Art Expo's
Susan Smuts
Susan's style is a combination of boldness, colour and spirituality inspired by her life experiences.
Her work is vibrant and alive with a subtle message for those who seek it. Inspiration is drawn from all spheres of the creative world around us, be it music, art, theatre or literature.

Susan studied BA Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria, after which she travelled Europe and England.

She has done book illustrations, theatre backdrops, interior decoration, shop display and design.
Her murals grace private homes, a Dutch Reformed Church, a Hindu Temple and various townhouse complex entrances.

Since 1992, she has had 25 solo exhibitions at prominent
galleries such as Pretoria Art Museum, Association of Art Pretoria, Alette Wessels, Tina Skukan and Paarl Gallery in the Western Cape, as well as numerous group exhibitions, nationally as well as abroad.

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Alexander Laurean    
Born in South Africa, Alexander attended  the Pretoria based National School of Arts, Pro Arte Alphen Park where he specialised in Drama and Theatrical design. He started under South African make-up artist and production designer Louisa Beukes and worked with her for a number of years.

He completed his BA(Drama)(Hons) at the University of Pretoria. Here he directed, wrote and designed a number a productions including two that went to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. After graduating, he apprenticed under South African artist Susan Smuts for a number of years culminating in a number of group exhibitions. In 2008 he left South Africa to tour Asia.

His work is mainly done in oil colours, but he explores with many other mediums. Works tend to be of dream states and the subconscious, and there is a strong theme of magical realism in the work.

His art works have been exhibited in South Korea, China, the University of Pretoria, The Mind’s Eye Art Gallery, the Tina Skukan Art Gallery and the Christo Coetzee Art Museum. 

He currently works from his home based in Leeds, United Kingdom.

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Maritha van Amerom Coetzee
South African born artist, Maritha van Amerom Coetzee finds inspiration from daily life, as well as from her European roots. It is fragments from her past that strongly influences her mark making. In her art she explores the various facets of being human and the interconnectedness between the present and the past.

She uses the body as platform for the known and the obvious, but also for the unknown and the not at all obvious – the emotional and the spiritual, that which makes us unique.

Maritha works with whatever medium speaks to her in that time and space. She strives to explore and understand her subject matter as well as the chosen media and appreciate the accidental element of surprise in every work.

‘I paint from experience. I observe – and I express through art. The dualities of life, the good and the ‘seemingly bad’ all contribute to the final whole. It is a process of unraveling, which can take a lifetime.’

Having her masters degree in psychology she is fascinated by the link between the psyche and art. There is always a connection – between the artist and the work, but also between the viewer and the final art piece. She enjoys word play when it comes to the titling of her work – ‘It offers the viewer additional information to create their own personal connection.’

Maritha has been part of numerous group as well as solo exhibitions. Her work can be seen in South African galleries and private collections across the world.

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Dawid Theron    
  An exhibition of works by Dawid Theron that include pen and watercolour sketches of Tulbagh’s Church Street architecture, charcoal drawings of wildlife and acrylic paintings of a cityscape and a wildlife scene.

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, Charcoal on Paper, Pen & Watercolour on Paper

Gordon Williams    
  Gordon Williams lives in Riebeek Kasteel, Painting mostly landscapes of this area , acrylic on canvas , and usually 'en plaine aire'
John Bauer - Ceramicist    
John Bauer is an established Cape Town ceramicist who has exhibited world-wide and was collected by two museums before the age of 30.

He is globally recognised for his unusual, cutting edge porcelain using Sung Dynasty techniques. The images rise above the surface of the clay as positive ‘expressions’ from the clay’s surface. There is always a surprise factor in his work. John Bauer pushes the limits of what is technically possible in ceramics, while maintaining a sense of sentimentality - full of light and translucency, love is a central theme.

His signature bowls carry his artwork of mythical creatures and angels whispering words of wisdom and love.
Annette du Plessis    
  Uit die Bloute - Landskappe, blomme, stillewens, portrette - alles wat uit die bloute na haar toe kom, wil sy skilder.

Out of the Blue - landscapes, flowers, still lives and portraits - everything that comes her way, inspires her to paint.

