Knysna Arts Society

Newsletter 3/2021

During April, 23 Knysna artists participated in the 5 day UNITED EMERGENCE exhibition at the Old Gaol.  The standard of work was incredible, as was the enthusiasm and positive response from all artists and visitors. 

This was a great opportunity for members to meet and inspire each other while appreciating the diverse talent and artworks on show and Michael Nyoni working on his Stork sculpture in the cafe area each day.

Image Credit Jose Faria & Madelein Marincowitz

Notice of General Meeting

Knysna Arts Society will hold a General Meeting on Thursday 10 June 2021 starting promptly at 4pm in the Old Gaol cafe area, there will also be the option to join the meeting via Zoom. 

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future of KAS member exhibitions - including the options during the Oyster Festival in July 2021.  The various digital platforms and art venues on the Art Route available to KAS members.  We also have a few admin issues to address. 

The final agenda will be presented in another email before the meeting.  

Please save the date, we would love to hear your ideas and input.

Dates for your diary:

On Friday 21 May 2021, KAS members are invited to visit
Bronze Fields Foundry in Harkerville, near Plett to see a bronze pouring with

Bronze Sculptor Robert Leggat  
The visit will be from 10:00am - 11:30am, with tea.  

Luka Vineyards is nearby if you would like to stop for lunch afterwards. 
 Luka Cafe Menu

Please RSVP with your name and mobile number - we will start a Whatsapp group for the final details.
Preparation has begun for the 2021 Knysna Oyster Festival.  KAS has listed the Knysna Art Route as an activity.  We continue to develop the Art Route and invite you to contact us to add your restaurant, gallery, working studio or art related business to the growing list.   Members are also welcome to list their workshops or other art activities.

The SCAVA Old Masters Exhibition will take place at the Old Gaol during the Oyster Festival.

The Art Route will remain a permanent activity in Knysna and is part of a broader plan to reestablish art tourism in Knysna.

The Knysna Interactive Art Project, has been in the pipeline for a year. It’s a combined initiative between Visit Knysna (Destination Marketing), Knysna Municipality (Destination Management and Economic Development) and The Knysna Art Society, aimed at creating interactive art and public spaces in key locations. This will encourage locals, visitors and foreign tourists to explore more of the greater Knysna area, go off the beaten-track, see, post and share with the rest of the world.

Six iconic view sites were identified in 2020 to host an art installation – creating the perfect backdrop for that selfie.

  • Judah Square in Khayalethu, home to the biggest community of Rastafarian people in South Africa, will get a 2.5 metre statue of a Rastafari priest mounted at the entrance to greet visitors. Ceramicist Eugene Lewis under the mentorship of artist Suzanne du Toit is already hard at work creating one of his Tribal Africa signature masterpieces.
  • Thesen Island will set the scene for a giant nautilus sculpture of stainless steel and indigenous wood  in front of the SANParks offices . The installation will be the end point of an extended SANParks experience which will now include an educational indigenous garden and, of course, a viewing of the famous Knysna seahorse.
  • Belvidere and Brenton on Sea – two of greater Knysna’s most scenic spots, will benefit from stainless steel impressions of Knysna fynbos and butterflies.
  • Buffalo Bay, a prime swimming and surfing spot, is to be enhanced with the “Buffalo Bay Boardwalk,” a series of surfboards painted by local artists. Already a popular water sport destination, the interactive art will help to turn this beach into a surfing icon.
  • In Sedgefield, the existing character of this quaint town will be enhanced by a new mosaic sculpture by local NPO Masithandane. The colourful full-size VW Beetle will be parked on the edge of the Sedgefield estuary mouth, the latest addition to the Sedgefield Mosaic Route.
  • In Knysna, the central business district will be brightened and cheered when the Knysna in Bloom flower pots in the Main Road and surrounds become creative canvases.

Now that the creative process is underway, Visit Knysna and the Knysna Art Society will work on the next phase of the project which will include interactive art installations on Leisure Island, Millionaire’s View Point in White Location and Diepwalle. Local artist Shelley du Plessis has also proposed transforming the dead tree’s in the town into colourful painted works of art.

Click on the link below to get involved in the Oyster Festival activities and7or the Knysna Art Project.

Contact Us to Participate in the Art Route or Art Project
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