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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.

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112th Annual SASA Exhibition

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.

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SASA Members’ 1 Exhibition 2018

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.

 

 

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Art in the Park 17 March 2018

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SASA Outing to the National Gallery’s “Assessing Abstraction” Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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SASA Visit to Zeitz MOCAA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Opening of the 2018 Merit Exhibition

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.

 

 

 

 

 

A great beginning to SASA’s 2018 exhibition year.