Lockdown has stimulated creativity
A commendable line-up of artists is being presented to art lovers in the Biblical Garden in Paarl next weekend. 22 top local Jewish and Christian artists are exhibiting their work on Sunday 28th ranging from fine art painting to ceramics, pottery, mosaics sculptures and painting on silk.
Organisers say there are opportunities to buy printed cards and collector’s items from epoxy tables, jewellery and calendars to Biblical oils and shofars.
An enthused Jack Carstens said they hosted their first such event two seasons ago which was a great success and are very pleased with the positive response this year from exhibitors and visitors alike. It is the vision of he and his wife, Annalee, that has seen years of dedicated work and finances establishing the Salem Biblical Garden and its unique architectural buildings, to its present advanced stage.
They are co-hosting the event with Leigh Telli, another acclaimed Biblical artist and public speaker well known in the Cape Jewish art environment who has worked to bring the event together which is hoped to become an annual national event..
Dion Futerman, one of Paarl’s most talented artists, an associate member of the Jewish Art Salon of New York will be exhibiting and presenting a clay workshop. This is alongside the well known Stellenbosch artist Ilse Kleyn, who will be exhibiting her trademark dynamic paintings of modern day renditions of biblical stories. The artist, author, movie producer and public speaker, Liz Robertson Campbell will also be present displaying some of her craft.
Meryl-Sue Oppenheimer, well known for her colourful depictions of Jerusalem will also have some on show with items and copies for sale. Anton Bouwer is an acclaimed ceramic artist who will be holding a pottery workshop – while Stephany Reith will be demonstrating wax printing on cloth and Elize Fourie will be presenting a workshop on how to make silk worship flags… just a sampling of the many artists and craftspeople who will be displaying their work.
At noon there will be a guided tour of the “Journey through the Bible”, using art works depicting main themes. There will be live music and singing by Shoshanna Phillips and Daniel Kemp and a short talk by Leigh Telli on “Art and Prophecy” for the spiritually minded.
There is no need for visitors to take their own lunch, though they are welcome to do so; potjiekos, sosaties and refreshments will be provided for the hungry with many picnic spots in which to share a meal. This family event has the children covered with a jungle gym and face-painting for the little ones.
This outdoor event is an opportunity for a breakaway after months of lockdown; is not far from Cape Town and in the heart of the picturesque Paarl countryside. Organisers say there is space for more artists or craft market exhibitors who are also eager to wake up and inspire the Western Cape art world. “The lockdown,” Carstens said, “seems to have stimulated creativity.”
The entrance fee is R20 per car starting at 10am. Check the salemgarden website for details. Samples of art works can be viewed on the website: https://www.salemgarden.co.za/events-1
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