March 2018 Art Route

31 March – 1 April 2018

List of Artists and Guest Artists:

IVAN TROLLIP (no. 5) Painting, Prints
CATHERINE BRENNON Ceramics and Raku firing

LIZ VAN DEN BERG (no. 7) Painting, Japanese Fish Prints (Gyotaku)

JOSHUA MILES (no. 9) Woodcut Mono Prints + Reduction Woodcut Prints

NIËL JONKER (no. 11) Landscape Painting, Bronze

KALI VAN DER MERWE (no. 13) Fine Art Photography, Bell Jar Installations

AMANDA JEPHSON (no. 14) Oil Painting, Etching

BRENDA PARKER (no.16) Jewellery

PHILIP JOHN (no.18) Sculpture, Drawing

JAN VINGERHOETS (no.19) Functional Art


 Offering a once-off set of gift cards to celebrate our 10th Birthday 


Meet our guest artists for the March 31 – 1 April 2018 Art Route

The Baardskeerdersbos Art Route exhibits guest artists along with the core group of artists who live in the area. This enriches the experience, adding diversity and variety. We have and continue to host established artists of a professional and accomplished calibre as well as artists who are just starting out or returning to their creativity and exercising their exhibition wings.

come explore …

Catherine Brennon at no.5

Catherine Brennon is a professional potter living in Hermanus. Her first encounter with RAKU was in 1978 when American potter, Hal Reiger, introduced this method of firing to South Africa at the Living Arts Exhibition. Catherine holds a B.Tech degree in ceramics and is best known for her ceramic Dream Boxes, Fynbos mugs and lace impressed bowls. Her work is available at the Open Studio’s weekend, and throughout the year at the B.Bos Galley.

Catherine Brennon is the guest artist of Ivan Trollip

Lainy Carpenter at no.5

Lainy Carpenter says of her work “I just meditatively paint!!”

Lainy Carpenter is the guest artist of Ivan Trollip

Willem Pretorius at no.9

Willem is from Stella in the Kalahari. He is currently living in Rosendal in the Eastern Free State with his florist wife and eight kids.

The medium he works with is oil on canvas. His style can best be described as “contemporary realism”. His work is mainly autobiographical and has a strong rural South African vernacular.

The purpose of painting these often mundane scenes of small town revival and decay, is to document the buildings and residents – to remember them when they are no longer there. Almost like snapshots, a type of, if visual, diary of the Platteland.

The artist wants the viewer to stop and see through his eyes for a moment, not the eyes of a mere casual passer-by or tourist, but those of an insider, an inhabitant in order to connect with the landscape on a very personal level.

Willem Pretorius is the guest artist of Joshua Miles

Siobhan Twomey at no.11

Siobahn Twomey is from Stanford. Her painterly canvasses of forest scenes haunt and enchant.

Siobahn Twomey is the guest artist of Niel Jonker

Leli Hoch at no.11

Leli Hoch was born in Germany into a family of artists, writers and musicians. She lives in Stanford, South Africa.
She studied Sociology, Psychology and Educational Sciences, and holds a MA in Educational Sciences.
Working in the outdoor tourism industry led to living an adventurous life in intimate connection with nature and, closing the circle of her roots, initiated her into working as a land artist.

Leli Hoch is a site-specific land artist. In all her art she deals with the idea of Cosmos as a complete, orderly, harmonious system versus Chaos as the inherent unpredictability in the behavior of a complex system.
She aims to see and express, with material found on site, what a certain place means, what it is trying to tell us. A land-artwork or nature-artwork, in her mind, gathers attention and highlights the relationship between a man-made intervention and the surrounding landscape, both as an artistic endeavor and as a commentary on the disturbed interaction between Homo Sapiens and Planet Earth.

She sometimes creates ad hoc, spontaneously, unplanned with focus on process but more often works on conceptual projects for longer periods. She employs the lightest possible footprint using collected materials, earth pigments, leaves, bark, ashes, as well as making paint with simple means.

