New gallery to show off local art

2015-10-20 06:00

A new gallery opening in Kommetjie Village this month is inviting Southern Peninsula artists to show their work.

Initiated by landscape artist Carrie Basson, the gallery is aiming to be a community venue hosting regular events and art projects and encouraging local involvement.

The gallery will exhibit and sell the artworks of established and emerging artists of the Southern Peninsula.

“I believe the gallery is a much-needed addition to our community, and I am excited to create a hub for artistic activity, bringing artists together and presenting a rich variety of artworks to the public for appreciation and for sale,” says Basson.

The gallery wants to keep its commission low to ensure greater opportunity for artists to profit from the sales of their artworks and stay affordable for the public.

“I am a firm believer that if one sees a need for improvement and change the best way to get a result is to initiate it. I was looking for a model of a community gallery in the area to join and when I discovered there wasn’t one, I also discovered a large and widely varied group of artists who were all very interested in the prospect,” she explains.

A community gallery is a wonderful attraction to showcase local art and artists, Basson says.

“The goal is to create a hub for artistic activity and a welcoming access point for people to enjoy the rich variety of art inspired by this beautiful area,” she says.

The gallery will have an “ongoing receivership” of new artists to the gallery, with area boasting names such as Susan Proctor Hume, Beth Lowe, Quintin Gray, Zoe Mafham, Kevin Stanley, Adrian Owen, Michaela Rinaldi, Anthony Fox, Alan van Gysen, Osnat de Villiers, Margherita Introna, Karen Hermans as well as representatives from Artists of the South.

“Our exceptional corner of the Cape is such a beautiful part of the world and is the source of inspiration for so many of the artists that live within the Southern Peninsula. The goal of the gallery is to have a destination centre where residents and visitors alike have access to the amazing art produced in our area,” Basson says.

The hope is for the gallery to run indefinitely with an aim to later turn into a non-profit organisation.

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The South Peninsula Community Art Gallery will open on Thursday 29 October from 18:00 to 20:00 at the Village Place, 3 Erica Road in Kommetjie. For more information email southpeninsulagallery@­gmail.com

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