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Invitation to Hermanus FynArts 2017

Date created: 5 May 2017

Abalone Art Gallery invites you to the Hermanus FynArts 2017 Festival. On Saturday, 10 June, the solo exhibition by Louis van Heerden opens at 11h00 and David Goldblatt's exhibition opens at 15h00.    Read More

Invitation to Alta Botha's exhibition fore/after title by Alta Botha

Date created: 13 February 2017

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition of Alta Botha's exciting new works.    Read More

INVITATION TO EXHIBITION OPENING

Alta Botha's exhibition fore/after title

BY ALTA BOTHA

You are cordially invited to join us for the opening of the exhibition of Alta Botha's exciting new works entitled  fore/after  on Saturday, 18 February 2017 at 12h00.

Invitation to fore/after by Alta Botha

In memory of Judith Mason

Date created: 9 January 2017

When Judith Mason passed away shortly after Christmas, South Africa lost one of its most distinguished visual artists.    Read More

In memory of Judith Mason

IN MEMORIAM   1938-2016

Judith Mason

When Judith Mason passed away shortly after Christmas, South Africa lost one of its most distinguished visual artists. She leaves a wonderfully rich body of work that is too broad and varied to do justice in a single, brief note. I will therefore content myself with sharing some ideas and thoughts inspired by Judith Mason's last solo exhibition "Undiscovered Animals", which was the great pleasure and privilege of Abalone Art Gallery to host during the 2016 Hermanus FynArts Festival.

Her series of 11 pencil and multi-media drawings, created for this exhibition, expressed a recurrent theme in Judith Mason's work: the use of animalistic features to reveal the human complexities and ambiguities that often remain obscured in contemporary culture so frequently preoccupied with superficial perfection.

The works cover a broad range of subjets, from the half-playful, half-ferocious Suburban Cerberus, enacting the everyday drama of life in the suburbs, to the delightfully irreverent "Bat Madonna and her Angels", celebrating an elegant, graceful ballet of bats populating a universe so much vaster than fragile humankind can begin to grasp.

Suburban Cerberus by Judith Mason Bat Madonna and her Angels by Judith Mason Hominid II by Judith Mason The Judge and his Muse by Judith Mason

In a similar vein, "Hominid II" reflects powerfully on the fragility of human existence driven and propelled in a world increasingly dominated by the power of machinery and technical perfection, symbolised by the most primordial tool, the axe.

In "The Judge and his Muse", Judith Mason – always deeply aware of her political and social environment – captures and reveals the underlying structures of power in a society where the law serves only the interest of the rich and influential, without respect for the dignity of the individual.

Yoruba Death Leopard by Judith Mason The Very Last Cat by Judith Mason Blaasvissie in a Bird's Nest by Judith Mason

Most poignant, in hindsight, is her drawing entitled, "Yoruba Death Leopard", inspired by a poem of the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria, "Beautiful death who puts on a spotted robe when he goes to his victim", which speaks to the profound intimacy with death, paired with apprehension, that accompanies all humanity.

Hominid I by Judith Mason Creature of Greefswald by Judith Mason Family Menagerie II: Pan's Kid by Judith Mason A Bird for LeVaillant by Judith Mason

With her supreme command of the technique of pencil drawing, Judith Mason revealed in this show a strikingly vivid and diverse portrayal of human nature, revealed with almost surgical precision yet with the immense compassion and interest that fuelled all of Judith Mason's works.

"The series of drawings […] all seem to have an originality which is natural even though some may appear contrary to the laws of nature. To me each work contains a unique exploration of the mystery of life in terms of what man is, or wants to be, in a world of bad inference – a broken world full of mysterious truths." (Muller Ballot, Introduction: Undiscovered Animals, p. 5)

With deep sorrow, I thank Judith, who enriched my life beyond words not only as a masterful artist, but also as a warm and loving friend.

Ortrud Mulder

Abalone Art Gallery   2 Harbour Road (The Courtyard) Hermanus 7200

Season's Greetings 2016

Date created: 21 December 2016

2016 was again an interesting and successful year for Abalone Art Gallery.    Read More

Season's Greetings

Season's greetings

BUSINESS HOURS DURING THE 2016/2017 FESTIVE SEASON

24 December 2016
25 December 2016
26 December 2016

10:00–13:00
Closed
10:00–13:00

27–30 December 2016
31 December 2016
1 January 2017

10:00–16:00
10:00–13:00
Closed

2016 Hermanus FynArts Festival: 10-19 June 2016

Date created: 6 June 2016

EXHIBITION OPENING: 11 June 2016.
Abalone Art Gallery is delighted to invite you to the 2016 Hermanus FynArts Festival.    Read More

In line with this year's festival theme of "French Connection", Abalone Art Gallery will show a solo exhibition of works by Nel Erasmus, "Abstraction into Motion." The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.
Opening:  Saturday, 11 June 2016 at 12:00
Speaker:  Dawid Ras
The artist will be present.

Abalone Art Gallery is also hosting an exhibition of recent drawings by Judith Mason – Undiscovered Animals.
Opening: Saturday, 11 June 2016 at 15:00
Speaker: Mandie van der Spuy
The artist will be present.

Judith Mason's latest book, "The Minds Eye" will be on sale at the opening, and the artist will be available to sign the books.

