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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!
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The 2010 Merit Exhibition

An amazing array of paintings by some of the most talented artists amongst us.  The Merit Exhibition was an undeniable success, from both an exceptional visual experience, to a fantastic sales record!  Here are just a few of some of the awesome works that we were treated to.

From top to bottom:  Di Ackerman, Charles van der Merwe, Karen Burns, Margie Johnson, Jenny Merritt, Marion Cross, Wyn Rossouw and Ros Walters.

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The Merit Exhibition March 20th

The prestigious Merit Exhibition opens this Saturday, March 20th at Kirstenbosch Sanlam Hall.  
In qualifying for the Merit, these artists had to achieve a minimum of 25 points for their three paintings submitted to the Annual Exhibition Selection Day.  With a total of 6 judges making the call, this was not easy, but here is the list of those who made the cut!  Well done to all of you.
Bill Brown,  Margie Johnson,  June Hofmeyr,  Nola Muller-Viotti,  Marion Langton,  Margarida Baptista,  Ros Walters,  Penny Steynor,  Ann Mingay,  Di Ackerman,  Colleen Ross,  Ray Potter,  Mandy McKay,  Ginny Hickling,  Eileen Bass,  Judy Wheeler,  Laura Wenman,  Charles vd Merwe,  Claudia Treagus,  Helene Swart,  Klaus Schilling,  Wyn Rossouw,  John Robert,  Barbara Lewis,  Jeanne le Roux,  Fanie le Roux,  Patricia Fraser,  Marion Cross,  Karen Burns,  Geoff Price,  Valda Preen,  Albert Lastovica,  Viv King,  Sue Joyce,  Brian Johnson,  Jeanette Hablutzel,  Solly Gutman,  Judy Fish,  Sylvia de Villiers,  Paul Birchall.

St James Beach Sea Gazer by Bill Brown
Best Acrylic
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If you have some free time, take a trip to Mainstream Shopping Centre in Hout Bay where a number of our members have paintings on exhibition.
Sue Kidd, Pauline Fine, Irinia Riabtseva, Sheena Baissac, Dawn Cairs, Fula Paxinos and Helen Estcourt have put together this exhibition which has been on show since the beginning of January.  This is the last week as it ends on the 30th.
From the 9th to 17th February, Art Portfolio is having an exhibition of paintings at the Sanlam Hall in Kirstenbosch Gardens.  The line up of artists is quite formidable –
Bill Brown
Sarah Campbell
Lesley Charnock
Nici Clarke
Marion Cross
Margaret Gibbs
June Hyman
Liz Jones
Sue Joyce
Suzie Kidd
Ros Molteno
Cherry Nichols
Elva Palombo
Ray Potter
Christel Read
John Robert
Wyn Rossouw
Penny Steynor
Dianne Johnson-Ackerman
Christine Cherry-Jones
Elaine van Hoffen
Maggie Best
You are all invited.