Cliff Davies was our guest for the evening on Thursday 28 April at our members’ meeting at the Athenaeum. He gave us an extremely interesting demonstration of the art of “eco-printing”. The effects he achieves and how he goes about the whole process was quite fascinating.
Cliff starts by collecting a variety of pieces of foliage, flowers, seeds, grasses, .etc – in fact any interesting plant material he can lay his hands on. He then places these between heavy sheets of watercolour paper, which he piles about twenty deep, then presses together between two pieces of board, tied tightly together with cable ties.
This bundle is then submerged in water – preferably pond, not tap, to encourage the growth of algae and other microorganisms – where it stays for about a week. Cliff adds bits of iron, lead and other metals, to help create different effects.
Once in the water the whole process is out of his control and the end results are only revealed once the parcel is unwrapped.
A wonderful process, full of “happy accidents”, as we were shown when he unwrapped a batch he’d prepared the week before.
A truly captivating evening, full of exciting new ideas to play with and explore. Thank you Cliff.
The first SASA Art in the Park for 2022 took place on Saturday 23 April, at our usual venue, Rondebosch Park. It was a clear, sunny day, with just a touch of a chilly wind about. As always, the atmosphere was happy and festive, with the “Ox on the Box”, Brian Oxley and his colleague, Patrick, adding to the ambience, with their up-beat music and plenty of “dad-jokes” to keep our eyes rolling!
Thanks to all those artists who donated paintings as prizes on the day, which Brian was able to hand out to some very happy punters. Thanks, as well, to The Deckle Edge, who very generously sponsored a hamper of art supplies to the value of R1000, which was won by very lucky Nicole Naidoo.
We were even joined, for a while, by the ladies from “67 Blankets for Mandela Day”, who came and shared the space with us, knitting up a storm and joining up all the squares donated to their – very worthy – cause.
So many compliments were received, from artists and public alike. It seems everyone had a wonderful day, enjoying spending time beneath the trees and perusing the beautiful works of art, or just taking time to spend with family and friends.
Thanks to all who made it such a success, including our council members, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to get our events together and running as smoothly as possible.
The SASA Members’ Meeting for April 2022 will be held on Thursday 28 April at the Athenaeum. Our special guest for the evening will be Cliff Davies – a past winner in our “Print Media” category – who will be showing us how he does his unique mono prints with natural objects, such as leaves and flower heads. A great new technique to discover and get creative with – an opportunity not to be missed!
Our first Art in the Park for 2022 will be held on Saturday 23 April in the Rondebosch Park. For more info, please see the latest SASA newsletter. If you’d like to take part, please email Audrey – firstname.lastname@example.org – to book your stand.
On Wed 13 April the plein air group will be meeting in the “Back Garden Deli” at Oude Molen. For more info, please see the latest newsletter. If you’d like to join the plein air outings, please email Sonja Frenz on email@example.com and she’ll add your name to the whatsapp group.
We held our March members’ meeting on 31 March in the Athenaeum and were extremely privileged to have Richard Scott as our guest for the evening.
Wow! Where do we start? A “53 year old cool guy”, humble and totally approachable, Richard Scott retired at 33 – having planned to do so at 35 – to follow his passion.
The following excerpt comes from Richard’s website – www.richardscott.com
“I have always had a passion to create, now I had found how I could marry my hatred of conditioning with my
love of art. Art was my answer. This was a great day. An even greater day when I dropped off five paintings
at Hout Bay Gallery and the owner, John Hargitai, agreed to hang my paintings in his gallery.
John’s partner Marika bought my first painting, right there and then, for R300. The other four were sold in
the same week. Seven more sold in the following three weeks, and 112 in the next 10 months. Two years
later, sales topped 500. In the beginning, I remember looking at the art in Hout Bay Gallery wishing I could
hang there. Now I read ArtReview and wish I could hang there.”
