BEYOND KNOWING NATURE
a group exhibition by
Sophie Niemann, Hennie van der Berg and Anne Watt
opened by Johan Nel – on view until 28 Sept ’18
Emotion compassion meaning and beauty are pathways to experiencing nature.
It is believed that feeling connected with nature is beneficial to wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviour. What binds these artists is their love of the natural world and their unique way of expressing this.
“I aim to touch a wider audience who not only enjoy my creations, but who I trust form a connection with the wonders of nature, in the hopes of raising awareness to support conservation initiatives.”
Sophie Niemann is a British born artist who has lived in Africa for the past 20 years.
In 1996 she moved to Botswana with a in BSc Zoology where she became a field guide, wild life researcher, worked for a conservation community organisation and finally set up her own field guide training academy.
“‘Living in the Lowveldt I am faced with colour and light each day. The rural settings and vibrant clothes weave their way into my work. People ease into these scenes.
I have lived in Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Australia and South Africa. The colours have changed with each country, but now Africa is in my soul. When you paint with your heart, you know you are on the correct path.”
Hennie van der Berg
Nature, especially rock formations, mountains, clouds and trees are his inspiration. Hennie was born in 1949 in Bloemfontein in the Free State. Growing up on a farm, nature was life and life was nature. After studying at the University of the Free State he worked as a geologist for forty years. He is now a full-time artist.
Annual Wildlife Exhibition at THE CAPE GALLERY – a group exhibition
On view 30 July – 25th Aug, Featured on First Thursday 2nd Aug 6-9pm
Who has not sat at the fireside with friends and swapped stories of encounters with animals in the wild. Surely this is one of the oldest past times in the history of mankind. Travelers come from distant places to South Africa re-ignite the flame, to engage in the primal hunt with their cameras, to experience the bushveld and have a story to tell.
The preservation of wild places with their unique eco systems has become a challenge to the conservators today. In presenting images of wildlife the artist is often an advocate for the survival and maintenance of endangered species.
Scenes and events experience on Safari are so vivid, so visceral that it requires of the artist enormous skill to convey them with impact and daring. Recognition for those who achieve this is forthcoming and generous.
Noel Ashton, Lin Barrie, Heidi Burstein, Eugenia Campbell, Peter Diggery, Paul Dixon, Ant Fynn, Ann Gadd, Anthony Gadd, Peter Gray, David Hadaway, Margot Hattingh, Peter Höhsl, Barry Jackson, Robert Koch, Marinda Koch, Karin Kruger, David Kuijers, Mandy McKay, Adolfo McQue, Penny Meakin, Sophie Niemann, Nola Muller, Lisa Narramore, Makiwa Mutomba, Dino Paravano, Elizabeth Poulsom, Christopher Reid, Steve Shooter, Yvonne Sommeling, Frederike Stokhuyzen, Cobus van der Walt, Douw van Heerden, Gerbrand van Heerden, Ian van Zyl, Ron Waldeck.
Craig Paton-Ash, Jenny Hyde-Johnson, Ron Campbell, Alison van Zijl
Peter Midlane, John Moore, Marilyn Southey
Bowen Boshier, Sylvia de Villiers, Lisa Narramore
Chris Bladen, John Ellison, Penny Gawith, Peter Gray, Maureen Quin, Bridget Randall, Rosie Sturgis, Christine Suzman, Steve Tugwell, Boniface Chikwenhere, Louis Le Sueur
Ceramics and embroidery
Tania Babb, Keiskamma Project, Theo Ntuntwana
SURFACE AND INTERFACE
Annual Winter Solstice at THE CAPE GALLERY – a group exhibition
On view 20 June – 21st July, Featured on First Thursday 5th July 2018
In winter recreation brings new challenges. Wet weather drives us indoors and as the nights lengthen towards the Winter Solstice and we feel the chill. Soon earth’s orbit will take us towards the sun and the renewal of spring. It is a turning point, an antique cycle, primed in our memory and body clock.
The annual Winter Solstice exhibition at The Cape Gallery is a time of reflection.
Long dark nights subvert the rational light of day fostering desire and dreams.
It is time to curl up under the duvet with a good book and a glass of wine,
a time to let the imagination rove.
‘Surface an Interface’ suggests an intervention in the manner of ‘seeing’ –
superficially or with greater penetration – ‘below the surface’.
