Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The new Kalk Bay Modern – Gallery & shop

For a surprising collection of contemporary modern art, seek out the first floor entrance of an enigmatic gallery situated opposite Kalk Bay harbour. The New Kalk Bay Modern gallery and craft shop showcases an eclectic mix of local South African art talent along with quality crafts from developing community groups.

Kalk Bay Modern treats you to a veritable arts feast from the delicate ceramics of Katherine Glenday and Christina Bryer, to the vibrant textiles of Yda Walt, as well as the ethereal fynbos jewellery of Nic Bladen or the playful and funky jewellery by Meagan Meredith. We also feature a smorgasbord of photographic talent from George Hallet to Amelia Smith, and some etchings by Colbert Mashile, Deborah Bell and Jane Eppel. You’ll also find a sprinkling of sensitive paintings by Gail Catlin along with other established South African artists such as Peter Clarke, Max Wolpe, Hylton Nel, Judy Bumstead, Charles Gassner and many more.

The gallery specialises in contemporary Bushman Art from three different San communities. The !Xun and Khwe were featured at an exhibition held at the National Gallery in Cape Town. San artists work such as Flai, Hendelina, Simon, Abraham and Filipus are all available for sale at the gallery. Gallery owner, Cheryl Rumbak has a special relationship with the Namibian Bushmen community for whom she held several painting and print-making workshops and can elaborate on the individual artists and their work. Alternatively their work can be bought as beautifully printed fabrics off the roll or as quality home d├ęcor products such as tablecloths, duvet covers, bags and placemats. These San textiles were launched at the Design Indaba last year and proved an enormously positive opportunity for generating welcome financial aid in terms of royalties from the sold meterage for their communities.

Kalk Bay Modern is also a window for local artists and crafters and actively aims to promote South African designers and the use of recycled materials. Cheryl was also employed by the CCDI (Cape Craft and Design Institute) to help develop, promote and market the products of Zambane’s potato printed textiles, the wire furniture from Willard Musarurwa of Feeling Africa, lighting by Heath Nash and Brett Murray and papier-mache bowels by AIDS project Wola Nani.