Exhibitions and Book Events
Photographic Exhibition: SCRIBE PORTRAITS
Poet Jane De Sousa and Photographer Lynda Jennings
Friday to Sunday (between performances)
Two artists’ heart journeys reflected through their poetry and photographs. Poet Jane De Sousa and Photographer Lynda Jennings have explored the intersections between a poem’s wordscapes and a photo’s visualscapes. They have collaborated in reflecting on how their different artistic mediums merge and meld. They have explored how the wordscapes poem’s create in our imaginations can relate to visual images and how a visual image can inspire a poetic response. In working together, Lynda has created photographs in response to Jane’s poems and Jane has written poems in response to Lynda’s photographs. The poems and photographs reflect the heart journey of these two artists – from uncertain youth to adulthood with deep roots that yet allow their heart trees to bend and sway and dance in the winds of life.
Exhibition of hard copies of the photographs and poems, giving people the opportunity to explore and reflect on the interplay between the poetic and the visual.
Jane De Sousa
Jane De Sousa has always had a passion for poetry, but was “sensible” and did a BSc before abandoning the laboratory and following a career as an organisational and management consultant and trainer. She found her way back to poetry in 2016 after completing The Artist’s Way – a 12 week recovery programme for blocked artists. Since then she has been part of a poetry group mentored by Wendy Woodward and enjoying the process of finding her poetic voice. She has always been fascinated by the wordscapes poems create in our imaginations and how these relate to actual visual images. She has found the process of working with Lynda, who is a visual photographic artist, inspiring.
Lynda Jennings grew up in the beautiful environment of Cape Town. Her interest in photography began when her parents gave her, her first camera, a Kodak instamatic, at the age of 8. She bought her first “good” SLR camera about 16 years ago and her passion for photography just exploded. Her first endeavours were with film, before moving into the digital realm. Digital photography brings with it the added fun and personal expression of image manipulation and enhancement. It opened up a whole new dimension. The collaboration with Jane for the poetry festival has been enriching and rewarding; stretching her imagination and photographic techniques.
Lisa Firer Design exhibition
Lisa Firer Design
from 9am to 6pm from 25 to 27 August
Millstone Pottery has invited Lisa Firer Design to exhibit her latest range of tea-light holders during this year’s Poetry Festival. These tea-lights combine the use of text and texture with the translucency of porcelain clay and the magic of candle light. Fragments of poetry, sacred texts, ancient wisdom and favourite songs are embossed and imprinted into the hand-rolled slabs of clay used to create these magical holders.
Millstone Pottery’s unique wood-fired and salt-glazed work will also be on display. The exhibition is open from 9am to 6pm from 25 to 27 August. All work is for sale and entry is by donation.
Love before you. Love behind you. Love to your left. Love to your right. Love above you live below you. Love to all. Love to the universe.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Don’t go outside the house to see the flowers. My friend, don’t bother with that excursion. Inside your body, there are flowers. One flower has a thousand petals. That will do for a place to sit… Poem by Kabir
Cheryl Traub Adler Exhibition
Paintings, Poetry & Postcards
[ ‘n hond se gedagte ]
Saturday – 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday – 9 am – 1 pm
You are invited to an exhibition of small paintings and poems at Stillness Sanctuary. The walkabout will include meandering through the garden and spiraling through a labyrinth towards the view of the Krans Nature Reserve. All the while discovering artworks and poetry in unexpected places. The artist will describe her creative process pointing out the synonymous links between nature, writing, painting and the sensory.
Visitors will be invited to select, write and send a Poetry Postcard to a loved one.
The artwork will be on sale.
The proceeds will go to a community project in McGregor.
Cheryl Traub Adler is an artist, catalyst and teacher.
A graduate from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT who is fascinated by the intersection of all art forms including Painting, Photography, Installation, Land Art and Performance.
Trained as a Bridging Polarities through Art and Omega therapist, her focus is on the curative aspect of the creative process.
Her work as part of ‘The Persistence of Memory’ project relates to national memory as part of the Center for Curating the Archive.
This year the group exhibition, ‘What Art is For?’ at 196 Victoria, Woodstock, challenged the viewer to think about the true value of art.
Her continued studies include Medicine and the Arts, Humanizing Healthcare, The 21st Century Museum and Identity, Conflict and Public Space.
She has collaborated with the Spanish architectural collective, Basurama, Open City Project, Stories of Rain, the BlueBox project in Morocco and RoundaboutLx in Lisbon.
Currently her solo exhibition ‘Anologue’ at Alliance Francaise, Cape Town, is on show until the end of August.
You can also find her on social media.
Philip de Vos Exhibition
PHILIP DE VOS PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION AT WAHNFRIED
Philip de Vos, wellknown poet, presenter of radio programmes on classical composors and ex-opera singer is also a photographer. He has had several one man exhibitions of his work and has won various prizes. His photographs of South African writers in their own home environment have been exhibited at various times and were also featured on the CD Rom Verswêreld 2000 and in 2006 Milieu his book of portraits of 132 creative South Africans that was published by Protea Boekhuis. He will be exhibiting a wide variety of photographs as illustrations of poems, or the otherway around – you never know with Philip. The gallery at Wahnfried, next to the threatre, will be open on Saturday 09:00 to 19:00 and Sunday 10:30 to 15:00. Please do not miss out on this exhibition.
PHILIP DE VOS FOTOGRAFIE-UITSTALLING BY WAHNFRIED
Die bekende digter, aanbieder van radioprogramme oor klassieke komponiste en ex-operasanger, is ook ‘n befaamde fotograaf. Hy het reeds verskeie eenman-uitstallings van sy werk gehad en ‘n verskeidenheid pryse daarvoor gewen. Sy fotos van Suid-Afrikaanse skrywers in hulle eie omgewings is by verskillende geleenthede uitgestal en verskyn ook op ‘n CD Rom Verswêreld 2000 en in sy 2006 boek Milieu, wat portrette bevat van 132 kreatiewe Suid-Afrikanders wat deur Protea Boekhuis gepubliseer is. Hy stal ‘n wye verskeidenheid fotos uit wat geillustreer word met sy versies/gedigte of dalk anders om – ‘n mens weet nooit met Philip nie. Die gallery by Wahnfried, langs die teater, sal Saterdag 09:00 tot 19:00 en Sondag 10:30 tot 15:00 oop wees. Moenie hierdie interessante uitstalling misloop nie.
Wahnfried, 27 Bree Street, McGregor
Saturday 09:00 to 19:00 and Sunday 10:30 to 15:00
Sê my is julle twee susters?
Hester van der Walt, Modjadji Books, 2019.
Twee vroue, een uit Nederland en die ander een uit die Vrystaatse Goudvelde ontmoet mekaar in ‘n hospitaalsaal in Bloemfontein. Vyftig jaar later vertel Hester die storie van hoe die lewe hulle gevorm het as verpleegsters, gemeenskapswerkers, bakkers en kunstenaars.
In this memoir she reflects on the key turning points in her life which forced her to cross cultural and ethnic borders in order to discover who she really is. These decisions took her from the Free State to District Six and Venda, to Holland and The United Kingdom, to the Heideveld and Hanover Park and finally to McGregor.
This humble story tells of the spiritual isolation of all “refugees” that leave the irreconsilables of “home”(whether it is a physical place or a belief system) and have to invent a way of being in the world. It also tells of the wonder of finding a companion on the road.
The Book Tent, 24 Kerk St. McGregor