Sunday, 11 March 2018

February Meeting - Clare Burgess Presentation

The title of the presentation was: "Travels with a Landscape Architect, from Moore to Martins - a presentation of outdoor sculptures & artworks from around the World."

Clare Burgess has her own practice as a landscape architect, also lectures both at UCT and CPUT, and had a wealth of knowledge to impart to the audience. She has an incredible passion for landscaping and the impact this art form has on the emotional state of the people who move through the dance between sculptures and nature. Clare explained how it is necessary to position art in a landscape, and not just put it down anywhere.

She took us on a journey through a variety of local installations, including both Delaire Graff, and Paradyskloof, in Stellenbosch, which houses over 60 Dylan Lewis sculptures. She also referred to the Dylan Lewis's "Untamed" exhibition in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in 2010.

To her, the viewer experience is of utmost importance, and she took us on a virtual stroll through these gardens, highlighting the balance of hard with soft, masculine with feminine and how landscape artists married these concepts through vegetation in the landscape and natural elements of the sculptures.

She took us through the Khayelitsha Hospital gardens and Mitchells Plain Public Transport spaces, which were two local projects that she has been involved in. She emphasized the importance and pleasure of involving the local artists and communities in these art pieces, as it creates ownership and pride. School children from Mitchells Plain designed the playpark and the projects also acted as an employment initiative. At the hospital the mosaic on the sculptures were all done by locals who could explore their inner creativity.

Clare took us on a history trip, teaching us about the most memorable and ground-breaking sculptures on the planet, including The Statue of Liberty in New York; Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and then most importantly, Michelangelo's David in Florence, which is an ideal example of Renaissance art which celebrates balance, harmony and symmetry in all art forms. She also spoke about Henry Moore's sculptures and how they are placed in the landscape. She also referred to the Zimbabwean stone sculptures.

Clare’s passion for the town of Nieu Bethesda in the Eastern Cape came through as she spoke about the surrounding landscapes, the wildlife and the charm of this little town that houses the famous Owl House, the house of Helen Martins, which is one of South Africa’s best examples of Outsider Art installations. Outsider art, sometimes referred to as naive art, covers a broad range of media. The hallmarks of outsider artists often involve spontaneity, influenced by the world around them, and often involving the incorporation of found materials, such as broken ceramics, glass, wire and cement. The execution of the works often includes a high degree of stylisation of form, and an unconventional conceptualisation of theme and application of media. Outsider artists are mostly self-taught individuals, who in many instances often remain obscure until their deaths. (1)

The Owl House was declared a National Monument site in September 2017, and with a very dedicated group of volunteers we can see why this historical house draws so many art lovers to the area. Clare volunteered her time to prepare a landscape masterplan for the Owl House Museum in Nieu Bethesda.
Helen Martins’ fantastical sculptures inspired Athol Fugard to write the much-loved play, “Road to Mecca”, which later became a film. The play is currently running at the Fugard theatre until the end of March.

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

30 January Meeting Presentation – Noeleen Kleve

Noeleen Kleve, a South African visual artist and printmaker, took us on a wonderful printmaking journey at our first meeting for the year.
Noeleen Kleve with CAS Chairman Linda Gotlieb
Residing in Kommetjie, she teaches and creates out of her studio, inspired by the rich social and environmental diversity of the area. Coming from a Graphic Design background, receiving her visual art degree through UNISA, Noleen fell in love with printmaking early on.

She has an incredible wealth of knowledge about the various means of printmaking, and her enthusiasm was complimented by her strong teaching ability, taking us through a high volume of theory on printmaking. She started with the origins of printmaking, took us through the various kinds of printmaking, and ended on an inspirational note by telling us about her journey to Venice last year.

Whilst teaching us about the various types of printmaking, she sent around both plates and printed artworks for the audience to see how the techniques differ. The magic of printmaking surely lies in its tactile nature, as we ran our hands over both rough surfaces and ones that hardly looked like it was touched. Intricate designs eaten out of metal by acids; silicon grit melted onto Perspex surfaces; prints made by both relief and intaglio methods. The audience was swept into the possibilities, and the buzz of enthusiasm and inspired art lovers filled the room the whole evening.

