This year's guest artist, Chrisel van der Merwe is the recipient of a number of awards, and has had her work shown in many exhibitions.
Van der Merwe works in multiple mediums, including experimental printmaking, sculpting, painting and installation. Her work often explores different ways in which energies, moments, memories and histories can be captured, documented and preserved. Her work is very experimental in nature and often takes a performative approach to the process of making. In van der Merwe's work there are initial intentions, but there is an overlapping of uncontrolled process. These processes ricochet off one another within her different mediums where a shared language emerges from the collective of her work. Download more info
Matilda and George Angus are passionate about all things grounded in silence, nature and creativity. Living and running a small retreat centre in the Balele mountains close to Wakkerstroom,
they practise their crafts of woodwork, pottery, sculpture and furniture restoration. They are inspired by this beautiful part of South Africa and aim to showcase it through their work.
Both Matilda and George have decades of experience in their individual crafts and offer creative retreats and pottery workshops at The Restory Retreat Centre.
For more information visit our website: restorynews.blogspot.com or call on 071 703 9189.
Glynis Brooke is a full time weaver and weaving teacher who is committed to growing the craft of handweaving in South Africa.
Based in Limpopo, she travels extensively throughout South Africa, hosting weaving workshops and attending trade shows with aim of introducing people to the possibility of creating their own textiles in both modern and traditional patterns using simple looms and locally available yarn and fibre.
She is also an agent for the New Zealand-based company, Ashford Handicrafts, who have been manufacturing spinning wheels and looms for fibre crafters for over eighty years.
She will be demonstrating both weaving and spinning at her stand on an ongoing basis throughout the two days of the ramble.
Glynis was a regular exhibitor at the Wakkerstroom Fibre Fair, where Ishe offered a range of her own work for sale, as well as spinning and weaving equipment, accessories and spare parts for Ashford Spinning wheels and looms. Email: www.brooklands.co.za
The Cotton Canvas Company produces stretched canvases of the highest quality. We use specially cut pine wood for the stretchers, assembled in a very sturdy manner to ensure no warping or pulling. Sizes are according to artist’s specifications.
The canvas used is pure cotton duck, 340 grams – ideal for painting, small and big. It is double primed and perfect for acrylic paint. We also provide a primed canvas for other mediums, such as oil paint. Tel: 083 251 3967
I am a versatile artists enjoying various mediums and subject matter. I try to capture whatever inspires me at the moment - If I visit the bush or see a beautiful wild animal, I am inspired to capture the expression and mood of the creature, if I'm in a beautiful or exciting place, I love to capture the colours and excitement of the moment. Children at play, a lovely or interesting face, a beautiful sunset or the continuous movement of the waves of the ocean are all inspiring subjects. I also enjoy some abstract work, creating a pleasing composition, with interesting shapes, colours etc. I just enjoy painting and drawing!!
I also teach art at Norscot Manor Recreation Centre and Art Experience Art Studio in Berario Johannesburg.
I am also a member and chairlady of the Miniature Art Society of S.A. (MASSA) and have sold miniatures at various exhibitions in the USA. I had one miniature on the World exhibition of miniatures in Burnie Tasmania in 2008,one in Moscow, Russia 2012 and 6 in South Africa in 2016 where I sold one. I have won a First prize at Parklane Gallery in the USA ,the Miniature Art Society of Florida USA and Elizabeth Specht Memorial Miniatures in Mariposa, USA, Second prize at Miniature Art Society of Florida USA and Elizabeth Specht memorial Miniatures in Mariposa, USA, A Tone Glow award in Bangladesh and Honourable Mention at Parklane Gallery and Elizabeth Specht Memorial Miniatures in mariposa in USA, Won the Bell Award at the Hilliard Society in 2017 and Second prize for the stamp size challenge at MASSA exhibition in 2016.
Tel: 082 334 7891
Permanent Gallery at DeKotzenhof Guest House/Deli, Farm Stall currently has
a collection of items in oil, pastels & watercolours, photographs and
various other media.
Works include Malacai Smith, Khanya, Kent Cottrell from 1960's, Olive Silburn (1939) and Ina Millman. Local artists include Wendy Cloete, Wendy Watson & Karen Kotze.
Phone 083 452 3363
Studied at College of Art Dublin in the 60s.
Telephone: 0731309213 email: email@example.com
Garlo Photography specialises predominantly in the photography of African wildlife. All images are captured in local game reserves or recognised wildlife establishments around South Africa. Prints are available in exceptionally high quality on canvas printed by a leading Fine Arts printer in Johannesburg. Images can also be ordered printed on paper.
Currently prints are produced in two sizes: A1 which measures approximately 59 x 84 cm and A0 which measures approximately 84 x 119 cm. Printed canvases can be purchased as is, stretched over a frame or stretched & framed.
Garlo Photography also manufactures and sells other home crafted products such as clocks as well as tea trays featuring the same wildlife images set into the tray with resin.
