Franschhoek galleries open their doors for a weekend of art appreciation

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THIS year’s 4th annual Art Franschhoek takes place from October 25 to 27, when visitors to the valley will be treated to a weekend of art appreciation as galleries ‘open their doors’ to a weekend dedicated to showcasing spectacular works of arts and exhibitions.

A highlight of this year’s weekend will be an exhibition entitled Masterpieces from Franschhoek Private Collections, a once-off display of exquisite artworks on loan from private owners for this weekend. These include never before seen works by the likes of William Kentridge, Alexis Preller, Dumile Feni, Robert Hodgins, and Maud Sumner. Viewings of these rare gems will be open to the public at EBONY/CURATED’s Bordeaux House Gallery. In addition to this showcase, art enthusiasts are invited to attend a special talk at the gallery on October 27 at 12pm, entitled Why We Collect?. Entry is free, and the discussion will be led by well-known industry role players, namely South African National Gallery historical art curator Hayden Proud, art consultant Phillippa Duncan and art collector Veronique Susman.

Koi fabric collage on canvas by Uzoma Anyanwu

Art enthusiasts can choose to leisurely browse the galleries along the village’s main road, within comfortable walking distance from each other. Alternatively, they can view artworks on display at some of the wine farms, which include The Gallery at Grande Provence, La Motte Museum and Leeu Estates. Joining these galleries in this year’s line-up will be Art in the Yard, Abe Opperman Gallery, EBONY/CURATED Bordeaux House, Everard Read Gallery, Johannes du Plessis, Oda Gallery, Oink At Farm Sanctuary SA, Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery and The Boutique Gallery. Art Franschchoek celebrates these galleries and their artists, allowing visitors to experience this unique part of Franschhoek.

A detailed programme is available here.

The Polygamist. acrylic on canvas, by Sibusiso Duma

With Franschhoek being in full spring bloom during this time, the valley’s gardens are also spectacular sights to behold. Over the same weekend, garden fanatics and nature lovers will be able to view some of the valley’s breath-taking gardens at the annual FranschhoekOpen Gardens Festival. Gardens range from small village gardens to beautiful large farm gardens. This year there are 10 gardens on show. Added attractions include the ‘Garden in a Pot’ competition as well as teas and wine tastings at some of the participating gardens. Tickets cost R200 per person to view all the gardens on show. Valid for the entire weekend, they can be purchased from La Motte Wine Estate or the NG Church Hall in Franschhoek.

In a weekend of cultural highlights, the Classic Music Festival over the same dates will feature three concerts in the NG Church. Starting the line-up is music by Mozart and Debussy for four hands at one piano with Mark Nixon and Christopher Duigan on October 25. The recently formed Prins Trio  of Annien Shaw (violin) David Pinoit (cello) with Megan-Geoffrey Prins (piano) will treat you to  Ravel’s dazzling Trio and Beethoven’s Ghost Trio  on October 26. Concluding the musical celebration on October 27 will be  Junnan Sun (clarinet) who is joined by Christopher Duigan (piano) in a re-imagined version of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto K. 622.  Tickets for the three NG Church concerts are R150 each and can be booked online.

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