Leli Hoch is the guest artist of Niel Jonker

Gillian Hahn at no.13

Gillian Hahn is a  plein air, process landscape artist working in very thick, impasto style oil paint on box canvas. Her strong strokes are very free and loose in movement. She paints with an emotional depth that shows her love for Nature, the Universe and Everything.

Gillian Hahn is the guest artist of Kali van der Merwe

Bamboesina van die See at no.13

Bamboesina is washed up See Bamboes, tangled in fishing line and plastics

She comes from our local seashore where bamboes (seaweed) is abundant, strong and beautiful. But people disregard it, as if it is a weed, like taaibos, or like penguin guano, to be removed or tamed.

She comes from local bamboes bays where she is part of the sea life. One day, Bamboesina became uprooted, tossed around in the tides, to and fro, and ended up on the shore, drying and dying, giving her life back to the sea and sand for others to feast on.

On the beach she is part of the tide’s plastic debris curve – her hair, legs and roots infested and tangled – which becomes part of the beach’s staple diet

Through the character Bamboesina, I attempt to make sense of and express my care, concern, desires for nature and myself in many different creative ways.

Bamboesina represents wild unspoiled nature and all the underdogs in nature. And she stands up for them. She is a muse

With this easter full moon installation I would like to express some of the overwhelming emotion I feel in the tides of sea life and death – the beauty and horror – scary mary sacramentos

By creating a small shrine space with a sea coffin and wreaths, I give recognition to sea life water’s death. Death mainly represented in the form of beach plastic fishing gut I am bombarded with. A little space where we can each say a prayer, a moment for self and sea and sadness and joy and to mourn what is dear and bless what is left.

Making wreaths from the tangled fishing gear after most of the bamboes and smaller kelp has been untangled, feels right. It is an offering . a ritual . a dedication. a thought . a moment. a memory. a halo

Bamboesina van die See is the guest artist of Amanda Jephson

Jean Bradshaw at no.16

I trained as a scientist and only I took up photography as a hobby in 2005.  I have done numerous workshops in different aspects of photography with the aim of improving my visual literacy and photoshop techniques.  I am a member of Full Spectrum, a small group of ladies with a passion for photography, and the Cape Town Photographic Society.  As a member of both groups, I have exhibited images in some of Cape Town galleries.

My interests lie in outdoor photography, mainly landscapes, seascapes, and nature.  More recently, I have become interested in digital photographic art. My love of the outdoors and nature has led me to experiment with the art techniques of layering multiple images in and out of camera, as well as camera movement.  The images I will be exhibiting as a guest artist at Baardskeedersbos are the results of my work to date.

Jean Bradshaw is the guest artist of Brenda Parker

Robert Nzaou-Kissolo at no.16

Robert Nzaou-Kissolo, is a Congolese photographer born in Congo Brazzaville who lives between Cape Town in South Africa and Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo.

His work has been featured in various online and print publications such as, between10and5,,, and Sawubona, the South African Airways in-flight magazine, amongst others.

Solo exhibition  : Basango cultural centre, Pointe Noire, Congo 2015
Solo exhibition:  Alliance Francaise du Cap, Cape Town, South Africa 2016
Group exhibition: Portraits, Orms School of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa 2016
Group exhibition:  IPS –Flowers of my soul, Italy 2016
Group exhibition: Baardskeerdersbos Art Route Sept 2017
3rd Prize: VIII Photographic Contest Objetivo África
Editors choice, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards portrait category
2017 LagosPhoto, National Geographic Portfolio Review shortlisted

About the work
The photos I will be exhibiting are part of my photo series called “Night Flowers”

“They say a person can reach enlightenment by observing a single plant closely over an extended period of time. I had the privileged treat of a sneak peak at Robert Nzaou Kissolo’s new photographic exploration of plants and felt a little closer to life’s secrets. As we stood in a small dark space at a friend’s house being shown his recent work I experienced a wonderful full-body wash of colour and nature.

The vivid colours against a pitch black background, the juxtaposition of bold and subtle was an exquisite reminder of the magnificent plant kingdom we live amongst. It was like an intravenous shot of beauty, joy and hope.