Noeleen spoke to both the beginner printmaker and artists who yearn to rekindle their love affair with this art form. She broke down the complex terminologies and methods into everyday language, warned us about those rookie mistakes that creep into even the most experienced printmaker’s studio, and myth-busted the false belief that prints are just blind copies of one original. It became clear that printmakers walk the tightrope between science and art with grace.

She showcased art pieces from her recent series, named ‘Sensucht’, coming from a German noun translated as "longing", "pining", "yearning", or "craving", or in a wider sense a type of "intensely missing". A striking example was an ultrasound of her unborn grandchild transformed into a map, capturing the longing for family and loved ones far away.

Noeleen spent a month in Venice at the end of 2017, taking up a printmaking residency, which she described as an enchanting experience. Having dedicated studio space from 08:30-22:30 daily, she played in what could only have been a printmaker’s heaven. With 13 presses in the studio and 6 other permanent artists, she fully embraced this month of experimentation, learning and affirmation of knowledge. So much so that she only spent 4 days out of the studio, taking inspiration from the daily commute between her apartment and the studio. She called herself a kid in a toyshop and implored us all to take up an artist residency somewhere in our art journey.
Recommended website for artists residency:

Words: Lizzie Kruger

ETCHING CLASSES: Tuesday afternoons 13h30 - 16h30. Minimum of 8 weeks recommended. Small classes (max 4 people). Several etching techniques taught. R250 per session, all materials included (except paper and copper) which she stocks in studio. She also teaches 2 classes on Mondays and one on Tuesday mornings, but those sessions are full. There are currently 2 spaces left on Tuesday afternoons. For more info, please contact Noeleen directly. / / 083 330 5577

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Summer 2018 Exhibition

Summer 2018 Exhibition

Our summer exhibition opened on the 15th of January at the Richard 
Crowie Hall, Kirstenbosch. 

Guests gathering before the opening.

Helen van Stolk

Inspiring contemporary art Helen van Stolk delivered an inspiring and 
heart-felt opening address which was greatly appreciated by everyone 
The main exhibition hall
A busy day at the exhibition

CAS Secretary Lizzie Kruger helping a buyer.

Sales started well before the opening and by the time the show ended on the 
24th of January there were three long columns of labels with red stickers on 
next to the sales table.

Tracically one of our members died during the exhibition. Richard Jacobs, a
member since 2012, had sold a work and was walking up the drive to the
gardens with a replacement work when he suffered a heart attack. We were all shocked by the news.

Richard Jacobs with family at the opening.

The poster of some of the works on show.

The invitation

Karen Burns

Elephant Eyes 2 by Pauline Fine

Fantasy Delight - Bird by Fil Angelakis

Ali Lauren Melck

Thursday, 7 December 2017


The last CAS meeting of the year saw a large crowd of members and guests arriving at the Alphen Hall in Constantia laden with paintings and plates of food. 


One of the highlights of the "Art on a Plate" was fruit in a bowl made of ice.

A merry evening ensued, with much socializing, eating and drinking. 

THANK YOU to our generous SPONSORS of this competition, ET&H  Fine Art Canvas (9 Barron St, Woodstock), and The Italian Art Shop (Riverside Mall, Rondebosch)!!! Also, thank you to our gracious, talented and missed, former chairperson, Fran Sexton, who generously donated a midweek break at her Daisy Darling B&B in Darling. What a lovely surprise and desirable gift (I am Won by Chantelle Van Zyl!!!! 

Chantal van Zyl, winner of a mid-week break at Daisy Darling B&B, draws a number for the next lucky prize winner.

It is through our sponsors’ generosity that we are able to attract such a high standard of competitors, and are able to provide such a wonderful bounty of prizes. We hope to continue these winning relationships!

Some of the canvases donated by ET&H canvases
Secondly, well done Artists!!! – and thank you to all who entered! It would not be a competition without competitors. We had such a fabulous display of creative, colourful, original work at our year end competition, not to mention all of the Art on  Plates! 

