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On the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of August, hopeful members flocked to Rustenburg High School with artworks to be considered for selection for the 108th SASA Annual Exhibition.

The exhibition will be held in the Sanlam Hall at Kirstenbosch Gardens, between the 6th and 16th of October.

This was an extremely busy weekend for the organisers and
their cheerful team of helpers. With over 400 artworks to deal
with, the process had to be very well planned and carried out
to avoid problems. Which it was and did!

    The judges also had their work cut out
    for them, viewing and allocating points
    to each piece brought to them from the
    veritable sea of paintings in the hall. This 
    was just the beginning. They then had to
    choose the best of the best and award
    trophies and commendations.

The trophies went to: Margie Taswell-Yates for best Acrylic; Adele Galgut for best drawing; Laura Wenman for best oil; Pam Quinlan for best watercolour, Charles Van der Merwe for best pastel and Peter Nicolle for best sculpture.

This year’s judges were Riaan Cronje (HOD Visual Arts, Design, Dramatic Arts, Dance Studies at Elkanah House High School); Jenny Parsons (professional Artist); David Oertel (HOD Visual Arts, Springfield Convent)

Well done everyone for a pleasant and smoothly run selection weekend.
And a special thank you to Mary McMillan for a great catering job.

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A wonderful morning was spent by SASA members visiting 5 Art Studios by local Artists
Simonstown: George and Venitia Eglington and Michelle Brourard
Glencairn Heights: Yvonne Ankerman
Kommetjie: Beth Louw and Valda Preen

George and Venitia’s Studio: They had extended their double garage, added a dividing wall and created a space more than big enough for the two of them to paint in, including a stunning view over the Bay. 
George paints lovely local scene in watercolour and Venitia paints great oil landscapes. Venitia kindly hosted coffee and great cheese scones.

Michelle’s Studio has a wonderful large, warm and sunny courtyard studio with a Mediterranean feel.
Michelle painting wonderful abstracts in acrylic and watercolour landscapes.

Beth Louw paints mainly out doors and has a great spot in her house to display her paintings. Her gallery is open by appointment. Beth paints in oils, specialising in beautiful seascapes.

Valda Preen gives classes in her studio, on the beach in Kommetjie. A wonderful collection of her paintings where on view for us to look at. She kindly hosted tea and a scrumptious Chocolate cake.

Yvonne Ankerman’s Studio in Glencairn heights overlooks False Bay. She has a collection of Pallet Knife flower paintings as well as “en Plein Air” landscapes. A batch of red underpainting canvases, drying and almost ready to paint on.

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Art in the Park

The first Art in the Park exhibition held outdoors by SASA on Sunday March 3 was a resounding success!  Although 80 spaces were booked and allocated, there were a few blank ‘spots’ on the day, but that just allowed others to spread out a bit.  And the weather played ball as well – it was absolutely beautiful;  hot with just a welcome breeze every now and then ….  A number of members came from afar – Velddriff, Langebaan, Hermanus and Villiersdorp.

And original art seems to be coming back into fashion.  44 paintings were sold.  Well done to everyone.

Photo with permission by Mel Elliott.  The Elliott’s came all the way from Villiersdorp to take part!

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2013 Merit Exhibition

The new year started off in full force for SASA with an exceptional wealth of talent being exhibited at the 2013 Merit Exhibition.

This exhibition is by invitation to the artists that achieved top marks from the judges at the 2012 Selection Weekend in September which was a prelude to the 110th Annual Exhibition.

To celebrate 110 years of exhibitions, our own patron, Sam Nhlengethwa flew down from Gauteng to open the Annual, and two new Fellows joined the elite SASA ranks.  Congratulations to Wyn Rossouw and Ros Walters.

Sam Nhlengethwa opening the Annual Exhibition

And we certainly were honoured to have Lionel Davis open this year’s Merit Exhibition – two of South Africa’s best known artists gracing us with their presence.

Lionel Davis congratulating the 2013 Merit Artists

We now have an exhibition with a difference to look forward to.  On 3 March, a number of SASA artists will be exhibiting their work at an ‘Art in the Park’ Festival at Groot Constantia.  This is a first for the society and hopefully not the last!

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105th Annual Exhibition

If August was hectic, September certainly was filled with constant activity.

And the culmination of our September 2011 was the Annual Exhibition which was opened by our Patron and acclaimed artist, Conrad Theys.  The highlight of the evening was the induction of three new Fellows to the Society – Penny Steynor, Laura Wenman and Solly Gutman.

