As with good food and outstanding wines, so too fine art needs to be savoured in order to be appreciated. Regarded as SA’s premier food and wine destination, Franschhoek has added ‘art destination‘ to its résumé.
Home to some of the country’s finest art offerings and a growing number of local and international art enthusiasts, a need arose to establish Art Franschhoek, which will be launched at this year’s Art in Clay exhibitions. A highlight on the Franschhoek events calendar, Art in Clay, which has been running from 24 October to 30 November this year, comprises exhibitions in a grouping of six exceptional art galleries in and around Franschhoek, featuring the extensive range of work by leading ceramic artists. They include, among others, David Walters, John Bauer, Elsje Burger, Catherine Landman, Sarah Walters and Paul de Jongh.
Art Franschhoek aims to promote fine art in the valley along with its other strengths, fine food and fine wines. The dedicated Art Franschhoek website will keep visitors up to date on the latest exhibitions by both local and international artists.
These include internationally acclaimed ceramicist David Walters, who designs plates, bowls, and other tableware for clients both locally and abroad. His Ceramics Gallery comprises three intimate showrooms where recent work is offered for sale and his working studio.
Open daily: 10:00 – 17:00
Tel: 021 876 4304
The La Motte Museum, situated on La Motte Wine Estate, offers visitors a stimulating cultural-historical experience, with displays depicting aspects of the Rupert family, focusing on Dr Anton and Mrs Huberte Rupert as well as the musical career of their daughter Hanneli Rupert. The largest room in the museum is dedicated to the life and art of one of South Africa’s greatest masters, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef. A selection of contemporary art by other distinguished South African artists can also be viewed.
On 19 November 2015, La Motte also represents a talk on Fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom presented by Cherise Viljoen, senior Horticulturist at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. View the exhibition in La Motte’s maturation cellar and listen to her insights and enthusiasim for fynbos in the Cape with specific reference to the flora portrayed in the ceramic exhibition.
Cost: Talk – R80; Talk with optional Cape Winelands Dinner – R250. Visit La Motte Restaurant for a glass of wine from 18:30
- The Fragile Fynbos exhibition in the La Motte Maturation cellar: Monday to Saturday: 09j00 to 17h00
- The Historic exhibition in the La Motte Museum: Tuesday to Sunday: 09h00 to 17h00
EBONY showcases classic and contemporary paintings and artworks by some of the most recognised and collectible South African artists. With spaces in Franschhoek and Cape Town it has a respected and vibrant exhibition program. Ebony also participates at various Art Fairs throughout the year. EBONY represents the artists Richard Smith, Zemba Luzamba, Kufa Makwavarara, Oliver Barnett, Jean – Claude Moschetti and Hugh Byrne and collaborates with many other artists and galleries. The gallery works closely with sculptors and ceramicists including Dylan Lewis, Keith Calder, Katherine Glenday, Andile Dyalvane, Lisa Ringwood to name a few.
EBONY, Franschhoek Square
Tel: 021 876 4477
The Gallery at Grande Provence, which is part of the internationally acclaimed Trent Read Galleries, showcases works by leading and emerging South African artists. An extensive selection of artworks – including paintings, drawings, original prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and traditional beadwork – are available to view by the public.
The Gallery at Grande Provence
Tel: 021 876 8630
A new addition to the list of galleries will be that of the Moór Gallery Franschhoek, scheduled to open in February 2016. It will feature an eclectic selection of South African and international artworks in various media, representing many approaches to art, both traditional and contemporary.
Food, wine and art: ingredients for the ultimate destination experience and the perfect excuse to visit Franschhoek. It’s a beautiful time of the year to go out and just explore – Food, Art and Wine. That’s a perfect excuse to get out of the house and go on a road trip, don’t you think?