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! 🙂