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SASA’s 113th Annual Exhibition

Monday 30 September was the start of the prestigious SASA Annual Exhibition, where only works chosen by the judges on selection day are exhibited.

 

 

 

 

After a hard day’s hanging, we had a very beautiful exhibition to present to our viewers and the high standard of the work was noted at the opening event.

 

 

 

 

 

The evening kicked off with an opening address by Marc Alexander, one of our selection day judges, who is both an artist in his own right, as well as a gallery owner. Marc honoured our society and it’s members, both past and present. We are in distinguished company!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He praised the work on show and encouraged our members to keep at it and persevere in their chosen direction, no matter the reaction of others to their work, be it positive or negative. Every artist has his or her own voice, to which we must be true. Then he addressed the buyers……here’s to many sales!

 

 

 

 

 

After his speech, Marc handed out all the awards won at the selection weekend and presented the winners of each category with their trophies.

A celebratory evening indeed, made even more enjoyable by the wonderful snacks provided by our catering team and of course the choice of wines at the bar – something to suit every taste.

Thanks to all those whose hard work helped make this evening such a success.

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Watercolour Demo With Marcelle Lyons

On Thursday the 26th, at the SASA members’ meeting for September, we were lucky enough to have Marcelle Lyons – renowned artist and teacher in watercolour, oils and pastels – give a demo in watercolour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the selection of subject matter and paper, Marcelle took us through her steps and process. We saw how she produces one of her wonderful watercolour paintings from the stretching (or not) of the paper, through the blocking in of shapes with simple lines, the addition of layers of carefully-chosen colour washes with very large, laden brushes and sponges, to the final details applied with much smaller tools and brushes.

 

 

 

 

 

It was fascinating to watch as the piece took shape, emerging from the paper at it’s own gentle pace, from the soft pastel colours and shapes of the background to the stronger foreground forms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notebooks were filled with points to remember and everyone took with them some new bits of knowledge and techniques to try out at home.

Thanks Marcelle, for giving us of your time and knowledge. A most enjoyable evening.

 

 

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Plein Air Outing to Fish Hoek Beach

On Friday 27 September five of our artists had a fabulously creative morning at Fishoek Beach. We all spread out along the stretch of sand and had a wonderful time painting amidst the local dog walkers and holiday makers, who carefully stepped around us.

 

 

 

 

 

The weather was warm and perfect with just a bit of cloud in the sky, adding interest and texture – great for painting – while the sea showed off for us, displaying an amazing assortment of peacock colours, ranging from Indigo to turquoise.

 

 

 

 

 

We rounded off the session with Ice cream from the famous beach coffee shop. A very satisfying outing, inspiring some beautiful work and most enjoyed by all who were there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Johan Pieterse, for organising it for us.

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August Members’ Meeting – Judges Critique

On Thursday 29 August Marc Alexander and John Pace, two of our hard-working selection weekend judges, came to give us a critique on work submitted for selection and to explain their allocation of points. A seriously difficult task, as they’d had about 320 paintings presented to them for judging on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a pleasure it was to get their feedback and some positive criticism, which is always an invaluable tool for growth and improvement in the studio.

 

 

 

 

 

It also gave them – the judges – a chance to study the work more closely, bearing in mind that they only had a few moments to view each piece on selection day and give it a score, before it was whisked away and replaced by another.

 

 

 

 

The evening was well attended and our members took home with them some useful tips and insights. We get protective and attached to our work, so it’s always good to be forced to view it from a different perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slight changes in technique and composition, or even subject matter, can make the world of difference to an artwork. So, thank you Marc and John for taking the time to share your observations with us.

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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.