He has taken local plants we see daily and elevated them to supermodel status. Fynbos, Straelizias and Aloes -amongst others – as I have never seen them before. “I wasn’t actually photographing the plants initially, I was playing with the light” he said. The result is that unexpected likenesses, colours and luminescent translucence emerge. His joy, playfulness and surprising discoveries shine through the pictures to the viewer as though the photos themselves are glowing. We suddenly see aspects of our world we didn’t know exist just because he turned his solar light on them and invited them to pose.

“I found myself talking to the plants and coaxing them as though they were human models” he told us, “I discovered each plant and flower has a unique personality.” And this can be seen in the atmospheric images he has captured. Depending on the personality of the plant and the relationship between the model and the lens, some of these plants saucily reveal hidden parts of themselves to their intimate voyeur while others stand proud and rigid, maintaining their dignity or mystique.

Don’t miss the chance to see this. There is something in this collection for everyone – those who prefer strong lines for modern minimalist apartments, those who love a jumble of nature all around and those who are sensitive and like to be inspired to higher thought. I would personally love to live surrounded by this stunning celebration of light and nature.  “
– written by Eilat Aviram

Robert Nzao is the guest artist of Brenda Parker

 Yvonne de Wit at no.16

Yvonne de Wit studied Fine Art in The Netherlands. In 2000 she moved to South Africa where she grew and studied succulent plants, establishing a well known succulent garden in Robertson.
Fascinated by the multitude of soil and rock colours she realised the importance of our connection with (and dependence on) earth.

In 2011 Yvonne and her husband, fine art photographer, Herman van Bon, sold their farm taking her collection of stones and soil samples with her to Stanford. Here she began to design and create jewellery from her soil samples combining them with sterling silver, brass and copper.

In 2016 Yvonne moved Napier where she and her husband have their studios and run Private Gallery Napier at 98 Sarel Cilliers Street.

Yvonne de Wit is the guest artist of Brenda Parker

Workshops and Special Events 31 March – 1 April 2018

To add to your knowledge, skills and enjoyment, the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route has very special events taking place over the weekend of the route. These vary from demonstrations and workshops given by the artists and guest artists, to informal talks, special meals cooked by the artists, food inspired by art as well as musical events dovetailing with art.

come engage … learn … feast … celebrate …
At Ivan Trollip no. 5

Raku firing by Catherine Brennon 11.30 – 3.30pm daily

Over the weekend Hermanus potter Catherine Brennon will be firing a number of pieces and demonstrating the Raku firing technique. A number of bisque fired bowls will be available for people to buy and under Cathy’s guidance you will glaze and fire your own bowl. Various glazes will be available and Catherine will be on hand to assist you all the way through the firing. The process is immediate and very exciting, and taking approximately just over an hour in total to complete.
Gloves and protective gear will be on hand. Ideally you should be wearing closed shoes.
In the West, Raku refers to a low temperature firing technique. Pots are hand painted with glaze before placing in a preheated kiln and brought to a temperature of around 1000c. Once the glaze has melted (45 – 60 minutes) the pieces are removed with long handled tongs, and immediately plunged into cold water or place in a lidded container of sawdust. This process results in some unique effects, often with deeply etched crazing and lustres. After cooling, the pieces are cleaned and ready to take home. This is an exciting introduction to the entire ceramic process.

At Joshua Miles no. 9

Joshua’s house is for sale. He will exhibit from his venue until it sells. Post selling he will participate in future Art Routes at other venues.

  In the Forest at no. 11

In the forest at Niel Jonker’s there are activities for young and old.

Forest School
Give your child the experience of learning in nature.
Forest School will be hosting 2 days of fun, learning and getting dirty in the village of Baardskeerdersbos.
Children will interact with the forest, creating land art, exploring bush crafts and learning the forest’s secrets and stories.
Suitable for Children aged 8-12yrs who can swim or are comfortable around water.

• Land Art
• Clay sculpting
• Wood Carving
• Yoga
• Story telling
• Swimming

A sandwich lunch and snacks will be provided.

