It was a beautiful Spring day on Tuesday 19 October, which was perfect for hanging our annual exhibition in the Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch.
We had a lovely bunch of members who volunteered their help on the day – the smiling faces behind the masks making the challenging task an enjoyable and happy one.
There are many very beautiful works on show, with the display in the front room being the most beautiful of all, containing as it does all the prize-winning pieces. We had a lot of visitors and even a couple of early-bird shoppers, who got in fast and bought their favourites before we’d even finished putting it all together. It’s so good to see those lovely little red dots appearing on the labels!
There was no official opening of the exhibition, due to ongoing covid restrictions, but the winning works are all clearly marked and the awarding of certificates will take place at our monthly members’ meeting on Thursday 28 October at the Athenaeum.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to come and help – it would take so much longer without your willing hands. Thanks as well to our hard-working council members, who put in a lot of effort behind the scenes to get things organised…..especially to Avril who keeps us fed 🙂 …..you are all much appreciated.
Now lets keep our collective fingers crossed for a bumper crop of sold stickers!
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.
SASA’s 112th Annual Exhibition was opened on Friday evening, the 24th of August, by Virginia MacKenny – artist, author and associate professor of painting at the UCT Michaelis School of Fine Art. Virginia gave a wonderfully inspiring speech, giving us both light-hearted moments as well as food for thought. She urged us to pay attention, treading lightly on our earth and treating it with empathy, respecting and becoming a part of the web of connection all around us in the natural world.
The opening function was very well attended and compliments abounded regarding the quality of work on display. “A beautiful, well-hung exhibition” was the general consensus ……and of course the customary superb catering and efficient bar were much enjoyed by all – thanks to Mary, Adrian and their team.
Virginia also handed out the certificates and trophies to the winners in all categories, chosen at the selection week-end – some of whom won more than one – as well as two very special awards, which went to Jeremy Day and Laura Wenman – our very first SASA “Senior Fellows”. Well done to the two of you – accolades well deserved.
Virginia, your presence, your words and your patience are much appreciated. Thank you for giving us of your time…..and for making the winners stand still for their photos – made this blogger’s task waaay easier 🙂
The exhibition is on at the Richard Crowie Hall in Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens and will run until Thursday 13 September.
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