As part of the FynArts Festival, Abalone Art Gallery is also presenting a GROUP EXHIBITION – Visions and Illusions – with select works of the gallery's artists: Alta Botha, Lien Botha, Christoff Barnard, Elzaby Laubscher, Pat Kagiso Mautloa, André Naudé, Lynette ten Krooden, Jeannette Unite, Louis van Heerden and Kristin Hua Yang and sculptures by Mariki Chin, Gordon Froud, Shepherd Ndudzo, Carl Roberts, Anton Smit, Susanna Swart, Strydom van der Merwe and Herman van Nazareth.
For further information, please see the attached flyer.

We look forward to your visit.

Abalone Art Gallery, 2 Harbour Road (The Courtyard), Hermanus. Phone: 028-313 2935. Email: art@abalonegallery.co.za

Jeannette Unite's "Mining – our Heritage": 12 December 2015

Date created: 24 November 2015

Abalone Art Gallery invites you to a preview on Saturday, 12 December 2015, at noon of Jeannette Unite's artworks for the exhibition.    Read More

VIEW WORKS ON DISPLAY AT ABALONE ART GALLERY

Abalone Art Gallery invites you to a preview on Saturday, 12 December 2015, at noon of Jeannette Unite's artworks for the exhibition "Mining – our Heritage", on exhibition at the Altes Museum am Ostwall in Dortmund, Germany during March-April 2016 as part of the touring exhibition "Complicit Geographies".

Complicit Geographies by Jeannette Unite

An installation of ‘geo-seam’ mineral strata paintings, commemorating William Smith's archives and his geological soil map of England and Wales from 1815. The paintings incorporate embedded text from Smith's archives at Oxford University and include the very minerals that Smith described in his pioneering strata map. "Complicit Geographies" will continue its tour around Germany, England, and Southern Africa as part of the United Nation's ‘Year of Soil’.

The artist will be present on 12 December 2015 at Abalone Art Gallery, 2 Harbour Road (The Courtyard), Hermanus. Phone: 028-313 2935.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE COMPLETE INVITATION

Jeannette Unite exhibits at Exeter University in October 2015

Date created: 22 September 2015

Jeannette Unite – MFA (Masters in Fine Arts with Distinction) at Michaelis School of Fine Arts    Read More

JEANNETTE UNITE (MFA (Masters in Fine Arts with Distinction) at Michaelis School of Fine Arts) is working with Oxford Earth Science Department creating a geo-seam of paintings using British minerals in response to William STRATA Smith's 1815 geology map. Unite's mineral artworks will be installed at Exeter University in October 2015 and in exhibitions scheduled for 2016 in Canada, USA and Dortmund (Germany). CLICK HERE TO VIEW JEANNETTE'S BIOGRAPHY

Boekvoorlesing deur Lien Botha uit haar debuutroman Wonderboom

Date created: 10 September 2015

Gehou Saterdag 19 September om 11h00 in die Abalone Galery.    Kliek vir meer besonderhede

Book reading by Lien Botha from her debut Wonderboom
VAN LINKS NA REGS
Noel en Beth Hunt van Hemingways Boekwinkel, Lien Botha,
Mariki Chin en Ortrud Mulder van Abalone Gallery
(Foto: Hermanus Times)
 

Lien Botha is een van Abalone Galery se drie kunstenaars wat verlede jaar by UCT hulle Masters met onderskeiding ontvang het. Lien in "CREATIVE WRITING"; die ander twee in "FINE ARTS": Alta Botha en Jeannette Unite.

Aangesien Lien se kuns-fotografie al jare in die galery wys ("Anthology" – eenman uitstalling in 2009) het sy en Abalone Galery saam besluit om haar debuutroman "Wonderboom" met 'n boekvoorlesing bekend te stel. Hierdie roman gaan in 2016 deel wees van 'n Suid-Afrika Week in Nederlandse en Belgiese boekwinkels. 'n Wonderlike geleentheid vir 'n debuutroman van 'n Suid-Afrikaanse skrywer.
 

Boekvoorlesing deur Lien Botha uit haar debuutroman Wonderboom

Three artists with Masters degrees (distinction)

Date created: 10 April 2015

In 2014, three artists of the gallery completed their Master's Degree at the University of Cape Town with distinction.    Read More

In 2014, three artists of the gallery completed their Master's Degree at the University of Cape Town with distinction.

After their commendable academic success, these artists are currently also engaged in exciting projects at home and abroad:

ALTA BOTHA (MA in Fine Arts at Michaelis School of Fine Arts)
Alta is currently working on a multi-media project in the Cape Town Waterfront.

LIEN BOTHA (MA in Creative Writing at University of Cape Town) is well-known for her very special narrative photography. She will exhibit in a group show LES REVENANTS PROJETS, 22 May- 20 September in Bordeaux (France)

Lien will also be one of five writers to take part in the week of AFRIKAANSE WRITERS in the Netherlands and in Belgium.

JEANNETTE UNITE (MA in Fine Arts at Michaelis School of Fine Arts) is currently planning three solo exhibitions in Europe for the next 12-month period - in Oxford and Exeter (UK) and in Dortmund (Germany).

Lynette Ten Krooden Exhibition - "African Mystique"

Date created: 16 August 2013

21 September 2013 - 15 November 2013   Read More

The artist will open the exhibition with a visual presentation of her research work and her artistic career of thirty years.

LYNETTE TEN KROODEN

"African Mystique"
New work on canvas and on paper
21 September - 15 November 2013

Tel: 028 313 2935
www.abalonegallery.co.za

The exhibition will start on 21 September at noon

Hermanus Fynarts Festival

Date created: 27 May 2013

6 June 2013 - 16 June 2013    Read More

During the Hermanus Fynarts Festival (7 - 16 June 2013) Abalone Art Gallery will show:

Judith Mason