The Manor House is a treasure trove of established and up-and-coming artists with some pieces on the bolder more eclectic side. Benguela Cove is a proud supporter of the Hermanus FynArts Festival and presents art workshops, exhibitions and competitions during this period.
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Owing to the Manor House’s artistic focus, Benguela Cove has been proud supporters of the Hermanus FynArts Festival for several years. Benguela Cove’s involvement includes workshops, art exhibitions and most recently an art competition.
by Jimmy Law & Janko de Beer
10 – 19 June 2016
Jimmy Law has always been fascinated with the human face, features and what lies behind a person’s eyes. He focuses on creating larger than life, energetic and engaging portraits and his current works have a somewhat darker and more mysterious undertone that raises questions regarding identity. Some of his works touch on social issues such as the state of the human condition and in particular issues such as guilt and innocence, vulnerability and fragility.
Janko de Beer’s work is inspired by the natural shapes and textures of dried-out bull kelp collected from various beaches around South Africa. His sculptures are a unique mastery of motion, form and texture influenced by the precepts of contemporary futurism in sculpting. Janko’s sculptures are not only visually stimulating, bold and dramatic but also convey the history of the medium with strong individual characters and a subtle touch of surrealism.
by Sheena Ridley
5 – 16 June 2015
Zimbabwean born Sheena Ridley, a leading South African contemporary artist, exhibited her highly acclaimed sculptures, oil paintings and pastels in the beautiful setting of our Benguela Cove Tasting Room.
Sheena’s paintings and pastels combine figures and landscapes with textural definition created by the use of palette knives. Her modernistic figures display clever use of light and shade, inferred movement and often a touch of delightful humour.
As part of the 2015 Hermanus FynArts Festival, visitors were able to join acclaimed artist and sculptor Sheena Ridley for one of a series of ‘interactive discussions’:
The Use of Palette Knives in Oil Painting
5 – 16 June 2015
Sheena demonstrated the use of the palette knife in this interactive presentation and participants were invited to spread oil paints on prepared board and experience the advantages of this textural method of painting.
Armature in Sculpture
5 – 16 June 2015
Sheena demonstrated the vital role of armature – the framework around which the sculpture is built. Participants were able to interact with the placing of the support medium onto a prepared armature. This assisted them in visualising the connection between inner armature and the completed form.
Born from a creative collaboration between Benguela Cove and the Hermanus FynArts Festival, two limited release wines were chosen and labelled with art that epitomised style, grace and sophistication.
The front labels of the two wines, a 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Shiraz respectively, depicts an original artwork by local artist Louis Jansen van Vuuren, who drew inspiration from the French theme for the 2016 Hermanus FynArts Festival and created a piece reminiscent of the Aubusson Tapestries.
Design Limited Edition Tissue Paper Competition
23 March – 29 April 2016
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate invites aspiring graphic designers, visionaries and design enthusiasts to create artwork to be used as limited edition tissue paper in the packaging of Benguela Cove wines.
This exciting competition was inspired by the spirit of the Hermanus FynArts Festival and #BenguelaGlamour. Hermanus FynArts is an annual celebration of arts and culture where wine and art aficionados come together for a week of unforgettable events.
Harvest Photo Competition
25 January – 12 February 2016
Taking advantage of the perfect harvest conditions, amateur photography enthusiasts were invited to visit the estate to capture the best picture of the ‘Benguela Cove Harvest 2016’. Entrants had the opportunity to take a snapshot of the usually restricted environment of the Benguela Cove vineyards during the harvesting period of our finest cultivars: Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.