“The fifth Hermanus FynArts Festival takes place from 9 – 18 June and will once again offer 10 uplifting days of celebration. The programme consists of a wide variety of the arts that are featured in the natural beauty of our coastal landscape. FynArts is rapidly becoming a unique, quality event on the South African Arts Calendar: a classic-style festival that showcases the creativity of South African artists while it also seeks to remain relevant to the widest community and encourage the appreciation of arts in its diverse forms. The programme is a fusion of arts festival and winter school and includes something for everyone: exhibitions, music, talks, demonstrations, workshops, tastings, films and events for children.” – Festival Director, Mary
This year the FynArts programme includes more than thirty exhibitions and 120 artists representing a wide range of disciplines, styles and materials. A number of these are included below.
It has just been announced that David Goldblatt, highly acclaimed South African photographer, will be the recipient of the 2017 FynArts Legacy Award.
Transformation addresses the demise of the dream of the ‘Rainbow Nation’. Featured festival artist, Willie Bester, laments the passing of non-racialism in South African society. He deplores the spread of corruption through all levels of the body politic. He hates the renewed violence of the police and other agents of the state in suppressing protest and dissent. But he reserves particular scorn for the application of the apartheid-style national quota system that is having a devastating effect on the economy of the historical Coloured people in the Western Cape. This exhibition at Rossouw Modern SPACE is curated by Michael Godby and Sandra Klopper.
The Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award is a national competition. The exhibition, Reflections, is the work of the this year’s finalists in the cellar of the Bouchard Finlayson Wine Estate, the culmination of the competition.
This year’s exhibition of Sculpture on the Cliffs – EchoLocation will remain on the Cliff Path and in the new venue of the Old Harbour, for one year (June 2017 – June 2018). Curated by Lien Botha, this outdoor exhibition includes artworks by Brahm van Zyl , Bronwen Clacherty , Emma Willemse , Hannelie Coetzee , Hasan & Husain Essop , Jaco Sieberhagen ,Karen Press , Ledelle Moe , Raymond Smith , Richard John Forbes, and Right Mukore. Join a walkabout of the exhibition at 11:00 during the festival.
Art in the Auditorium takes place in the Municipal Auditorium. All sculptors who have exhibited at least one work on the cliffs over the past four years were invited to take part in this year’s exhibition. They include Adriaan Diedericks , Anton Smit , Gavin Younge , George Holloway , Gordon Froud , Jaco Sieberhagen , Jean Theron Louw, Strijdom van der Merwe , Wilma Cruise.
Forgotten Orchards of the Imagination is an exhibition of work by Evette Weyers at The Marine Hotel. Weyers uses ancient images, such as the Sphinx or the Mantis from Bushman folklore, to create her own personalized mythology. The exhibition also includes memorabilia from the stories of Alice in Wonderland that have been told for more than 150 years. Gordon Froud has collected items related to these stories for many years. This exhibition will include a selection from his large collection.
Forms of Expression III the exhibition at the Windsor Hotel, showcases the work of 32 invited ceramic artists at the Windsor Hotel. The exhibition, curated by Liz Coates, continues to build on the enthusiastic support received from artists and public alike. The display of both art and utility pieces will demonstrate the wide range of themes, styles and techniques inherent in the versatility and characteristics of clay and porcelain. Artists include: Allessandro Pappada , Ann Marais , Carin Dorrington , Caroline Schulz Vieira , Christil van Vollenhoven , Christine Williams, Cilla Williams , Dale Lambert , Eunice Botes , Heather Frankel , Hennie Meyer , John Shirley , Karen Kotze , Lee Hensberg ,Lina Kapp , Lydia Holmes , Lynnley Watson , Madoda Fani , Margot Rudolph , Mark Chapman, and more.
Art of Thread presents a wide range of textile art at the Old Synagogue. Embroidery is included this
year and adds an extra dimension to the exhibition. All the artists have exhibited locally and internationally, and their work can be found in national and international collections. Artists include: Dana Biddle, Gerda Möhr, Ina Meyer, Jenny Hearn, Jenny Svensson, Monique Day-Wilde, Penny Cornell and Sheila Walwyn.
Atmosferas is a solo exhibition by Louis van Heerden at Abalone Art Gallery, inspired by a composition dedicated to the artist as a tribute to his outstanding role as a promotor of performing arts in the Overberg region. Intensely emotive, the works capture and convey a spiritual sense of nature, going beyond the merely descriptive.
For Art’s Sake is a group exhibition at Abalone Art Gallery, that includes Titia Ballot, Christoff Barnard, Alta Botha, Lien Botha, Mariki Chin, Richard John Forbes, Kristin Hua Yang, Elzaby Laubscher, Nomthumzi Mashabala, Patrick Mautloa, André Naudé, Shepherd Ndudzo, Lynette ten Krooden, Sanna Swart, Strijdom van der Merwe and Jeannette Unite.
THE Exhibition is a group show at Rossouw Modern Art Gallery that includes work by the Rossouw Modern stable of artists, with feature artists Christiaan Diedericks and Jaco Sieberhagen. Artists include Bastiaan van Stenis, Hugo Maritz, Adriaan S. de Lange, Stuart Dods, Obert Jongwe, Frans Mulder and Paul Stein.
The Universe Next Door is also a group show of invited artists that features on Vanessa Berlein, at Rossouw Modern Art Gallery. Invited artists include emerging and established artists Corne Eksteen, Claude Chandler, Floris van Zyl and JP Meyer, Anton Smit, Adriaan Diedericks, and Gordon Froud.
Walker Bay Modern Art features work by Claire Denaire, and Walker Bay art Gallery features an exhibition by Johan Koch and Jaco Kruger. Jaco Kruger says, “Sculptures need to have beautiful lines and forms, they must be beautiful in their imperfection”.
The finalists’ exhibition in the Life Drawing Competition takes place at the Benguela Cove Manor House. See ‘Workshops’ on the festival website for more information about the competition.
Further details on these, and many more exciting exhibitions, art tours, workshops, and talks taking place during the Hermanus FynArts festival are available at http://www.hermanusfynarts.co.za/
Image: Willie Bester. Photo: Marolize Southwood