lights out. Not to be thwarted by this minor hitch, curtains were opened wide, tables turned to make use of all available natural light, pen and paper replaced computers and we were underway once more.

Mary and her team in the kitchen provided us with a wonderful lunch and lots of hot and cold drinks and snacky things to keep the energy levels up throughout the day. Thanks ladies!

 

 

 

 

 

Their last task was perhaps the most difficult job of the day for the judges. Once they had seen and scored all the hundreds of pieces of art, they still had to decide which deserved the awards. Each piece had to be carefully considered and each award had to be agreed upon by all three.

Thank you, judges, you did a great job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At last we could let the artists in to collect their work and see their scores. When the last painting had been collected and the hall returned to normal, it was long past dark and it was a weary bunch of workers who headed home that night.

Thanks to all who so happily offered your help. We couldn’t have done it without you.