Pelicans at sunset

Pelicans at sunset ©Felicity Strange

Artists in Piketberg are joining hands to create awareness of the beautiful and ecologically sensitive Verlorenvlei wetland, a RAMSAR-listed site that runs all the way from the Piketberg mountain range to Elands Bay on the West Coast. This important freshwater source, rich in bird, animal, and plant life (including many rare and threatened species), is in danger of contamination by proposed mining operations upstream in the Moutonshoek Valley.

On 29 October at 19:00 the AntheA Delmotte gallery will be opening a group exhibition called “Portraying the beauty of Verlorenvlei”.

In addition, various supporting galleries – including the Everard Read Galleries in Cape Town and Johannesburg and Knysna Fine Art, and iArt – will sell works donated by established artists in support of protecting this important wetland ecosystem. These works will be on show along with an informative write-up about the Verlorenvlei and a petition against mining in the Verlorenvlei catchment area. Proceeds of these sales will go to the Verlorenvlei Coalition and the Friends of the Verlorenvlei, who work to promote sustainable development in the area and protect its biodiversity.

Piketberg – a scenic small town – is home to a very big art community of whom some are well known both locally and internationally. On 30 and 31 October the streets of Piketberg will come to life with various local artists opening their studios to the public: well-known names like Johann Louw, Sandra Hanekom, Clare Menck, MURG, and Anthea Delmotte. Some of the art schools in Piketberg will also host group shows of students’ work. Invited artists are Madelein Marincovitz and Brahm van Zyl. Artists from elsewhere will also show at various venues in and around Piketberg. Maps will be supplied and markers around town will show the way to the various open studios.
Saturday morning there is also an organic market on Piket-bo-berg with an adjacent group show.

For more information contact AntheA Delmotte at 0732817273 or anthea@lantic.net.
For more information about the open studios contact Clare Menck at 0832250059 or claremenck@patat.co.za.

We still require funding to make prints and frame donated artworks.

Please contact AntheA Delmotte at 0732817273 or anthea@lantic.net if you are able to assist. Or make a donation directly to the Verlorenvlei Coalition.
Bank details:
Krom Antonie Bewarea, Standard Bank, Branch no: 050411 Account no: 252928466

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