Local Talent in the village 2

Yes; Napier (South Africa) has talent. This weekend two of them will perform during the annual ‘Patatfees’ (Sweet Potato Festival). Coached by local musicians/sound engineers they improved a lot during the past year. Ready for the big stage. He will perform in the cococola truck at the grounds of the Protea Primary School this Friday afternoon.

This is Drew. R&B, pop and more. Artist pur sang. Watch his moves.

At a gallery

The most interesting art galleries in South Africa you sometimes find off the beaten track. The gallery of artists Willem and Tina De Roubaix for example. It’s in Wolvengat; somewhere in the outback of the Western Cape. The artist couple is not internet minded (so don’t google) but their clientele can be found around the globe.

Here an example of their work (just visit the gallery with its sculpture garden someday)

The ‘Metaphoorto’

From yesterday to 10 October:

I call it a ‘metaphoorto’ 
It was first exhibited during the UNESCO exhibition ‘The Invisible-Visible’ in Oslo (Norway) last year together with two other pictures of me. Selected by curator Georgeta Negrini (former photography curator of Prado in Madrid) amongst work of 128 other photographers around the globe. Since Oslo ‘African Feet’ is travelling the world (via UNESCO). From August 9 to October 10 of this year a print  is on display during the exhibition ‘Contemporary Art Africa’ in Ilienworth, Cuxhaven, Germany. I’m one of the 70 chosen artists of the African Continent.
Prints on 300 gsm Hahnemuller paper of 120x80cm are made available for sale. This exhibition is curated by Samuel Fleiner.

The Sculpture Garden in Wolvengat

Wolvengat is not on many maps but on Google Maps (apps) you can find this hamlet in the middle of nowhere somewhere between Bredasdorp and Die Dam in the Western Cape. Wolvengat is home to one of the most fore-standing artists of South Africa; Willem Roubaix and his wife Tina. They have their own gallery there plus a sculpture garden with a wide variety of sculptures including a flight simulator.

 

For people traveling in South Africa

A great stop over between Cape Town and Cape Agulhas. Within 100 meters also a chess board maker, a toy museum, a candle factory and an artist who creates working miniature steam engines. Walk a 100 meters extra and, for foodies, there are Pascals and Napier Farm Stall. And, if available, we can introduce you to other artists nearby.
 
Who said there is nothing happening in Napier?
Private Gallery is where my work and that of my wife Yvonne come together…

Imaginary: The ‘rocket scientist’ of Baardskeerdersbos ….

is checking on me …..  (What wikipedia does not mention is that there are many known artists living in Baardskeerdersbos. The ‘rocket scientist’ -recycle artist Jan Vingerhoets- is one of those)

jan-vingerhoets-passing-napier

And now it’s official

I’m participating in the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route. Twice yearly (Aurumn and Spring) this art event is organised by artists and an art gallery in this hamlet in the Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa. Gallery owner Ivan Trollip loves my quirky imaginaries and you will see quite a few of these next to some landscapes.

Dates: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October.

Prices vary from R 250.00 for small prints on high quality museum paper (Hahnemuller) to R 7000.00 for framed 90×60 cm images.

Closer to date more about this event.

Quote of this Sunday

“Photography is, by it’s nature, a manipulation. It always has been. When we accept this we can move on to more interesting discussions and bigger stories; we can begin to think more critically about the stories we accept. When we stop asking “if it really looked like that” our craft will finally be able to move unhindered into art and we’ll be able to more freely perform our roles as artists and storytellers, constrained not by the rules and expectations of others but, for better or worse, by our humanity.” – David du Chemin (world- and humanitarian photographer)