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The mysteries of the Karoo have served as inspiration for great and varied artististic expression over decades. The original great artists of the Karoo are the /Xam people, who for thousands of years painted their history, mythology, and literature on the cave and rock walls of their homes. It is estimated that there are more than 60 000 sites of cave paintings in the Karoo. They are the work of a forgotten people whose paintings are their story. Even today some of their descendants, the First People Artists, along with other potters, sculptors and painters, are living and creating art in the Camdeboo.
Graaff–Reinet has something for everyone when it comes to art, whether you want to marvel at magnificent paintings and sculptures, time-travel with rock-art, purchase a piece of art or take a craft souvenir home. Graaff-Reinet is home to the Hester Rupert Museum of Contemporary Art featuring famous South African artists and the Jan Rupert Art Centre. The architecture, people and landscapes of this area make Graaff Reinet and its environs an ideal space to capture that one “special shot through your camera lens and you can even have your “masterpiece” developed and framed before you go home.
Of course, a visit to the quaint village of Nieu Bethesda is not complete without spending time at the world-famous Owl House where the work of Helen Martins and the Bushman sculptor, Koos Malgas is displayed. A number of renowned artists such as sculptor, Frans Boekkooi, acclaimed SA ceramic artist, Charmaine Haines and renowned painter, Albert Redelinghuys, call this area home, while Athol Fugard has set many of his plays in Nieu Bethesda and often visits the area for inspiration. Galleries in the village have local artists’ works on display for all to enjoy or purchase.
In nearby Aberdeen you will find the unique Biblical Panels housed in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall. These panels were created by a group of five local ladies from various materials donated by the residents of Aberdeen. The detailed collages measure roughly four square metres in size. Having viewed these it is time to wander through the streets where you will discover ceramics, glass works and other artistic surprises to serve as souvenirs of your trip to Aberdeen.
Allow the local creative folk of the Karoo to share their creative minds and show you their work in the form of painting, pottery, photography and other artistic creations.
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Marguerite Beneke - Fused Glass Ware and Biblical Panels
Tel:049 8460 691
Born in 1973, Glass artist, Marguerite Beneke, grew up in Pretoria. As a child she had a natural flair for art and spent many hours drawing whilst working in the corporate world as a trainer, she continued painting in acrylics and oils but also developed a keen interest in stained glass and glass etching. Soon she started doing commissions for work colleagues.
In 2003, she and her husband decided to move away from the busy city life and settle in the quaint little Karoo town of Aberdeen. It is here that she started her full time career as a glass artist. Inspired by the Karoo she began trying to capture the atmosphere in her glass work.
She had no formal art training. It took a few years of experimenting with different firing schedules, glass enamels and mediums to create her unique style of beautiful fused glass pieces. Marguerite considers herself a “constant student” and enjoys making trips to neighbouring Karoo towns to collect reference material and inspirations for new works.
Her work is exhibited in galleries throughout South Africa and has been sold to international clients. She has done commissions for the South African Air Force and other corporate companies.
I truly feel blessed to be able to use my God given talent to create work that brings joy to other people”
For more information go to http://www.aberdeencape.org
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