Catching up with Ilse Schermers
Ilse Schermers, of is art at Le Quartier Français supplied and curated the art work for Vergelegen’s restaurants, Stables and Camphor’s— and now the wine estate has been recognised as the South African winner of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) Best of Wine Tourism Awards!
We caught up with Ilse to chat about her unique approach.
Can you tell me a bit about each space?
Additionally, as the space was formerly the estate’s stables I chose ceramic horse heads for the walls by Nicolene Swanepoel and a large driftwood horse as a focal point by Francois Marais.
Vergelegen is also known for its Nguni stud, so for this we chose ox heads by Nicolene Swanepoel and a large painting by Gregory Kerr. Works by Jacqueline Crewe-Brown, Strijdom van den Merwe and various ceramic works by Helen Vaughan, Clementina van der Walt and Ralph Johnson are also on display.
The palette at Camphor’s is much more formal and rich. I selected works by some of our more important contemporary artist like William Kentridge, Willem Strydom, Henry Symonds, Marlene von Durkheim, Shany van den Berg and Lyndi Sales. Helen Vaughan made wall plates based on the blue and white Kraakporcelain seen in the Manor House next to Camphor’s. Michael Chandler made mirrors and spittoons also reflective of the VOC. In both restaurants, we selected works by South African living artists.
When approaching a space to populate with art – what are the things that you consider, how do you decide on your final selections?
Who is your favourite SA artist, or artists and why?
Do you have advice for people who want to start collecting art – how do you begin, and what do you need to know?
The most exciting piece at is art at the moment is….
What exhibitions do we have to look forward to next year?
Your favourite cocktail at the LQF bar is…
In 2010 Ilse opened her latest gallery at Le Quartier Français The exhibitions of contemporary South Africa artists change every six to eight weeks . The gallery spills out into the sculpture and herb garden, designed by Guy du Toit and Angus Taylor and filled with herbs for Margot Janse’s kitchens at Le Quartier Français. The sculptures have become an integral part of the restaurant and hotel gardens.
Is Art: An exhibition of painting and sculpture by Rina Stutzer and Sarel Petrus
“VASPEN” (oor tent penne, ink penne en als wat die vlietende probeer vaspen) also loosely translated as… “PEG DOWN” (about tent pegs, ink pens and everything that attempts to pin down the transitory)
This two person exhibition by Sarel Petrus and Rina Stutzer, presents metaphor and material that visually questions the permanence of “things”.
Both artists’ work with the “nomadic” as an approach to art-making, as well as a theme. The “nomadic” way allows for the search of meaning and truth. These motifs imply a sense of curiosity, adventure, exploration and research – which is integral to our being, as South Africans.
For Petrus’s bronze sculptures he harvests naturally found organic material – such as bone, wood and stone, imprinted by recordings – as a means of capturing fleeting poetic thoughts… in the same way that love letters capture a longing for that which is unattainable. Petrus’s sculptural vocabulary and poetic muse is significantly informed by field excursions in the ‘veld’.
Stutzer investigates both sculptural form and painting. In her recent works, she explores painting with acid on cast bronze canvas and copper plate, as an ever-changing image. These images are presented alongside digital prints of the painting at the time of “official completion” (from when they are no longer actively worked on, but after which time the patina and oxidization continues to alter the image). The motifs of nomadic dwellings within a natural milieu – for example the tent, caravan and pumpkin hut – are also inherent of the idea of temporal settlement and resettlement. Additionally, works on paper and oil on canvas will form part of her focus on the “nomadic”.
Event: PEG DOWN | VASPEN – An exhibition of Painting & Sculpture
Venue: is art at Le Quartier Français
Address: 16 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
Date: 3 November – 3 December 2013
Gallery Hours: Weekdays 09h00-17h00 & Weekends 10h00-17h00
Enquiries: Ilse or Alisha – firstname.lastname@example.org / 021 876 8443
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Revisiting the VOC – Art in Clay Exhibition
The month of October in Franschhoek has become known for the ceramic festival being hosted
by a number of art galleries of the town. This year we have decided to ask our artists revisit
the porcelain of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) and give it their own interpretation.
Dutch merchants arrived in Asia towards the end of the 16th century. The VOC, (Dutch East
India Company, 1602–1799), founded in 1602, competed fiercely with the Portuguese as
traders. Porcelain from captured Portuguese vessels (caraccas) was called “kraak” porcelain,
a Dutch corruption of the Portuguese word. It was made especially for export in Jingdezhen,
the porcelain centre in Jiangxi Province. The VOC shipped it in huge quantities and soon it was
a commonplace item in Dutch interiors. Kraak porcelain was primarily bought for practical use
but pieces also had decorative functions. The paintings, done in under glaze blue only, show
landscapes and animals, and rarely featured human figures.
The dates for the Art in Clay Exhibition at IS ART at Le Quartier François, 16 Huguenot Street,
Franschhoek is from the 6
weekends 10h00 to 17h00. For more information please contact Ilse or Alisha at (021) 876 8443 or
visit our website on www.is-art.co.za.
to the 31
of October. Gallery hours: weekdays 9h00 – 17h00 and
6 – 31 October 2013
The month of October in Franschhoek has become known for the ceramic festival being hosted by a number of art galleries of the town. This year we have decided to ask our artists revisit the porcelain of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) and give it their own interpretation.
