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.
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.
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!
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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have any queries, email our secretary , Liz Pearson – email@example.com
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.
On Friday 24 August, at 18:30, the opening of the 112th prestigious SASA Annual Exhibition will be held at the Richard Crowie Hall, Kirstenbosch. The opening address will be delivered by Virginia MacKenny, associate professor of painting at the UCT Michaelis School of Fine Art. The exhibition will be open between 09:30 and 17:30 daily till Thursday 13 September.
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.