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November SASA Members’ Meeting

On Thursday the 25th of November we held our last meeting for 2021 at the Athenaeum and what a fun evening we had. Our president, Liz Pearson opened the meeting with all the formalities, welcomes and thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started inside the hall, seated at tables decorated with lanterns sparkling with fairy lights and where we were surrounded by a whole lot of very beautiful works of art – the entries for the Eleanor Palmer Competition – but that came later.

Sonja Frenz was presented with her certificate, awarding her Fellowship of the Society. Well done Sonja, an accolade so well deserved. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cups and certificates were also awarded to the winners of both the drawing competition and the Landscape, Life and Still-Life competition, which had taken place during our Zoom meetings for February and August respectively. The winner of the drawing competition was our new Fellow, Sonja Frenz, with her drawing “Rainy Days are the Best”.

Mary McMillan won the landscape competition with “Any Way the Wind Blows”, the Life-drawing category was won by Val Watt, with “Contemplation” and the Still-life by Penny Steynor’s “Home-grown”.

Then came the main event of the evening – the “Eleanor Palmer Competition”.

Glass of wine, or plate of snacks in hand, we studied the paintings presented and duly voted for our favourites. Then, while the votes were being counted, as it was such a beautiful evening, we all moved outside, wine, snacks, tables and all, and the games began. We were each given a numbered, rather random-looking coloured square – a piece of a picture, which we then had to reproduce in paint onto a bigger, blank square….

When placed in the right positions on a backing board, these abstract painted squares miraculously formed a lovely picture of the Peter Clarke Art Centre. Great Game, Adrian!

The Eleanor Palmer winners were then announced…..in third place, “Sunset Herders” by Judy Hilton-Green, second was “African Sky”, by Penny Steynor and in first place, “Mother’s Love” by Laura Wenman. Well done to all of you, your work is beautiful.

Thanks to our tireless council for all the hard work they do and for putting the evening together. Thanks, as well, to all who brought a plate of snacks to share and to Philip Green for the lanterns with their solar fairy-lights, which gave the evening such a festive atmosphere.

Wishing you all “Happy Holidays”, whatever it is you’ll be celebrating. Enjoy the break and see you next year!

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2021 SASA Selection Weekend

At last our 2021 selection weekend has happened! On the first weekend in October, we were back at our usual venue, Rustenburg Girls High School, for our annual selection weekend. We are really appreciative of the way Rustenburg accommodates us and prepares the hall for us – it would take twice as long if we had to do the set-up ourselves!

Thanks to our lovely group of helpers, the Saturday’s receiving of artwork went very smoothly and everyone adhered to all the rules – covid and other! – so it was rather an enjoyable afternoon, all in all. Allotted tasks were carried out helpfully and efficiently, ensuring everything was done in good time.

This event is a great way for new members to get involved, and to meet other members of our society. It is also very inspiring to see the new work people have been producing over the past few months. Even the weather did its bit and the rain stayed away.

We were all there again on Sunday morning and by the time the judges arrived we were ready to begin. The three judges were Marc Alexander – artist, art teacher and gallery owner, Andrew Hart – artist, teacher and art auctioneer and Cindie Ah Ling – artist and principal of the Peter Clarke Art Centre in Newlands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful and varied selection of artworks entered must have made judging and awarding scores extremely difficult…..and the choosing of “best-of- categories” even more so.

Once again, the day’s process went hitch-free, with our team of helpers doing their jobs most skillfully in their “quiet shoes”.

At the end of the day, after much deliberation, we had our prize-winning selection…..and the winners were; for best oil – Laura Wenman with “I Have Ememrged”; best acrylic – Jeremy Day’s “Zu’s News”;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best watercolour – Pam Quinlan with “Freedom”; best pastel – “Morning Light”, by Val Watt;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best drawing – “Pachyphytum”, by Lucy Cobern; best sculpture – Diane Burger’s “Brie and Origanium Sprig on balau wood plaltle”;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best print media – “Verlatenheid”, by Di Ackerman and best mixed media – “Whispers of the Cape”, by Deirdre Harris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to all of our winners, as well as to those who received “Commended” and “Highly Commended” awards.