• Clothes that can get dirty and a change of clothes
• Swimming costume & towel
• Hat
• Sunblock

What can you expect your child to experience?
• A true connection with nature
• Respect and reverence for our natural world
• Simplicity in play and learning

Each day commences at 10am and closes at 5pm. R450 per child per day. R800 for 2 days.

Jennifer: or on 072 6274271

Well known Land Artist Leli Hoch will be active in the forest again, feel free to join in.
Keep walking and find the pop-up restaurant Lokal in the forest.

Exotic Lunch at no. 13

Enjoy a Caribbean Jambalaya
or an aromatic pumpkin-tomato soup with curry bread  (vegetarian)
Cooked with passion by the inimitable Jon Daamen who lived in Suriname for many decades.
Price: R50.00 per plate, serving Saturday and Sunday

EAT CREATIVE @LOKAL (H on the map)

Lokal Bbos Suzi Holtzhausen popup

LOKAL is an Occasional Dinning Restaurant Experience in Baardskeerdersbos run by Lainy and Stanley Carpenter, where mostly once a month chef Suzi Holtzhausen works her magic in the kitchen. During the March 2018 Art Route, Suzi will create a magnificent 4 course menu, inspired by creative works from the Baardskeerdersbos artists.

The actual artworks will be for sale and displayed at the venue. This will be your chance to feast your senses and literally … taste art.!

There will be 3 menu sittings over the weekend:
Saturday 31 March 2018 12h00 and 15h00
Sunday 01 April 2018 12h30
Monday 02 April 2018 12h30

Pre-booking is essential as numbers are limited: / Call Lainy 082  909 0512

LOKAL sources produce from the local oceans, fields and gardens. The Occasional Dining Restaurant pops up on Art Route weekends as well as other dates throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook for future updates.

Suzi Holtzhausen has a background in food and a foreground in provenance. After selling her restaurant Gaaitjie on the Cape West Coast she took to the road as a traveling chef. Sourcing, foraging, ingredient networking and food harvesting  became a new way of life! Combining this with a love of all things beautiful and the good fortune of meeting fellow foody folk, Stanley and Lainy, wonderful, special things now happen on the tables at LOKAL. Starting from scratch each time never tasted so good!
The mouthwatering 5 course menu with the names of the artists and art works that inspired the culinary creation
Galliformes Royale * ll * Tropaeolum Swaddle
quail savoury custard l duck confit rillettes l scattered chicken scratchings l Nasturtium wrap l cider wash
Brenda Parker l Sugar Bird l  and Jan Vingerhoets l Bomb to Blom l

Curcumbits Brew * ll * Gardin Melee
chai broth of pumpkin squash l an “octopus’ ” garden of veg that matters l kefir butternut smudge
Liz van der Berg l Octopus Vulgaris l Gyotaku Print l and Ivan Trollip

Earthenware bacan Cephalopod * ll * Eggplant Loam * ll * Vegetabilis Humus
clay baked lemon squid l salt fish pilau filled l fired, creamed aubergine l under roasted fruits, roots and herbs l parsnip milk
Liz van den Berg l Octopus Vulgaris l Gyotaku Print l  and Kali van der Merwe l Nyx Born of Chaos l pigment print on wood l 3700 l 1 of 8 l

Lobby Wayfarer Pastie * ll * Tallow candela * ll * pungent Relish
Braisen beef rib l hot water pastry cased l enriched with charred green onion melt l unravelled Piccalilli
Amanda Jephson l Still Life with Staffordshire Cow l Oil on Board and Phillip John l Pierneef grond nr.xx l

Potted Curds * ll * Tea Loaf * ll * Cydonia Paste * ll * Ye Olde mulled wine
oven-warmed cheese l pulled with toasted raisin bread l Tamarak quince jelly l aromatized wine treacle
Niel Jonker l Tankwa l Oil on Canvas l and   Joshua Miles l Kelder Venster l Reduction Woodcut l 4500 l

 Donations for an arts centre in the Eastern Cape

This is a very worthwhile initiative that is in the process of establishing itself. Please bring along donations of art materials, musical instruments, sewing materials, old working computers, media equipment, old jewellery, clothes to the art route, in particular to no 13. Kali van der Merwe and we will make sure it gets to the centre. 

