Hermanus Fynarts: OPENING CONCERT BAY BAROQUE with CAMERATA TINTA BAROCCA, led by Quentin Crida, and special guest RICHARD COCK.
Richard is presenting his very popular talk, CONDUCT UNBECOMING. In addition, Richard will conduct a ‘Songs of Praise’ on the first Sunday at 3pm with a choir of more than 70 singers. This is the first time ‘Songs of Praise’ will be in the Overberg.
Camerata Tinta Barocca, founded by Quentin Crida in July 2004, is a baroque ensemble of string players with harpsichord. (The name is derived from the musicians’ passion for baroque music and red wine…) Our members include some of Cape Town’s finest musicians. Our concerts have met with critical acclaim in the Cape Times and Die Burger, and have been broadcast on Fine Music Radio.
Playing music almost exclusively from the baroque era, we invite soloists to perform with us in oratorios as well as in wind, keyboard, and string concertos.
Richard Cock has made a significant contribution to music in South Africa since returning in 1980 from an 8-year sojourn in the United Kingdom. During those years he studied at the Royal School of Church Music and then gained experience in church music and education ending his days abroad as assistant organist and Director of Music at the Cathedral Choir School in Chichester.
Finalists Tondo Exhibition at Bouchard Finlayson Cellar (Hermanus Wine Route).
And now for something completely different - Space and Spaces: an exhibition of the work of finalists in the FynArts/SANSA Art Competition.
The twenty finalists' round art pieces will be presented on barrel heads in a working wine cellar. The competition, sponsored by SANSA (South African National Space Agency) will present the work of the first FynArts Art Competition. All work is round, and will include painting, mixed media, collage, fabric, embroidery, relief sculpture.
A daily group exhibition of 10 Ceramicists, each one with its own unique character and style, will be displayed at the picturesque seafront Windsor Hotel. The ten artists, each exhibiting five specially selected pieces at this beautiful venue, on its black and white floors, are:
Andile has come a long way from his small hometown of Qobo-Qobo, in Ngobozana village in the Eastern Cape and is now one of the Creative Directors and co-owner of Imiso Ceramics based in Woodstock, Cape Town. His partner in the business, and co-creative director is the talented ceramicist and textile designer Zizipho Poswa. Both Andile and Zizipho’s challenging creative journeys have been filled with many hardships along the way.
Working with clay gives him the ability to create something beautiful, valuable, and usable from shapeless pieces of earth. He works with three elements of life: water, air and fire the alchemy of love. He has been head hunted, traveling nationally and overseas. His focal inspiration is his Xhosa culture and traditional up-bringing and these are the lenses of his never ending curiosity for life. Andile has won many prestigious accolades over the past 13 years.
Andile’s work has been featured variously at a host of functions and in the press, amongst them at the 2012 Design Indaba Expo, the Helsinki International Design House Exhibition “Everyday Discoveries” exhibiting under title - 'Tradition Reinterpreted', the South African Pavillion, Royal Festival Hall for the Olympics in London 2012, and at the Design Network Africa (DNA) Ghana, Accra- Phase 2 participant in African designer’s collaborative workshop.
Award-winning South African ceramicist Hennie Meyer works predominantly in earthenware, creating highly individual pieces. Using the expressive qualities of clay, composite shapes and colour, he turns strong forms and detailed surfaces into aesthetically pleasing vessels, objects and installations. His work is neither commercial nor mass-produced. Every single piece is individually formed and shaped, then repeatedly glazed and fired.
Hennie’s studio is based in Durbanville near Cape Town. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and a fellow of Ceramics South Africa.
Hennie’s work is exhibited in South Africa, Europe, the UK and Asia. He has participated in Ceramic Art London for seven consecutive years. His work has been included in numerous private and public collections, notably those of the Iziko Museums of Cape Town, Corobric Collection, King George V Gallery, Sasol Museum and the Durbanville Clay Museum. He also creates ceramic artwork and installations on commission from international clients and corporates.
