Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fabio Cembranelli Workshop

Fabio the Fabulous! His workshop this last Monday and Tuesday was wonderful. I am sure I speak for all who attended when I say that we loved his friendly casual yet professional approach, and learned a huge amount watching his demos painted in his very loose wet-in-wet impressionistic style. His subject matter ranged from his lovely flowers to a building facade and a very difficult looking forest landscape reference photo which he made look easy!!

This was his first time in Africa, although he and his lovely wife Flavia have travelled extensively from his home in Sao Paulo, Brazil to conduct workshops in many parts of the world including Europe, Middle East and China.

Fabio enjoyed it so much here that he says he will definitely be back next year to do workshops and to explore more of our country!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Grand Masters Exhibition

We would like to invite you all to a 'not to be missed' very special exhibition the Grand Masters Exhibition being held at the Manor Gallery.

The opening weekend will open with wonderful demonstrations by exhibiting master artists of all mediums from the 29th October till 30th October. The exhibition will run until the 26th November.

 Click on the invite to see details

If you would like to arrange a private viewing or find out more information, kindly contact Zanne the curator or Kerry on (011) 465 7934 or


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fabio Cembranelli Workshop

An exciting 2 day watercolour workshop is scheduled for November and we invite all our members to participate in this wonderful experience by International artist Fabio Cembrianelli.

Fabio graduated in architecture at the Sao Paulo State University. He started painting whist in University and took a few courses in drawing and photography thereafter. He continued his studies in Europe and participated in many exhibitions in Brazil and abroad. He teaches watercolour and oils at his studio in Brazil as well as in art galleries and workshops abroad. Fabio has a wonderfully unique style and his paintings evoke such emotion in every stroke.

The workshop will run over 2 days, from Mon 7th to Tues 8th November from - 4pm.
The cost of the workshop will be R1200.00 (R600 per day). Booking is essential and a deposit of R600 must be payable to the WSSA Bank account or at the Gallery ASAP to secure your place. The balance then needs to be paid before the workshop commences. Bookings will only be confirmed once the deposit is made. We are working on a first come first served basis and a limited amount of 20 places are available.

VENUE: Ridgeway Ministries 61 Wessel Rd Rivonia, Johannesburg.

Bank: Nedbank

Account Name: WSSA

Branch: The Carlton

Branch Code: 190605

Account Number: 1990 032 443   ( Please quote your full name as the beneficiary, for our reference)
If payment is done via EFT could you please email , fax or drop off proof of payment to the gallery. 

Email -
Tel - (011) 465 7934

A Map as well as recommended art materials required by participants for Fabio's workshop will be provided to the participants on booking.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

86th Open Watercolour Exhibition now on.

As mentioned in our 'Events' section on the right, tonight is the preview of the 86th National Open Watercolour Exhibition at the Manor Gallery in Fourways. If you are in the area please pop in and enjoy some outstanding work by our members as you sip on wine and nibble light snacks.

Time: 6.30pm for 7.00 pm
As you see in the invitation, the quality of work in this exhibition is magnificent and not to be missed.

The exhibition will run until the 22nd October, so please make every effort to indulge in some beautiful pieces of eye candy and possibly own one of the pieces of art.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lorna Panzenbock Demo

On the 1st October we have an exciting artist at the Manor Gallery. Lorna Panzenbock will be sharing her wonderful knowledge with us. Please bring your friends along to share with you a fun filled morning packed with artists ideas and inspiration.
Based in Natal, Lorna (AWSSA) has been painting for over 30 years and is a very versatile artist using a variety of mediums, including oils and watercolours, as well as pastels, charcoal and ink.
Her style has been described as loose and painterly, with exaggerated and exciting colours, using dramatic light and shade effects.

We have invited Lorna to conduct a demonstration in watercolour at the Manor Gallery on 1st October.
During her demonstration Lorna will discuss, composition and balance, and the importance of sketching from life. To this end she will be bringing her 'observation' sketch books that she has developed over the years.

To complete the package, Lorna will also cover framing and artwork conservation and the preparation of cartridge paper for inks, pastel, watercolours - and even oils.
Sounds like an exciting and full agenda.

Entrance fee for members is R100 and non-members R150.
So join us for a wonderful demo - 9h30 for 10h00 till +/- 13h00

Contact Kerry at the Manor Gallery to book a place (011 465 7934)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Little Artist Exhibition

The WSSA together with Deutsche Bank and The Dulcie Robinson Little Artist School

                             Invite you to........