He now lives and loves his life with structure and discipline. He has a plan! Every day he checks his check list. Family first – and both his son and daughter as well as a niece are employed by him. Only after he’s checked on his family will he get down to work, which is not a regular 9-5 style. Richard doesn’t paint at all these days, but deals in prints only. His “signature block” he developed to make life easy for his seven assistants – his apprentices, like the Old Masters – to “sign” his works (btwn 2005-2011).
He stopped painting in 2011 due to personal tragedy and took “a year off” before getting back to business and working with prints only. His ambition, ultimately, is to create an Art Foundation – it’s on that plan and no doubt it’ll be achieved.
At the end of his talk, when it came time for questions – I think everyone was a bit shell shocked! It was pretty mind boggling just listening to all his achievements and the speed at which they happened. The man is a marketing machine – and marketing is what it’s all about! It was an amazing evening getting a glimpse into his world.
It was a gorgeous day at Kirstenbosch for the hanging of the Members’ 1 exhibition on Friday 11 March. The whole procedure went well, from the smooth, socially distanced intake of paintings to the very organised hanging of them.
There was a steady stream of artists all morning, bringing their work to display, some old hands and some very welcome first-timers, all looking forward to showing their work and making a few – or many – sales. So, fingers crossed for lots of visitors!
We had a great group of helpers who all did their jobs most efficiently, all helping out wherever they were needed….huge thanks to Leon and Midge, who came to assist just because they could – lovely to have the extra hands and extra height! The whole exhibition looked wonderful by the time we’d finished – and amazingly well-spaced considering the large number of paintings we had to find place for. Well done everyone.
Sadly, we couldn’t have an opening event, as covid regulations are still in place, but we look forward to loads of sales, with tourists returning and people slowly coming out of “hibernation”. It’s lovely to hear the positive comments and compliments for the work on display, so it’s worth being there just to make people feel uplifted by our beautiful exhibition.
Thanks to our council – especially Audrey Innes, our exhibition coordinator – for all the work they put in to make these exhibitions happen and thanks to the members who came to help. You are much appreciated!…..and of course, thanks to Avril and her kitchen team for the drinks and snacks, which kept us going through the day.
The exhibition will run till 23 March, so be sure to spread the word!
At our members’ meeting on Thursday 24 February, we had both the AGM and the drawing competition, with the newly-added sketchbook section.
The formalities came first, with Solly Gutman – thanks Solly – doing his usual well-practiced job in the chair. Liz Pearson kicked off the meeting with her slide-presentation of the President’s Report. It was quite amazing to see what SASA achieved during this past year, considering that we were dealing with a whole batch of new problems with COVID still very much in the picture. An in depth financial report was delivered by SASA’s very competent treasurer, Mike Forrester.
We had to say goodbye to three of our council members, as Adrian Larkin, Julie Ann Lock and Chris Reabow all stepped down – thank you for all you did while on council – but luckily Adrian will still be involved with the running of Art in the Park. We have three new council members stepping in to take their places – Sonja Frenz, Lynne Menge and Cliff Davies – welcome you three. We do still have room on the council for two more, so please think about volunteering, as we can’t run the society without a council!
The hall was quite full – social-distancing style – so thank you to all members who came. The AGM obviously needs a quorum to take place at all. For the drawing competition, what was lacking in quantity was made up in quality and we had some very beautiful drawings to choose from and vote for.
The winners for the evening were: First place, Sonja Frenz, with “Feeding Frenzy”, second was Liz Pearson, with “The Rope” and in third place was Marina Herbst with “Treasure on its Way”.
The sketch-book section of the competition was won by Lyn Northam. Well done to our winners and a very big Thank You to Deckle Edge for the very generous donation of the prizes.
Thanks to all our council members for all the work you do for our society, it is most appreciated….especially Avril’s delicious catering!
On Friday 11 March we will be hanging the SASA Members’ 1 exhibition at the Richard Crowie Hall in Kirstenbosch Gardens. If you haven’t already notified Nicole – SASA secretary – that you’ll be taking part, please let her know asap. firstname.lastname@example.org
The exhibition will run till 23 March. See the current newsletter for more details.
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