The Discoveries from Africa Exhibition, which will showcase exquisite collectables from Ghana, Rwanda, DRC, Tanzania, Mali, Ethiopia, Malawi, Burkina Faso and South Africa.
Local participants will include world-renowned photographer Obie Oberholzer from Nature’s Valley, Knysna furniture maker Richard Henley, Plettenberg Bay artist Myfanwy Bekker and The Crags ceramicist Ruby Ovenstone.
Their work will form part of a curated collection of basketware, jewellery, handbags, photography, ceramics, furniture, fabrics and accessories.
Dates: Thursday 12 Dec – end January, closed Sundays and public holidays
Opening times: Mon-Fri: 10:00-13:00; 15:00-19:00. Sat: 10:00-13:00
Location: The White House Theater, 6 Crescent Street, Plettenberg Bay
Obie Oberholzer, now based in Nature’s Valley, will show a selection of photographic prints. Obie has produced 10 coffee table books since 1975 and has held 35 solo exhibitions in South Africa and 12 International one-man exhibitions in Europe. He is acclaimed for documenting his travels through various parts of the African continent and still contributes regularly to many international publications.
Richard Henley has spent most of his 40-year career in the Knysna area making furniture from indigenous woods, combining traditional joinery techniques with contemporary design. A cabinetmaker by trade, he studied for the City and Guilds of London advanced course in fine craftsmanship and design at Rycotewood College in England.
Plettenberg Bay artist Myfanwy Bekker, whose work is collected by corporate and private collectors in the United States, Europe and South Africa, will exhibit charcoal drawings. Myfanwy has been involved in the Site Specific land art series in Plettenberg Bay, gathering local artists to participate, and assisting the team. She also set up life drawing classes and facilitated the Vernissage shows in the town.
Ruby Ovenstone is a founder and resident of the serene Kuthumba eco-village and forest reserve in the Crags, and also a founder of the creative collaborative named Anima Mundi Living Design, or Soul of the World. She began exploring the world of clay in her early teens.
Milestones on Ruby’s creative journey have included her Down to Earth terracotta pots, the land art of earth dam building, glassblowing and painting in oils. For this exhibition, she is returning to her old “comfort zone” of porcelain and making “quirky objects of delight” with intriguing names such as The Alchemical Marriage of the Crocodile Princess.
A portion of the exhibition turnover will be donated to The Tikki Hywood Foundation, a non-profit rescue, rehabilitation and release organisation.
The exhibition will also include videos of projects and a collection of reference books: “There will be an educational element as we would like to inform visitors about the various cultures and their craft and design techniques,” says Binky.