This will be the 4th year running that the event will take place around Riebeek Valley and each year it has grown exponentially – attracting an increasing amount of art enthusiasts and collectors who can come and meet the artists in their studios and buy art straight off the easel.
Solo Studios, an annual event that has firmly made a name for itself on the events calendar, will be taking place in the Riebeek Valley from the 8th to the 11th of August.
This bespoke art experience provides a rare opportunity to visit acclaimed 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.
ARTS TOWN explained
A colony of acclaimed artists have made the Riebeek Valley their home – no surprise with its breathtaking views and inspirational setting. This has given birth to Arts Tourism, a new form of “industry” in this predominantly agricultural area, which has subsequently breathed new life into the economy of this rural community.
SOLO STUDIOS – Intimate Art Encounters is the showpiece art event hosted by the Riebeek Valley, which has been named “ARTS TOWN” due to the proliferation of artists, art, and related art activities found in the Valley.
“Besides Solo Studios, there are many other exhibitions, attractions and activities throughout the year, ranging from artist retreats and workshops, performances, street parties, festivals and the like”, says Astrid McLeod, owner and curator of The Gallery and RK Contemporary, the two permanent galleries in town. “We are truly blessed with the high density of creatives that call the valley home, which has validated us declaring ourselves “ARTS TOWN”!”
Among the renowned contemporary artists who have made the Riebeek Valley their home, and who will be taking part in Solo Studios 2019, are Andre van Vuuren, Emma Willemse, Jenny Parsons, Tamlin Blake and Riaan van Zyl, to name but a handful. In addition, the valley is home to a myriad of crafters and artisans – jewellers, ceramicists, potters, leather crafters, sculptors, musicians, writers, poets, wine makers, craft brewers, dance troupes and community project participants.
More about Solo Studios – Intimate Art Encounter
The core of Solo Studios is the once a year opportunity to visit the artists in their personal workspaces. Here the buyer can engage with the artists themselves, experience how their work is conceptualised and created, and buy art directly from the artist, “fresh off the easel” so to speak. For the 2019 event, 18 resident artists have been selected as participants.
Besides the artists’ studios, one can expect a range of other activities and attractions, including 6 galleries or pop-up group exhibitions, engaging art related talks, guided walkabouts by renowned art aficionados, impromptu musical events and productions.
Pre-booking is essential as access and accommodation is limited.
Because the event takes place largely within the homes and studios of the artists, access needs to be limited and controlled, and visitors are therefore strongly advised to pre-book to avoid disappointment. And since it is hosted on a long weekend, accommodation is likely to be filled rather early. Visitors are encouraged to book their accommodation well in advance on www.roomsinriebeek.co.za.
Tickets are sold through Webtickets, the link being through the website www.solostudios.co.za, and come in a variety of options. This ranges from the Premier Weekend Pass at R395.00 for the weekend, to day passes at R195.00 per day.
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