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A letter from the President

2012 certainly has
started off on a high note with the hanging of the 2012 Merit exhibition on
Thursday 26 January and the wonderful Critique session at our Monthly Meeting
also on the 26th.   The
opening of the Merit took place the following evening, the 27th, so
it was a busy 2 days.
The exhibition –
which contains the work of SASA’s top 44 artists – per the judging for the
Annual exhibition late last year – was opened by Derric van Rensburg who
delivered a thoughtful, amusing and most entertaining speech.  Sales at the Merit have been good – 47 in
total – and in next month’s newsletter we’ll be able to provide a full analysis
of the exhibition and sales.  We’ll also
be able to show cumulative statistics for the year up to and including this
Merit exhibition.  ’It was curated
very well, and the standard of the works speaks for themselves’
said
Natalie Hirschman.
Natalie, Andrew and Derric

For those of you who missed the
Critique session – well, you missed a marvellous evening, one of the best ever
– based on the enthusiastic feedback received!  
The 3 judges from Selection Day last August – Natalie Hirschman, Andrew
Lamprecht and Derric van Rensburg – came back and shared with us their reasons
for the scores they awarded.   In
addition, they provided invaluable advice and constructive criticism as to how
the paintings could be improved. 

Each participating
member brought up to 3 of their Selection Day works. A member’s works were
displayed on easels on the stage, each bearing the total score awarded.  
Each judge then discussed their views and opinions on the works.  It was
unanimously agreed that their crits were honest, fair, passionate and
well-informed.  It was also notable that
the judges sometimes differed in opinion on some works and this fact
illustrated that art is indeed subjective and that viewpoints do vary. 
Importantly, their crits were constructive and kind.   ‘It was most interesting, informative and
inspiring, filled with insight and with gentle but constructive critiques, from
which we can all learn’ wrote member Adele Galgut.
   It was the
most informative and valuable art lesson that I for one, have probably ever
attended.   SASA’s mission statement
includes the words [SASA is there] ‘for the advancement of Art’.  That
night really lived up to our goal, and also broke our Monthly Meeting
attendance record – with 113 members attending.
Natalie made an
interesting comment that night, noting that her own art has changed as she ‘has
learnt so much through the whole experience’
of being a judge for us.  She too enters many competitions and had
always believed that the most important aspect was technical excellence. 
But, after looking at over 470 paintings on our Selection day, many of which
were indeed technically faultless, she has come to realise that a painting
needs something else, something more, something that makes one stop and
want to look again … that indefinable ‘WOW!’
factor.  It could be a certain glow of light or use of colour or ….
that’s the thing, it’s beyond description … but one recognises it when one sees
it.
Lorna Jakins


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