Nestled between picturesque mountain ranges adorned by sloping vineyards that range as far as they eye can see, lies the breathtakingly beautiful Franschhoek Valley. At its heart you will find the quaint town of Franschhoek, well-known for its Cape Dutch architecture, high-toned open-air restaurants and hidden treasures.
Additionally, the town hosts more than twenty art galleries that ensures a unique experience – truly an art lover’s paradise. We have compiled a list of our favourite galleries for you to visit on your next cultural adventure.
1. La Motte Museum:
La Motte is the standing exhibitor of the Heritage Collection of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef – an icon amongst the old South-African paint masters. His love and admiration for the South African landscape truly resonates through his work. Furthermore, their current rotating exhibition, which will be on display until June 2019, is titled Ink On Paper. It aims to ignite appreciation in the viewer for the early art of printmaking through the illustrated works of Rembrandt van Rijn.
Address: La Motte Wine Estate, R45, Main Rd
2. The Gallery at Grande Provence:
This sophisticated gallery observes the three-dimensional object in art and The Sculptural Garden is the perfect backdrop for a relaxing stroll. The renowned artists whose works are currently on display include Anton Smit, Martin & Charmaine Haines and Grace da Costa, among others.
Address: R45, Main Road
3. OINK at Farm Sanctuary SA:
This unique Animal Rescue sanctuary is home to the famous PIGCASSO, a one-of-a-kind non-human prodigy. Sit down for this one for she is a charming pig that paints and even signs her originals with a kiss from her nose tip. Your support of her work goes towards the farm’s undertaking to encourage compassion for farm animals, as well as, sustainable food culture.
Address: 59 Dirkie Uys Street
If you are wanting to visit this OINK at farm sanuctuary – here’s a sneak peak of what to expect:
If an art excursion sound like a daunting one to you then we urge you to try it out regardless because we believe that climbing out of one’s comfort zone has significant benefits. A few viewing tips that we have for you are to identify a work that captures your personal attention. Ask yourself questions such as what aspects you find most intriguing and why. There are also numerous elements of an art work such as line, texture, colour, shape, space and tints or shading. See if you can identify these elements in the work and think about the emotions that they evoke, as well as, what the artist’s intentions might be. Lastly, just relax and have fun. Remember that beauty is merely in the eye of the beholder.
Have you visited any of the Art Galleries that are mentioned above? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!