Hennie works and teaches from his studio in Durbanville near Cape Town. He employs Alessandro Pappada as a part time studio assistant and Nomfuneko Matshaya as a full time assistant. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and a fellow of Ceramics South Africa.
“I only coil, because when I coil it feels like I am busy drawing in three dimensions. The shape of the piece and the surface markings on it create a rhythm, a percussion beat that I think of as a wordless tactile language.”
Louise, winner of the Elle Deco International Designe Award: Best Craft Designer in South Africa, makes sculptural vessels - each piece is unique, numbered, signed and documented. Her pieces range in height from 70cm - 250cm.
While the working methods are firmly rooted in an African clay tradition, the work is part of an urban contemporary aesthetic. Born in the Eastern Cape, she studied at Stellenbosch University and lives and works in Cape Town.
Her work is represented in various private and corporate collections in South Africa and internationally.
The other ceramicists making up the group are:
o ZIZIPHO POSWA
o TANIA BABB
o CLEMENTINA VAN DER WALT
o DIANNE HEESOM-GREEN
o ANN MARAIS
o CHARMAINE HAINES
Feé Halsted and one of her artists will exhibit their work at the Marine Hotel.
Fèe, through necessity, developed the exuberant exotic style that has made Ardmore ceramics famous. "I made tiles and if one cracked, I'd stick a rabbit or bird on the top to hide it," she recalls. Their work broke from the ceramic conventions of the time: fired terracotta clay was painted with plaka paints, boot polish and oven blackeners. Glues and putty were also used. Later American Amaco paints and transparent glazes brought vibrant colour and fine painting style to the ceramics.
Ardmore's 25th anniversary in 2010 saw the launch of Ardmore Design Collection, which translated Ardmore's distinctive imagery and styling into functional, superb quality ceramic and non-ceramic products including dinnerware, tapestries, furniture, fabrics for soft furnishings, and more. This new venture was made possible through a generous grant in late 2009 by the Business Trust's Shared Growth Challenge Fund.
The artists from the Ardmore studio are given training, direction, materials, a studio and a guaranteed market for their work, supported by a skilled marketing and administrative team. Over the years, Ardmore's artists have won numerous awards and exhibited widely in South Africa and around the world. Ardmore artworks feature in leading galleries and collections, including the Museum of Art & Design in New York, the Museum of Cultures in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The acclaimed auction house Christie's has acknowledged Ardmore artworks as "modern day collectibles".
In November 2010, Fee Halsted was honoured by the Philadelphia-based Women's Campaign International for her "inspirational work" in empowering the women of KwaZulu-Natal.
There will be no less than 11 galleries participating, each one within walking distance from centre town, for an easy art amble, where you may meet some artists busy at their work.
There are also 8 wine farms participating in FynArts, who will host special art exhibitions.
ED BREDENKAMP, at Lembu Gallery
Meet Ed Bredenkamp, as he paints in his studio at Lembu. He will be staging an exhibition in the gallery entitled 'As Large As Life.'
Lembu Gallery and Studio is the base of well known Hermanus artist Ed Bredenkamp. Originally from Zimbabwe, but resident in Hermanus for the last nine years, Ed studied art and graphic design before becoming a full time artist. Ed works primarily in oils and is most well known for his unique ' red elephants.' Having spent many hours observing elephants in the wild – in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa – Ed's attention to anatomical detail is meticulous but it is his use of vivid colours that makes his work so unusual and dramatic. While elephants are one of his favourite themes, Ed also paints other wildlife – always with exceptional flair.
More recently, Ed has worked on a series of paintings of women – depicting them full of character and joie de vivre. Ed has participated in exhibitions in the United States, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the Seychelles. He was part of a two man exhibition in the Hollandse Rading Gallery in the Netherlands in 2001 and in 2010 he exhibited at the Riva D'Arno Gallery in Florence, Italy. As well as being the home studio for Ed Bredenkamp, Lembu Gallery also plays host to a workshop where a range of hand printed fabric items are produced. Guests in the gallery are welcome to visit the upstairs studio to watch the team of local craftspeople printing the fabrics.
HUGO MARITZ, at Rossouw Modern
Hugo Maritz will exhibit 12 figurative works in black, white and grey hues.
