Franschhoek Art Route, Galleries, South African Artists
Franschhoek has a number of very interesting galleries for the art enthusiast. There is a good representation of excellent South African artists, offering a wide range of media. They are all within easy reach of the town. Here are some of the better known venues.
Artemis Art Gallery – Andrea Desmond Smith. Andrea’s works combines her concern about the destruction of the planet and social comment, with elements of myth. Her works are in public and private collections here and overseas.
Her works are available in “Artefact – Franschhoek Artists” a shop just off the main street Franschhoek and at Artemis Barn in Uitkyk Street. Telephone: +27 (0)21 876 3591: Mobile +27 (0)82 744 4999: Email: Website. 37 Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek.
Artefact is a small working pottery studio with a retail area. Work from local artists David Walters, Sarah Walters, Andrea Desmond Smith and Kobus Stander support the venue. Vuyisa Potina is the local artist in residence. Tel:+27 (0)21 876 4304: Email: 573 Klip Street, Franschhoek, behind the Photo Shop.
View the pottery of David Walters, Sarah Walters as well as the work of carefully chosen craftspeople at the Ceramics Gallery. See David in his studio and watch him at the wheel. David creates porcelain dinnerware and original artworks in his reduction fired gas kiln. Also to be found are colourful slumped glass, Raku and smoke fired pieces. +27 (0)21 876 4304: Email: Website. 24 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek.
Franschhoek Vineyard Gallery displays a comprehensive selection of works from some of South Africa’s finest artists.
Art on display includes South African landscapes and seascapes, wildlife and township art, abstract and impressionist art as well as unique African sculptures.
See the works of contemporary South African artists at the Gallery, Grande Provence. This venue has established itself as a leading location and is drawing a wide and diverse audience from around the globe as well as Southern Africa.
The Gallery features all the visual art forms, including painting, the graphic arts, sculpture, ceramics, and glass as well as jewellery from leading South African designers. Exhibitions change on a regular basis, usually with 6-weekly intervals.
The Ilse Schermers art gallery at Le Quartier Français is a fine art gallery specialising in contemporary South African art. The work of well known as well as upcoming artist’s is on display. Sculptures from some of South Africa’s leading artists are shown in the charming herb and sculpture garden behind the gallery. The gallery also houses a shop, touches and tastes, where selected pieces of art and craft is sold. Tel: +27 21 876 2151. Le Quartier Français, 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek.
The museum at LaMotte Wine estate is an interesting walk through the lives of the Rupert family as well as the history of Cape Dutch architecture and the historical buildings on the estate. One room of the museum is dedicated to the famous South African artist Pierneef. Tel: +27 (0)21 876 8000. R45. Main Road.
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