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!|
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.