Salon des Refuses

  Salon des Refuses features works by a diverse and exciting group of artists:

Rochelle Jeanne Beresford
Vernon Swart - Artist
Louis Stroh-Art
Gert Vlok Nel - Die Offisiële Blad
Tanja Erasmus
Lex van Heerden
Hendre Retief
Gerhard Vlok
Neels Venter
Johan Smit

With the number of artists participating in this group, it is hard to pinpoint exactly what mediums and how many works there will be, but you can be assured that this will be a very diverse and exciting group exhibition.
Wineland Artists    
  An exhibition by various Wineland Artists - Fawa Conradie, Victor Harley Art, Laura du Toit Clay Art, Art By Anne van der Westhuizen, Nanette Ranger Artist, Theresa-Jo en Jan Wolmarans.
Kervin Cupido    

  Born in South Africa, 12 July 1966 in Paarl, near Cape Town.

Kervin Cupido’s love of visual art and observation of people at work and play developed through his school years. He quickly learnt to use his talent to express himself in truly mixed media, often including sculpture.One of his greatest fortunes is to have Selwyn Pekeur (his old school teacher) as his mentor in life and art.

In 1999 Kervin travelled to Germany to attend a painting and sculpture workshop – this greatly influenced his style and use of material and colour. His works were later part of the group exhibition held later in Hamburg.

Since this date Kervin’s work has been widely exhibited internationally and collected in the U.S.A., U.K., Denmark, Holland, Germany, Australia with commissioned work hanging in the Parliament Buildings of South Africa. His work has also been used as part of the campaign for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. He is also a Founder member of the E’bezweni Artgroup (Solomon Siko, Kervin Cupido,Selwin Pekeur and Dylan Denyssen).!bio/c1xfq
Susan Proctor,Ronel Bakker and Anita van Zyl
Two artists and a ceramacist will be exhibiting at the Oude Kerk.

Cape Town artist, :Susan Proctor Hume, specialises in oil on canvas, mixed media, any aesthetic design including remodeling of furniture and home makeovers.

The clay studio  of  Ronel Bakker Keramiek is situated in the shadows of the Klein Winterhoek Mountains. Living in a rural village surrounded by more nature than technology, allows free thinking and organic transformation in all her work.

With very little interference, she merely acts as a guide, allowing her medium to take the shape it was meant to be. Whether it is a bowl, a jug or a vase, she feels honoured to be a part of the new life forming under her hands.

Anita van Zyl:
Since childhood, it has been drawing and colour that has brought the best out of life for this artist and it has been a constant source of calm, escape and joy.....

Anita only have formal art education till grade 12 and although she really wanted to study art it wasn't possible and studied something else. After a lot of twists and turns life gave her another chance at living her dream. She loves the freedom to create a mood and tell a story, and it brings her immense pleasure when others can share in this experience through her paintings and sketches.

A two month stay in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2011, gave her the "courage" to venture. This is why she follows her heart and her dreams and although not always the easy road to take, she takes the one less travelled because she simply has to.

Painting in oils and sketching in charcoal and pastels really encouraged her self-expression, and she feel this aspect of her art truly came into bloom when she (long since childhood) began using these media as a student of first Marié Stander and then Jeanne Hendriks.

Her current theme which includes the motion of flight and freedom which she expresses in the birds (eagles and swallows) she depict in her work, shows her longing for freedom, beauty and honesty which comes from nature. This is something she experience first hand when going to a small piece of land in te Overberg district - a small piece of heaven.

Another twist of this almost "obsession" is her eagerness to show the relation between nature and man.... to be seen in daily life and her experience of it.
Vernon Swart    

  Vernon Swart - Artist was born in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch, obtaining a Masters Degree in 1986. He taught painting, drawing and History of Art in Cape Town and Stellenbosch from 1986 – 1998. Since then he has been working as a full-time artist from his studio in Stellenbosch.

Although his work covers various genres, he is best known for his landscapes and nudes, reflecting a highly refined, yet evocative realist style. He works on paper and canvas, in a variety of different mediums.

Swart’s first solo exhibition was entitled ARNISTON (Stellenbosch 1989). Since then he has presented many exhibitions, amongst which were MIRAGE (Pretoria 2000), BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS (Franschhoek 2007) and SIX GUNS (Stellenbosch 2011). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including shows in London, New York, Amsterdam, The Bahamas and Namibia.

He is currently working on two projects. The first is an exhibition entitled NAMAKWALAND, to be presented in Okiep in August, 2013. The second is a series of works featuring the Breede River and its environs, to be presented at the River Breeze Conference Centre in Witsand, the date still to be determined.

