Gal­le­ry ce­le­bra­tes 1st birt­hday

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Arts & Entertainment -

Art CX Gal­le­ry ce­le­bra­ted its first y­e­ar at its new ve­nue in to­wn and was buz­zing with lo­cals sup­por­ting the three well-kno­wn ar­tis­ts exhi­bi­ting at the gal­le­ry.

On T­hurs­day 12 Oc­to­ber art lo­vers pac­ked the gal­le­ry to ap­pre­ci­a­te the art­works by Da­ve Cro­ad, Sal­ly Bek­ker and Ra­mo­na But­ler – all hou­se­hold na­mes in Knys­na.

Bek­ker said that o­wing to the re­lo­ca­ti­on of the gal­le­ry, their clients we­re tou­ris­ts, and so­me lo­cals. “Sin­ce we mo­ved from Wood­mill La­ne, the­re are a lot of lo­cals who are not su­re w­he­re we went… We are gra­te­ful for all the sup­port we get from our in­ter­na­ti­o­nal clients, but it would be g­re­at if we could al­so ha­ve mo­re sup­port from our lo­cals.”

But­ler said the gal­le­ry, at the cor­ner of Gray and Raw­son streets, is si­tu­a­ted in the per­fect pla­ce to draw tou­ris­ts in, but is not a lo­ca­ti­on that at­tracts walk-in tra­de from lo­cals.

The gal­le­ry was o­pe­ned on 1 Sep­tem­ber, 2016.

Ian S­tewart, an art lo­ver who des­cri­bes him­self as a frus­tra­ted ar­tist, said that he found the pie­ces on dis­play “ple­a­sing to the eye”.

Ar­tis­ts we­re a­vai­la­ble to talk a­bout their work to gue­sts, and Cro­ad was as­ked how long it took him to paint one par­ti­cu­lar lands­ca­pe on show, to which he re­p­lied that it took him one-and-a-half hours.

Bek­ker sho­wed off her mys­ti­cal, but re­a­lis­tic lands­ca­pes.

The ar­tis­ts en­coura­ge lo­cals to vi­sit.

P­ho­tos: N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

Sal­ly Bek­ker with one of her art pie­ces which is on dis­play at Art CX Gal­le­ry at the cor­ner of Raw­son and Gray streets.

Da­ve Cro­ad with so­me of his works.

Ra­mo­na But­ler’s work was al­so on dis­play at the gal­le­ry’s first-y­e­ar ce­le­bra­ti­on.

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