Solo Studios will be taking place in the Riebeek Valley from the August 8 to 11. This bespoke art experience, now in its fourth year, provides a rare opportunity to visit acclaimed artists in their studios to view and purchase their art straight off the easel.
The art on offer ranges from highly collectable pricier originals to smaller, more affordable art works, prints, and offshoot items – there is something for all budgets.
A colony of acclaimed artists have made the Riebeek Valley their home. 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. 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 – jewelers, ceramicists, potters, leather crafters, sculptors, musicians, writers, poets, wine makers, craft brewers, dance troupes and community project participants. Besides the artists’ studios, one can expect a range of other activities and attractions, including six galleries or pop-up group exhibitions, engaging art related talks, guided walkabouts by renowned art aficionados, impromptu musical events, and productions.
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. 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, with the link accessible through the website www.solostudios.co.za. Tickets range from the Premier Weekend Pass at R395 for the weekend, to day passes at R195 per day. The Premier Weekend Pass is the one that sells out fastest each year, as this includes the official opening event, and access to all exhibitions and studios for the entire long weekend. The exceptions are a few events and performances, which are charged for individually.
– Ticket Sales – www.solostudios.co.za
– Accommodation bookings – www.roomsinriebeek.co.za
– Email – [email protected]
– Tel. 074 209 6838
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