“Inspiration is a myth…inspiration only happens when one pushes oneself with a mixture of intellect, emotion and very hard work. With art, you have to give everything. I spend my time meditating or painting. That’s all I do.”
Born in Windhoek in 1975 and after matriculating at Linden High School in Johannesburg in 1993, Hugo obtained a BA (Philosophy and Psychology) degree at the Rand Afrikaans University. Although he never studied art, he started drawing at a very young age. In 1993 well-known arts critic and lecturer Nico van Rensburg took him under his wing and taught him more about composition and painting.
Hugo has done seven solo exhibitions, with Rossouw Galleries and one in Johannesburg. The sixth solo was in association with The Philip Harper Gallery in Hermanus, and his seventh launching Exhibitions @ Groot Constantia in 2006. He has an enthusiastic following in South Africa and abroad, with works in private and corporate collections worldwide.
LEON MULLER, at Art Thirst
ART THIRST, the gallery and studio of LEON MULLER in High Street, Hermanus, exhibits the patina of the South African country side, with its romantic solitary spaces. A lonely cow, grazing, or a thunder storm in the Transvaal, an abandoned gypsy caravan next to the road, these are the scenes he loves to paint. Pop in to meet Leon and chat about his work.
Leon spent time in Paris and Spain, learning the special techniques of making his own paint, mixing natural pigments with oil, like the old masters used to do. His art has always reflected a keen awareness of changing styles and influences.
“...my painting life, with all its successes and struggles, has brought me many marvelous adventures. Twenty-five years of painting taught me as much about discipline, as it did about art. I have always believed that I must paint every hour that God gives me and that every moment has to be lived to the full. I don’t regard my painting as work and am miserable if I am not in my studio....”
TERRY KOBUS, at Originals, Hermanus
Meet this artist at his gallery and discover the variety of his styles and sized works; each displaying fine craftsmanship and execution. His passion for mountain biking has allowed an interesting synergy. Riding his bike into remote areas, camera and sketchbook ever ready, Terry has collected reference material for paintings of rural South Africa.
From quick sketches in his journal to oil studies on wood and more detailed larger paintings his works capture moments in time away from big city in the grasslands of the Drakensberg and Transkei and along the beaches of the Western Cape Terry has had works exhibited in France, USA and South Africa.
Terry Kobus was born and educated in Zimbabwe. He left Zimbabwe to study Fine Art in the late seventies after which he accepted a post as lecturer in Graphic Printmaking at the then WITS Technikon. He was involved in graphic design for 30 years and has now returned to his first love, oil painting.
Shelley Adams’ studio/gallery in Hermanus, Western Cape, SA. doubles as a gallery for her latest work as well as an area for art courses, crit classes and workshops. She says, ‘Colour continues to be a passion through which I express my work and is the medium through which I explore my personal spiritual journey’. Shelley's unique style pleases the most discerning eye and soothes the soul.
Shelley trained at the University of the Witwatersrand, moved to Hermanus, South Africa in 1986 and owned a dance studio for a number of years before founding The Shelley Adams Art Centre. Her artworks are sold both nationally and internationally and have been exhibited in various galleries in South Africa, as well as in Edinburgh and London.
DYLAN LEWIS, Modern / Expressionist
Dylan Lewis will exhibit his sculptures on the cliff path in front of the Marine Hotel, with some smaller pieces inside, and will be interviewed by Christopher Hope. He will also present a talk, as well as a walk around his works.
Dylan says, “In my current work I explore the notion of co-existing internal and external wilderness spaces. I believe that these wild places, one literal and one figurative, are fundamentally important to the healthy functioning of the human psyche.
Animal skulls worn as masks, wings and claws merging into human anatomy - all of these symbolise wild aspects of the human psyche. These images are not conceived in response to a particular myth or story, but rather emerge in a random fashion from my subconscious. The figures are naked, alluding to original freedom uncensored by standards of dress or modesty, and they are vulnerable, the whole surface of their bodies betraying their true nature. In the marked expressionist textures of the sculpted surface I explore human anatomy as well as giving physical form to deeper feelings that can only be expressed through my hands. I intentionally leave behind traces of the sculpting process in the form of fingerprints and drawn lines to expose this passage of emotion.”