Frances Kendall is a contemporary realist whose painting is characterized by vivid yet harmonious color and translucent light.
Frances works in oils, primarily as a portrait painter. Her large portraits include exquisitely detailed interiors or landscapes that offer extra understanding of the subjects.
Born and raised in Kenya, and since then living in South Africa, Kendall finds herself drawn repeatedly to the images and iconography of Africa.
Between portrait commissions she is presently embarking on a series of landscapes of Wakkerstroom where she has recently built a new home.
Frances seeks to create beauty and in doing so to give pleasure.
The owners of Howling Pixels, Ronay and Geerick, are a young couple who don't only love nature, art and photography...but enjoy capturing wildlife and showing it to the world in a way that's artistic, with a fine art flair. Howling Pixels isn't only known for the beautiful wildlife or landscape images, but also for it's action or extreme sports photography, such as mountain biking, kite surfing, horse riding (jumping and tripling) and so on.
Tony is an artist and graphic designer. He is best known for his colour and mask installations, and paintings which he intricately embroiders with Mask or images that speak to aspects of African women's Beauty, desire and happiness - often in ways that subtly expose the contradictions inherent in religious and feminist forms of extremism. The very act of stitching cloth reflects the artists play with popular understandings about feminine beauty, gender stereotypes and empowerment.
Tel: 061 878 1739
The Bistro at Metamorphis Gallery
The Bistro offers continental and Mediterranean food. The A la carte menu boasts duck, quail, often rabbit and an array of seafood. Local grown beef fillet is a favourite.
Local ingredients are used for example village crafted cheeses and yoghurt. Rhubarb crumble and when in season fresh black berries feature on the dessert menu.
Besides the ever changing A la carte menu, the Bistro offers an extended tapas menu for lunch.
The Metamorphis Gallery itself is situated in the Bistro and features work from mostly local artists and those from the surrounds.
Hours are Wednesdays - Sundays 11h00-22h00 Lunch and dinner served
Victor / Nathi, was born in Wakkerstroom, and has recently returned. Victor provides professional affordable service!
He makes fitted kitchens, built in cupboards, wall units, cabinets and office furniture to your custom specifications. He was one of the first to join the Wakkerstroom Craft Development program a year ago, and is coming on in leaps and bounds. Victor has started using his skills and wood sourced to make wooden small items.
This young man has started 'employing' other youngsters to help with certain jobs, and paying them on completion of the part.
He can be found at flat 5 in the Bee hive Garages on Van Riebeeck street Tel: 078 6056 239
The PMP Studio is based in the heart of Wakkerstroom, although Geerick and Ronay (owners of PMP) travel as male and female team to capture some of the most amazing weddings all over south africa... Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumelange, Cape Town...Traditional , Non Traditional, Bohemian...you name it, they've captured it... They lead their teams in a way that is artistic and portrays your personality, but ultimately in a way you can showcase as art.
Carol Preston is a printmaker and cartoonist. Her primary medium is woodcut and lino cut, and her subject matter ranges from animals to portraits to cartoon representation of the world around her. her cartoons are large scale in pen and ink and Indian ink washes, and at present her focus is on anecdotal narratives around the pets she has. She also is passionate about making objects, both aesthetic and useful, (or both) out of discarded objects.
Honey is our creed and raw, non-irradiated, pure and organic is how we flow. With 125 beehives, all in Mpumalanga, our carbon footprint is small, but our impact is big.
This is a family business from Ermelo, City of Oaks, hence the name Quercus. We celebrate the medicinal properties of raw honey and bee-products. Artisan foodie-crafts is our passion - handcrafted raw honey infusions, real food snacks and treats, homemade yogurts with our amazing honeys - YUMM!!!
Cell: +27 82 809 2069
Cell: +27 82 786 9745
51 Ennis Street, Ermelo, Mpumalanga, 2351
Sicelo's Visual Arts & Crafts Studio
Sicelo's Studio group is made up of four Ziqubu family members, namely Sicelo, his wife Thully and sons Sifundo and Charles. Art & Craft works produced by the family are mostly made from found materials such as waste, including discarded paper, cardboard, tin, plastic etc. Most is decorative and some is functional. Amongst these one may find lovely throne-like chairs/stools, tables, mirrors, dressing tables, lamp stands, shoes, boots, wall hangings, paintings and drawings with colourful homemade frames.
For the past 20 years Sicelo has participated extensively in numerous group art exhibitions and skills demonstations and conducted art workshops nationally and internationally. His solo shows include the 'World according to Artist' hosted by NSA gallery Durban in 20014; 'Past. Present and Future' hosted by Carnegie Art Gallery Newcastle in 20018; 'Inspired by Environments' hosted by Artspace durban in 2009; 'Listen to my story' hosted by the Institute Sactar-Itaparcia Island Brazil at the end of Artist residencey and many more. He has won Art Awards including 'New National Symbols', 2001. 2nd 10 000 Nivea Start Award 2007, Top ten Absa Latelier Award 2008, Overall winner Woodcraft Category Mpumalanga Province 2009, Spier Contemporary Artist Residency Award, Itaparica Brazil 2010 etc.
