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Zoom Members’ Meeting

Our July SASA members’ meeting was, for the first time, held on “Zoom” and was, despite small hiccups, most successful and well-attended – we had fifty-four members present – thanks to our hosts, Audrey Innes (president of SASA) and Adrian Larkin.

Audrey kicked off the evening by announcing the winners of our online competition. Judging the many, many entries received was a very difficult task, but eventually the three favourites were chosen.

In first place was Charme Southey with her abstract acrylic painting “Emotions of Lockdown”, second was Loraine Magda with her portrait in oil “Deep Vision” and third was Kate Pearce’s “Golden Afternoon” a landscape in oil.

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to you three and many thanks to Linda and Greg Austin of “Artland” for the generous donation of the vouchers and art materials given as prizes.

 

 

 

 

Our special guest for the evening was Simon Ekin, well known author and speaker on learning life-skills. To quote the man himself: “You know how when you have a great idea or commitment to do something and then you get scared and back out? Well, what I do is give you the tools and insights to make sure that that never happens again. The best that’ll happen is that you’ll produce a great result and blow people away. The worst that’ll happen is that you’ll be really proud of yourself for giving it a go”.

 

 

 

 

 

Simon’s book, “The Art of Courage” was the starting point for his presentation and he spoke about his journey through his own fears. Fears of judgement, vulnerability, criticism – which are very familiar to most of us – and the tools he used to overcome them.

To get going, he urged us to be committed, to decide what we want to say and just do it. As long as we are authentic in what we are doing, we just need to find the courage and get on with it, giving ourselves permission to be human and totally ourselves.

His own challenge to himself was to give ninety talks in ninety days, the first of which took place on a London bus. People thought he was absolutely crazy, but he did it anyway. He was confronted by a “big, scary, ginger Celt” saying “People think you’re f@#*ing mad!! Don’t stop!”

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of his talk, Simon offered a 90 minute coaching session for the member with the best reason “Why I’d like a 90 minute coaching session” sent to his email – simon@simonekin.com – Thank you Simon, for a wonderfully entertaining and inspiring evening.

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SASA AGM and Drawing Competition

On the 27th of February, the last Thursday of the month, we held our AGM in the Athenaeum. As is our tradition, it was combined with the annual drawing competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solly Gutman played his usual role as chairman for the evening, introduced by our president, Audrey Innes. Audrey gave a wonderful slide presentation, showing all the activities and events of what has been a very busy and successful year for the society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She welcomed the new SASA members and sadly, said goodbye to three of our council members – Glenda, Mary and Kate. Thanks to all three of you for your hard work and especially to Glenda, who has served on the council for the past twelve years. They were all thanked with a gift and Glenda also received honorary membership, in recognition of and gratitude for her many years of service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luckily two more members – Peter Hobday and Nicole Reidler – have stepped up and were introduced as our new council members. (There’s still room for another, if anyone else would like to volunteer their services.)

Mike, our trusty treasurer gave a very concise, yet comprehensive run-down of the financial side of things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The drawing competition was next on the agenda, and while there were fewer entries than usual, what was lacking in quantity, was more than made up for in the quality of the work – we had some very beautiful drawings from which to make our selection.

Well done to our winners – in third place, Sunita Hansen, with “Daily Bread”,

 

 

 

 

 

 

second was Penny Steynor’s “The Road Sweeper”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and in first place, Sonja Frenz with “View of Kalk Bay”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone involved for making this a very pleasant evening.

 

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SASA’s End of Year Function

On Thursday 28 November, we held our final members’ meeting for 2019 at the Athenaeum. As is our tradition, this is also when we award the Eleanor Palmer Trophy, for the work voted “best” by the members present on the evening. The entries are the artists’ own choice – any medium, any subject – the only stipulation being that you have to be there to win the prize.

It was a lovely, happy gathering, with drinks and snacks in abundance – thanks to all those who brought a plateful – and we all enjoyed socialising with fellow SASA members, while perusing the beautiful works of art entered in the competition.

 

 

 

 

While the “officials” counted the votes, the rest of us were entertained by a “quiz-with-a-twist” – a game of bingo, with answers to art-related questions instead of numbers being required to populate our cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were some very close scores, but the final winners were…..in third place, Sonja Frenz, second was Laura Wenman and in first place and winner of the trophy, was Elize Bezuidenhout, with her beautiful portrait “Vyfster”. Well done to all of you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One more event on our calendar – Art in the Park – and then, till next year…….

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SASA End of Year Function and Eleanor Palmer Competition

As is traditional, our final members’ meeting for the year, which will be held on Thursday 28 November,  will be a fun, social evening, combined with the Eleanor Palmer Competition. For all the rules and regulations, please see the latest SASA newsletter.

