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The Second SASA Members’ Exhibition for 2019

On Friday morning 16 August, Council members and helpers gathered early at the Richard Cowie hall in Kirstenbosch to prepare for the second SASA Members exhibition for 2019.


 

 

 

 

 

The process ran smoothly, as usual, as members dropped off their paintings, and hanging of the works could begin. By lunchtime, the the exhibition was almost hung and already attracting a few visitors from the gardens.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exhibition opening in the evening was well attended, and early birds had the pleasure of viewing many beautiful paintings and sculptures, and several works were swiftly snapped up by lucky art lovers.

The exhibition was opened by Jeremy Day, a senior fellow of SASA. He spoke warmly about the work of fellow artists in SASA, including those who had recently been included in the top 100 finalists of the Sanlam portrait competition.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bar and the kitchen provided drinks and delicious eats to keep everyone happy, and the exhibition will run until 4pm Friday 6th September.


Thank you to all the helpers for their hard work.

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2019 SASA Selection Weekend

Once again Council members and helpers gathered at Rustenberg Girls High School on the weekend of 3rd and 4th of August for the selection process for the SASA Annual Exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

Members arrived bright and early to submit their work and, as usual, the submission process was handled quickly and efficiently. 112 members submitted 320 artworks, slightly down – in quantity, but certainly not in quality – from last year.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the artworks had been processed and labelled, they were set up in readiness for the judging.
On Sunday morning the council members and helpers were briefed and assigned their various roles that would ensure that the day would run as smoothly as possible.


 

 

 

 

Our judges, Marc Alexander, Gail Dorje and John Pace took their seats and a hush settled over the main hall as they got down to work.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to their enthusiasm and efficiency, all the work had been scrutinised by the judges and passed through the selection process by the time we broke for lunch. This was a time for all to relax, and enjoy their meal.

After lunch the judges turned to the serious business of deciding the “Best of’s”. Congratulations go to the following artists for achieving top honours in their categories.

Mariaan Du Ploy – Oil
Margie Volkwyn – Acrylic
Pam Quinlan – Watercolour
Val Watt – Pastel
Sonja Frenz – Drawing
Boniface Chikwenhere – Sculpture
Cliff Davies – Print
Grazyna Janik – Mixed Media

 

All work that earned enough points during selection will be on show at the Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch from 30th September. The opening talk will be given by gallery owner and artist, Marc Alexander.

Thanks to Mary and and Kate for the lunch, and for keeping everyone going all weekend with tea, coffee and snacks. Thanks as well, to our judges and to all the willing helpers who made the process run so smoothly.

 

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SASA 2019 Merit Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday 25 January, we spent the morning hanging the work of the selected artists for the 2019 Merit Exhibition and created an attractive display for the opening that evening.

 

 

 

 

 

Our more experienced patrons arrived early so they could have an unhindered view of all the beautiful paintings and sculptures on show – and of course, first dibs on the pieces that caught their fancy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A comfortable crowd gathered to hear the opening address, delivered by John Pace, the 2015 winner of the Sanlam Portrait Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John’s speech was light and amusing, while being very complimentary about the high standard of work on the exhibition and not too wordy, so there was still time for a bit of socialising ….and acquiring artworks! Sales got off to a great start at the opening and carried on in the same vein over the weekend following, which bodes well for the rest of the exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

Our president, Audrey Innes, had a surprise award to hand out on the evening as well – owing to the consistent high standard of his work and high scores at the selection weekend over the past four years, Evan Douglas was awarded SASA Fellowship. Well done Evan.

The enjoyment of the evening was enhanced by the usual excellence of the catering and nicely stocked wine and juice bar, giving our guests an excuse to stay a little bit longer.

Thanks to all involved, for a job well done.

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Friday 25 January – SASA Merit Exhibition

On Friday 25 January, we will be hanging the SASA 2019 Merit Exhibition at the Richard Crowie Hall, at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The exhibition will be opened at 18:00 by well known portrait artist, John Pace and will be open daily from 10:00 – 17:30 until Monday 4 February.

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Art In The Park

Our second art in the park and final SASA exhibition for the year took place on 24 November at our usual venue, Rondebosch Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Here, on the corner of Campground and Sandown Roads, we have found the perfect home for this event – it is convenient for locals to stroll up, with their families in tow. It’s also very visible from the road, which attracts passing trade, swelling the number of our faithful followers, who come not only for the wonderful atmosphere, but in hope of a beautiful bargain or two as well.

 

 

 

 

 

We had a steady stream of customers throughout the day and good sales figures by the end of it – people making a day of it, lunching under the trees, ensuring our food vendors also had a good day and browsing around the stalls.

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful space means that dogs can be included in the family outing – even more incentive to come and have a look!

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to our team of organisers and all their hard work, that’s another satisfying and successful art in the park under our belts. See you next year!

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SASA Members’ 2 Exhibition 2018

The second of our members’ exhibitions for 2018 opened on Monday the first of October in the Richard Crowie Hall, Kirstenbosch. The hanging of the work was smoothly and efficiently executed by our band of willing volunteers and every painting was placed in the perfect spot.

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Wenman – one of SASA’s newly named “senior fellows” – opened the exhibition with a sincerely heartfelt and uplifting speech.

 

 

 

 

 

The crowd was not as big as usual, due to an unexpectedly chilly evening, as well as it’s being held on a Monday, but even so, sales got off to a good start – a very good sign for the rest of the exhibition….and for once there was even wine left over! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exhibition finishes tomorrow – Thursday 11 October – a short, but very successful run, living up to expectations and making about a hundred thousand Rand in sales for a lot of very happy artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s still time to pop in for last minute purchases – we’ll start dismantling it all at about four o’clock – so get there if you can.

 

 

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Members 2 Exhibition

The second SASA members’ exhibition for 2018 will take place at the Richard Crowie Hall, Kirstenbosch from 1 – 10 October. If you haven’t responded yet, please let Glenda Chamber know asap if you’ll be taking part – exhibitions@sasa-artists.co.za and if you have any queries, email our secretary , Liz Pearson – secretary@sasa-artists.co.za

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SASA Annual Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

SASA’s 112th Annual Exhibition was opened on Friday evening, the 24th of August, by Virginia MacKenny – artist, author and associate professor of painting at the UCT Michaelis School of Fine Art. Virginia gave a wonderfully inspiring speech, giving us both light-hearted moments as well as food for thought. She urged us to pay attention, treading lightly on our earth and treating it with empathy, respecting and becoming a part of the web of connection all around us in the natural world. 

 

 

 

 

 

The opening function was very well attended and compliments abounded regarding the quality of work on display. “A beautiful, well-hung exhibition” was the general consensus ……and of course the customary superb catering and efficient bar were much enjoyed by all – thanks to Mary, Adrian and their team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia also handed out the certificates and trophies to the winners in all categories, chosen at the selection week-end – some of whom won more than one – as well as two very special awards, which went to Jeremy Day and Laura Wenman – our very first SASA “Senior Fellows”. Well done to the two of you – accolades well deserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia, your presence, your words and your patience are much appreciated. Thank you for giving us of  your time…..and for making the winners stand still for their photos – made this blogger’s task waaay easier 🙂

The exhibition is on at the Richard Crowie Hall in Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens and will run until Thursday 13 September.