A very big thank you to our three judges, Marc, Andrew and Cindie, for giving us of your time, expertise and patience. Thanks also to all our helpers – we could not do this without you – and to Avril and her team for keeping us well fed and watered throughout the weekend…and thanks to Di Burger, for Saturday’s photos. Good job everyone! 🙂

 

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SASA Zoom Meeting for July

On Thursday 29 July we had our monthly members’ meeting, as has become usual, via Zoom and we had a record 49 participants. We’re getting the hang of this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Pearson opened the meeting by welcoming new and returning members and gave us the good advice to “keep creating, no matter what”! She reminded us that the annual selection weekend has been moved to  the weekend of the 4th and 5th of September – if anyone can lend a hand on the day/s, please let Audrey know – exhibitions@sasa-artists.co.za

 

As is traditional for the July meeting, we held our (slightly modified) Landscape, Life and Still-Life competition, which was extremely well supported. We had so many beautiful entries, the judges had a really hard time choosing the winners, but they eventually managed to decide.

We had three “critics” – Lyn Northam, Laura Wenman and Beth Lowe – who discussed the winning works and the possible reasons they caught the judges’ eye.

In the “Landscape” category, 3rd was Lyn Northam’s “Foraging Ibis”, 2nd Beth Lowe’s”Virga (Ghost Rain)” and in 1st place Mary McMillan’s “Any Way the Wind Blows”.

 

 

 

The winners in the “Life” category were, in 3rd place, Katherine Sutton’s “Inky Play”, 2nd “Serenity” by Lesley Charnock and 1st was Val Watt’s “Contemplation”.

 

 

 

 

 

Lesley Charnock featured again in the “Still-Life” category, placed 3rd with her painting entitled “From Margie’s Garden”, 2nd was Wyn Rossouw’s “Hibiscus Sunlight” and in 1st place, Penny Steynor’s “Home Grown”.

 

 

 

 

The critics congratulated the judges on their choices, where “out-of-the-ordinary” featured well in the winning works. The paintings were complimented on their unusual composition, colour choices and values, as well as a sense of movement, even in the still-life category. The critiques also included the beautiful use of brush-strokes and negative spaces, as well as mark-making done with alternative tools, each painting masterfully executed in it’s own unique way.

Congratulations to all the winners, and well done, our three critics. Great job everyone!

 

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Feb Members’ Meeting, AGM and Drawing Competition

On 25 February, the last Thursday of the month, we held our monthly members’ meeting for the eighth time via zoom, our first AGM to be held using this platform. We’re getting the hang of this!

 

 

 

 

The meeting was opened by our President, Audrey Innes, who welcomed new members to our society and introduced council member, Adrian Larkin, as MC for the evening. Great job, Adrian, it all went very smoothly.

All the usual AGM protocols were adhered to, with Audrey giving the annual president’s report, which was a little sparse, due to the most peculiar year we’ve had, and Mike Forrester – SASA treasurer – giving the financial report.

A useful suggestion was made by one of the members attending that some sort of schedule of events be drawn up at the beginning of the year so that new members would know what to expect. It was also suggested that one of our more long-standing members should be at our monthly meetings to welcome newcomers to the society. Lyn Northam very kindly volunteered for this role.

Then came the drawing competition, for which 18 entries had been submitted via email and for which votes could be cast either again via email, or over the zoom “chat” after the meeting.

We had some very beautiful entries, but the overall favourites, voted for by members who attended the meeting were…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in first place,”Rainy Days are the Best”                        second was “Hidden Treasures”                                           by Sonja Frenz                                                      by  Penny Steynor

 

and third was “Fun Times” by Sue Paulsen.

 

Well done you three and enjoy spending your vouchers, which were very kindly sponsored by Deckle Edge.

 

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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…….