Constantiaberg Art Society is a community of over 200 fine arts practitioners that seek to assist, encourage, discuss and advise each other in the creation and pursuit of art, as well as providing their members with a platform to exhibit their work. They are also one of the many Art Societies that The Deckle Edge offers a discount to on art supplies. Here you will find everything you need to know about this fantastic group of artists and how to join them.
Constantiaberg Art Society, more commonly known as CAS, is situated in the beautiful suburbs of Constantia Valley at the foot of the Constantiaberg mountain that forms part of Table Mountain National Park. The majority of members live within the area; although members come from as far afield as Hermanus.
Founded in 1991, the staff of Meadowridge Library first offered their premises as an exhibition space for their artistic readers and from these collaborating members CAS was formed.
Since then CAS has grown into an eclectic community of 250 artists predominantly between the ages of 40 to 80, with anyone over the age of 14 being able to join. CAS artists predominantly practice the use of traditional fine art media such as Acrylic, Charcoal, Oils, Pastels, Pencil, Sculpture and Watercolours.
Members benefit from discounts from art supply stores such as The Deckle Edge, exclusive access to their ever growing private library as well as demonstrations, talks and workshops by noteworthy artist relating to their work and the global community.
By far the most exciting part of being a CAS member is eligibility to partake in their annual exhibitions in Autumn and Spring, which are held within the picturesque Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
Members looking to exhibit must ensure that their membership fee has been fully paid, submit their booking via the CAS website and ensure that their work meets CAS standards for exhibiting.
There are plenty of affordable exhibition space options available to their members in the following categories: Stretched canvases and Framed Painting panels (120x120cm or half panel 60x60cm), Large Paintings (120x120cm), Extra Large Paintings (150x150cms), Table Easel Paintings (for small framed paintings), Portfolio baskets (Small 20 x 30cm, Medium 30 x 40cm or Large 40 x 60cm), Large Communal Portfolio Stands (for unframed but mounted work) as well as allocated space for sculptures. An additional hanging fee is charged for the exhibition.
Work sold during these exhibitions will be charged a 20% (or less) commission free on the sale price of the painting, with payment to artists being made after the exhibition.
CAS hosts monthly meetings throughout the year (excluding December) where they mingle over a cup of tea or coffee, while enjoying artworks exhibited by fellow members relating to the theme for the month. Attendance of these fun and social gatherings is not mandatory but is encouraged, as these meetings are usually accompanied by an invaluable demonstration or talk by a local artist about the fine arts.
By now you must be wondering how you can become a member. Joining CAS is an easy process; fill in your online application form *here*, pay your once off joining fee and your membership subscription for the year . If you join with a family member there is a reduced annual fee.
Membership renewal takes place on the 1st of August each year, which covers meetings and a monthly The Palette email newsletter.
If you have any further questions about CAS don’t hesitate to contact their chairperson Linda Gotlieb (firstname.lastname@example.org) or secretary Ian Jay (email@example.com).
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We would like to send out a special thank you to Belinda Basson and Marilize Kruger from CAS, for their assistance in writing this blog.