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)

Art Thirst at the Hermanus Art Walk

Every first Friday of the month 14 galleries in Hermanus remain open until 8 PM displaying the work of around 300 artists. Art Thirst is one of those galleries and owned by well known South African painter Leon Müller. This Friday evening he will have a surprise artist in his gallery. Men are invited to bring their wives/spouses and surprise them with a treasure of Mother Earth. You will see it at the entrance when you pop in this Friday between 6 and 8 PM. You are Welcome.

The ‘Hermanus First Friday Art Walk‘ is an initiative of the participating galleries which are virtually all within walking distance from each other.

Baardskeerdersbos Art Route; the finishing touch

Me and Yvonne participated in the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route 17-18 October. We did well. Unfortunately we hardly had time to look into the work of other artists. Anyway I made a brief selection of pictures and processed these my way.

 

After all this is the Rainbow Nation

For the third time the Viva Art Foundation organised an Art Event in Stanford.  Friday 9 October local artists and people living in the Kannemeyer Street in Stanford South brought some colour to the houses. One day before there was already a kind of teaser in the Compacta Street. Two local artists and 3 residents were painting two houses.

I selected 4 of the numerous pictures  and added some extra colour (and one image I flipped into a symmetrical). After all South Africa profiles itself as the Rainbow Nation.

 

The Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

Today we ‘did’, as last year, the Baardskeersdersbos Art Route; an event organised by all residing artists of Baardskeerdersbos; a hamlet somewhere in nowhere in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa. There are 14 artists living is this place but they invited colleagues from elsewhere to co-participate so we lost count of the total number of artists. We did not intend to see them all anyway for that would have been too much. We were impressed by some of the works of photographer Kali van der Merwe (especially the insects) and surprised by work of ‘guest artist’ Leli Hoch. The sculptures of Niel Jonker (see one of the pictures) we knew already but work (paintings) of Amanda Jephson was new for us. Liz van de Berg we met before and this artist makes an art form of fresh fish, i.e. she inks them for an imprint on paper.

Baardskeerdersbos is out of the ordinary; even the landscape is different or is it me?

Labyrinth key ring

… One of the few ‘left overs’ of our previous adventure (Soekershof, with maze, cactus labyrinth and succulent garden). In the workshop we had several local artists/craftspeople (one of them with an international reputation) who sold their (hand made) products to visitors who could appreciate true South African made arts and crafts. And it’s so fulfilling to know that all of them were able to uplift themselves from poverty and gathering an above average income from their own home and/or workshop.

The new owners transformed the workshops in a (money generating) trendy restaurant and accommodation. In South African tourism there is nowadays hardly any place for a truly mutual beneficial initiative between proprietors and artists/craftspeople. Most of the crafts for sale along the roads and on markets are from abroad … For the tourists there are also state and private funded ’empowerment’ initiatives where local people hone themselves in craft making… Some of these survive, most unfortunately not.

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The 'Baardskeerdersbos' Art Route

Today we visited 4 of the 19 participating artists of the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route. Baardskeerdersbos is a small hamlet somewhere in nowhere in the Overberg in the Western Cape, South Africa. This artist community organizes annually the Art Route attracting visitors of all walks of life and from all over. The pictured sculptures are the work of ‘multi-disciplinary’ artist Niel Jonker.

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The ‘Baardskeerdersbos’ Art Route

Today we visited 4 of the 19 participating artists of the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route. Baardskeerdersbos is a small hamlet somewhere in nowhere in the Overberg in the Western Cape, South Africa. This artist community organizes annually the Art Route attracting visitors of all walks of life and from all over. The pictured sculptures are the work of ‘multi-disciplinary’ artist Niel Jonker.

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