Unique artistic compositions tell a story of the rich diverse cultural backgrounds existing within Southern Africa.
There is a huge privilege living in a ‘little village’ – as the town of Hermanus continues to be described. So much happens daily that it’s difficult to remember one days’ activities or what day of the week it may be.
The differentiating memorable factor seems to be the weather. The overriding question is will it be a beautiful day or one with wind heralding the arrival of rain. As Spring treads lightly into our lives, there is the anticipation of endless summer days, shimmering mountain vistas, the possibility of wandering through flowering scented fynbos, long walks along the ocean lapping beaches, plunging into crashing waves of an icy sea. 2022 has proven to be better, than the last three years, for whale viewing. The concern that these behemoths were facing a second extinction, due to a visible drop in numbers and climate change, has been somewhat lifted, as 250 whale ‘pods’ have been counted within the Walker Bay area this year.
And as if that were not enough, the option of strolling through the streets of the village, stopping for coffee and cake at one of 30 available coffee shops, thus sustaining the required energy to visit the 26 art galleries all situated within a square kilometre of these surrounds.
Intethe Gallery is positioned opposite the much-loved coffee emporium Oskars, itself the neighbour of Curiositea. 10 metres further along the pedestrian friendly road is Black Medicine and Amelia’s. All offer sustenance for viewing the 4 galleries neighbouring Intethe, as well as Intethe itself..
Presently Intethe is exhibiting a variety of visual and thought-provoking artworks, questioning the effects of global warming. Drawings, oils on canvas, sculptures and ceramics question the outcome of human carelessness and its effect on our planet.
Award winning sculptor Jean Theron Louw’s bronze sculptures highlight the vulnerability of animal life, threatened by habitat destruction and over population. Acclaimed sculptor Herman van Nazareth. once an active member of the renowned ‘Sestiger’ group presents his thought-provoking Protest bronze sculptures and some of his dream-filled landscape paintings are also on view. Paula Dubois examines the pristine nature of marine life and by implication the damage wrought by human carelessness. Kristin Ng Yang’s prodigious versatility enables powerful swathes of charcoal creating memorable images of giant birds and whales suspended timelessly, or thick brushwork of oil paint building crusty tactile surfaces on fish scales. Sara Abbott’s enchanting vision of a rarely seen damselfly floating over wheatfields, and her delicate pastel drawings showing the effect of the 2020 flood plains along the Klein River. Lucy Stuart Clark’s phenomenal expertise is showcased in her whimsical ceramic creations, here, a vase depicting a golden-haired mermaid playfully flirting with gold encrusted thick-lipped fish, swirling with her family of baby fish around the mermaid’s body. Anitra Nettleton’s flower vases heavily encrusted with bouquets of flowers come alive when filled with the daily offerings of nature’s bounty. Amos Letsoalo’s inimitable drawings with collage drawing attention to rural existence in South Africa and Sam Maduna’s pastels showcasing his prodigious understanding and use of colour and texture.
All of this and more resides in the gallery, awaiting your appreciation and enjoyment. The gallery is open every day.