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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.

 

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Members and guests had to brave rainy weather and bad traffic conditions in order to attend the SASA monthly meeting in the Athenaeum last Thursday, 25th July. Those of us who did so, were amply rewarded for our efforts, and treated to a very lively and informative meeting.


 

 

 

 

 

The meeting started with a short presentation by Di Metcalf from Art Sauce, who came to remind us about the 9th annual August Sketchpack Project which is an initiative to encourage artists to focus on something creative every day, by making a little sketch on any theme in the concertina sketchpacks. The project has a Facebook page to link to, and all completed sketchpacks will be exhibited at Art Sauce in October. Sketchpacks were available to purchase.


 

 

 

 

Traditionally, the July meeting is the time for the annual Landscape, Life, and Still Life competition. All entries are to be painted from life, in one sitting known as working alla prima.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We  were given the opportunity to look at the entries, and complete the voting process. While the votes were being counted Gavin Winsen from Winsen’s canvasses spoke to us about the company, which was started 34 years ago in Johannesburg by his uncle and has remained a family business. Gavin brought samples of the stretchers and various cotton duck and Belgian linens available.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the frames are made using sustainable Obeche wood from Ghana, which is a very stable wood that is not susceptible to warping. They are also all fitted with expansion wedges, are double primed and are available in various depths. Orders can be placed and canvases delivered door to door with no additional courier charges. Adrian Larkin thanked Gavin for the many canvases he has donated to SASA for outreach and prizes. Each one of us at the meeting were then given a beautiful Winsen canvas to take home and try for ourselves.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winners of Landscape, Life, and Still Life were then announced, and cups and certificates were awarded, together with prizes donated by Art Sauce. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winners were: In the Landscape category – first Beth Lowe, with “Reflections”; second Grazyna Janik’s “Kalk Bay”; third Lyn Northam’s “Noordhoek Beach”. In the Life category – first Grazyna Janik, with “Desire”; second Veronica Reid, with “Princess”; third Paramisiven Veeramunder, with “Family Driver”. In the Still Life category – First Marcelle Lyons, with “A Rose for Lawrie”; second Beth Lowe’s “Radishes”; third, Penny Steynor’s “Still Life with Plectranthus”. Well done to all our winners.

 



 

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27 July SASA Winter Life Drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was our final Saturday life drawing morning for this year and a wonderful one to end off with. We had a new figure to draw – Anoeschka – who stood in for our morning’s scheduled model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was Anoeschka’s first time posing for life drawing, but she did an outstanding job. She gave us graceful poses that looked like beautiful dance movements frozen in time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had twenty-two enthusiastic artists, all sad that the sessions are over for the season, but very satisfied with what they’d produced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so grateful to Lyn Northam for the loan of tables, stool and easels – thanks Lyn, don’t know what we’d do without you! – and to all the artists who helped us pack up afterwards.

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Winter Life Drawing

 On Saturday 20th July SASA members once again gathered early at the Scout Hall in Newlands for the penultimate Winter Life Drawing session.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Although there were only 17 participants, less than usual, we enjoyed a very productive session, thanks to the expertise of Desiree the model for the morning.


 

 

 

 

 

Because of her background in circus work, she managed to hold difficult poses, with twists in her torso which proved challenging, but enjoyable!


 

 

 

 

Many lovely drawings, paintings, and monoprints were produced.


 

 

 

 

 

 

As usual, tea, coffee and biscuits kept us all going during the break, and we once again thank Lyn Northam for the use of her equipment.

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13 July Life Drawing

The sun came out on Saturday 13th July, and 28 enthusiastic members arrived early at the Scout Hall in Newlands to participate in the third of the SASA Winter Life Drawing sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The model for the morning was Andrew (Andy) and  in spite of an early morning incident in the traffic on his motorcycle, he was able to clear his mind, and hold some very strong and interesting poses.

 

 

 

 

 

The Hall went silent during the sessions, as members concentrated on their subject, once again using a large variety of mediums and styles to try to capture the dynamic poses.

As usual, very welcome tea, coffee, and biscuits were provided during the break, and many hands helped to clear up the hall in record time afterwards.

Thanks to the council members who were in charge, and once again, thanks to Lyn Northam for the use of her equipment.

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June SASA Members’ Meeting

A chilly June evening did not deter members from attending the monthly meeting to hear Linda Austin from Artland giving a very informative talk on her recent trip to New York.

 

 

 

 

 

She was invited by Golden Products to tour their factory in nearby New Berlin to see how their products are manufactured, to experiment with their various mediums and see the exciting new developments in the field of acrylic paints.
The factory is situated in a beautiful rural setting, and it was good to hear that they are very aware of the environmental impact in the manufacture of their paints, and they adhere to strict guidelines for the safe use of art materials, and waste disposal.

 

 

 

 

 

The Golden Factory offer a three month residency programme to interested artists. Details are available on their website.
Linda had brought an amazing array of products with her and passed around a wide variety of charts and boards with many examples of colour swatches, gels, impasto products, and mediums. She also demonstrated the various drying properties of the 4 types of acrylic paints available: the original Heavy body acrylic, the Fluid Acrylic, the Open Acrylic and the High flow Acrylic. These have various consistencies and drying times.

 

 

 

 

 

Linda informed members that these acrylics have high pigment loads, and are tested for their light fastness. We were delighted to hear that Golden has a gripper tool to open those stubborn paint tube caps.
In addition, Golden have a range of high quality watercolours, including a very effective masking fluid. Golden also manufacture the Williamsburg range of oil paints, and these will be available from Artland.

Members kept Linda very busy with questions long after the meeting had officially ended.

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Winter Life Drawing Sessions

The Winter Life Drawing sessions will start at the end of June and will run every Saturday morning from 29 June to 27 July. These will be held at the Scout Hall in Newlands, 2 Greenford Road, next to Forries, from 9.30 – 12.30; you can book your place now by emailing secretary@sasa-artists.co.za.