Our first members’ exhibition for 2018 is currently on show at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, in the John Winter Hall and will be up until Sunday 29 April.
The exhibition was opened at 6:30pm on Friday the 20th by well known artist and teacher, Margie Johnson, who, in her own warm and unique way, gave a marvelously entertaining and uplifting opening address.
The evening function was well attended and sales were off to a good start, with much interest in the portfolio stands, where hidden gems and bargains waited to be discovered.
Many of our guests left with beautiful artworks under their arms and the satisfied smiles on their faces matched those of the artists whose work they carried home with them.
We received numerous compliments on a beautiful exhibition and a very pleasant evening – many thanks to all whose help contributed to making it so.
Saturday 17 March was a perfect day for “Art in the Park” and Rondebosch Park was full of happy people – artists and their entourages, families of browsers and buyers – all enjoying the wonderful weather and colourful stalls.
Many new faces manned the art stalls – artists trying out Art in the Park for the first time – as well as all the familiar ones and our faithful food vendors did their usual roaring trade, with their various offerings catering to every palate.
There was something to keep everyone happy and entertained. While parents shopped for paintings, children danced to the music of our resident busker.
We had a surprisingly good turn-out, considering all the other events happening in and around Cape Town that day, with lots of sales and contacts made for future sales, so everyone went home satisfied.
Thanks to Adrian Larkin and his team, for a job well done.
On Tuesday 13 March, the group of SASA members who attended were privileged to have Hayden Proud, curator of the exhibition, showing us around “Assessing Abstraction” at the National Gallery.
He gave us the benefit of his vast knowledge of the history of art and especially pertaining to this particular exhibition. We were shown new ways of looking at abstraction and given a certain understanding, which allowed us to see what we might, without his guidance, otherwise have missed.
We learned that abstraction began, not in modern Europe – it’s usually accepted birthplace – but in the more ancient cultures of Africa, Australia and America, where the native people have always used non-representational mark-making in many different forms.
We were shown how abstract canvases became free from the square and abstract art, free from the canvas. Colour is often used just for colour’s sake, for the enjoyment and interpretation of both artist and viewer.
A wonderful morning. Thanks to Hayden Proud, for your time and knowledge and to Lynne Menge, for arranging it for us.
The first SASA Art In The Park for 2018 will be held on 17 March at Rondebosch Park on Campground Rd. For more info, please see the latest newsletter. For bookings, please email our secretary, Liz Pearson at email@example.com
If you haven’t yet been, you really need to get there. A visit to the Zeitz MOCAA is an inspirational experience – and free for SA citizens on Wednesday mornings, so don’t forget your ID.
The whole building is a sculpture in itself, from the enormous jewel-like windows on the outside, to the amazing forms and spaces carved out of the inside of the 100 year old grain silo. It must have been an extraordinary mind that envisioned this remarkable project.
The multi story, central atrium of the museum, from which the different gallery spaces lead, gives the feeling of a cathedral, with its high arches forming breathtaking shapes and shadows. Enough to keep you enthralled for hours before you even set eyes on the work on display.
The exhibitions extend over nine floors, in separate gallery spaces, including a rooftop sculpture garden, with a diverse selection of artworks and installations. You’d need a week to take in everything properly, but our members split into small groups and wandered through the rooms, absorbing as much as they could, in the time they had.
Thanks Lynne Menge, for organising this very exciting outing for us.
On Thursday 25 January a busy bunch of volunteers spent the day hanging the Merit exhibition in the Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch, but we had to wait till Friday for the opening, as our monthly meeting was on the Thursday night.
It was worth the wait. A beautiful exhibition, with the well-chosen pieces sitting comfortably in their space.
The hall filled up with the usual crowd as well as a whole lot of new faces and the clever few who made a plan to get there early, were the fortunate ones – having an uninterrupted view of the artworks on display and first choice of purchases.
The exhibition was opened by renowned contemporary artist, Derric Van Rensburg, whose wonderful speech had his audience in stitches. A different take on art history, with a bit of philosophy thrown into the very “tongue-in-cheek” mix, resulted in a highly entertaining opening address and set the lighthearted tone for the rest of the evening. Thank you, Derric.
Sales were off to a flying start, while, thanks to Mary and Adrian and their respective teams, the wonderful platters of snacks and the nicely stocked wine and juice bar added to the evening’s festive feeling.
The 2018 SASA Merit exhibition will be opened by internationally acclaimed artist, Derric Van Rensburg, on Friday 26 January at 18:00. The exhibition, held in the Richard Crowie Hall, at the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, will run till Sunday 4 February.
Saturday 25 November was a beautiful day for Art in the Park and everyone was there bright and early to get their stalls up and ready for business.
We had over 100 artists taking part this time, both SASA members and those from other art societies around Cape Town, providing an abundance of art for people to look at and to choose from. We also had some art shops participating, encouraging the artists to do some shopping of their own.
The atmosphere was wonderfully relaxed and the food stalls were busy, as friends and families made a day of it under the trees, picnicking on the grass, or at the tables, between browsing the stalls.
There was something for everyone. When shopping got too much, there was coffee and smoothies to be drunk and music to be listened to – or for some of our younger, less inhibited customers, danced to – there were trees to be climbed and new friends to be made.
Thanks to Adrian Larkin for all the planning and organising of another successful art affair!
This has been a busy week for SASA council members and their team of helpers. On Wednesday we dismantled the Annual Exhibition from the “Richard Crowie Hall” at Kirstenbosch and on Thursday 5 October we were back again to hang the Members’ 2 Exhibition – once again a challenging job, expertly overseen by Sylvia De Villiers.
The proceedings were kicked off by author, columnist and artist, David Biggs, being his own delightfully light-hearted self and delivering an entertaining opening address.
The evening continued in this cheerful vein, as members and guests alike enjoyed the work on display, as well as the food and drinks on offer. Thanks, as usual, to Mary and Kate for the catering and Adrian for organising the bar.
Our guests were ushered out by a magnificent full moon – a fitting ending to another successful exhibition opening.