Some of the artworks entered.

We had the most entries EVER (57), and competition was fierce. In past years, often the winners were obvious early on in counting the votes. This year, due to the number of high quality entries, the increased number of voters/members, the wide variety of work, and the individual taste of the voters – our peers, it was not at all apparent who the winners would be until the final ballots were counted, checked and re-checked! This was very exciting, and concerning – as many worthy entries did not receive an award-winning number of votes, which can bruise egos and hurt feelings. This, of course, is NOT our intention or congruent with the mission of C.A.S. – which is to inspire and encourage developing artists. Don’t be deterred!!! It is the nature of any competition. All of the pieces exemplified the talent of our organization. Let it feed the fire of your creativity and competitive spirit!

The voting procedure and point allocation works like this: Each member is allowed to vote for 5 entries, rating them where they evaluated the position of the entry. That is to say,  a number one vote would receive 5 points, a number 2 vote would receive 4 points, a number 3 vote would be allocated 3 points, a number 4 vote would receive 2 points, and a number 5 vote would be awarded 1 point. Points were tallied and ascribed accordingly to the nominated entrant. 

Last, but NOT least, Competition Results:

1st Place – our own, beloved, wonderfully deserving: SUE PAULSEN with her entry ‘Tomatoes’ which garnered 71 points!!!
Sue Paulsen

2nd Place – the brilliant, kind, fresh face: CHRISTOPHER REID with
 ‘Protea Explosion’, which earned 69 points! – talk about a close race!

Christopher Reid

3rd Place – the much appreciated plein air artist: BETH LOWE with ‘ Kalk Bay Morning’  accruing 66 points.

Beth Lowe

4th Place – the delightful and talented: KAREN  BURNS with ‘Silver and Lace’ –     65 points, another slim margin

Karen Burns

5th Place – the amazing: SONJA RIVETT-CARNAC with ‘Happy Days’ – 63 points

Sonja Rivett-Carnac

6th Place – our accomplished and productive: PENNY STEYNOR with ‘Simply the Sea’   -56 votes

Penny Steynor

7th Place – the very talented: RICHARD JACOBS with ‘Ovambo Girl" 51 points
Richard Jacobs

8th Place – the lovely, diligent, and educational LYN NORTHAM with ‘Be Blessed’  – 48 points

Lyn Northam

9th Place – the young, evolving, exciting: Mandy Herdien with ‘Catch of the Day’ - 47 points

Mandy Herdien

10th Place – the admired, knowledgeable, famous amongst us: Wyn Rossouw with ‘Shades of  Morandi- 3 Jugs’ - 46 points 
Wyn Rossouw

WOW – what a tight race!!!!
Thanks again to all our members, entrants, and sponsors who made the event so joyous and exciting. We are very blessed to have one another.
Words by Connie Rossmeisl – Competitions Portfolio

Monday, 13 November 2017

October Meeting - Beth Lowe

Our speaker at our meeting on 31 October was CAS member Beth Lowe.

Beth was born in Grahamstown and growing up on a farm inspired a great love for the outdoors. Her granny was one of her biggest supporters from an early age and encouraged her to paint and draw. She was also the one who made her fall in love with oils as she gave Beth her first paint set at age 9 or 10.

Beth studied Fine Arts at Stellenbosch, taught art at Timour Hall Primary and then moved on to teach at the Art, Ballet, Drama and Music School in Johannesburg after getting married and moving there.  Motherhood gave her the opportunity to teach art from home for many years.

While living in Knysna for 8 years she was involved in the local art scene and exhibited at the Strydom Gallery in George. When moving to Kommetjie she took a break from painting for about 10 years, and put brush to canvas again when she joined SASA in 2007.

In 2011/2012 Beth took an en Plein Air workshop with Judy Carducci and she realised that this was to be her focus area in art. Beth's first solo exhibition was in 2012 after choosing to pursue plein air painting as her main creative outlet.

