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 grey­tonart­walk@gmail.com, and fol­low Grey­ton Art Walk on Face­book: https://www.face­book. com/Grey­tonArt­Walk/


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.

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