Category Archives: Art & Photography

Knysna Film Festival … Brilliant!

Knysna Film Festival … Brilliant!

Posted on: 5th November 2019| By: Marielle

Oh, man, I’ve just had so much fun at Knysna’s first-ever Film Festival. I know, I know, the programme and movie scheduling was really complicated (it put a lot of people off), the handling of tickets was organised chaos, the venues were spread out all over town. But, honestly, the standard and quality of the…
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Gallery on 103, Groot Brak

Gallery on 103, Groot Brak

Posted on: 22nd October 2019| By: Marielle

My few days in Groot Brak were spent with two very artistic “tuned-in” women … oodles of talent, thought-provoking conversations, and an appreciation of the magic in nature. Laurinda Smit, besides her day job producing a monthly local news publication with two associates, is also a mandala artist. Using a pointillist painting technique among other…
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Through a sepia lens

Through a sepia lens

Posted on: 25th September 2019| By: Marielle

A garden that contains over 66 sculptures enfolded in its dips and rises just can’t be dealt with in a single Post … but just to keep your interest piqued the works here are viewed through a different lens. Light and shade. Sepia and greyscale. The monotones allow you to look past extraneous matter and…
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Dylan Lewis and Paradys (kloof)

Dylan Lewis and Paradys (kloof)

Posted on: 17th September 2019| By: Marielle

Overwhelming. Awesome. Sensational. World class. These are all words that describe South African sculptor Dylan Lewis’s sculpture garden on Mulberry Farm in Paradyskloof (a very apt name, that!) in Stellenbosch. He started the garden himself way back in 2009, using an excavator to dig and pile up earth and mould it into dips and mounds…
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Think you can see me?

Think you can see me?

Posted on: 15th August 2019| By: Marielle

When you’re in the wilds, often what’s more special than major tick-off sightings is simply to sit quietly and observe animal behaviour, their interactions with each other … and you … as the case may be. You are now in their territory, where it’s the wild animals that direct operations and call the shots. Clearly…
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Berlin in black and white

Berlin in black and white

Posted on: 20th June 2019| By: Marielle

Yes, we are back from our five-week adventure in New York, Prague and Berlin . . . and it is wonderful to be home and into some, sort of, kind of, semblance of a routine again. But the experiences, the art and architecture, and the spirit of each place will still live on for a…
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Berlin’s East Side

Berlin’s East Side

Posted on: 13th June 2019| By: Marielle

According to the guidebooks, the East side of Berlin is where the cool, hip dudes hang out. Think decayed grunge areas that are now attracting artists and creatives and young free-thinking individuals to settle in and do their thing. Of course we couldn’t leave Berlin without saying we’d been there. Also, there’s the East Side…
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Pergamon, Museumsinsel

Pergamon, Museumsinsel

Posted on: 11th June 2019| By: Marielle

Museumsinsel, or Museum Island, really is an island created by two arms of the Spree River which runs right through the city of Berlin. It has a whole assemblage of art and archaeological museums, and the one that piqued our interest the most was Pergamon, built between 1909 and 1930 and filled with ancient art…
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Schloss Charlottenburg & Picasso

Schloss Charlottenburg & Picasso

Posted on: 10th June 2019| By: Marielle

Hard to believe that this grand palatial complex was built as a summer residence for the wife of a 17th-century ruler. It is so lavish and opulent, filled with Rococo-style gilt, mythological ceiling frescoes, tapestries, gorgeous silver and gold objets d’art, statues and cherubs, exquisite painted porcelain from China and Japan, as well as lacquered…
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Prague’s Astounding Architecture

Prague’s Astounding Architecture

Posted on: 6th June 2019| By: Marielle

Sun-gilded buildings on the Old Town Square at around 8 p.m. One day left in Prague — we have explored it on foot from top to bottom, taken trams and the metro, and feel we’ve done it justice — but I can’t leave without taking another look at the astounding architecture. Every time you turn…
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