He accepts selected commissions.
Philip de Vos - Award-winning Author Showcases Photography at De Oude Drostdy During Tulbagh Arts Festival

The fifth annual Tulbagh Arts Festival returns with a bang to the third oldest town in South Africa and promises to keep arts and culture lovers entertained over the weekend of 11 to 13 September.

Afrikaans literature lovers are in for a treat as Philip de Vos, award-winning author of books like Moenie ‘n mielie kielie nie, Vincent van Gogga  and Mallemeuleman, will be exhibiting photographs from his series Milieu and The Journey at De Oude Drostdy, home of Drostdy-Hof wines.  On 12 September Philip will perform songs based on some of his best-known works set to music by Albie Louw. He will be accompanied at the piano by Tertia Visser-Downie.

De Vos who, since 1984, has written more than 25 books, mainly light verse and limericks, was born in Bloemfontein and is an ex-teacher and ex-opera singer of more than 40 character roles.  One of his biggest interests is photography.  In 2006 he published Milieu, a book with more than 130 creative South Africans that he has photographed over the years.  Some of these images will be on show at the exhibition at De Ou de Drostdy during the festival.

He has received various literary and other prizes over the years, most recently the KykNET Achievement Award for his contribution to music, literature and the visual arts in South Africa.

The exhibition will be open to the public on:
11 September from 09:00 to 16:30
12 September from 10:00 to 13:00 (followed by the concert) and
13 September from 10:00 to 13:00.

Tickets for the concert cost R100 per person and welcome drinks will be served from the Drostdy-Hof range.  For more information or to book, contact De Oude Drostdy on 023 230 0203 or Joëlene Hitchcock on

For more information on the Tulbagh Arts Festival, please visit or contact the Tulbagh information office on 021 230 1375.

During the festival weekend, wine tastings will be offered at De Oude Drostdy at R20 per head. Museum tours are free.   Be sure to taste Drostdy-Hof’s Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, as these wines are now also available in 750ml bottle packaging.

De Oude Drostdy, today a national monument, is filled with a fascinating collection of early Cape furniture, antiques and artefacts, including an amazing collection of old record players. A former courthouse, it has a dungeon where visitors can sample wine by candle light in what must rank as one of the most unusual tasting venues! Wines can also be enjoyed on the veranda with its magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. 

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JULY 16, 2015
Nelia Retief
Feb 2012 – In 2012 I rediscovered my talents and embraced my creativity as a painter. I have started building a portfolio to showcase my eclectic style, and have used some of my personal experiences as inspiration.

After a dry spell spanning many years, I picked up my brush and started to paint again this year.  I am thoroughly enjoying subjects such as landscapes and animals, working with acrylic allows me to express the resplendent textures and incredible depth of some of Mother Nature’s finest blessings.

An artist’s style often experiences an ebb and flow portraying some of our deepest emotions and feelings, and I find myself leaning towards a relaxed painting style with impressionistic inspirations and undertones.

And I am finding the experience of being able to portray the emotion and personality of the animals in my work a rewarding and moving one. And my portfolio is growing in leaps and bounds, and I am looking forward to an exciting journey as I embark on my artistic voyage.

1985 - Matriculated at Jan van Riebeeck High School, excelling in art studies in her matric year.
1986 – 1987 Studied Fine Art at Cape Technikon under Jan Vermeiren.
1988 – 1999 Worked as financial broker for Old Mutual in Cape Town
1999 – 2001 Moved to Tulbagh and owned Pieter Potter Restaurant
2001 – 2006 Worked as financial broker for Old Mutual in Ceres
2005 – current Estate Agent & branch manager of Seeff Tulbagh
Rochelle Bereford, 40 Church Street
Rochelle se uitstalling vir die TJ Tulbagh Kunste Fees is getitel “Down to Earth”

Plaaslike kunstenaar vir baie jare wat tans in Gouda woonagtig is. Het met entoesiasme weer haar kleiwerk aangepak plat op die aarde modderkoekies te bak. Haar hande instinktief die klei gevoel en gevorm. Ek het amper vergeet hoe passievol ek oor klei is, die speel met klei het my terug gebring na waar als begin het.....die mens is gevorm uit klei.... die eerste houers om voedsel in te stoor was in klei gemaak....entoesiasme vir die vorming van klei het weer deel geword van my lewe.

Rooi erdeware klei uit ons eie bodem, Tulbagh bakstene opgemaal en met water gemeng. Gebrei en gevorm, teksture, krake en klippe was deel van speel met vorm en dan die loutering in die pottebakkers oond tot elke laaste druppel water afgedryf is. Hard soos klip.  Soms het ek ook gelouter geword deur uitdagings.

