Feedback from the 2013 Arts on Track (9-11 August 2013)

As this was the first time we as an arts community where hosting a function of this type, there was uncertainty, nerves and masses of nervous energy, especially only giving ourselves 6 weeks to prepare and a very small budget (pretty close to zero).  

However, as with all things help arrives from many sources, some expected and some not so expected.

With all hands on deck, we believe that the Arts Committee of Calitzdorp (ACC), managed to pull of miracle, and the result was a successful exhibition.

Friday was a great day with Blackie Badenhorst giving a talk on the Women of Olifantsfontein, followed by the opening by Hannes Visser (Editor of the Oudshoorn Courant) and a well attended ceramics workshop by Clementina van der Walt. We are not sure how much Port was drunk (or made - as Boplaas was in full attendance!). Marie Janse van Rensburg Nel was also there to chat to folks about her book, as was Mimi and her girls from the Groenfontein Toy Project. All in all a great womens day tribute.

Saturday was a another great day, with an oil painting workshop by Doris Brand, and demonstrations by Trevor Rizzato (Ceramics) and Tessa Horan (Felting). Also on site to chat to visitors was Apolis Beginsel, Nico Masemula, William Ralarala, Hendrick Tiemie, Braam Coetzee, Esbie Grabie and Blackie Badenhorst. During the afternoon, Dr Noel-Jean gave an organ recital featuring pop pieces at the NG Church.        

Sunday another great day, with a lunch time potjiekos.                   

The results of the exhibition:                

- around 1000 visitors estimated

- in excess of R20 000 worth of arts and crafts sold (43 articles left Calitzdorp!)

- Selling artists -  Esbie Grabie, Apolis Beginsel, Braam Coetzee, Amri Pretorius, Anton Smit,   Hendrik Tiemie, Marie Nel, Groenfontein Toy Project, Michael van Rooyen, Graham Bolland,   Van Wessels and from her gallery Clementina van der Walt. Also selling was our very own poet Okie Calitz.

The ACC would like to thank: 

Kannaland Municipality (Calitzdorp), for all their assistance with banners and lighting.

Cheryl and Mike from the Calitzdorp Railway Station 

Zelma and Rozelle (Strooikooi) 

Marinda van Wyk (Dorpshuis)

NG congregation for their support and use of tables and chairs    

Emily Fellows and Stephen Allwright

Esbie Grabie

Boplaas Cellars

De Krans Cellars

Du Swaroo Cellars

Peter Bayley Wines

Withoek Cellars

Red Coffee Pot

All in all a great experience, and looking forward to Art on Track 2014 !