Dylan Lewis is a South African artist who has emerged as one of the foremost figures in contemporary sculpture. Lewis has focused chiefly on the cat as his subject and has created an unrivalled collection on this theme - ranking as one of the most important collections of animal sculpture to come out of Africa. He has extended his artistic talents to the human form, especially its relationship with nature, and has had equal success as with his animals.
Lewis´s work features in private collections throughout the UK, Continental Europe, United States and Australia, and he is one of only a handful of living artists to have had more than one solo auction with Christie´s in London. Follow Dylan on - http://www.dylanlewis.com
GUY DU TOIT
Guy du Toit will have a special exhibition of his Talking Hares around the lake at Sumaridge Wine Farm (Hermanus Wine Route). Smaller pieces will be exhibited indoors.
Guy, one of South Africa's most accomplished sculptors, works in a wide range of media, including bronze, stone, wood and steel. He revels in form, concept and media for their own sakes, at times with apparent irreverence.
Guy's work has been exhibited extensively, both locally and internationally, where he has been honoured with numerous awards, and invited to curate and adjudicate exhibitions. Apart from having lectured at a number of institutions, he has given workshops and been involved in community projects throughout South Africa.
Guy Du Toit was born 1958 in Rustenburg in the North West Province. He uses a wide range of media in his sculptures including bronze, stone, wood and steel. Du Toit’s apparent irreverence can obfuscate the fact that he is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most accomplished sculptors. “Liberated” (as he says) by the advent of democracy in South Africa from having to concern himself and his art with the notions of Identity, he has happily turned his attention to “less provincial” pursuits like revelling in form, concept and media for their own sakes. Du Toit uses the unexpected juxtaposition of bronze casts of universal, everyday found (and made-to-look-found) objects to invite his audience to invent dialogue themselves.
This varied programme which includes both large performances and intimate venues, includes Zanne Stapelberg and Kathleen Tagg in the electrifying Soul of Fire, their first performance for 2013; Angelo Gobbato with Albert Horne on piano will perform a premier performance of Songs my Mother Taught Me. In celebration of his 70th Year, Angelo will perform these songs in public for the first time in 60 years. Soiree, Dinner and Jazz and other events are being confirmed.
A special event for FynArts, Angelo Gobbato, performing ‘Songs my Mother taught me’, accompanied by Albert Horne, who is the Chorus Master and Music Assistant for Cape Town Opera, on pianoforte. Now entering his 70th year, he presents a programme of personal and national reminiscences by performing a number of songs taken from the traditional and light music Italian repertoire which he remembers learning at his mother’s and grandmother’s knees and which he used to perform as a child at various Italian functions accompanied by his father on the piano accordion well before beginning his serious operatic studies. The songs, roughly spanning a period from 1900 – 1960, will be presented accompanied by narrative and visual material reflecting the changing styles and major events of that period.
Every country in the world has a wealth of popular songs and traditional music which is passed on from one generation to another, often simply by aural means, to complement the notated and recorded music of its composers. South Africa, with its long history of colonization, large-scale immigration and large variety of ethnicities has provided a home to musical performers whose traditions were formed in many countries outside our national borders.
Angelo Gobbato immigrated from Milan, Italy, with his family arriving in Cape Town in 1950 as a young boy. His passion for opera, first as a singer, then as a stage director and finally as a teacher has made him well known to operatic audiences and gained him official recognition from both the Italian and South African governments as well as from UCT.
Soprano Zanne Stapelberg and Kathleen Tagg on piano, mesmerise their audiences with their passion and energy. Soul of FIre, a vibrant production mixing warmth, virtuosity and soul, was conceived by Zanne and Kathleen as a vehicle for their flamboyant portrayal of the captivating music of Spain and Latin America. Winner of multiple awards, Zanne, trained as an opera and lieder singer, is a stage creature and her passion for performance, her music and her audience are essential elements of her life. Kathleen has lived in New York for the past 11 years and has often performed, amongst others, in the Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and across Europe, Asia and, of course, South Africa to critical acclaim.