Dutch merchants arrived in Asia towards the end of the 16th century. The VOC, (Dutch East India Company, 1602–1799), founded in 1602, competed fiercely with the Portuguese as traders. Porcelain from captured Portuguese vessels (caraccas) was called “kraak” porcelain, a Dutch corruption of the Portuguese word. It was made especially for export in Jingdezhen, the porcelain centre in Jiangxi Province. The VOC shipped it in huge quantities and soon it was a commonplace item in Dutch interiors. Kraak porcelain was primarily bought for practical use but pieces also had decorative functions. The paintings, done in under glaze blue only, show landscapes and animals, and rarely featured human figures.
The dates for the Art in Clay Exhibition at IS ART at Le Quartier Français, 16 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek is from the 6th to the 31 of October. Gallery hours: weekdays 9h00 – 17h00 and weekends 10h00 to 17h00. For more information please contact Ilse or Alisha at (021) 876 8443 or visit our website on www.is-art.co.za.
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All things Lionel Smit
Celebrated South African portrait painter, Lionel Smit was honoured earlier in the year with a Ministerial Award from Department of Culture for contribution to Visual Art in South Africa.
Said Lionel of the achievement: “The award is a celebration of our common heritage. It is a reflection of the values of our vibrant democracy.”
And since then the boundary-breaking artist hasn’t slowed down. With a jam-packed schedule of exhibitions around the globe to look forward to!
This month the travelling artist is in Hong Kong, where his paintings will be featured at the Wonder Works exhibition at The Cat Street Gallery This is a group show featuring works by over 40 artists from all over the world, and will open on 24 May 2013.
Then he heads off in June for the BP National Portrait Award 2013 in London! This is a huge honour, as the process is extremely selective: displayed in the National Portrait Gallery it showcases ‘fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits from around the world’. It opens on 20 June 2013.
Our wandering painter then returns home in September for Chefs who share – the ART of giving, where he’ll join Margot Janse! The event is an elegant black-tie charity dinner, which will be held in the Cape Town City Hall on the 5th of September 2013. The night will feature 14 acclaimed South African chefs, seven knowledgeable sommeliers and seven celebrated artists in aid of youth development, with of course, Lionel Smit.
We have a some of his works on display at is art, come and see the master brush-strokes up close.
Grapes and Art
The winelands are as pretty as a painting; from verdant vineyards to statuesque mountains and valley vistas. Our wine valleys are living works of art, and so are the wines that come from them. Wine and art go together like crackers and cheese, and we’re not only spoilt with a wealth of natural beauty but indeed many wine estates have superlative art collections.
On the Grapes and Art excursion our Art Curator, Ilse Schermers, will personally accompany you on tours of the chosen estates. You’ll begin at Glen Carlou Wine Estate, home to the largest, privately owned contemporary art collection in the world. Then you’ll enjoy their award-winning wine while looking out over their indigenous fynbos garden. After that discover the elegant Rupert Art Museum where over 350 contemporary South African paintings, sculptures and tapestries dating from the 1940 to 1970 periods are showcased. Finish up at Tokara, and enjoy the various art exhibitions on display in and around the wine cellar and tasting room: make sure to have a peek at the ‘wine made art’ unique to the estate.
Immerse yourself in the oh-so fabulous world of Delaire Graff Estate; from the breath-taking gardens to the jaw-dropping collection of South African paintings and sculptures.
*Optional lunch at either Delaire Graff or Tokara. To Book Click Here.
Uwe Pfaff Solo Exhibition at Is Art
Is Art, South African contemporary art gallery, adjacent to us is hosting an Uwe Pfaff Solo Exhibition from 10 February to 15 March.
Uwe Pfaff boasts a long, illustrious career. He grew up in Germany and immigrated to South Africa in 1970 where he worked as a design draughtsman for an air-conditioning company. He soon went on to take art classes and thereby discovering his love for metal and sculpture work. It hasn’t always been an easy path for this determined artist, but he persevered and is now world famous for his innovative works.
This exhibition hosts all new work, and is not to be missed. The gallery opens at 10am and closes at 5pm. Make a day out of it and pop into The Common Room for breakfast or lunch beforehand.
Our Season Exhibition at is-Art
is-art, our contemporary art gallery, has opened its Season Exhibition with colourful and innovative works from all over South Africa. The exhibition will run until 4 February 2013. The gallery is open from 10am-5pm daily. Pop in for a browse then head over to The Common Room for lunch. For more info on the gallery visit their Facebook page.
Some of the works on display
The latest beauties at Is Art
These are some of the newest stunners at our contemporary fine art gallery, is art: below is a bronze sculpture from Cornelia Stoop, then, also in bronze, are chairs by Guy du Toit. Check out the red sculpture by Uwe Pfaff (we also have one in The Tasting Room), and lastly a little bit of love from Hartedief. Come for a browse and then pop in at The Common Room for a glass of bubbly.
Hop to it
We have some new friends in the sculpture garden, by artist Guy du Toit.
GUY DU TOIT was born in 1958 in Rustenburg in the North West Province. He has been consistently supported by private and public collectors, institutions, academics and fellow artists. He has been honoured with many awards and has in turn been invited to curate and adjudicate exhibitions.
The past few years have increasingly been spent on private and public commissions and in working closely with artists and businesses, especially those involved in design, communications, architecture, advertising and entertainment. Guy currently teaches part-time at the University of Pretoria and works full time from his new home and studio in Swavelpoort.
Not content to remain in Franschhoek; pieces from, is art gallery, can be found wandering the globe.
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