If Cape Town is the mother of creativity, then Somerset West is her cute daughter living down the road. We already know about the award winning wine farms, delectable restaurants and adventurous hiking trails. What you don’t know is Somerset West is an artist hub in it’s own right. Ditch overcrowded Cape Town and pop into these must visit art galleries in Somerset West instead.
We cannot talk about Somerset West art galleries without mentioning the great Liebrecht Gallery. Ideally located in the CBD, Liebrecht Gallery is a custom-built art gallery that focuses on solo exhibitions in order to introduce the public to a variety of different art directions and styles.
Liebrecht only deal in original works of art and ensures each of it’s exhibitions perfectly personify the artist and his / her work. This could include music concerts and theatre productions during exhibitions. This is one not to be missed – a must see in Somerset West.
More details available here – http://www.liebrechtgallery.com/
Country Craft Market
A craft market is probably not what you expected to see here, right? Wrong… Somerset West plays host to one of the best open-air craft markets in the Western Cape.
A market where local artists have the opportunity to exhibit their handcrafted works of art in the form of paintings, tapestries, clothing, jewelry and much much more. Their is a huge focus on high quality goods, so you can be assured on the best of the best makes the cut.
Don’t miss out. This truly is Somerset West’s best kept secret!
There is plenty safe, free parking behind the venue. The Country Craft Market is open from September – May, but it’s always best to check the dates on their official website – www.countrycraftmarket.org
Cavalli Art Gallery
Sound familiar? We already know the name Cavalli thanks to the excellent wines they produce.
The wine and stud farm also showcases exceptional contemporary art work in the Cavalli Art Gallery. Exhibitions are presented at regular intervals in their 600sq/m main gallery space located on the below ground level.
The Cavalli Private Collection of South Africa Masters is frequently rotated in the portico situated within the main gallery and two memorabilia rooms showcase an impressive collection of sports memorabilia.
The next time you’re want to satisfy your taste buds and eyeballs, consider a trip to Cavalli to quench both. Visit their website for more information – http://cavallistud.com/gallery/
Art Creations Africa
Love art and culture? Blend the two when you visit the Art Creations Africa Sculpture Garden and Gallery in Helderberg Estate in Somerset West. Art viewing with a different, take a stroll through the gardens and admire the stone sculptures created by Zimbabwean artists. Each displaying the artists look on life, mood or inspiration – each unique and fascinating in it’s own right.
There is a lot to browse through and fascinating art to be found. Art Creations Africa makes it its mission to educate art lovers about the background and history of the handcrafted sculptures they see.
More information available here – https://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/westerncape/art-creations-africa/
Lionel Smit Art Gallery
A local artist so famous, he has his own gallery. Lionel Smit is a nationally and internationally renowned artist that has just opened his own gallery near his studio in Somerset West.
Art lovers can now view his monumental portraiture works that have been exhibited in prestigious galleries, art fairs and public spaces around the world – and perhaps even get the opportunity to speak to the artist himself.
To get full details regarding opening times, current exhibitions and more – visit the artists official website here – https://www.lionelsmit.co.za