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SA WATERCOLOUR SOCIETY EXHIBITION (article first published : 2007-06-16)

The Watercolour Society of South Africa will host their first regional exhibition at the Anton Benzon @ Crouse Art Gallery in 56 Adrain Road, Morningside, from June 29 as a way of promoting and exposing gallery visitors to this form of art.

The Watercolour Society of South Africa was founded on June 4 1974 with the objective of promoting the art and practice of watercolour painting. A further objective of the WSSA is to encourage the development of artists from previously disadvantaged backgrounds by giving them access to art tuition and providing opportunities for them to exhibit their art.

The WSSA is run by an Executive Committee, and is a non-profit organization. The Society operates its own gallery and regular exhibitions at Manor Gallery which was initiated as a showcase for the WSSA members.

In order to keep the standard of their exhibitions high, there is a rigorous selection process for all exhibitions. A panel of specialists - including an external adjudicator – selects works to be displayed from those submitted by society members.

Watercolours are considered to be among the most difficult of all the artistic media to master, as well as the most translucent and tranquil. “No other medium can glow with light as watercolours do, and the colour can equal any of the others!” said WSSA’s chairperson Dave Griffiths. “Careful thought must precede any work and foresight and planning is imperative as no corrections or “cover-up’s are possible. The white in watercolours is the paper, and once coloured can not be restored,” he said.

South African watercolour artists rank well on the international arena with a number exhibiting and selling prodigiously in galleries all over the world. Contrary to common myth, good watercolour pigment on proper acid free paper does not fade, and a well known historic watercolour on paper sold at Christies last year for $11m.

“We are delighted to be hosting this exhibition and thereby re-investing into the arts community and we hope that the public will give us all the support necessary to this becoming an annual event to look forward to,” says gallery co-owner Michelle Dodds.

Anton Benzon @ Crouse Art Gallery specialises in original South African art. They offer art by some our country’s most sought after artists like gallery muse Anton Benzon, Diane Erasmus, Errol Boyley, Este Mostert, Marie Vermeulen Breedt, Bea, Claerhout, Cornelius Bosch, Andre De Beer, Christian Nice, Gabriel De Jongh, Lienkie Lombard, Johan Smith, Chris Tugwell, Portchie, Ina van Schalkwyk and many more. Crouse Art also buys old South African art. It is owned by Michelle Dodds (who also runs the gallery) and Chris and Suzette Crouse who have been dealing in South African Art for the past 13 years.

The Watercolour Society of South Africa runs until July 7 and works will be on sale. More information on 031 312 2315 or visit www.artdealers.co.za




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