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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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January 2020 SASA Members’ Meeting

The prize-winners from the 2019 selection weekend were invited to kick off the 2020 SASA program by giving us a demonstration of their considerable talents at the first members’ meeting for the year.

 

 

 

 

On Thursday 30 Jan, we were pleased to welcome Mariaan du Plooy, who won “Best Oil”; Sonja Frenz, who won “Best Drawing”; Val Watt, who was awarded “Best Pastel”; and Cliff Davies, for “Best Print Media”.

 

 

 

 

We were also lucky enough to have two of our SASA Fellows there on the evening – Penny Steynor did a wonderful demo with acrylic paint, using only a palette knife and Evan Douglas showed us how he executes his beautiful watercolour birds.

 

 

 

 

There were about eighty members and guests who arrived to watch and gather useful tips, so the hall was buzzing – quite daunting for those doing the demos. It was amazing to watch as the different artworks took shape – there was such a variety of media being used in such a variety of techniques, producing very different, yet uniformly beautiful finished pieces.

Thanks and well done to our “demonstrators” for keeping calm and carrying on! It was a most interesting and entertaining evening.

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January Members’ Meeting Date Correction!

Typo Alert! It was stated in the SASA newsletter and in the last post re Jan meeting that it will be held on 28 Jan. This is incorrect – as usual, our members’ meeting (2019 selection weekend prize-winners demo) will be on the last Thursday of the month, which is the 30th of January 2020. Sorry about that! 🙂

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Thu 28 Jan Members’ Meeting

On Thursday 28 January, our first members’ meeting for 2020, we will have our very popular “demo with a difference”, where the prize-winners from last year’s Annual Exhibition show us how they create their award winning works. Three of our SASA Fellows will also be joining them. For more info, please see the latest newsletter.

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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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Portrait in Oil – Demo With Laura Wenman

Our October monthly members’ meeting was a treat! We had Laura Wenman – senior SASA fellow – demonstrating her marvelous oil technique, painting a portrait from a live model.

 

 

 

 

 

Laura started with a canvas already tinted in a pale green, which harmonised with her choice of colours – viridian is one of her favourites – and various pre-mixed skin tones, which made the process a little quicker.

 

 

 

 

 

The paint Laura uses is French-made and contains beeswax, which doesn’t mix well with our usual oil colours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a great turnout and everyone got as close as they could to the action – no-one wanted to miss a single detail, as we watched the face emerge, from planning, through drawing, to application of paint and a very close likeness at the end of the evening….and her model was great – she didn’t move a muscle for two hours!

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Watercolour Demo With Marcelle Lyons

On Thursday the 26th, at the SASA members’ meeting for September, we were lucky enough to have Marcelle Lyons – renowned artist and teacher in watercolour, oils and pastels – give a demo in watercolour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the selection of subject matter and paper, Marcelle took us through her steps and process. We saw how she produces one of her wonderful watercolour paintings from the stretching (or not) of the paper, through the blocking in of shapes with simple lines, the addition of layers of carefully-chosen colour washes with very large, laden brushes and sponges, to the final details applied with much smaller tools and brushes.

 

 

 

 

 

It was fascinating to watch as the piece took shape, emerging from the paper at it’s own gentle pace, from the soft pastel colours and shapes of the background to the stronger foreground forms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notebooks were filled with points to remember and everyone took with them some new bits of knowledge and techniques to try out at home.

Thanks Marcelle, for giving us of your time and knowledge. A most enjoyable evening.