ART & CRAFT
Rosendal’s creative spirit is captured by many of the talented artists (and their galleries) that have made Rosendal their home. Their styles and mediums may vary, but they all agree that the village inspires them.
Willem Pretorius - Artist
Willem finds his inspiration in the smells and sights of the small towns of South Africa. His depiction of them is that of a local and not a mere tourist or casual passer-by. The artists loves the way nature reclaims these man-made structures. Through documenting these landscapes he forces the on-looker to see through his eyes and stand were he stood still and maybe see it in a new light, the beauty in decay. His theme is mainly concerned with the “platteland” and its changing landscapes. It can be seen as a type of visual diary where he documents a specific time and place in our history and in doing so, remembering. It also reminds us of our own transcience and mortality. Everything is temporary. He works in oil and his style can best be described as observational realism with a strong South African vernacular.
Visit his studio/gallery, Skoppelmaai, in Genl Fick Street on appointment. 076 159 0525 & email@example.com
With broad brush strokes, Pollock-like spatterings and boisterous colour combinations, the world-renowned Michele Nigrini captures the visual moments of everyday country life.
Michele’s work can be viewed at Michele Nigrini Studio (Meerkatkolonie) in Hertzog Street on appointment. 082 423 1970 & www.michelenigrini.co.za
The beauty of forsaken farm implements and countless things that are used up or discarded inspires Dahla Hulme to capture something of the past and making it part of the present again.
Her work can be viewed at her studio on appointment. 082 458 0996 & http://dahlahulme.co.za/
Beeldhouer en skilder.
Visit her gallery at De Tuinen on appointment.
082 782 6532 &
Wessel van Huyssteen
A visual artist who predominantly works in water colours. His work is often exhibited in Gauteng and Free State galleries.
082 850 3426 & &
Spontaneous freedom and honesty is the feeling which is derived from Rautenbach’s oil paintings. Light and form plays an important part in Rautenbach’s creative process. The work is not not static and totally realistic, movement, light and atmosphere can be experienced.
His work can be viewed at Stallery in Keyter Street on appointment. 072 275 5571 & & www.wimrautenbach.co.za.
Black Anvil Handgemaakte Messe
Simon Streicher is a sought-after and well-known master cutler craftsman that makes any knife or set of knives to order. After helping with the conception, design and sourcing of exotic, durable materials, he will proceed to handcraft a unique top-quality product. It is for this reason that he has built up a loyal local and international clientele. Simon can also make other products to order, and help with the sharpening and repair of knives.
Sy portefeulje sluit unieke jag-, knip- ,vleis-, biltong-, kaas- en briewemesse waarin die beste messtaal gekombineer word met hewwe wat uit onder meer kameelperdebeen, swart ivoorhout, vlakvarktand, beeshoring, tambotiehout en olienhout bestaan. Eetstelle en voorsny mes-en-vurk stelle, waarin Simon aandag skenk aan die allerlaaste detail, kan ook bestel word.
Kontak hom op 0f 058 211 0966 of 084 603 1538.
Studio Ben crafts & bicycle hire
Environmentally friendly soaps and textiles produced by Andre Loots on site are available and can be viewed by prior arrangement. Studio Ben in Botha Street also hires out bicycles – discover Rosendal and the surrounding countryside.
Contact 058 211 0629
Turksvy Trading, in Kriek street, houses a vast and varied display of all things collectible: pinball machines, tables and chairs, and especially kitchenalia ranging from melamine kitchen cupboards to everything that goes into them: porcelain teasets, dinner sets, tins of all shapes and sizes and designs, ornaments, and even some of the original Tupperware.
Those with artistic inclinations will delight in the Junk Room where railway paraphernalia, prams, postboxes and radiograms are just waiting to be transformed into something new or perhaps become the main focus in an art installation.
Should you feel overwhelmed by the never-ending array of weird and wonderful objects, you can step into the soothing garden, aptly called The Yard, overflowing with potted cacti, wrought-iron tables and gates, galvanized buckets, old signboards, wooden door frames and other building materials for your home.
Enamel lovers will want to head for the unique collection of antique enamel pots and pans, buckets and basins in pastel shades and striking blues.
At the end of your trip down Turksvy Lane, you will probably have seen more collectibles in one place than anywhere else in the country. Turksvy Trading in Rosendal is a must-see for those who want unique objects in their homes, or just want to take a nostalgic trip to the past, when ordinary household objects were made with love, care and attention to detail.
Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10h00 – 16h00, but contact Joyce on 073 242 1839 should you be interested in viewing it outside of these hours.
Sandra Lemmer on 082 371 2137