Beth's presentation was full of grace, humour interspersed with the incredible wisdom of Dr Seuss.  She emphasised the challenges of plein air painting, and how to work around them and discover parts of your art persona that only en Plein Air can bring out.

With her portable studio, sun hat, linen shirt and apron, Beth cuts a familiar figure all over the Western Cape landscapes.  

Her toolkit includes a simple view-finder and red Perspex, the former to make focusing on your subjects easier and the latter to help define values more carefully. She emphasised how quickly the light changes en plein air (roughly every 20 minutes!) and how vital it is to block out the shadows early on and to draw the light source's direction lines to help remind you of the original painting you wanted to do.

Beth emphasised the importance of drawing, saying that it is the ability to make a 3D world into a 2D one and that there is a loop in which the better you see, the better you draw, the better you paint, the better you see etc.  To practise her drawing skills she keeps a sketchbook and pencils close by at all times.

She sees art as a way of capturing memories, preferring this to just taking vacation photos.
Beth loves challenging herself as an artist and inspired the crowd to play outside their comfort zones.

Paint with limited palettes; paint on differently shaped canvasses; make mistakes as this is how we learn, and do not get caught up in flattening brush stroked and scrumbling as we know the viewer loves some mystery and doesn't need all the details after all.
She also encouraged artists into the unpredictable nature of Plein Air and gave tips on how to even paint in the rain.

Beth's natural teaching ability came through and we walked away with some fantastic gems to not only use in our art, but also in our daily lives.

She showed us that our individual style is something to value as it is, in her words, as unique as our handwriting.  It relates to how you choose what to paint and how to paint it.  Appreciate it, grow it, learn from other artists, but do not yearn to be like them.

As a wise man once said: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

Words by Lizzie Kruger

Saturday, 14 October 2017

September Meeting and Art Challenge

Christopher Reid was the demonstrator at our September meeting and showed us how he paints a portrait in pastels.

Christopher carries his immense knowledge of art with a casual confidence and believes that knowledge shared is beauty gained. He believes that art is a form of communication and that by embracing it in as many mediums as possible, in your studio and en Plein Air, one can speak beauty in its many intricate forms.

Christopher Reid and his model for the evening, Belinda du Randt

His love for pastel work came through loud and clear in his portrait demonstration. A self-proclaimed adult finger-painter, he showed us how to get into this medium, fingers first. 
He encouraged the audience to poke at his art knowledge whilst he transformed a blank canvas into an almost complete portrait of his live model. He talked about different versions of pastels, suggested uses for each and how pastels are made i.e. binding mediums, pigments and fillers like chalk, and how this affects quality and use of the pastels. Christopher talked about using fixing medium on pastels, linking it to trying to fix a top layer of sand and taking away from the medium's ability to capture light particles in between the pastel dust.
Christopher believes in quick solutions to simple problems, and thus McGuivered together an adjustable easel from old tripods and a serving tray to solve the little issues that take away from focusing on making art. 
Condensing his pastel stash into a single box makes getting out the door to Mother Nature, his main muse, so much easier. He strongly believes knowing your tools in and out makes you a better artist, and to make what you need if you can't find it on the shelf.  

Christopher's array of pastels

He has an obvious appreciation for the science of art. He spoke about the influence of light (natural or controlled) on your eye, your model and eventually your canvas. 
He debunked generally accepted art rules by digging into their origins and thus their usability. 

He reinforced the basic skill of drawing and getting perspective and proportions correct to avoid frustrating the viewers' eyes.
He gave us tips on how to determine mid-ranges by putting down your lightest lights and darkest darks first. 
He also taught out how to carve out details instead of filling in shapes only. 
With a soft hand, a curious mind and a natural manner of imparting knowledge, Christopher drew us into his respectful dance with art and beauty.

The finished portrait

Special thanks to our lovely member, Belinda Du Randt who sat as a model for Christopher.

September Art Challenge “Spring”

Karin Davel

Penny Steynor
Selwyn Griffiths

Klaus Schilling
Angela Stannard
Anne Stepto

Carrie Lam
Elizabeth Lamprecht
Karin Davel