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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.