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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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SASA 2019 AGM and Drawing Competition

The 116th SASA AGM was held on Thursday 28 February, at the home of our society, the Athenaeum in Newlands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As has become tradition, SASA Fellow, Solly Gutman very kindly agreed to chair the meeting, doing a great job and adding gravitas to the formal part of the evening, as he smoothly worked his way through the set agenda.

Our president, Audrey Innes, gave a slide-show presentation on the past year’s activities of the society and, looking back on it all, it’s quite amazing how much we fitted in!

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Forrester delivered the treasurer’s report and the council was elected. There was a call for nominations for prospective council members to be put forward and any points of concern to be raised, but none were, so we must assume our members are content with the status quo.

 

 

 

 

 

With the dry half of the meeting out of the way, we could get down to the real reason we came – the annual drawing competition, the theme of which for this year, was “Water”.

There were some lovely entries to choose from, but the loveliest of all was “Church Street”, by Marcelle Lyons, which won first prize and the trophy. Well done Marcelle.

 

 

 

In second place was Liz Pearson with “Submerged” and third was Avril Retief’s “The Rescue”. All beautiful work and worthy winners.

A big thanks to “The Deckle Edge” for donating vouchers for the prizes and to “Artland” who gave us a very good deal on their imported sketchbooks.

 

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SASA End of Year Function

 

 

 

 

 

The SASA end of year function was held last night – Thursday 29 November – at the Athenaeum. As is our tradition, the “Eleanor Palmer Competition” was the highlight of the evening. This is the one “in-house” competition where there are not too many constraints regarding your entry – one original piece per member, any subject, any medium – and we had some truly beautiful entries to choose from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our members strolled around the hall, plateful of snacks in one hand and glass in the other, studying the paintings and making their choices. While the votes were being tallied, we were kept amused by the wonderful art quiz, compiled by Christine Cherry-Jones, which not only taxed our brains and history of art knowledge, but also provoked much hilarity. Thanks Christine, for your hard work in putting it all together.

 

 

 

 

 

The winners of the competition were: first – Marcelle Lyons, for her painting “Newlands Forest Winter”, second – Laura Wenman, with “Always Remembered” and in third place – Chantelle Van Zyl, with “Beach Buddy” Well done you three!

 

 

 

 

Though bordering on chaos at times, it was a wonderfully festive and light-hearted evening, with plenty of wine and a great spread of snacks – thanks everyone who contributed a plateful, it was really enjoyed and appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very Happy Christmas to those who celebrate it and happy everything else to those who don’t.

Have a wonderful holiday and we’ll see you in the new year.

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2018 SASA Selection Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

This past weekend, August 11 and 12, it was time for the 2018 SASA selection weekend. A rather chilly Saturday morning saw us assembled, bright and early, at Rustenburg Girls High School.

By the time the members started arriving with their work, our team of happy helpers, to whom we are extremely grateful – without them this would be impossible – had everything organised and under control, ensuring that all went very smoothly, as each artist’s work went through the submission process. We soon filled up the once empty hall with an abundance of amazing artwork.

Sunday was “Judgement Day”! We had a trio of lady judges this year, who very efficiently and consistently gave a score to each of the close to four hundred pieces presented to them throughout the day.

Our well-briefed team all knew and carried out their tasks silently and capably, so that the judges could concentrate on their challenging assignment. Many thanks to our Judges – Liesl Hartmann, Virginia McKenny and Gail Dorje – for giving us the benefit of their time and expertise.

Tea and lunch breaks were crucial, allowing time for the judges to stretch their legs – and everyone else to rest theirs! – so that they could, refreshed, continue with the scoring. Thanks to Mary and Kate, for your usual excellent catering, which kept us going all day.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all the award winners. Best oil – Helena Jordaan, “My Naam is Moreblessing”; best acrylic – Jeremy Day, “Peace in the Valley”; best drawing – Suzanne Fortgens, “The Firemen of the Cape Town Brigade”; best watercolour – Pam Quinlan, “Toadstools”, best pastel – ChristophernReid, “Robberg Complements”; best sculpture – Penny Steynor, “Attack”; best print media – Marilyn Southey, “The Pool”; best mixed media – Ali Lauren Melck, “Sunbird Study”.

So, that’s another very successful selection weekend under our belts and we look forward to seeing all the chosen pieces on display at our annual exhibition.

This, SASA’s 112th annual exhibition, will be opened by Virginia McKenny on Friday 24 August at 18:30, at our usual venue, The Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch. We’ll see you there!