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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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2019 SASA Selection Weekend

Once again Council members and helpers gathered at Rustenberg Girls High School on the weekend of 3rd and 4th of August for the selection process for the SASA Annual Exhibition.






Members arrived bright and early to submit their work and, as usual, the submission process was handled quickly and efficiently. 112 members submitted 320 artworks, slightly down – in quantity, but certainly not in quality – from last year.








Once the artworks had been processed and labelled, they were set up in readiness for the judging.
On Sunday morning the council members and helpers were briefed and assigned their various roles that would ensure that the day would run as smoothly as possible.





Our judges, Marc Alexander, Gail Dorje and John Pace took their seats and a hush settled over the main hall as they got down to work.





Thanks to their enthusiasm and efficiency, all the work had been scrutinised by the judges and passed through the selection process by the time we broke for lunch. This was a time for all to relax, and enjoy their meal.

After lunch the judges turned to the serious business of deciding the “Best of’s”. Congratulations go to the following artists for achieving top honours in their categories.

Mariaan Du Ploy – Oil
Margie Volkwyn – Acrylic
Pam Quinlan – Watercolour
Val Watt – Pastel
Sonja Frenz – Drawing
Boniface Chikwenhere – Sculpture
Cliff Davies – Print
Grazyna Janik – Mixed Media


All work that earned enough points during selection will be on show at the Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch from 30th September. The opening talk will be given by gallery owner and artist, Marc Alexander.

Thanks to Mary and and Kate for the lunch, and for keeping everyone going all weekend with tea, coffee and snacks. Thanks as well, to our judges and to all the willing helpers who made the process run so smoothly.


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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!