In the heart of the Overberg in the foothills behind Gansbaai and Pearly Beach is the peaceful village of Baardskeerdersbos where a handful of artists have settled and called home.
Twice a year in spring and autumn the artists open their homes and studios and invite the public to come and view their latest works and see how the works are produced. They also invite guest artists to take part and exhibit with them and over the years this has attracted artists such as Clare Menk, Hanneke Benade, Gabriel Clarck-Brown and many many more.This in turn has attracted many collectors and art buyers over the years and has become a successful event on the arts calendar.
There are 9 resident artists who take part. They are Ivan Trollip who does oil paintings and is the owner of the Bbos gallery. This is a handy stop to pick up the map and get directions and throughout the year he has examples of each artist’s works on show. Joshua Miles will demonstrate his process of doing reduction linocuts. Niel Jonker does landscape painting and bronze sculpture. Liz Van Den Berg does painting and Japanese fish printing. Kali Van Der Merwe does photography and installations. Amanda Jephson has paintings, drawings and etching. Then there are Brenda Parker with her jeweller, Philip John with his unique print making, sculptures and drawings and Jan Vingerhoets with his functional art inspired by found objects and recycling.
Artwork: Joshua Miles, Tamboershoek Windpomp, Reduction block woodcut, 565 x 420mm
Artists will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary with their next Art Route which takes place on Saturday 31st of March and Sunday 1st of April so why not take the scenic drive to stroll around this unpretentious village between studio venues and enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine and conversation with the artists. There are a variety of places on offer for lunch. Private viewings outside of art route dates can be arranged by appointment with artists directly. For more information go to www.baardskeerdersbosartroute.com