Knysna Arts Society Annual General Meeting 2021
The AGM was held via Zoom on 27 March 2021.
The minutes can be found within our Newsletter 2/2021
United Emergence KAS Members Group Exhibition
We hosted a KAS Members Group Exhibition entitled “UNITED EMERGENCE” from 23-27 April 2021 at the Old Gaol. These dates coincided with the Pink Loerie Reunion.
A total of 22 local Artists participated in the exhibition. The Old Gaol was alive with art, an incredible display showing the diverse talents of visual artists in Knysna.
We will include a video album of the event soon
Knysna Art Project
Visit Knysna and the Knysna Art Society invite artists, crafters, designers and creatives living in the Greater Knysna area to participate in the development of an interactive art route.
Knysna is one of the most beautiful towns in South Africa and has historically been positioned as a home of world-class art in the Western Cape.
Now, the Knysna Interactive Art Project will deploy art installations at iconic spots in the greater Knysna area – to create adventure, passion and those perfect Instagram moments.
There are now in 2021 more than one billion Instagram users with two billion expected by 2023. And with 80 million photos being uploaded onto Instagram every single day, visitors to Knysna will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding that picture-perfect setting to share on social media platforms.
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.
The goal being to provide a ‘Veni. Vidi. Amavi. We came, we saw, we loved’ experience right here on the Garden Route.
The project started in 2020 when Visit Knysna invited artists, crafters and creatives in the area to come up with ideas for an interactive art route that would capture the hearts of visitors, but also showcase the region’s natural assets.
Knysna Executive Mayor Ricky van Aswegen called this project one of the most exciting the town has embarked on in recent years. “Now more than ever, we need to build our tourism offerings. The interactive installations at view sites and cultural centres will encourage visitors to branch out and explore the entire greater Knysna area – and experience the unique and diverse nature of what we have to offer,” said Van Aswegen.
GM of Visit Knysna Colleen Durant explained this will showcase the very best of Knysna’s iconic locations by involving arts and the community. “Combining our most beautiful and photographed spots with art installations from our talented community of artists, will ensure we reverberate around the world,” she said.
The Knysna Art Society is working hard behind the scenes to make it all happen. Chairman Helena Gerber believes that this is just the sort of initiative that is needed to put the area back on the map as an art and culture destination. “In addition, the introduction of an art route linking installations, galleries, studios, artists and crafters with visitors will help to reinvigorate our local economy,” she said.
Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris said: “It is very exciting to see this creative project coming to life. I believe that interactive art illustrates a sense of creativity and cultural vibrancy, and promotes tourism. I hope residents and tourists alike will come and explore the greater Knysna area, engage with the art and all that the destination has to offer.”
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.
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.
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Scava Old Masters Exhibition
The Southern Cape Association of Visual Artists (SCAVA) have agreed to schedule the Knysna based Old Masters Exhibition in July to coincide with the Knysna Oyster Festival.
South Cape artists went all out copying Old Master paintings.
KAS Members are encouraged to submit entries for consideration by the Organising Committee as soon as you can, or before the end of May 2021.
There is an entry fee of R50.00 per work
Include the following information with your digital submission.
- Your name and contact details.
- The Title of the work, the dimensions and the medium used.
- Old Masters. Name of Artist and Title of Work that was your inspiration.
- Date of the Work.
- Include photographs of good quality (squared images with no peripheral background. Just the painting.
Submissions will be accepted until the end of May 2021.
Please Email your submissions to email@example.com
The Pink Loerie Foundation - The Reunion
The Pink Loerie Foundation – The Reunion, is scheduled to dust the Garden Route town in glitter from 23 to 27 April this year.
The foundation’s John O’Neil said that the programme will be released by mid-March. “All necessary COVID-19 prevention protocols will be adhered to, but we look forward to letting our hair down with the locals in April.”
“The pandemic and everything surrounding it has affected us all, and many of us are still facing challenges that will take a long while to overcome,” he said. “This reunion will give all of us a chance to just have fun. Not to mention the economic potential it holds for Knysna and the many local charities that benefit from it.”
Knysna Arts Society Members interested in participating in a group exhibition are encouraged to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before 30 March 2021.
The exhibition venue will be announced at a later date.
For more info on the Pink Loerie Foundation visit the website.
Knysna Oyster Festival 2021
Visit Knysna is excited to announce that the Knysna Oyster Festival will take place from 9 to 18 July 2021.
Local artists, performers and anyone who is keen to be involved in promoting their creative skills – these can include arts and crafts lessons, yoga classes and even knowledge-based webinars – are invited to register their event here.