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.
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.
Thursday 21 September was a very busy day for the SASA council members and their helpers at the Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch. The day was spent arranging and hanging over 260 pieces of art. It was a tight squeeze, with the many large paintings to be shown, but we managed, creating a very beautiful exhibition.
The evening saw us back again, for the official opening of the exhibition. The opening address was given by Donald Greig, sculptor, artist and gemologist, who had only good things to say about the overall high standard of the work on display.
Donald also handed out the awards from the selection weekend, of which there were many. The trophies for “best in category” went to: Jeanette Nichol – best oil; Margie Volkwyn – best acrylic; Inge Semple – best watercolour; Veronica Reid – best pastel; Lucy Coburn – best mixed media; Di Ackerman – best drawing; Boniface Chikwenhere – best sculpture; Di Ackerman – best print media
Lucky members and guests who arrived early were treated to unrestricted views of the paintings, which was not possible later in the evening, with the large crowd, drawn by the exhibition, filling the halls.
It was a wonderfully sociable event, with Mary’s usual outstanding catering and Adrian’s well-run bar. There were also many red dots to be seen, so altogether, satisfyingly successful in every way.
Thanks to everyone whose assistance made it all possible, especially Sylvia De Villiers, who is a marvelous “hanging overseer”!