Our first members’ exhibition for 2018 is currently on show at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, in the John Winter Hall and will be up until Sunday 29 April.
The exhibition was opened at 6:30pm on Friday the 20th by well known artist and teacher, Margie Johnson, who, in her own warm and unique way, gave a marvelously entertaining and uplifting opening address.
The evening function was well attended and sales were off to a good start, with much interest in the portfolio stands, where hidden gems and bargains waited to be discovered.
Many of our guests left with beautiful artworks under their arms and the satisfied smiles on their faces matched those of the artists whose work they carried home with them.
We received numerous compliments on a beautiful exhibition and a very pleasant evening – many thanks to all whose help contributed to making it so.
After the “hanging team” had spent a very busy day finding comfortable space for the huge number of paintings we had to display, the John Winter Hall at Kirstenbosch was looking wonderful for the opening of the exhibition. The beauty of it all was further enhanced by Helen Estcourt’s exquisite flower arrangement.
The exhibition was officially opened by Liesl Hartman, principal of the Peter Clarke Art Centre and an accomplished artist in her own right. She gave a lovely, warm speech about stories and connections, especially those created and inspired by works of art.
Mary McMillan did her usual great job with the catering and Adrian’s bar was buzzing. Thanks to those who helped out with the service. It all added up to a marvelously sociable evening, enjoyed by artists and guests alike, helped along by a good number of sales. An excellent start to a potentially very successful exhibition.
On Friday 27 January, after a wonderfully rainy day, the usual crowd – as well as many new faces – gathered at the John Winter Hall at Kirstenbosch for the opening of our “Merit” exhibition.
The opening address was given by internationally acclaimed artist, Andrew Cooper. He was articulate and relaxed, giving us some valuable insights and encouraging words, as well as something to laugh at. He praised the work on show – its exceptional quality and the general professional look of the exhibition. Good job, hanging team.
Our bar staff and “waitrons” were kept hard at work, making sure everyone had enough to eat and drink throughout the evening, adding to the festive atmosphere and encouraging patrons to take out their credit cards!
Many paintings were sold on opening night and by the time of writing this, sales were up to 39, a record number for the first three days of any previous SASA exhibition – well done to all our “Merit” artists. May the remainder of the exhibition prove just as fruitful.
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