Art lovers, seasoned art collectors and those just starting their art collections – take note that Solo Studios, an annual event that has fast made a name for itself on the events calendar, will be taking place in the Riebeek Valley from Thursday the 9th to Sunday the 12th of August.
This bespoke art experience – which attracts hundreds of art aficionados, provides a rare opportunity to visit artists in their studios to view and purchase their art straight off the easel. Art on offer ranges from highly collectable pricier originals to smaller, more affordable art works, prints, and offshoot items. So there is something for all budgets.
This will be the third year that Solo Studios will take place, following the resounding success of the inaugural event in 2016, and the proceeding – and even more successful – event in 2017.
The participating artists open their private homes and studios to a limited number of visitors over the weekend. This year’s event features 16 top artists, all of whom call the Riebeek Valley home. These artists are: Tamlin Blake, Claudia Gurwitz, Jenny Parsons, Antoinette von Saurma, Leila Fanner, Ivan Kirstein, Louisa Gerryts, Gordon Williams, Solly Smook, Andre van Vuuren, Tanya Majo, Riaan van Zyl, Raymond Oberholzer, Greta McMahon, Wiehan de Jager and Emma Willemse.
Exciting new additions to previous years’ events
Building on the unique offerings of previous years, Solo Studios 2018 will include some exciting additions such “The Art of Wine” – curated by Joseph Tongai Dhafana, one of South Africa’s leading sommeliers and a rising star in the world of wine. This aspect of Solo Studios sees a unique collaboration between the Solo Studios artists and a boutique wine producer.
“Joseph started out as a wine steward in Riebeek Kasteel, and has since developed an illustrious career in the wine industry, representing Team Zimbabwe in the recent World Wine Tasting Championships in Burgundy, France,” explains Klaus Piprek, organiser and overall driving force behind Solo Studios.
“’The Solo Sessions’ will see a select group of musicians coming together to entertain visitors throughout the weekend with ad-hoc performances and “jam-sessions”.”
Galleries, pop-up group exhibitions and cultural collaborations that are also participating in Solo Studios, and which will be open for the entire weekend, are RK Contemporary, The Gallery, The Royal Gallery, The Collaborate and Pictorex Print Studio.
Visitors encouraged to stay and get a taste of village life
“Visitors are encouraged to stay in the Valley over the entire weekend of Solo Studios, during which time they can directly engage with the participating artists in their personal workspaces, admire the group exhibitions in the galleries, and experience everything else that the valley has to offer,”
For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.solostudios.co.za and follow the link to Webtickets. A limited number of tickets are available and pre-booking is essential. For more information on Solo Studios contact Klaus Piprek on 074 209 6838, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.