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The Second SASA Members’ Exhibition for 2017

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.

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SASA’s 111th Annual Exhibition

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”!


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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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The Opening of SASA Members 1 Exhibition









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.








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Art In The Park

We had a perfect day for our first Art in the Park for 2017 – warm, but not too hot, with not a breath of wind till a light breeze got up around lunch-time. It was held on Sunday 26 March at our new regular venue, Rondebosch Park.

Once again members from the other art societies were invited to join us and we had a lovely gathering of artists, with a wide selection of styles and subject matter, giving our customers plenty to choose from. When they weren’t busy selling their wares, the artists were busy chatting with their neighbours, making new friends and collecting tips for future paintings.

There was a sociable, Sunday atmosphere – whole families strolling through the park, with babies in prams and dogs of all shapes and sizes on leashes, toddlers dancing to the music and everyone picking their favourite painting.

The food stalls did just as well as the art stalls did, as people sat around the tables in the dappled shade, enjoying a leisurely lunch, a smoothie, or a cup of excellent coffee.

Once again, a very successful day, thanks to all the organisers and participants. See you next time!


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SASA Merit Exhibition 2017

On Friday 27 January, after a wonderfully rainy day, the usual crowd – as well as many new faces – gathered at the John Winter Hall at Kirstenbosch for the opening of our “Merit” exhibition.









The opening address was given by internationally acclaimed artist, Andrew Cooper. He was articulate and relaxed, giving us some valuable insights and encouraging words, as well as something to laugh at. He praised the work on show – its exceptional quality and the general professional look of the exhibition. Good job, hanging team.

Our bar staff and “waitrons” were kept hard at work, making sure everyone had enough to eat and drink throughout the evening, adding to the festive atmosphere and encouraging patrons to take out their credit cards!










Many paintings were sold on opening night and by the time of writing this, sales were up to 39, a record number for the first three days of any previous SASA exhibition – well done to all our “Merit” artists. May the remainder of the exhibition prove just as fruitful.

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Art In The Park






Saturday 26 November dawned bright and sunny, with just the hint of a breeze, so we didn’t overheat.  Perfect weather for the last SASA “Art in the Park” for 2016.

We had a record number of artists, from various art societies taking part and a steady stream of people passing through, resulting in record sales.

Both traders and shoppers brought their furry friends and families and made a day of it, strolling down the avenues and picnicking under the trees, to the sound of music in the background. We had joyful little girls spontaneously “bursting into dance” and the food and drink stalls did a roaring trade.





Thanks to all who put in a lot of time and hard work to make this event successful, especially Adrian Larkin, Mary McMillan and Glenda Chambers – great team-work……and a very big thank you to Chris Tunnicliffe from “Julip” Nursery on Imam Haron Rd – he saved our bacon, with a long power lead!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMay this event keep getting bigger and better! See you next year!