Our members’ meeting for June was held on Thursday the 24th via Zoom. The meeting was opened by the SASA president, Liz Pearson, who welcomed new and returning members to the society and assured us that we’d be meeting in the Athenaeum as soon as possible – we just have to “wait and see” when that will be. She assured us that this years selection weekend would definitely be happening, but with strict COVID protocols in place.
Liz introduced our guest for the evening, Helen van Stolk, who gave us a wonderful slide presentation, showing how our art can expand our lives. She told us how lucky we are, as artists – especially in these challenging times – because our creativity allows us to journey within, when it’s not possible to go anywhere else.
Helen told us of her own steps to creating more than just a painting, but a whole experience for herself and her viewers. She encouraged us to experience more – to notice what we’re attracted to and open ourselves up to our deepest desires, gathering inspiration along the way.
A vision board is a good way of collecting all these bits of inspiration and opening our subconscious to ideas and possibilities.
Helen told us of her dreams of visiting the studios of various artists, of drawing amongst an orchestra, of hosting workshops, all of which she made real by reaching out and making them happen.
She showed us a little of her studio practice and gave us a taste of her latest exhibition.
Helen’s advice to us was to dream big, be open to the unexpected and let the magic unfold, till our whole life becomes a masterpiece.
Thanks Helen, for a most inspiring evening. In case anyone missed this meeting, it was recorded, so please email Nicole – the SASA secretary – email@example.com – for information.