This  Little Artists 2011 Exhibition is truly an amazing exhibition
that is not to be missed.

So come and join us and see for yourself!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Meriel May Demo

Just a quick reminder about the Meriel May Demonstration on Sat 3rd. Hope you have booked your places? If not please contact Kerry at the gallery (011 465 7934).

Meriel's demo, 'Exploring Black', will  illustrate different methods of using black ink, wash and bleach, which she uses extensively. Her presentation will also demonstrate how the different mediums, can be used to achieve particular effects, which she portrays with artistic renditions of St Joseph's lilies, using lino cuts, oil paints and charcoal.

For more information on some of her charcoal works please click here

A Beautiful Charcoal landscape created by Meriel May

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

'Black Like Us' opening and preview.

One of the many wonderful paintings at BLU

This last Sunday the Watercolour Society of South Africa celebrated the opening and preview of the artists program Black Like Us art exhibition.  With the financial sponsorship of Herman Mashaba, together with his wife Connie form the cosmetic house Black Like Me and the wonderful team of Deutsche Bank made this wonderful day possible.

Marimba Band entertain visitors and artists
A Marimba Band with dancers welcomed the guests, artists and buyers around the koi pond while inside the gallery and outside on the lawn the buzzing of last minute setting up was taking place. The beautiful display of yellow and blue table settings looked so fresh and somewhat summery, indicating that spring was in the air. It was a glorious day and the weather behaved itself for all. A scrumptious display of eats, drinks and coffees awaited the visitors.

Scrumptious eats

Black Like Me Sponsorship Gifts
Colourful table settings

Zanne the gallery curator worked tirelessly to make this exhibition the success that it is with the help of Kerry and many helpful members.

Maureen Dixon addressing the audience

Once everyone settled down at their tables, Maureen Dixon addressed the artists and guests. She thanked all those concerned and reminded the artists how important their work is and encouraged them to carry on  producing in the spirit which they put into their beautiful work. After Herman Mashaba spoke to everyone, prizes were handed out to delighted artists, three of whom were new artists coming up in the ranks from 'Little Artists'. This project involving an inspiring art group was set up for orphaned and disadvantaged creative street children by the late Dulcie Robinson and her husband Peter.

3 Lucky artists share a photo moment
Herman & Connie Mashaba with their daughter

Connie Mashaba later presented each artist with a bag of goodies sponsored by Black Like Me cosmetics and hair products.

This is an annual event which seems to grow each year. With this said.... The awareness of our disadvantaged artists is increasingly been recognised, some of which have already exhibited abroad.

Very serious clients viewing paintings

South Africa is rich in culture and with this comes some interesting subject matter which is used in the themes our artists paint. If you are in the area this next month, do yourself a favour and pop in to Manor Gallery to view and perhaps purchase a piece of local artwork.

Admirers of great paintings

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

'Black Like Us' art Preview

Please Join us this Sunday 7th August to the launch and preview of the 8th Black Like Us art exhibition. Please circulate this invite to all who might be interested in South African Art or art in general. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Please click on image to see detailed information.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sue Kemp Demo

Manor Gallery is abuzz with the setup and organising of BLU (Black Like Us) exhibition which will be wonderful this year. We have some wonderful disadvantaged artists who'll be representing and displaying their work. But before this totally engulfs us could we remind you of our members demo on the  6th August.

Sue Kemp Demonstration – 6th Aug – Manor gallery.

‘Painting oils using a palette knife’

Sue (FWSSA) has been a member of the Watercolour Society of South Africa for many years and was elected chairperson in 2000/1. In 2001 she was made a Fellow of the Society, a rare honour of which she is very proud. Sue has now been painting and teaching for over 25 years and has won awards in all types of media. She takes great pride in every painting and each one is totally unique, capturing the essence of a particular subject. Over the years she has developed her own style in oils and mainly uses a painting knife on stretched canvas.
We have invited Sue Kemp to do a demonstration for our members at Manor Gallery on the 6th August. Sue will demonstrate how to paint in oils using a palette knife in a free, loose style.
Sue will also share with us the use of ‘colours’ and ‘the mixing of colours in oil’. Sue will finally end the session with a demonstration of white roses. 
"Sue is a master when it comes to teaching art. Her knowledge, insight and enthusiasm makes her students grow and excel in their work...” Ingrid Kolzing (awssa)

Entrance is free to members, R50 to non-members so please join us for a wonderful demo.
09h30 till +- 12h30
Contact Kerry at Manor Gallery to book a place (011 465 7934)