Monday, February 28, 2011

SASA President, Lynn Brown steps down

Lynn Brown

On Thursday 24th February, at our Annual General Meeting, we said goodbye to both Lynn Brown and her daughter Jessica as they left the SASA Council.

Lynn has completed her 3 years of presidency and stepped down in accordance with our constitution - no 30 year reign by a despotic dictator for us even though we are in Africa! - while Jessica returns to UCT to study for her Masters Degree in Art.   We are greatly saddened that they both have to leave and they will be sorely missed.

Lynn and Jessica both joined SASA in June 2005, probably for the fun of being part of nice social group.  Lynn went on to Council in April 2007 and clearly her leadership skills were immediately recognised since she was voted in as President in March 2008, a mere 11 months later.  And that was the end the fun part for her . . 

What an inspirational leader she has been!  Her goal has been to raise the standard of the Society and to elevate its standing in the art world; in her own words “A personal crusade taken up by the council during my term has been to raise the professional image of the society and for SASA to be seen as one of the leading art groups in the country”

She has dragged us – yes, sometimes kicking and screaming! – to greater heights of professionalism.  That has been her aim in many of the initiatives she has led, through improving rules & standards in our competitions & exhibitions, in encouraging members to take their own art seriously, and in amending our Constitution regarding the fight against plagiarism. 

Through her leadership we have succeeded in attracting younger members and professional artists, and have focussed on inviting speakers and judges of high standing in the art community.   She encouraged greater social interaction and a 'sense of community' by tempting members to linger and discuss the topic after our monthly meetings.
I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that she has admirably achieved her goals.

I called Lynn ‘brave’ in my opening line for this is exactly what she is - a fearless leader.  She is not afraid of meeting a problem head-on, of telling a person exactly how it really is, and of standing firm when she knows she’s right.  To see her ‘persuading’ the Athenaeum committee regarding protecting SASA’s interests was a joy!

Lynn has always given 110% of herself to SASA; she has been the only person on Council with a full-time job - as a nursing sister - and has had to take a day’s leave for each of our committee meetings and hanging days.  All of us who can remember our working days know that to give up one’s precious leave for anything other than leisure and pleasure is a huge sacrifice and this demonstrates her incredible dedication to her role.
We are going to miss Lynn’s strong yet gentle leadership, her humour and her joyful enthusiasm ... but ...
most of all we’ll miss her chocolate Brownies!

Lynn, we salute you.  Every one of us is going to miss you but we hope you will now have the time to get back to your art as we've also missed your beautiful, delicate paintings in our exhibitions.

(Extract from Lorna Jakins speech on 24th Feb)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

2011 Drawing Competition

The official end-of-year AGM is always celebrated with a drawing competition, and what incredible artwork our members produce, year after year.  And this year we had a theme which was a bit perplexing but an amazing array of interpretations of "One Fell Swoop" were put forward.

And walking away with top honours - as he did last year! was Paul Webb with his drawing entitled 1st July 1916.  Well done Paul!

In second place was Fiona Gawronsky with 'One Fowl Swoop', and 3rd prize went to Eugene Schuddinh with his interpretation, 'In one Fell Swoop'.

Paul Webb

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

With the new year up and running and exhibitions and competitions looming, you can buy all your precious art supplies from a number of sources. 

One of them is Deckle Edge with whom we've had a long standing agreement that they give our members a 10% discount on presentation of their current membership card.

Go to any branch of Deckle Edge, choose your items and present them along with your card to the cashier, and 10% comes off!

And we have very kindly been given a 10% discount on all art items from a charming art shop in the Gardens Centre, Blanc Canvas - also only on presentation of your membership card. They are at Shop 18, Upper level in the Gardens Centre.

Also remember that Village Art and Canvas in the Belvedere Shopping Centre will give you a 10% discount on accumulation of purchase items.  Ask them for a card, and collect the points!

Happy shopping, but please remember your card!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Merit Exhibition 2011

Our first evening opening at Kirstenbosch!  Wow!

Dale Elliot opened the exhibition entertaining us with anecdotes and tales of his career in art and the evening was set off perfectly with a great jazz group keeping our feet tapping.

And the accolades for the artists exhibiting were well deserved.  What a great show.
Dale Elliot

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Desmond Colborne Evening

Thursday, 27th January was our first 2011 meeting and we were treated to a marvellous talk by Desmond Colborne on the Seine and the how this magnificent "River of Light" influenced so many of the Impressionists.

France has been a second home for Desmond for most of his life working as a tour escort, teacher and for 30 years as the Paris director of the business leadership organisation, the South Africa Foundation.  He has lived and lectured on France in SA for many years, at the UCT Summer school and elsewhere, and is an author of a book on South Africa.

Thank you Desmond for starting our year off so magnificently.  We certainly maxed out on the seating space!
A gargoyle on the Chartres Cathedral watches over the Seine