The countdown has begun to the fourth annual Proudly Porterville art event, taking place in the beautiful country town of Porterville from Friday 01st to Sunday the 3rd of October.
This popular art experience â€“ now in its fourth year – provides visitors with the chance to view and purchase a wide variety of art from both emerging and acclaimed artists. There is something for everyone, with art ranging from paintings, jewellery, and ceramics to bespoke tableware, woodwork, mosaics, crochet, quilting, beading and more.
An exciting aspect of this event are the various workshops that will be taking place over the course of the weekend, carefully curated and offered by several local artisans and artists.
On the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday there will be childrenâ€™s recycled craft & sewing workshops & demonstrations, as well as soap making workshops taking place. On the Friday is also a planter head workshop. Saturday and Sunday see acrylic pouring workshops for beginners, and a cheese platter ceramics workshop is also a must-do on the Saturday. On Sunday there is a kokedama workshop taking place. For more details on these workshops visit https://porterville.bergriviertourism.co.za/art/ppaw/.
15 venues throughout the town will be showcasing the work of a myriad of artists.
The starting point for the weekend is the Flyers Lodge where visitors can collect a map showing all the participating venues and must-visit locations and view a collaborative exhibition featuring the work of all the contributing artists.
Places to visit include the studios of artists Alna Prodgers, Andre du Toit, JP Meyer, Anneke Pasque, Carin Dorrington, Joey Koen, Katja Abbott & Paul Kristafor. Other must visit locations are Die Lighuis, Ebonymoon Studio, the Mosaic House, Poppie and Picasso, Rendezvous and The Red Tricycle. For more information on these venues visit https://porterville.bergriviertourism.co.za/art/ppaw/.
Also worth visiting is the Mosaic Route which features the mosaic art of several talented youth from Monte Bertha, a neighbourhood that is a legacy of the former apartheid dispensation. The route tells the story of historic moments and sites in mosaic and the full detail of each site can be read when scanning the QR Code on the mural.
Artists to anticipate
Some of the artists to anticipate at Proudly Porterville, in addition to those whose studios are mentioned above, are John Bauer, a ceramicist and materials engineer; Clare Menck and Arend Louw, both painters; as well as Annelie Janse van Rensburg, a ceramicist.
Also look out for paintings by Zandre de Villiers, Warren Voight, Isobel Knox, Elton Jagels, Joan Shrauwen and Adele van Niekerk; ceramics by Ronel Bakker and Annamarie Gerber; bespoke tableware by Monique Nienaber; photographic art by Erna Muller; and jewellery by Sharon Botha.
Food, fun and more
In addition to art and the workshops, this highly anticipated weekend provides an opportunity for foodies, families, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a city escape to get out and about, make memories, and have fun.
There truly is something at Proudly Porterville for everyone. Stock up on fresh local produce, preserves and many other delicacies at the Farmers Market.
Enjoy a delicious meal at one of several top restaurants in town.
Go mountain biking or running on the beautiful local trails. Relax and savour small town life â€“ the list goes on.
Nearly all the attractions are within walking distance from each other, so visitors can park and stroll through the town, enjoying the art exhibitions, stopping for a meal, buying local fare â€“ all with a beautiful mountain backdrop as Porterville is nestled at the foot of the Olifants Mountains.
Porterville is only 150 kmâ€™s from Cape Town so close enough for a day trip. However, visitors are encouraged to stay over for the entire weekend to make the most of the experience. Tickets are not required for the Proudly Porterville weekend as entry is free, but accommodation bookings, restaurant reservations and workshop bookings are recommended ahead of the time due to demand.
For more information visit https://porterville.bergriviertourism.co.za/ or contact Porterville Tourism Office (022-931 3732).