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SASA Selection Weekend 2016

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On the weekend of 20 and 21 August, we once more appropriated the Rustenberg School hall for the annual SASA selection weekend. Council members and helpers were there bright and early on Saturday morning, preparing for the onslaught of artists with their work…..but the checking in process went very smoothly, with no major hiccups – not even a wet painting to chase away!

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We had many new members submitting work for the first time, adding their own particular energy to the mix. By the end of the day, the hall was full of beautiful works of art, in every style and genre imaginable, making it hard to decide which one preferred. The judges were certainly going to have their work cut out for them.

On Sunday most of us met our judges for the first time. They were three worthy choices, gallery owners and artists in their own right – Derric van Rensburg, Terry Taljaard and Andrew Cooper.

As one by one, the paintings were presented to them, the only thing giving away how they felt, was the number on each scoring box. Each painting was studied calmly and carefully and a score selected. We soon realised they were strict judges, but very consistent and higher scores were definitely well earned.

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By the end of the very long and tiring day, they had looked at about four hundred paintings and made their choices of award winners. Well done to the three of you for a superb judging job and congratulations to all the winners.

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The “Best Ofs” were:

• Watercolour – Craig Paton-Ash “Silo Project”  • Acrylic – Bill Brown “Afterglow”

• Pastel – Penny Steynor “Evening Dust”  • Oil – Laura Wenman “Precious Jade”

• Mixed Media – Mary McMillan “Be not Afraid”

• Sculpture – Boniface Chkwenhere “Ox”  • Drawing – Mandy Herdien “Bad Boy”

Mary and her kitchen team kept everyone happily fed and watered throughout the weekend, as usual, supplying marvelous meals and snacks for in-between.

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Without our willing helpers, this weekend could not have run so efficiently – as one judge was heard to comment “Like a well-oiled machine”! So many grateful thanks to everyone involved.

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