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October SASA Members’ Meeting

We were in the Athenaeum again on Thursday 28 October for our members’ meeting and judges critique of work from the Annual Selection Weekend. We had a good spread-out crowd – in fact the hall was about as full as possible, so we couldn’t have fitted many more in. Lovely to see all our members, old and new, coming together again.








Liz opened the meeting by thanking council and judges for all their hard work – and Philip Green for the back-up lighting he supplied in case of load-shedding, which thankfully, we didn’t need. The library was also open before the meeting, with a special sale of magazines.









The format was slightly different this year, due to the fact that the paintings were all on exhibition and couldn’t be presented “in person”. We had projected images of the prize-winning works, which the judges spoke about, explaining their reasons for choosing these particular pieces.










We were very lucky to have all three judges – Marc Alexander, Cindie Ah Ling and Andrew Hart – there for most of the evening and they – for the most part – were in complete agreement on the allocation of awards.











They commented on good composition, with placement and treatment of focal point; the use of colour to create aerial perspective; use of chiaroscuro for effect; skillful technique, etc. So we were given all sorts of hints and guides on how to enhance and improve our own work.








The prize-winners were presented with their certificates and the “best-in-category”, their trophies. We also had two members who were awarded Fellowship of the society – well done to Karen Burns and Pam Quinlan for the well-deserved accolades.









Thanks to all involved for a joyful and informative evening. See you all again next month , same time, same place, for November’s meeting and the end of year function.

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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!


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2017 SASA Selection Weekend





The SASA 2017 selection weekend took place on the weekend of 5 and 6 August, in the hall of Rustenburg High School. The whole exciting weekend flowed smoothly and seamlessly, thanks to our team of willing helpers. We couldn’t do this each year without so many of our members volunteering their services.





We are also very grateful to our wonderfully patient judges – Hayden Proud, Lindy Van Niekerk and Andrew Cooper – who gave of their time and expertise so generously, surrounded as they were by a plethora of beautiful works of art to be assessed and scored.






They had a most challenging job to do, but did it calmly and professionally and will be on hand at our August members’ meeting to justify their decisions, so come along with your three entries and find out how your work could be improved.






Congratulations to all who won awards – it’s always a tremendous feeling to be “chosen”, but to those whose work didn’t score as highly as they were expecting: Don’t be discouraged! See it as a learning experience. Perhaps next year it will be your turn.

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SASA Selection Weekend 2016







On the weekend of 20 and 21 August, we once more appropriated the Rustenberg School hall for the annual SASA selection weekend. Council members and helpers were there bright and early on Saturday morning, preparing for the onslaught of artists with their work…..but the checking in process went very smoothly, with no major hiccups – not even a wet painting to chase away!







We had many new members submitting work for the first time, adding their own particular energy to the mix. By the end of the day, the hall was full of beautiful works of art, in every style and genre imaginable, making it hard to decide which one preferred. The judges were certainly going to have their work cut out for them.

On Sunday most of us met our judges for the first time. They were three worthy choices, gallery owners and artists in their own right – Derric van Rensburg, Terry Taljaard and Andrew Cooper.

As one by one, the paintings were presented to them, the only thing giving away how they felt, was the number on each scoring box. Each painting was studied calmly and carefully and a score selected. We soon realised they were strict judges, but very consistent and higher scores were definitely well earned.






By the end of the very long and tiring day, they had looked at about four hundred paintings and made their choices of award winners. Well done to the three of you for a superb judging job and congratulations to all the winners.


The “Best Ofs” were:

• Watercolour – Craig Paton-Ash “Silo Project”  • Acrylic – Bill Brown “Afterglow”

• Pastel – Penny Steynor “Evening Dust”  • Oil – Laura Wenman “Precious Jade”

• Mixed Media – Mary McMillan “Be not Afraid”

• Sculpture – Boniface Chkwenhere “Ox”  • Drawing – Mandy Herdien “Bad Boy”

Mary and her kitchen team kept everyone happily fed and watered throughout the weekend, as usual, supplying marvelous meals and snacks for in-between.


Without our willing helpers, this weekend could not have run so efficiently – as one judge was heard to comment “Like a well-oiled machine”! So many grateful thanks to everyone involved.



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August 2015 Members’ Meeting


The hall at the Athenaeum was very full for the SASA meeting on Thursday 27 August. We were privileged to have two of our selection weekend judges – Robert Slingsby and Donna McKellar – to give brief crits of the work submitted for selection.

Members were encouraged to bring all three of their submitted works, for comparison, to be shown what worked and what didn’t, how addition or subtraction of elements can improve a painting. A great way to learn and to improve one’s artistic skills.








Robert and Donna had a difficult task, but rose to the challenge, giving lots of constructive criticism and praise, where due. They generously shared with us of their experience and knowledge and everyone left feeling encouraged, ready to try out some of their useful tips.









Spirits were high, as people left after the meeting. One member was overheard to say “That was the best meeting ever”! So thanks to everyone concerned, for a very well-run event and to Robert and Donna for your time and expertise. Thanks, as well, to Jeremy Day, for stepping in and hosting the evening in his role as vice-president of SASA. A job well done.

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SASA Annual Selection Weekend

Our selection of work for the annual SASA exhibition at Kirstenbosch took place this past weekend – 18 and 19 July – at Rustenburg Girl’s High School in Rondebosch. We were prepared for a cold and wet Saturday, but were surprised by brilliant sunshine, although it was still pretty chilly early on, when the workers arrived.

All went very smoothly with the signing in and dropping off of paintings, with our assistants doing their assigned tasks quickly and efficiently. The rows and rows of empty chairs in the hall were rapidly filled with an astonishing number of beautiful artworks and their owners left with their hopes high, clutching their numbered slips of paper.

Then came Sunday – “judgement day” – with so many wonderful works of art to show to the judges, we were in for a long haul. Our three judges this year were professional artist, Robert Slingsby; Gallery owner and art curator, Lindy Van Niekerk; professional artist and gallery owner, Donna McKellar.

The judging also went well, with just one little hiccup when unscheduled load shedding put all the lights out. Not to be thwarted by this minor hitch, curtains were opened wide, tables turned to make use of all available natural light, pen and paper replaced computers and we were underway once more.

Mary and her team in the kitchen provided us with a wonderful lunch and lots of hot and cold drinks and snacky things to keep the energy levels up throughout the day. Thanks ladies!






Their last task was perhaps the most difficult job of the day for the judges. Once they had seen and scored all the hundreds of pieces of art, they still had to decide which deserved the awards. Each piece had to be carefully considered and each award had to be agreed upon by all three.

Thank you, judges, you did a great job.
















At last we could let the artists in to collect their work and see their scores. When the last painting had been collected and the hall returned to normal, it was long past dark and it was a weary bunch of workers who headed home that night.

Thanks to all who so happily offered your help. We couldn’t have done it without you.