On Tuesday 13 March, the group of SASA members who attended were privileged to have Hayden Proud, curator of the exhibition, showing us around “Assessing Abstraction” at the National Gallery.
He gave us the benefit of his vast knowledge of the history of art and especially pertaining to this particular exhibition. We were shown new ways of looking at abstraction and given a certain understanding, which allowed us to see what we might, without his guidance, otherwise have missed.
We learned that abstraction began, not in modern Europe – it’s usually accepted birthplace – but in the more ancient cultures of Africa, Australia and America, where the native people have always used non-representational mark-making in many different forms.
We were shown how abstract canvases became free from the square and abstract art, free from the canvas. Colour is often used just for colour’s sake, for the enjoyment and interpretation of both artist and viewer.
A wonderful morning. Thanks to Hayden Proud, for your time and knowledge and to Lynne Menge, for arranging it for us.
The first SASA Art In The Park for 2018 will be held on 17 March at Rondebosch Park on Campground Rd. For more info, please see the latest newsletter. For bookings, please email our secretary, Liz Pearson at email@example.com
On Thursday 25 January a busy bunch of volunteers spent the day hanging the Merit exhibition in the Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch, but we had to wait till Friday for the opening, as our monthly meeting was on the Thursday night.
It was worth the wait. A beautiful exhibition, with the well-chosen pieces sitting comfortably in their space.
The hall filled up with the usual crowd as well as a whole lot of new faces and the clever few who made a plan to get there early, were the fortunate ones – having an uninterrupted view of the artworks on display and first choice of purchases.
The exhibition was opened by renowned contemporary artist, Derric Van Rensburg, whose wonderful speech had his audience in stitches. A different take on art history, with a bit of philosophy thrown into the very “tongue-in-cheek” mix, resulted in a highly entertaining opening address and set the lighthearted tone for the rest of the evening. Thank you, Derric.
Sales were off to a flying start, while, thanks to Mary and Adrian and their respective teams, the wonderful platters of snacks and the nicely stocked wine and juice bar added to the evening’s festive feeling.
The 2018 SASA Merit exhibition will be opened by internationally acclaimed artist, Derric Van Rensburg, on Friday 26 January at 18:00. The exhibition, held in the Richard Crowie Hall, at the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, will run till Sunday 4 February.
Saturday 25 November was a beautiful day for Art in the Park and everyone was there bright and early to get their stalls up and ready for business.
We had over 100 artists taking part this time, both SASA members and those from other art societies around Cape Town, providing an abundance of art for people to look at and to choose from. We also had some art shops participating, encouraging the artists to do some shopping of their own.
The atmosphere was wonderfully relaxed and the food stalls were busy, as friends and families made a day of it under the trees, picnicking on the grass, or at the tables, between browsing the stalls.
There was something for everyone. When shopping got too much, there was coffee and smoothies to be drunk and music to be listened to – or for some of our younger, less inhibited customers, danced to – there were trees to be climbed and new friends to be made.
Thanks to Adrian Larkin for all the planning and organising of another successful art affair!
This has been a busy week for SASA council members and their team of helpers. On Wednesday we dismantled the Annual Exhibition from the “Richard Crowie Hall” at Kirstenbosch and on Thursday 5 October we were back again to hang the Members’ 2 Exhibition – once again a challenging job, expertly overseen by Sylvia De Villiers.
The proceedings were kicked off by author, columnist and artist, David Biggs, being his own delightfully light-hearted self and delivering an entertaining opening address.
The evening continued in this cheerful vein, as members and guests alike enjoyed the work on display, as well as the food and drinks on offer. Thanks, as usual, to Mary and Kate for the catering and Adrian for organising the bar.
Our guests were ushered out by a magnificent full moon – a fitting ending to another successful exhibition opening.
Thursday 21 September was a very busy day for the SASA council members and their helpers at the Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch. The day was spent arranging and hanging over 260 pieces of art. It was a tight squeeze, with the many large paintings to be shown, but we managed, creating a very beautiful exhibition.
The evening saw us back again, for the official opening of the exhibition. The opening address was given by Donald Greig, sculptor, artist and gemologist, who had only good things to say about the overall high standard of the work on display.
Donald also handed out the awards from the selection weekend, of which there were many. The trophies for “best in category” went to: Jeanette Nichol – best oil; Margie Volkwyn – best acrylic; Inge Semple – best watercolour; Veronica Reid – best pastel; Lucy Coburn – best mixed media; Di Ackerman – best drawing; Boniface Chikwenhere – best sculpture; Di Ackerman – best print media
Lucky members and guests who arrived early were treated to unrestricted views of the paintings, which was not possible later in the evening, with the large crowd, drawn by the exhibition, filling the halls.
It was a wonderfully sociable event, with Mary’s usual outstanding catering and Adrian’s well-run bar. There were also many red dots to be seen, so altogether, satisfyingly successful in every way.
Thanks to everyone whose assistance made it all possible, especially Sylvia De Villiers, who is a marvelous “hanging overseer”!
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.
After the “hanging team” had spent a very busy day finding comfortable space for the huge number of paintings we had to display, the John Winter Hall at Kirstenbosch was looking wonderful for the opening of the exhibition. The beauty of it all was further enhanced by Helen Estcourt’s exquisite flower arrangement.
The exhibition was officially opened by Liesl Hartman, principal of the Peter Clarke Art Centre and an accomplished artist in her own right. She gave a lovely, warm speech about stories and connections, especially those created and inspired by works of art.
Mary McMillan did her usual great job with the catering and Adrian’s bar was buzzing. Thanks to those who helped out with the service. It all added up to a marvelously sociable evening, enjoyed by artists and guests alike, helped along by a good number of sales. An excellent start to a potentially very successful exhibition.