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November SASA Members’ Meeting

On Thursday the 25th of November we held our last meeting for 2021 at the Athenaeum and what a fun evening we had. Our president, Liz Pearson opened the meeting with all the formalities, welcomes and thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started inside the hall, seated at tables decorated with lanterns sparkling with fairy lights and where we were surrounded by a whole lot of very beautiful works of art – the entries for the Eleanor Palmer Competition – but that came later.

Sonja Frenz was presented with her certificate, awarding her Fellowship of the Society. Well done Sonja, an accolade so well deserved. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cups and certificates were also awarded to the winners of both the drawing competition and the Landscape, Life and Still-Life competition, which had taken place during our Zoom meetings for February and August respectively. The winner of the drawing competition was our new Fellow, Sonja Frenz, with her drawing “Rainy Days are the Best”.

Mary McMillan won the landscape competition with “Any Way the Wind Blows”, the Life-drawing category was won by Val Watt, with “Contemplation” and the Still-life by Penny Steynor’s “Home-grown”.

Then came the main event of the evening – the “Eleanor Palmer Competition”.

Glass of wine, or plate of snacks in hand, we studied the paintings presented and duly voted for our favourites. Then, while the votes were being counted, as it was such a beautiful evening, we all moved outside, wine, snacks, tables and all, and the games began. We were each given a numbered, rather random-looking coloured square – a piece of a picture, which we then had to reproduce in paint onto a bigger, blank square….

When placed in the right positions on a backing board, these abstract painted squares miraculously formed a lovely picture of the Peter Clarke Art Centre. Great Game, Adrian!

The Eleanor Palmer winners were then announced…..in third place, “Sunset Herders” by Judy Hilton-Green, second was “African Sky”, by Penny Steynor and in first place, “Mother’s Love” by Laura Wenman. Well done to all of you, your work is beautiful.

Thanks to our tireless council for all the hard work they do and for putting the evening together. Thanks, as well, to all who brought a plate of snacks to share and to Philip Green for the lanterns with their solar fairy-lights, which gave the evening such a festive atmosphere.

Wishing you all “Happy Holidays”, whatever it is you’ll be celebrating. Enjoy the break and see you next year!

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SASA Zoom Meeting for July

On Thursday 29 July we had our monthly members’ meeting, as has become usual, via Zoom and we had a record 49 participants. We’re getting the hang of this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Pearson opened the meeting by welcoming new and returning members and gave us the good advice to “keep creating, no matter what”! She reminded us that the annual selection weekend has been moved to  the weekend of the 4th and 5th of September – if anyone can lend a hand on the day/s, please let Audrey know – exhibitions@sasa-artists.co.za

 

As is traditional for the July meeting, we held our (slightly modified) Landscape, Life and Still-Life competition, which was extremely well supported. We had so many beautiful entries, the judges had a really hard time choosing the winners, but they eventually managed to decide.

We had three “critics” – Lyn Northam, Laura Wenman and Beth Lowe – who discussed the winning works and the possible reasons they caught the judges’ eye.

In the “Landscape” category, 3rd was Lyn Northam’s “Foraging Ibis”, 2nd Beth Lowe’s”Virga (Ghost Rain)” and in 1st place Mary McMillan’s “Any Way the Wind Blows”.

 

 

 

The winners in the “Life” category were, in 3rd place, Katherine Sutton’s “Inky Play”, 2nd “Serenity” by Lesley Charnock and 1st was Val Watt’s “Contemplation”.

 

 

 

 

 

Lesley Charnock featured again in the “Still-Life” category, placed 3rd with her painting entitled “From Margie’s Garden”, 2nd was Wyn Rossouw’s “Hibiscus Sunlight” and in 1st place, Penny Steynor’s “Home Grown”.

 

 

 

 

The critics congratulated the judges on their choices, where “out-of-the-ordinary” featured well in the winning works. The paintings were complimented on their unusual composition, colour choices and values, as well as a sense of movement, even in the still-life category. The critiques also included the beautiful use of brush-strokes and negative spaces, as well as mark-making done with alternative tools, each painting masterfully executed in it’s own unique way.

Congratulations to all the winners, and well done, our three critics. Great job everyone!

