The Mountain has long attracted artists, crafters and creative people. The fresh mountain air, the clean water, the beautiful views and the gentle atmosphere of the area gets people's talents flowing and growing. Here are some of our talented locals.
Gudrun Kuschke is a well-known artist in the village. Throughout the years her bright and colourful ceramics adorned the shelves at the festivals and during the upcoming Spring Festival Gudrun will be exhibiting her oil paintings.
Like her ceramics her painting are all about colour and beauty.
Contact her on 083 326 8038
Chrissie's Crafts Chrissie Davidson has been a crafter for 30 years. Her forté is fabric painting, but she is also an experienced water colour painter. Her beautiful colourful African art bags are well known in and around the Mountain and she makes fabric painted cushions too. Chrissie will do fabric painting lessons and takes orders. Call her on 082 650 5635/ 076 535 5820
Strong and earthy
Renier Oosthuizen was born in the sixties and always knew that he wanted to be an artist. He went to the famous Art, Ballet and Music School in Pretoria. Renier's art is strongly influenced by African cultural designs and features earthy colours. The designs are simple and strong, the overall feeling is rich and colourful. He uses porcupine quills and zebra stripes worked into his paintings either as major features or soft backgrounds. The result is a fabulous combination of fine art and decorative artwork. Renier has exhibited countrywide and has a large selection of landscapes and floral compositions. See his work at Greenwoods Trading Post. 082 344 0058
Passion, colour and people Marloe Scott Wilson does everything with creativity and passion. She started out as a singer and performer and always had an interest in the arts in drawing, painting, design and sculpture. It was after an encounter with an art teacher and mentor about a decade ago, that she moved away from design drawing to bold, strong and passionate oils. Marloe produces portraits and landscapes that have elements of fantasy and Surrealism, and her works are large and rich, often influenced by her beautiful surroundings. She paints from her home studio on the mountain that looks over her organic edible garden, her other passion – along with horses, dogs, cats, food, people and life. Visit www.marloescottwilson.co.za. She will be exhibiting and painting at the Haenertsburg Village Hall during the Spring Festival period. 082 493 5403
Birds and animals, paintings and photos Floristry, silk painting, leatherwork, photography, bookbinding and stained glass – local artist Pieter de Boer has worked in many art forms. It's been a long creative journey since childhood. Pieter worked for a decade as a floral designer for Emperors Palace before he started painting full time and doing photography on the side. The main subject of his commissions has been birds and animals. His work is on display at Greenwoods Trading Post. Some photographs are printed on canvas; a series depict the Images of a bushman hunter. How can we ever forget the lovable Oom Buks in the movie “Dirkie” with his wise old face and sparkling eyes?
Contact Pieter on 082 780 1838
Digital Components Brett Stanley is not a resident of the mountain yet, but he is making serious plans and hoping to join us soon. His art is different as it is a mix of photographic work integrated into the creation of digital composites along with some digital painting techniques. It is largely nature based and includes some stunning big panorama landscape scenes. Works include beautiful birds and aloes and some floral still lifes and some wildlife scenes too. He will have framed pieces and rolled prints on fine art paper available for sale at the festival and one or two pieces will be on show at Greenwoods Trading Post. 081 360 7779
Portraits and photographs Mike Strever has been taking photos for more than 25 years – and his work is amazing, bright, colourful and highly detailed. He does incredible macro photography, going up close to flowers and nature. He is also experienced in wildlife and landscapes. Shirley Strever turns photographs into beautiful portraits and she has already painted several young children and babies from photographs. She works in most mediums and her portraits are done in pencil, black and white or coloured. She also does flowers and landscapes. Take her a photograph for a commission, R350 per hour. Shirley also has children's art classes, call her for more information on 015 276 4705 or 083 481 9868. See the work of both Mike and Shirley at the Magoebaskloof Hotel during the Spring Fair.
Marion de Jonge looks very at home and comfortable in her eclectic ceramics studio, Earth Creations at 6 Kerk Street, Haenertsburg. Her art is functional, fun and colourful and you will not easily find two pieces that are the same. She is no ordinary artist and has already dabbled in many different forms of pottery and ceramics. She also offers classes and you can really let you hair down and get your hands full of clay while she keeps an eye on your technique and neatness…
She enjoys doing unusual mosaic pieces and her favourite animal, the giraffe is very prominently featured at her studio. Open every day. 083 259 8427
Eric de Jonge
Retired executive chef Eric de Jonge put a new meaning to the word retired when he took up glass in lead creations and restorations as a hobby. His has a fine eye for detail and his stained glass pieces are very original and colourful. Eric will also do stained glass repairs on windows, doors and lamps.
The Art Glass Studio is the outlet for the unique and beautiful glass pieces made by Elspeth Humphreys.
It is situated on their farm in lovely Magoebaskloof, between avocado orchards and herb gardens. Here she stocks individually crafted glass pieces, including the popular mirrors, butterflies, dichroic earrings, fridge magnets and funky bird ornaments. There is always a large range of bowls to suit your taste, and clocks and vases to tempt you to take a memento home. You can also order stained glass windows or lampshades to suit your needs. Please phone before you come to ensure someone is here to greet you. 082 335 6803