Artists on show include:
Tania Babb, John Bauer, Leon de Bliquy, Rachelle Bomberg, Anton Bosch, Mel Brigg,
Kitty Dorje, Derek Drake, Rae Goosen, Margot Hattingh, Julie Jana, Rainer Kohl,
Lambert Kriedermann, Christopher Langley, Rene le Roux, Charles Maleka, Odette Marais, Nicolaas Maritz, Phillip Mbusi, Peter Midlane, Ernest Manfunny, Sheila Petousis, Linas Petrauskas, Uwe Pfaff, Pamela Silver, Mandy Spiegel, Meshack Tembani,
Wilna van der Walt, Peter van Straten, Judy Woodborne, Annari van der Merwe,
Theo Vorster, Vuyile Voyiya .
“She walks the paths she paints”
a solo exhibition by Mandy McKay
To be opened by Ian Corder on Sunday 20 May at 5pm
On view until 20 June
‘I have heard Art defined as energy, the feat of an enquiring mind to enthuse the viscous matter of paint with spirit and life. Mandy has this magnetic energy which draws people to her and her paintings. She walks the paths she paints; climbs to reach a view point. Her paintings are an extention of herself. They breathe!’ (Gail Dorje)
Mandy McKay grew up on a farm near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, where she was inspired by the beauty of the natural world surrounding her. After studying graphic design in the early 80’s, she pursued a career in advertising and later publishing.
In May 2007, Mandy picked up a paintbrush for the first time. She joined the South African Society of Artists in 2008 and has since exhibited regularly in their annual exhibitions at Kirstenbosch. In 2010, 2012 and 2013 she qualified for SASAs Merit exhibition, winning a ‘commended’ award in 2013.
Mandy exhibits annually at the Grahamstown National Arsts Festival.
People and Places – on view until 18 April
In rural South African culture a greeting is a formal recognition.
It can begin before people meet, at a distance, and slowly evolve into an extended exchange of formalities that include an inquiry into the health, circumstances and wellbeing of the other person as well as that of their relatives and other members of their community. Finally, when two people meet, the handshake is courteous and takes time. Only after these pleasantries does the business of the day come under discussion.
Today in the staging of a theatrical production for a multi-cultural audience substantive body language is key to a broad understanding of the narrative. So too in the visual arts canvas and paper become a platform for action and incident. The already established artists on this exhibition require a formal recognition. It can begin as the viewer understands the culture that informs each piece and takes time to recognize the significance of the actions and the symbolism portrayed. Participating Artists include:
Charles Maleka, Shepherd Mbanya, Vuyisani Mgijima, Xolile Mtakatya,
Sam Nhlengethwa, Malibongwe Shangase, Velile Soha, Theo Ntuntwana,
Meshack Tembani, Mandla Vanyaza, Voyiya Vuyile, Timothy Zantsi.
Helen van Stolk – The Gold that Binds Us
Helen’s Solo exhibition will be opened by Leslie Charnock on Sunday, 3rd September 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
duration of exhibition: 3rd – 30th Sept 2017
Van Stolk explores her intuitive response to abstraction within the figure and the landscape. She takes us on a sensory journey connecting us to the human form.
“Picture books are what I read… I did as a child and still do as an adult. I feel and think through images, far more than with sound and words. So I guess it is not surprising that it is through art that I express myself.
My work focuses on provoking a feeling, an emotion – be it in the figure or landscape. So much can be said with colour, line and shape. Colour, light, my surroundings and thoughts play themselves out onto the canvas.
My intuitive use of gold has led me to Kinsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. It embraces the flawed or imperfect, making it beautiful for just that. It carries connotations of fully existing in the moment amid changing conditions. A physical expression of the spirit. Think of the image of a bowl, completely open, yet contained.
This analogy explains what I aim to achieve within my work, embracing the story, the picture book, the golden thread that runs through my work and my life.”
Dream now, dream not – the annual Winter Solstice exhibition
Duration of exhibition:1st June – 1st July 2017
Consider the drift of sleep where dreams, unbounded by the contentions and stark
realities of our waking existence, carry us to shores where strange fantasies cloak
What has emerged in 2017 is an opportunity for viewers to peep through the keyhole
to reveal fragments of the unconscious mind, a fascinating collection of artworks.
Jeremia Ackerman, Paul Birchall, Rachelle Bomberg, Derek Drake, Normand Dunn,
Lambert Kriedemann, David Kuijers, Christopher Langley, Jen Lewis, Carol Mangiagalli,
Bangikaya Maqoqa, Peter Meikle, Kim Mobey, Xolile Mtakatya, Mandy Spiegel,
Jan Uitlander, Wilna van der Walt, Peter van Straten, Judy Woodborne