Bavulele Ntsikwhe Mbokazi Art centre in Eastern Cape in South Africa

Bavulele Ntsikwhe Mbokazi is an art centre based in Mount Frere elalini yase Nqwaghra ,emaBhaceni in South Africa. This centre is aimed at enriching the lives of the children and the community at large. We specifically aiming at learning and viewing the world through arts. One of our objectives is creating and developing the children’s minds and talents through Visual Arts, Music, Pottery, Dance, Agriculture and fashion designing.

The Art centre was established in July 2012 and registered in 2017. It was founded by Charmain Carrol the granddaughter of Jane Mambokazi Ngqu who was a potter and visual artist and Wilson Ntsikhwe Ngqu; the daughter of Wendy Bavulele Carrol who was a business woman and artist and Willie Carrol who believed in education. Charmain is an award winning Professional Photographer and a graduate of WITS Business School.

Research shows that Mount Frere has a population of -/+ 5000 people of which consists of mainly school going children and the older generation. Mount frere is underdeveloped and as a result most of the youth have relocated to more developed towns and cities. Most of the people in Mount Frere are the elderly and school going children as this is mostly accelerated by the staggering unemployment rate and lack of essential services, like a proper infrastructure skills development. Mount Frere currently stands with only one FET College, one major hospital and one main road which are based in town. There’s no substantial set up in the rural areas that deals with life skills, arts and culture development projects.
With this in mind, the Bavulele Art centre was established. Considering her grandparents and parents have passed on and left behind a vacant land, Charmain decided to let their legacies live on through the Art centre as they were all strong in the arts and business sector; to benefit the children and community in Mount Frere.

Our vision is to create a strong artist action learning program in the community.
To develop and be a local feeder to Graham’sTown art festival.
To develop and train youth motivational speakers.
To have a sustainable artistic and agricultural programs for the children.
To involve the community in their children development and growth.

To educate the participants on life skills through artistic action learning programs.
To get community engagement on all processes and outcomes.
To produce motivational speakers from the participants
To produce future artists from the participants
To educate through the arts.
To have no/ less children in taverns and on the streets
To support nearby schools in need with reading materials to enhance the students reading habit and donate computers to their libraries.
To create network/partnership with exiting surrounding schools and government stake holders.
To deal with the participant entitlement issue

To educate the participants through Arts
To instil responsibility and respect
To motivate, improve and shape the future generation in the Eastern Cape of South Africa

Music- Equipment required for the music room.
Penny whistle
African drums

Dance- Some activities in the Dance room
Traditional Dance (Bhaca)
Morden Dance
Contemporary dance
Visual Arts

Media- Subjects taught in the music room
Basic computers

Fashion designing- some vocation taught in Fashion Designing
Traditional grass mats
African jewelry’s

Charmain has already built a structure on the land inherited from her ancestors where she will assist participants with homework and school activities.
Bavulele Ntsikwhe Mbokazi Art Centre is aiming to construct 6 structures (Rondavels) to host each art genre.

Each Rondavel will represent each genre, for instance the Library will be furnished with book shelves, yoga mats, cushions, bean bags to create an ambiance of relaxation while learning. The library will have a selection of books on the history of the Xhosa people and other African cultures, artists and writers.

The music room will consist of African musical instruments, where the participants will learn to make instruments like Uhadi (a traditional instrument of the Amaxhosa people, similar to a single-string violin which produces a low humming sound) and other African musical instruments. The children will learn to read and play music of instruments such as the penny whistle to the saxophone.

Charmain spends a lot of time in the Eastern Cape, and during one of her visits she attended a heritage day celebration at Kuyasa Primary school in the village which she found so inspiring. The children were excited to perform everything they had prepared for the concert.
However some of the things mentioned by the teachers in their speeches were disconcerting. It was mentioned that the children were misbehaving with poor manners and bullying.

She was so appalled and dismayed with the news which led her to a decision to relocate to Mount Frere; to her beloved village to assist the local schools and nurture the future generation to be the best person(s) they can be with the right guidance and support.