Where art and ambience meet
“WHERE did you go this time?” asked Mom.
“To Greyton,” I replied. “Ah,” she said, “they have a lot of art there.”
They do indeed, and it’s the focus of the Greyton Art Walk from November 16 to 18, the second annual event under this title which builds upon the success of last year with even more to offer visitors to this quaint and picturesque little Overberg town in the Valley of Grace, which is surrounded by spectacular mountains.
There is one main road into Greyton called, well, Main Road. The first thing I noticed is that there are a lot of restaurants for the size of the town; we definitely weren’t going to go hungry. The offerings are varied; we had excellent ribeye steaks at Oak & Vigne at a very reasonable price (compared with the Big City), and Via’s makes a jolly good omelette for breakfast – accompanied by a gently strumming guitarist on Sunday mornings – and has an on-site coffee roastery.
We were hosted by Greyton Art Walk organiser Chris Cloete and his wife Melinda (and their boerbul Zeus, who targeted me as his official ball-thrower for the weekend and panted like a steam train in the heat). The event will comprise more than 500 original artworks by more than 50 artists in an exhibition at Greyton Art Centre in the DRC Hall, from which the walking can commence. Do be aware you are likely to encounter horses, cows and/or donkeys. This is not a joke; after a night of mooing outside our bedroom, I messaged my bestie the next morning saying “Fun fact: cows don’t sleep”.
Visitors will be able to make their way on foot around homes and galleries, all of which are free to attend. You’ll be able to meet the artists, chat to them, and see some of them at work – right there on the streets even.
“Members of the Urban Sketchers organisation will walk the experience while sketching all over the village,” says Chris.
Under the leadership of Marianne Ehlers, there will be a children’s art competition; and fun to be had with a treasure hunt where you can follow the clues to find one of the original paintings of a historical building in Greyton, painted by one of Greyton’s artists. “It’s a family friendly event that enables a broad cross-section of the community to enjoy art and entertainment for the duration of the weekend. With the many excellent eateries and guest houses in Greyton, it’s a must for all art lovers,” says Chris.
“We invite out-of-towners to experience the wonderful ambiance of our small village. We’d also like to thank our sponsor, Pam Golding Properties, as well as our advertisers and artists for again making this event possible.”
■ Cloete and fellow organiser Rethea Fourie, and Ehlers (children’s art), can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow Greyton Art Walk on Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/GreytonArtWalk/
WIN WIN WIN
Take a copy of this story to one of the organisers of Greyton Art Walk between November 16 and 18 and stand a chance of winning an original artwork depicting the town, painted by Warren Voight, and valued at R3 500.
A painting by Greyton Art Walk organiser Chris Cloete, with the village in the background.