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Monday, September 20, 2021


(Left: Work by KZN artist Julia Foreman)

The Aesthete is back in the beautiful town of Clarens, Free State, for another brilliant cultural event - The Clarens Art Experience - a highlight on the Clarens calendar. 

Taking over the lawns at The Art & Wine Gallery from October 8 – 10, 2021, The Aesthete offers a collection of art experiences, for a daily fee of R50. 

Expect a unique experience including an exhibition of South African artists, a theatre production, live music, engaging performances, live art, immersive art and artisanal workshops

Exhibitors and performers will not only be from the art-renowned town of Clarens but from all the corners of South Africa. Take the opportunity to invest in the carefully -curated art hung in the gardens at Art & Wine Gallery. The exhibition will boast a magnificent repertoire of art; from 26 art exhibits with over 30 artists including painters, fine-art photographers and ceramicists.

(Right: Simon Addy)

Renowned local artists such as Simon Addy and Lyn Hoyle, Zane Frost, Kara Schoeman and Jessica Hansen will be exhibiting. Artists from Kwa-Zulu Natal, such as Julia Foreman, Kathy Jacob and Paula Breetzke, as well as artists from Johannesburg and Cape Town will be there. Exhibiting artists include Sanlam Portrait Award finalist, Ashley Bothma, art collective and gallery Brush Strokes Gallery and world renowned ceramicists from Zimele.

To encapsulate the immersive experience which identifies The Aesthete, a fabulous array of art to artisanal workshops are planned throughout the event. This year’s workshops have been curated to facilitate one’s expression, and broaden one’s creativity. Workshops will include ceramics, mindfulness in art, dance and figure drawing. Kiddies workshops include dance, music and painting. Each workshop will be limited, so booking will be essential. Find more information via Facebook.

This year, The Aesthete will be adding a Theatre production Heart of Saturday Night to its schedule at Time and Again on Saturday, October 9. Pop music raconteur Rob Boyd takes a magic trip into the world of Tom Waits, walking right into the LA bar Tom made famous, The Troubadour, and striking up a late night conversation with the bar characters as the combo plays Tom-inspired hits from Rod Stewart, Ray Charles, Roseanne Cash, Rickie-Lee Jones, Bette Midler, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen & other great artists.

Engaging live performances will run throughout the event. Expect a line-up of original music from local talents, to Midlands musicians, including Charles Webster, Rick Schwim and Brian Bedingfield. Become enthralled by the various forms of movement performances, such as contemporary dance and fire dancing from Bonana Dance in The Midlands. Absorb and observe the intimate process of creating art at the live-art station.

This event will be The Aesthete’s 11th event, four of which being independent, since its emergence in November 2019. The young and alternative art collective has created new and innovative opportunities for artists and performers to exhibit and showcase their talents. The Aesthete was also responsible for the World’s first drive-through art exhibition in July 2020 in Hilton, KZN - The Aesthete Drive Through, which attracted the interest of many keen art supporters as well as media houses including SABCTV. The Clarens Art Experience will be The Aesthete’s second appearance in Clarens, as the art collective takes its next step out of its base in the Midlands, KZN.

The Aesthete will be taking precautions to adhere to government regulations and restrictions during the COVID 19 pandemic. Such regulations include the wearing of masks whilst on the premises, sanitising of hands at the entrance, as well as curating the exhibition so that strict social distancing will be in place.

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