Tanya Majo, ‘Karoo’, 2021, 40x183cm (cropped), anologue collage, magazine paper

South Africa, Riebeek Valley, 19 August 2021; During Heritage Day weekend of 24, 25 & 26 September, a group of thirty-plus full time and part-time artists will be opening their studios, homes and shared spaces in the Riebeek Valley to showcase their work to art lovers and the general public.

In light of the current worldwide situation, art events hosted in the valley have not been possible and therefore this group of artists organized this event independently and named it Art UNLOCKED. Their aim is to keep the Arts Town Riebeek Valley top of mind, as the annual ‘Solo Studios’ art event will not be taking place in 2021, and bring in revenue for the artists and local businesses.
The beauty of the Riebeek Valley throughout the years has attracted a number of people expressing themselves on mediums such as paintings, photography, ceramics, music, etc. making the Riebeek Valley an “arts town”.

Not only do the artists appreciate the Riebeek Valley, not more than an hour’s drive from Cape Town. This time of year the green wheat fields contrast against the vineyards giving the valley a lush green glow. There are plenty of eateries and restaurants with outdoor seating for people to enjoy their visit while they feast their eyes on the available art.

Sharon Bischoff, Simeon, 2020, Acrylic and Mixed Media on Fabriano Board, 46x61cm.


Wiehan de Jager,Terrain I mixed media on Fabriano, 2020

Artists participating in the event are (in alphabetical order):
• Ade Kipades
• Alexandra Christokat
• Amy Moses
• Andries Dirk
• Garth Meyer
• Gordon Williams
• Greta McMahon
• Helen Weber
• Ianthe Arthur
• Ivan Kirstein by Maria
• Jill Gordon-Turner
• Kevan Moses
• Li Nepgen
• Lizette Visser
• Mary Walker
• Matthew Satchwell
• Robin Mann
• Rudolph Willemse
• Sander Mahieu
• Sharon Bischoff
• Shui-Lyn White
• Solly Smook
• Suzanne Melling
• Tanya Majo
• The Arteri Collective
• Verné Jordaan
• Wiehan De Jager
• William Walker
• Gallery 7 on Plein

An added plus will be that there will be a map app. Visitors can just zap the QR code, go to the Art Unlocked map and pick the next artist or group exhibition, information on their choice will appear and the map will show them the way.

In addition to the art exhibitions, the valley’s own musicians will be holding a benefit concert for Paddavlei on Saturday 25th at RATA, The Royal Hotel, Riebeek Kasteel. Many new houses were damaged after a big storm this year and proceeds of the concert will go towards building materials for housing in Paddavlei, Riebeek Kasteel. Tickets are available for R200. For bookings call 082 851 1262 or send an email to royalartstownamphitheater@gmail.com

The shared venues are kindly sponsored by The Royal Hotel, Aardvark Restaurant and The Showroom in collaboration with Arts Town Riebeek Valley.

For accommodation, packages contact Riebeek Valley Tours and Transfers on www.riebeekvalleytours.co.za.
Riebeek Valley Tourism and Rooms in Riebeek also offer accommodation on www.riebeekvalley.info and www.roomsinriebeek.co.za

There is no entry fee for the exhibitions but COVID protocols will be in place.

For more information regarding this event please contact Helen Weber on h.m.weber@gmail.com or 072 0733 972 alternatively check out our Facebook page for updates and details nearer the time: @ArtUnlockedRiebeekValley



Wiehan de Jager, _Hidden Expanse II, mixed media, 2021


Ivan Kirstein, Iqhayiya, 1m x 1m, pastel

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