Hermanus Tourism presents a premier celebration of South African Art. A fusion of Festival and Winter School, Hermanus FynArts is for those who appreciate intellectual, visual, and creative stimulation and a vibrant social buzz.
The ten days will be filled with exhibitions, discussions, recitals, and a large range of courses offered by accomplished artists. All the visual arts will be represented (painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry and film) as well as music (orchestral, classical, jazz and opera); literature (English and Afrikaans); and award-winning wine and food.
And as well as all of this, an innovation of Hermanus FynArts is the whole host of workshops on offer to suit any level of competence: ceramics, photography, poetry, botanical and landscape painting, cookery, writing and life drawing. Blend your own wine or learn about the subtleties of pairing wine and food, paint en plein air in the company of fellow artists or struggle with words together with like-minded writers. The programme, which is already teeming with activities, holds the promise of yet more tantalizing treats in the pipeline!
There is no need for visitors to Hermanus FynArts to drive their cars; a complimentary hop on-hop/hop-off transport will link the ten central galleries exhibiting the works of a host of acclaimed artists, ceramicists, jewellers, photographers and sculptors, both local and national. In addition, a tour bus will do a loop of the eight participating wine farms on the Hermanus Wine Route and it will drop you off and pick you up along a regular art and tastings route at an affordable rate.
Take a leisurely stroll to gaze at outdoor sculptures, pop into bookshops to browse or meet a local author, join discussion groups, sit down to food and wine tastings and pairings and cooking demonstrations, join poetry readings, soirees, illustrated lectures on music and art, and much more.
Special attention is being given by the organisers to cater for single participants.
A taste of what’s on the programme –
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Ramfest is one of the world biggest Touring Music Festivals in the world, They were in Joburg, Durban and PE but they decided to do their Cape Town Show right here in the Overberg at Jongenskloof just outside of Riviersonderend.
Overberg Living was given 2 tickets to give away to fans, so we did a small competition, we were surprised at all the entries we got some, people really wanted these tickets here are some quotes from contestants on facebook:
“Shared and Liked. Keeping my fingers crossed that I win, Never wanted to go to an event so badly and never been so disappointed that I don’t have the cash to buy a ticket “
“i wud give a kidney to be part of the action.”
“I so badly would love this ticket I would wear my ribs as a hat for this if it were possible, oh please, please”
“It’s either this or jumping the fence, lets help this be a legal process”
The lucky winner of our competition in the end was Tiaan le Roux ans Launne Long I hope the enjoyed those tickets and didn’t meet any of the above angry fans at the show.
After reading all these post from fans we decided we had to go and see what the excitement was all about for our self and we already had the media passes. We arrived late Saturday afternoon and at that time the crowds was not too big (think most of them were still sleeping it of or hiding from the heat). We walked around a bit getting know were what is.
Just as the sun was starting to set some Bikers from monsters did I few jumps though the air. I think the sounds of the engines woke a few up as suddenly people started to increase.
We met some friends at the electronic tent were we had a blast, but after 2 hours of jumping up and down we were hungry and made our way to the food stalls. There was about 5 pizza stalls so I’m guessing rock fans like pizza, well I decided on some warm fries which were amazing, the last time I had fries that good I was still living with my mother.
We were sitting on some hay eating when two ransom’s fell down next to us one in a pig suite the other one… well I don’t exactly know what he was dressed, these animals suites was very popular at the fest I even saw what looked to me light “Sarel Seemonster” , that stall owner probably made a fortune.
After we had some food and reenergised we were ready for the main stage after spending some time in crowed we went up to the VIP section were we waited for what everybody was waiting for Raise Against. As soon as they entered the stage the crowd went wild everybody was definitely enjoying them self.
We had I great time but after decided it was time to go home, I’m sure people still partied for hours after that. Well done RAMfest 2013
‘According to some locals in Riviersonderend you could hear the music all the way to town”