Some will be available for sale and some will be shown in live demonstration in Wakkerstroom.
Tel: 083 880 2121 / 017 735 3877
Visit: 299 Connor Street (N11) Charlestown
Bonginkosi Tsotetsi, or Par-a-dice as Wakkerstroomers know him, is a craft
development candidate who joined the program close on a year ago. He is well
educated with an N6 Certificate Business Management and N3 Engineering
Sciences. His talent, and one of his passions is his imagination and
creativity using words and images in customising T-shirts. He calls his
business 1st Born, because he believes that he will have more than one
business, and that painting is his first passion.
After arranging for Mark Devenney, a local artist to give Bonginkosi art classes, his artwork, in particular facial proportions, and design detail has progressed massively, and so too has his confidence grown in leaps and bounds. He does T-shirt orders for individuals or groups, like clubs and families. We are extremely proud of him. You can give him your story or concept and he will create a design for you for R170, or R150 using your own T-shirt. Or another option is for him to put your face on a T-shirt at R270/R250. He has also been asked to do drawing commissions. He recently started doing designs on backpacks, caps, takkies and shoes!
You will be able to identify Bonginkosi anywhere in town, as you will usually see he has splatter painted jeans, backpack, and a painted T-shirt and cap. Why not give your old favourite items a new lease on life with a custom paint design. We are eagerly awaiting Bonginkosi to have some spare time to create some stock, but his orders keep flowing in!
You can contact him on 078 146 7593 or 066 387 1234 for your requests.
The VLU meet every first Tuesday of the month at the Barn eatery in Wakkerstroom.
The interests of the group are handwork, art, floral, writing, birds and trees.
Anyone may visit for 2 meetings, after which they can become a member.
There is an annual fee of R300, for affiliation to the Women's Agriculture Union.
Contact Maritjie Linstroom on 083 638 0002 for further enquiries.
Vanessa Ypenburg has been a full time fine artist and mural artist for over 20 years, having done artworks for local and international clients. Teaching art was always a dream as she loved to see students becoming artists and feeling the same passion.
Vanessa studied art at the Johannesburg Art school and worked in the art field for most of her life. She have worked under well know artists, always improving her art and teaching skills.
She has her own art studio called Splat 'n That Art Experience in Berario Northcliff, and when not teaching she paints commissions.
Vanessa works in many different mediums ranging from pencil sketching, charcoal, water colours, acrylics, oils and many more. Her artworks range from portraits to landscapes and still life in all mediums.
Tel: 082 573 0159
Born in Namibia, Magda Vosloo has reached her sixties, but still feels forty and plans to reach 100. When her husband of thirty-five years died of cancer, she needed to relook her life and made many changes.
She had always enjoyed drawing, but had not had any formal training, although she had always made murals for her children's bedrooms. Now she got her first formal input from June Nell.She works in oil and
acrylics, and likes to work on a large canvas to explore her love of both colour and form.
Tel: 017 735 1727 or 079 396 7225
We are group of ladies who get together once a month at Beryl Tubb's house. It is our love for knitting and especially knitting for charitable causes that binds us together.
We also exchange ideas and learn so much from each other, with loads of chatting as well.
This year we have two very large projects on the go. We will be supplying "Starter Packs for new mothers". These packs will consist of baby blankets (new or used) jersey, booties, beanie, nappy, nappy pin, baby soap and face cloth. The Sister-in-charge at the Wakkerstroom Clinic will be in charge of handing out these packs as she will have got to know the mothers through natal care.
The second project is knitting teddy bears for bereaved children who have lost their parents and grandparents. In the past we have concentrated on raped and abused children who have been handed these teddy bears on arrival at the Police Station, hospital and Ambulances. These are handed to the children to keep and they find comfort in hugging these bears. We will continue as it is such a good cause.
We also include Dana Frail Care Centre as we provide them with knitted beanies and mittens. Last year we blanket stitched fleecy blankets for the elderly to use as knee rugs, shoulder rugs or just to keep their feet warm.
Over the years we have knitted beanies and mitts for Penny Fox's Aids Orphans, and at Christmas we add knitted toys which these young children really love because it is a new toy and it belongs to them. Another on going project is knitting jerseys for very poor white children who are not covered by other charitable organisations. These children really suffer in the winter months.
We do not generally sell our work, but if invited to the Art Ramble or Fibre Fair and given a free table, we do participate as we need funds to buy wool etc.
We do rely on donations of wool which enables our happy band of ladies to continue with their knitting. This year baby blankets, nappies and anything in that line are every welcome.