Gar­dens’ art grandeur

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FRANSCHHOEK is fa­mous for its won­der­ful restau­rants and wine farms; now, with many gal­leries in the vil­lage and on wine es­tates, it’s adding art to its at­trac­tions with Franschhoek Art, which launched this week and runs un­til Novem­ber 13.

We popped in at The Blue Lion Gallery at Artemis last week for a sneak pre­view of an ex­hi­bi­tion by three lo­cal artists called The Gar­dener, The Painter & The Pot­ter. The owner of the prop­erty, An­drea Desmond-Smith, is the painter in the ti­tle, and her work re­flects her in­dige­nous gar­den.The gar­dener is Henk Scholtz, who painted joy­ous and op­ti­mistic flow­er­scapes for three years and Sue van Rens­burg is the pot­ter.

Desmond-Smith took us for a walk around her fab­u­lous gar­den, which is part of this week­end’s Open Gar­dens fes­ti­val. It has a mag­nif­i­cent view over the val­ley and at ev­ery turn there are sculp­tures and touches of art.

Among the high­lights of Franschhoek Art are the works of one of South Africa’s great­est masters, Ja­cob Hen­drik Pierneef, at the La Motte Mu­seum. Moór Gallery Franschhoek will play host to an ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled This Place – This Space. The ex­hi­bi­tion sets about chal­leng­ing and charm­ing view­ers while deal­ing with the artists’ re­sponses to our com­plex coun­try and so­ci­ety.

For some­thing out of the or­di­nary, ap­pre­ci­ate art at its most vul­ner­a­ble with an evening sculp­ture walk at Grand Provence. Ebony, with dis­plays of fine arts, sculp­ture and ce­ram­ics, will host no less than five ex­hi­bi­tions in its gallery.

Marié Stander’s fifth solo show opens at Holden Manz Col­lec­tion on Oc­to­ber 29. She is best known for her fig­u­ra­tive char­coal draw­ings. For a de­tailed pro­gramme of the var­i­ous ex­hi­bi­tions as well as art in­spired events visit www. franschhoek.org.za

In ad­di­tion to Artemis, nine other gar­dens will open their gates to the pub­lic to­day and to­mor­row from 9am till 5pm.

A week­end pass costs R150 and all pro­ceeds raised will be do­nated to Fleur de Lis, the lo­cal home for the aged. There will be live mu­sic be­tween 10am and noon at Sand­stone House and Cabriere Street which has a park-like gar­den fea­tur­ing mag­nif­i­cent old oak trees.

Tea, cof­fee and scones will be avail­able in the Glass Gazebo at Artemis, but you’ll have to walk through the whole gar­den to get there. It’s well worth it.

For more in­for­ma­tion call Barbara on 021 876 4262 or email gard­ner­jandb@eject.co.za

You Lead, We Fol­low,

Zemba Luzamba, 2016.

In the gar­den at Artemis.

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