 

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Winter Life Drawing Studio

Last Saturday, 26 of June, was the penultimate of this season’s life drawing sessions at the scout hall in Newlands. We had such an enjoyable morning drawing Gomez, new for us and a wonderful model. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He posed very comfortably, his shapes and gestures were beautiful and it was good to have some masculine muscles to draw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were once again well socially distanced – plenty of room in the hall – and adhered to all the rules with masks and hand-sanitisers. Everyone had another very satisfying morning of drawing and painting, producing some beautiful work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With just one more session to go, there’s still space for a couple more “drawers”, so if you’d like to join us, please email the SASA secretary, Nicole Riedler at secretary@sasa-artists.co.za

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SASA Winter Life Drawing Sessions

On Saturday 19 June, we had the third of this season’s Winter life drawing sessions at the Newlands Scout Hall. We were all masked up and well socially distanced and even though a door had to be kept open for fresh air, it was pretty warm for the middle of Winter, so nobody suffered too badly….although we still needed heaters on to keep our model comfortable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our model for the morning was Jessie – and what a wonderful job she did. Not afraid of getting into peculiar positions, she gave us some very interesting poses to draw and kept us all totally absorbed. Some beautiful work was produced and everyone went home happy.

Thanks to Val and Chris for admin and to Avril for the tea……and of course, all those who helped pack up afterwards.

If you’d like to attend the remaining two sessions, please email our secretary, Nicole – secretary@sasa-artists.co.za – the cost will be R80 per session.

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SASA Winter Life Drawing

We had a great start to the SASA Winter Life drawing sessions – our first was on Saturday 5 June – with Sinead modeling for us. We were well socially distanced and all masked up.

Though the scout hall is always a little chilly, it was warmer than expected and our model was kept nice and warm with all the heaters going. The rest of us had our woollies to keep us warm.

Sinead is the perfect life drawing model. She is totally relaxed in her body and presented us with beautiful and interesting poses, that together with her lovely “Renaissance” colouring, inspired us to new heights of drawing.

 

 

 

 

 

The morning went very smoothly, thanks to Chris, who did all the admin; Val, who took charge and Avril for the catering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was good to see everyone again – old and new faces making beautiful art together – and all lent a hand with the set-up and take-down, for which we’re very grateful.

There may still be space for a couple more artists, so if you’re interested in joining the next session, please email Nicole Riedler – secretary@sasa-artists.co.za

 

 

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27 July SASA Winter Life Drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was our final Saturday life drawing morning for this year and a wonderful one to end off with. We had a new figure to draw – Anoeschka – who stood in for our morning’s scheduled model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was Anoeschka’s first time posing for life drawing, but she did an outstanding job. She gave us graceful poses that looked like beautiful dance movements frozen in time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had twenty-two enthusiastic artists, all sad that the sessions are over for the season, but very satisfied with what they’d produced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so grateful to Lyn Northam for the loan of tables, stool and easels – thanks Lyn, don’t know what we’d do without you! – and to all the artists who helped us pack up afterwards.

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Winter Life Drawing

 On Saturday 20th July SASA members once again gathered early at the Scout Hall in Newlands for the penultimate Winter Life Drawing session.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Although there were only 17 participants, less than usual, we enjoyed a very productive session, thanks to the expertise of Desiree the model for the morning.


 

 

 

 

 

Because of her background in circus work, she managed to hold difficult poses, with twists in her torso which proved challenging, but enjoyable!


 

 

 

 

Many lovely drawings, paintings, and monoprints were produced.


 

 

 

 

 

 

As usual, tea, coffee and biscuits kept us all going during the break, and we once again thank Lyn Northam for the use of her equipment.

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13 July Life Drawing

The sun came out on Saturday 13th July, and 28 enthusiastic members arrived early at the Scout Hall in Newlands to participate in the third of the SASA Winter Life Drawing sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The model for the morning was Andrew (Andy) and  in spite of an early morning incident in the traffic on his motorcycle, he was able to clear his mind, and hold some very strong and interesting poses.

 

 

 

 

 

The Hall went silent during the sessions, as members concentrated on their subject, once again using a large variety of mediums and styles to try to capture the dynamic poses.

As usual, very welcome tea, coffee, and biscuits were provided during the break, and many hands helped to clear up the hall in record time afterwards.

Thanks to the council members who were in charge, and once again, thanks to Lyn Northam for the use of her equipment.