To achieve this honour, artists need to achieve a total of 90 out of 120 points over three out of four Annual Exhibitions.  Not an easy task, so as you can imagine, the work of our three new Fellows is exceptional.  Well done!

From left: Conrad Theys (SASA Patron), Lorna Jakins (SASA President), Laura Wenman, Solly Gutman and Penny Steynor
Photo courtesy of Karen Watkins of the Constantiberg Bulletin

This was our 105th Annual Exhibition and was superb.  Well done to all the artists who took part.  To those who didn’t get their work in, as Conrad said, you weren’t rejected, just not accepted by the judges of this year’s selection day.  So keep going.

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Members’ Exhibition Number 1 for 2011

As Lorna said in her letter (see newsletter of June 2011) – Whew!  A lot of work by some very dedicated helpers made the first Members’ Exhibition for this year such a success.  But mostly it was the Artists.  Incredible artwork made the show, so take a big bow all of you who took part.

And now we’re getting ready to start the process all over again for the 2nd Members’ Exhibition.  This is the first time we are having two open exhibitions, a trend we hope to follow from now on.

A few fun photos of some of the super efficient helpers on the day.


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The Merit Exhibition 2011

Our first evening opening at Kirstenbosch!  Wow!

Dale Elliot opened the exhibition entertaining us with anecdotes and tales of his career in art and the evening was set off perfectly with a great jazz group keeping our feet tapping.

And the accolades for the artists exhibiting were well deserved.  What a great show.

Dale Elliot

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Watermedia Showcase

Watermedia Showcase sponsored by Watercolor Artist
Best of Show: $500
2nd Place: $250 
3rd Place: $100 
4th Place: $50
Award Winners will be published and Honorable Mentions’ names will be listed in the February 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist. All Winners and Honorable Mentions will receive a certificate suitable for framing.
Deadline: August 2, 2010
The competition is open to artists anywhere in the world. All works must be original. Compositions based on published material or other artists’ work are NOT considered original and are not eligible. Paintings executed in a workshop under another artist’s supervision or paintings based on another person’s photograph (even if copyright-free) are NOT eligible. Mixed-media entries are accepted, but the primary medium must be watermedia. Employees of F+W Media, Inc., and their immediate families, are not eligible. Watercolor Artistreserves the right to reject work deemed unsuitable for publication or that does not meet above criteria. Work previously published at the time of submission to this contest in a national publication or receiving an award at a national-level exhibition is not eligible.
You may enter online or you may mail all your entries in on one CD. All entries must be digital files. You may enter work in any and all categories; there is no limit to the number of images you may enter. If entering via regular mail you must inlclude an Entry Form. Please also include a separate sheet that gives the title and dimensions of each image. The titles of the images on the CD must match the titles on the sheet. Image files cannot exceed 2MG. The file must be saved as a JPEG in RGB color mode (not CMYK). If your work is selected as a winner, we may contact you about sending a high-res replacement. Incomplete entry forms and information sheets, and improperly named image files will be disqualified.
Fees and Payment: All entries are $15 per image. A credit card number and signature or a check or money order for the required jury fee (in U.S. funds, drawn on a U.S. bank) must accompany your entry. There will be a $10 charge for all returned checks or declined credit cards. Credit cards will be charged within 90 days of contest deadline. Charges will appear as “F+W contests.”
Materials: CDs will not be returned (so have a duplicate made for your own files). Watercolor Artist will not be responsible for the loss, damage or return of any CDs submitted to the competition.
Entries must be submitted online or postmarked no later than August 2, 2010.
Entries will be prejudged and then finalists will be chosen by the magazine staff. All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged. The decision of the jurors is final.
All winners will be notified by November 1, 2010. The results will not otherwise be made public until they are published in Watercolor Artist. Non-winning entrants will not be individually notified of the results. Your cancelled check or credit-card charge will be notification for receipt of your entry.

Click here to enter online

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The Members Exhibition 2010

What an incredible number of talented artists we have in our Society. 
The standard of work at the Members Exhibition was exceptionally high – well done to all of you who put a painting up and congratulations to those who sold.  The comments from the public were fantastic!
Sales were on the low side, but we put this down to the time of year.  In fact, there were hardly any overseas visitors through Kirstenbosch last week.  Maybe they’re all up in Johannesburg for the start of the World Cup.  And because the World Cup is almost upon us, I thought this painting could have pride of place in this blog post!

Keep painting!  Remember Selection Day for our prestigious Annual Exhibition is coming up in September.  Watch your newsletters for more details and check the web site for more info.

Enjoy the World Cup!