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Another busy day for the Western Cape Watercolour Group

October 21, 2011

This time last week we were busy with preparations for the selection of paintings for our Annual Merit Exhibition. This year we are running a second exhibition of “Little Gems” (paintings 15 cm square) alongside the main exhibition, so there was plenty to do.

As chairlady for the Group, it was my responsibility to ensure that everything ran smoothly and so, on selection day last Saturday, our committee members joined me bright and early at the Library Hall in Somerset West to set the Hall up to receive our members’ paintings.

We were lucky to have three excellent judges to ensure that the paintings selected for the exhibitions were of a high standard.  We had two well-known local artists: Charles van der Merwe and Johann Burger, as well as gallery owner, Avril Gardner, whose Liebrecht Gallery is in Somerset West.

The atmosphere was really quite tense as the three judges held up their scores as we showed them each of the paintings.  A total of 85 paintings had been entered, so it was quite a long process.

But eventually 61 paintings were selected and our judges selected the following prize winners for the two exhibitions:

Annual Merit Exhibition

Marion Langton "Jungle Rumble"

First prize  – Marion Langton

Second prize –  Cherry Nichols

Third prize – Diane White (me!)

Highly commended prizes were awarded to: Wallace Hulley (two), Penny Steynor and Cherry Nichols.



“Little Gems”

Diane White "Langebaan"

First prize – Diane White (me again)

Second prize – Diane White

Third prize – Wallace Hulley

Highly commended prizes were awarded to: Penny Steynor, Cherry Nichols and Marion Langton (two).

And in the afternoon we had a real treat.  Cape Town artist Wyn Rossouw came through to give us a demonstration of one of the ways in which she approaches painting a still life subject.  Because she was working with oils, Wyn had prepared three or four canvases in advance to demonstrate each stage of the painting.  It was fascinating to watch her using large flat brushes and generous amounts of paint, to create some really stunning work.

So a busy day, but highly enjoyable, and now we have the Exhibition Opening to look forward to on the evening of Wednesday 7 December in the Circle Centre in Somerset West.

Here’s hoping we make a few sales in the run up to Christmas!

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