Beurt krag het ‘n groot rol gespeel in my kreatiewe gedagtes, kerse word uitgehaal beeldjies en duimpotte word houers om die drippende was op te vang.
"My gedagtes hol weg met idees, die weduwee se kruik, die kruike vol olie, die water in wyn, spirituele gebede, laat daar lig wees..... Ek  is die klei vorm my en maak my net soos U wil Heer......AMEN."
Tina Nel    
Tina Nel does magical realism on a small scale. She works mainly in oil on canvas, and her subject matter ranges from feminine archetypes (mother, witch, crone, shape-shifter, prostitute, mermaid etc) to animals, dreams and alternate realities. Her work is largely autobiographical - she paints her past, present and future. Her small semi-surrealist artworks frequently have a quirky or humorous slant, and she enjoys creating works which are somewhat mysterious and open to interpretation by the viewer. As the 2014 Local Featured Artist she exhibited in Church Street; however, her works can be seen at her own studio/gallery/home on Edenhof Farm this year, which is where she usually exhibits.
Annette Barnard    
  An exhibition by local artist at her studio gallery and speciality gift shop at Paddagang.
Ian Simons    
Having lived in the Tulbagh valley for over a year now, Simons has enjoyed the rediscovery of self away from the time consuming clutter and infinite distractions the city has on offer.  The source of his inspiration has been challenged for much creativity had been motivated by, and reactionary to situations and things that do not exist in his life anymore.... and now the challenge is to rediscover and reinvent himself and his art with the privilege of time and space the valley affords.
Vasek Matousek    
Born in 1943 in Czech Republic, my road to become artist was full of obstacles. I have emigrated to South Africa in 1972 and it was here where my dream started to take on the likeness of reality.

I have studied Art in my country of birth, but now the time to go back to school was right. Supporting myself financially was not easy, but six years down the line was wonderful. National and higher diploma in fine Art was in my pocket, WOW! Many local and overseas awards witnessed  forty years of creative life. Leaving Cape Town in 1990, I moved to Tulbagh and was able to create my personal style without any influence of who does what. Instead of looking outside, I look inside myself unpacking my 'hard drive'. The ideas are endless. My dream is reality and I am full time artist
Simon Max Bannister    
Artist: Simon Max Bannister - bronze sculpture
Farm: Twee Jonge Gezellen exhibition in the underground cellar 
Title: Preflight
Time: 12-5pm
Date: Saturday 12 September
Krone MCC, oysters, food and coffee on sale. Live music on the tasting deck.

Simon Max Bannister (1982) is a visual artist, passionate about the feeling of wilderness. In this exhibition, through bronze, he focusses on birds of prey. His splintered forms reflect fractured textures, lives and landscapes. Based in Cape Town at the Bronze Age Sculpture House in Simonstown after three years at Londolozi Game Reserve as an artist in residence, he is keen to share his visions and even set fire to his work. 

Bannister has participated in multiple events such as Infecting the City, Site_Specific, AfrikaBurn, The South African National Arts Festival and was recently awarded Wildlife Artist of the year by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Caroline du Toit    
  Caroline du Toit is a student at Michaelis Art School who has a permanent exhibition of her charcoal and smoke drawings at Oakhurst Olives Tasting room.
Sally Ings, Alexander Maritz, Thea and Dorette Smith, 21 Church Street
Come and view the works of Sally Ings, Alexander Maritz, Thea and Dorette Smith.

View the acrylic and oil paintings of Sally Ings.
Oil on canvas by Alexander Maritz,
and a variety of medium by Thea Smith.

Thea Smith (gebore Rossouw) het groot geword naby Roodepoort, Gauteng en woon die afgelope15 jaar op Tulbagh. Sy het geen formele kunsopleiding ontvang nie maar het infomeel begin potlood sketse en protrette teken in potlood en ink. Daarna het die waterverf gier haar gepak en daarna met olieverf ge-eksperimenteer en dis nou nog die meduim van haar werke. Sy verf graag olie portrette, voertuie soos treine, stillewes en hou veral daarvan om die Ou Meesters se skilderye te doen.
Linda Strydom    
  Linda Strydom will be exhibiting at Montpellier.

Linda predominantly paints classic cars in Cuban street settings, inspired by a recent trip to Cuba.

Also Tulbagh inspired pieces and previously painted still lives.
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