A walk in the Veldt with ArtKaroo

Janet Dixon, artist and owner of ArtKaroo, with one of her paintings. Photo supplied

ARTLOVERS in the Klein Karoo will be treated to a a unique exhibition at ArtKaroo in Oudtshoorn in December when the local gallery host Veldt; a two-person show with a simple collection of works created with the concept of a “veld” in mind.

The word “veldt” in meaning is described as “open, uncultivated country or grassland in Southern Africa.”, and according to artist and owner of ArtKaroo, Janet Dixon, this is what the exhibition will entail.

“The word ‘veldt’ infers belonging; unfettered freedom; connection and the unmatched power of nature – a power which is not tame or sentimental, but matching death with life; and destruction by fire, flood, drought or tooth, with growth and resilience,” she said.

This two person show is a simple collection of works created in this frame of mind – new oils on canvas and floral alcohol ink works by Dixon will be showcased; as well as landscape photographs by Wilhelm Vincent, printed on unique handmade paper.

“The artworks reflect the mood of authentic unpretentiousness and straightforward expression informed by a real connection with the Karoo environment,” Dixon adds.

Dixon is a well-known local artist, medical doctor and founder of ArtKaroo, which for the past few years runs from ArtKaroo Stay in Jan van Riebeek Road, and with pop-up exhibitions elsewhere. Exhibitions held at ArtKaroo over the past 15 years have involved much of the Klein Karoo artist community.

Vincent, too, wears many hats: photographer, curator, digital and performance artist, to name but a few.

The exhibition will open on 8 December at 18:30 at ArtKaroo, 237 Jan van Riebeek Road. Local musician and optometrist, Jaco Kriek, will bring music to the party with his saxophone, and Grundheim will tease tastebuds with their gin selection. The exhibition will run until 15 December.

For more information send enquiries to arthouse@artkaroo.co.za.