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SASA Members’ 1 2021

On Wednesday 7 April we arrived at Kirstenbosch on a lovely warm and sunny morning, for the hanging of our first Members’ exhibition for 2021.

The whole process went very well and without mishaps, from the receiving and processing of the artworks, to the actual hanging of the paintings. It felt as if everyone had come out of “hibernation” and we had a bumper crop of fresh work to put on display.

 

 

 

 

We had some new members helping us as well, which was wonderful to see, and older members who hadn’t hung an exhibition with us before. Each one had many different tasks to perform and “changed hats” often to compensate for the small number of helpers at hand. Great team-work guys.

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone mucked in to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible and by mid-afternoon we had a beautiful show to present to our fans.

It still feels strange to have an exhibition without the festivities of an opening event, but at least we’re out  there, in the flesh and ready for browsers and buyers to come and pay us a visit. The exhibition will run till Sunday the 18th of April. Here’s hoping for great sales.

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all those who came along to help, it is much appreciated, and to those who couldn’t make it, see you at the next one!

 

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SASA March Members’ Meeting – Celeste Barnard Talks About Paper

On Thursday 25 March we had yet another members’ monthly meeting via zoom. Audrey Innes, our outgoing SASA president, handed over the reins to Liz Pearson, who will be taking on the role. Liz began by welcoming new members to the society and especially our new council member, Val Watt (Yay Val!!).

If anyone else would be willing to serve on the council, there are a couple more empty places. The society cannot be run without it, so please consider stepping up and giving a little of your time.

 

 

 

 

 

The main attraction of the evening was Celeste Barnard, from Kuhne Conservation Studio, who gave a talk on paper and paper conservation.

 

 

 

 

Celeste began by telling us a little about the chemical structure of paper and the different natural materials used in the making of paper. It was interesting to learn how the different fibres, found in different plant sources and even parts of the same plant, have such an effect on the type and quality of the paper produced, thereby explaining its suitability for different applications.

 

 

 

 

We also learnt about the additives used in paper-making and the reasons water has such an impact on the paper itself, as well as the artwork on the surface of the paper. Water plays a large part in the paper-making process, so when too much is added at a later stage the paper reverts to it’s original pulpy state, whereas if the paper dries out too much, it becomes brittle and crumbles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The way a piece of paper reacts to water can also tell us a lot about how the paper was made, if by hand, or machine.

 

 

 

 

The conservation and restoration of paper is a very complex subject, into which Celeste gave us a little insight, stressing the importance of acid free materials when painting or framing, as well as the correct storage conditions. She also gave us tips on the prevention of potential risks.

 

 

 

 

Thank you Celeste for a hugely informative evening and for answering all our questions. For anyone who missed it, the complete presentation will be available from SASA.

 

 

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Chapman’s Peak Plein Air Outing

On Tuesday 23 March, the plein air group got together at the picnic site on Chapman’s Peak for another morning of outdoor painting. It was a beautifully warm and wind-free day, but luckily there were plenty of lovely, spreading trees around, so we could each find our place in the shade.

 

 

 

 

 

There were nine artists all together, some working on paper with watercolours, or sketching with various tools and materials, while others – using their French easels – painted in oils. If you’re serious about plein air painting, it really helps to have the right, portable equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

The views from this spot are absolutely breathtaking and all agreed that we need to get back there really soon, so we’ll be returning next Monday, 29 March, for the “second sitting”. One artist suggested that three or four outings would be needed to do justice to this and any quality location.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all involved with organising this outing. If anyone wishes to be included in the group, please email Sonja at sonjafrenz@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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March Monthly Members’ Meeting

On Thursday 25 March, Celeste Barnard will be giving a talk on paper restoration and conservation. With level 1 lockdown rules in place, we were supposed to be having the meeting at the Athenaeum, but since the air conditioning in the main hall is not working, we’ll be reverting to Zoom!

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Plein Air Workshop With Beth Lowe

Beth Lowe, plein air artist extraordinaire, held a workshop on St James Beach on Wednesday the second of March. There were nine participants gathered near the tidal pool, as Beth took us through her process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her equipment – obviously simple as it needs to be carried with her – consists of a French easel, a golf umbrella, which she ties down with guy ropes and tent pegs and of course, her paint-box of carefully chosen colours for outdoor painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beth illustrated the importance of good drawing skills, composition and choice of focal point, as she worked on her demonstration piece.

 

 

 

 

 

After observing her painting for a while, we set up our easels and got going on our own canvases, while Beth walked between us, assisting where necessary and solving any problems that might have arisen.

 

 

 

 

 

By midday it had become rather hot and a little windy, so after watching Beth complete her painting, some of us jumped into the tidal pool to cool off. A refreshing end to a marvelous morning. Thank you Beth.

 

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Feb Members’ Meeting, AGM and Drawing Competition

On 25 February, the last Thursday of the month, we held our monthly members’ meeting for the eighth time via zoom, our first AGM to be held using this platform. We’re getting the hang of this!

 

 

 

 

The meeting was opened by our President, Audrey Innes, who welcomed new members to our society and introduced council member, Adrian Larkin, as MC for the evening. Great job, Adrian, it all went very smoothly.

All the usual AGM protocols were adhered to, with Audrey giving the annual president’s report, which was a little sparse, due to the most peculiar year we’ve had, and Mike Forrester – SASA treasurer – giving the financial report.

A useful suggestion was made by one of the members attending that some sort of schedule of events be drawn up at the beginning of the year so that new members would know what to expect. It was also suggested that one of our more long-standing members should be at our monthly meetings to welcome newcomers to the society. Lyn Northam very kindly volunteered for this role.

Then came the drawing competition, for which 18 entries had been submitted via email and for which votes could be cast either again via email, or over the zoom “chat” after the meeting.

We had some very beautiful entries, but the overall favourites, voted for by members who attended the meeting were…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in first place,”Rainy Days are the Best”                        second was “Hidden Treasures”                                           by Sonja Frenz                                                      by  Penny Steynor

 

and third was “Fun Times” by Sue Paulsen.

 

Well done you three and enjoy spending your vouchers, which were very kindly sponsored by Deckle Edge.