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Montebello Plein Air Outing January 2021

We had our first – hopefully of many – plein air outing for the year, once again organised by Sonja Frenz.

It was wonderful to get together again and the Montebello art centre is one of our favourite places to meet, with its interesting and varied choice of subject matter and its many places to settle oneself.







The atmosphere is conducive to creativity, with the busy studios all around and we had the added bonus of a group of youngsters playing marimbas for background music.






It was a warm and wind-free day and very peaceful in the shade of the Greenhouse Nursery garden, where most of us chose to sit. Thanks Sonja, for a lovely start to our plein air calendar.






Once again, if anyone wants to be a part of the plein air group, please email Sonja –

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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/CAS Hiking/Sketching Outing



Our sketching hike to the lower Silvermine Valley, scheduled for 19 October, was postponed due to inclement weather and took place on 2 November.


Six artists – and one dog – met at the Silvermine carpark, from where we made our way up a flower-scattered path, past the ruined farmhouse, to the stream. It was a very hot day, but we found some welcome shade under a spreading oak tree, beside the running water, where we each settled in our own little spot to concentrate on some serious sketching.

There was a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere, with a background track of singing birds and chirping frogs.

The peace was shattered by loud, frantic squawking, as a flock of nesting weaver birds chased off a huge boomslang, which was after their eggs.


After watching in fascination as this little drama unfolded and the snake slithered away, we were ready to leave and packed up for the short walk back to our cars.

Thank you Linda Howe Ely, for organising yet another great outing.

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Table Mountain Sketching Hike







The weather didn’t play ball on Wednesday 30 September and it was rather rainy, so the scheduled hike had to be postponed, but it certainly made up for it the next day.

We had perfect weather for hiking and sketching and the few of us who got there certainly made the most of it. Tafelberg Road was lined with cars right down to the bottom, so it would appear a lot of people decided to take advantage of the beautiful day by visiting our mountain.

We gathered on Tafelberg Road below the cable station and hiked for about half an hour up the track to the beacon on the contour path. From this vantage point we had wonderful views all round and plenty of choice for sketching, perched like dassies, on the conveniently flat, rocky outcrops.

So absorbed were we in our work, it wasn’t till about three hours later that someone realised the time and thought we’d better be starting back.

Thoroughly inspired, we headed down the mountain with sunburnt noses and wobbly knees, but satisfyingly full sketchbooks.








Thanks to Linda Howe-Ely for organising the outing – we’ll have to do it again very soon!

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A Visit to the Symphony Orchestra

On Thursday 9 April, a group of SASA members gathered at the City Hall to attend the dress rehearsal for the second in the Autumn Symphony Concert season. The Cape Town Symphony Orchestra played well-known compositions by Beethoven, Schubert and Stravinsky.

We each found our own spot from which to absorb the atmosphere and produce sketches, inspired by the beautiful music and potential inspiration for wonderful paintings.

What a glorious way to spend a morning!

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March Monthly Meeting – Art as Investment!

Our March meeting was one with a difference. Alfie Bester, director and fiduciary specialist with Legacy FS, gave us a very interesting talk on art as an investment. We had our eyes opened to the workings of the investment world, provoking thoughts and ideas that would previously never have crossed our minds.

Alfie is himself an avid art collector, who has firsthand knowledge of the benefits of buying art, not only for its aesthetic value, but also for investment purposes. One has to buy with an educated eye and knowledge of the market, which Alfie, being one of the founder members of the Citadel art price index, certainly has. The index is used to analyse and track the value changes in art over a period of time.

These are not concepts we generally ponder while slaving away in our studios, but maybe one day it’ll be one of us whose work is considered an investment. Of course, if you happen to be another Pablo Picasso, every scribble you make will be worth millions!

We were given much food for thought….and for eating, for that matter…..the wine and snacks, which lent a festive air to the meeting, were sponsored by “Legacy FS”

    Thank you Alfie for a most informative evening.

    …..and well done Glenda on your first meeting as
    President of SASA!

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Walkabout at the “Rembrandt in South Africa” exhibition

On Wednesday 18 March, a group of SASA members met at the Old Townhouse on Greenmarket square for a guided tour of the exhibition of Rembrandt’s etchings.

We were very privileged to have had Hayden Proud share his vast knowledge on the subject with us, as he talked us through the exhibition.

Hayden is the “Senior Curator of Historical Painting and Sculpture” at Iziko National Gallery and we thank him for taking the time to show us around the largest exhibition of Rembrandt’s work ever to be held in this country, borrowed from various private and public South African collections.


It was fascinating to see Rembrandt’s beautiful, fine line work at such close proximity and to be able to compare his work to that of his students and followers.

The exhibition, and the beautiful building in which it is housed, is well worth a second visit.

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Art In the Park, Saturday 7 March 2015

       Rondebosch Park once again proved to be the perfect venue    
       for SASA “Art In The Park” and the weather was perfect as
       well – not too hot and not too windy (although seasoned “art
       in the parkers” had everything firmly tied down just in case!)

There was a lovely buzz of happy buyers and sellers, and browsers who had to see everything
before they could leave. The food stalls did very well too, with a
steady stream of customers filling their tables and enjoying the ambiance.

Adding to the atmosphere, was a busking council member, who earned a bit of extra pocket money with a sax and a backing track.

Thanks everyone for another successful, well-run event, enjoyed by all our members and patrons of all ages.

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2015 Annual General Meeting

The SASA AGM was held at the Athenaeum on Thursday 26 February.


 Our current president, Linda Howe-Ely, delivered her “State of the Society” address and announced
 her resignation from the post, after serving in various positions on the council for 12 years. Thanks
 Linda for all those years, we’re going to miss you. She thanked the other two outgoing council
 members – Denzil Haenow and Solly Gutman – and welcomed the incoming members to the council.

After the serious business of the meeting was concluded,
the attending members cast their votes for their favourites
in the annual drawing competition. This year’s theme was
“Coffee”, a subject which could have many different

When all the votes were tallied, the winners were…. in third
place Drexler Kyzer, with his drawing entitled “Coffee Break”,
second place went to Taubelle Gersh for “Better Latte Than Never”
and Craig Paton-Ash was the winner with his beautiful still-life,
“B1 for Coffee”.

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2015 “Merit” exhibition

On the evening of Friday 6 February, the opening of the SASA merit exhibition was held in the Sanlam Hall at Kirstenbosch.

The exhibition was opened by our speaker for the evening, well known South African artist, John Meyer. John spoke eloquently about his own work and process, as well as praising the high standard of the work on exhibition.

The wonderfully warm evening kept our bar-men busy
serving drinks – thanks bar team – and as usual, everyone
was very well fed by Mary’s marvelous catering.
Thanks Mary!

 The “till” was kept busy too, with a record number of twenty-two sales for the opening night. In fact some works were sold while the work was still being hung. Let’s hope it continues this way for the duration of the exhibition, which is till 19 February. Well done everyone.