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Kirstenbosch Gardens: South African Society of Artists Art Exhibition

February 3, 2012

Last Friday evening I went along to the opening of the South African Society of Artists (SASA) Annual Merit exhibition, at Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town. This exhibition shows the works of artists who qualified through a judging process on a point system and who were then invited to exhibit on this basis.

The exhibition is open daily from 09h30 to 18h00 until Sunday 5th February.  There is no entrance charge, but garden entrance fees apply.

The hanging had been the previous day and it was so, so hot!  But Friday evening was lovely: clear and warm with a slight breeze, and of course Kirsenbosch is such a gorgeous setting.

Here is one of the paintings I have on exhibition. It is a great compliment to find that SASA are using it for the promotional posters too!

The opening speeches were held outside the exhibition venue. There was a great atmosphere, as we sipped our cool glasses of wine and listened to international impressionist and art teacher Derric van Rensburg. Derric gave a hugely entertaining and inspiring speech which put a smile on everyone’s faces.

A number of our local artists from the Western Cape Watercolour Group were exhibiting and there was a good selection of paintings using a wide range of media shown.  Our group is certainly looking forward to our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 18 February, when Derric will be joining us to give us a demonstration of his technique. 

He really is a fabulous artist – I just love his use of colour – see an example of his work below. And I am doubly homoured as Derric will be staying at our guest house, Penny Lane Lodge, so Kevin and I can catch up on old times with him. I’m sure Derric won’t mind me telling you that last time he stayed with us we sat up late singing Beatles songs!!


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