SASA’s final fixture for 2019 was the ever-popular, pre-Christmas Art in the Park, held on the 30th of November in Rondebosch Park.
It was a perfect day for it, sunny and warm, with the gentlest of breezes, to avert over-heating. A host of happy artists set up their stalls and got ready to welcome their customers.
There was a steady stream of people through the park all day, drinking in the plethora of paintings presented for their enjoyment. The array of varying styles, subject matter and media ensured that there was something special to suit everyone’s taste and the varying prices suited differing depths of pocket as well.
Between the shady avenues is a great place for meeting new friends and catching up with some old ones, the leafy shadows giving a very peaceful ambience to the scene.
Art in the Park is always the most vibrant event on the SASA calendar and enjoyed by all who take part. A lot of socialising happens throughout the day, the time passes quickly and our artists go home, tired perhaps, but content.
Enjoy your break everyone, have a good holiday and happy whatever you celebrate at this time of year. See you in 2020!!
Don’t forget the SASA Art in the Park on Saturday 30 November! In our usual venue – Rondebosch Park, on the corner of Sandown and Campground Roads, Rondebosch. A wonderful place to browse amongst stalls of beautiful art and get some Christmas shopping done.
30 November is the date for the very popular SASA pre-Christmas Art in the Park, which will be held, as usual, in Rondebosch Park – cnr Sandown and Campground Roads, Rondebosch. It’s a big park, so there’s plenty of space left, if you’ve forgotten to put your name down! For details, see the latest SASA newsletter.
Monday 30 September was the start of the prestigious SASA Annual Exhibition, where only works chosen by the judges on selection day are exhibited.
After a hard day’s hanging, we had a very beautiful exhibition to present to our viewers and the high standard of the work was noted at the opening event.
The evening kicked off with an opening address by Marc Alexander, one of our selection day judges, who is both an artist in his own right, as well as a gallery owner. Marc honoured our society and it’s members, both past and present. We are in distinguished company!
He praised the work on show and encouraged our members to keep at it and persevere in their chosen direction, no matter the reaction of others to their work, be it positive or negative. Every artist has his or her own voice, to which we must be true. Then he addressed the buyers……here’s to many sales!
After his speech, Marc handed out all the awards won at the selection weekend and presented the winners of each category with their trophies.
A celebratory evening indeed, made even more enjoyable by the wonderful snacks provided by our catering team and of course the choice of wines at the bar – something to suit every taste.
Thanks to all those whose hard work helped make this evening such a success.
On Friday morning 16 August, Council members and helpers gathered early at the Richard Cowie hall in Kirstenbosch to prepare for the second SASA Members exhibition for 2019.
The process ran smoothly, as usual, as members dropped off their paintings, and hanging of the works could begin. By lunchtime, the the exhibition was almost hung and already attracting a few visitors from the gardens.
The exhibition opening in the evening was well attended, and early birds had the pleasure of viewing many beautiful paintings and sculptures, and several works were swiftly snapped up by lucky art lovers.
The exhibition was opened by Jeremy Day, a senior fellow of SASA. He spoke warmly about the work of fellow artists in SASA, including those who had recently been included in the top 100 finalists of the Sanlam portrait competition.
The bar and the kitchen provided drinks and delicious eats to keep everyone happy, and the exhibition will run until 4pm Friday 6th September.
On Friday 25 January, we spent the morning hanging the work of the selected artists for the 2019 Merit Exhibition and created an attractive display for the opening that evening.
Our more experienced patrons arrived early so they could have an unhindered view of all the beautiful paintings and sculptures on show – and of course, first dibs on the pieces that caught their fancy.
A comfortable crowd gathered to hear the opening address, delivered by John Pace, the 2015 winner of the Sanlam Portrait Award.
John’s speech was light and amusing, while being very complimentary about the high standard of work on the exhibition and not too wordy, so there was still time for a bit of socialising ….and acquiring artworks! Sales got off to a great start at the opening and carried on in the same vein over the weekend following, which bodes well for the rest of the exhibition.
Our president, Audrey Innes, had a surprise award to hand out on the evening as well – owing to the consistent high standard of his work and high scores at the selection weekend over the past four years, Evan Douglas was awarded SASA Fellowship. Well done Evan.
The enjoyment of the evening was enhanced by the usual excellence of the catering and nicely stocked wine and juice bar, giving our guests an excuse to stay a little bit longer.
On Friday 25 January, we will be hanging the SASA 2019 Merit Exhibition at the Richard Crowie Hall, at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The exhibition will be opened at 18:00 by well known portrait artist, John Pace and will be open daily from 10:00 – 17:30 until Monday 4 February.
Our second art in the park and final SASA exhibition for the year took place on 24 November at our usual venue, Rondebosch Park.
Here, on the corner of Campground and Sandown Roads, we have found the perfect home for this event – it is convenient for locals to stroll up, with their families in tow. It’s also very visible from the road, which attracts passing trade, swelling the number of our faithful followers, who come not only for the wonderful atmosphere, but in hope of a beautiful bargain or two as well.
We had a steady stream of customers throughout the day and good sales figures by the end of it – people making a day of it, lunching under the trees, ensuring our food vendors also had a good day and browsing around the stalls.
The beautiful space means that dogs can be included in the family outing – even more incentive to come and have a look!
Thanks to our team of organisers and all their hard work, that’s another satisfying and successful art in the park under our belts. See you next year!