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Riebeek Valley awakens with annual Solo Studios event


olo Studios, an annual event that has firmly made a name for itself on the events calendar, will be taking place in the Riebeek Valley from the 8th to the 11th of August. This bespoke art experience – now in its fourth year - provides a rare opportunity to visit acclaimed artists in their studios to view and purchase their art straight off the easel. Art on offer ranges from highly collectable pricier originals to smaller, more affordable art works, prints, and offshoot items. So there is something for all budgets. ARTS TOWN explained A colony of acclaimed artists have made the Riebeek Valley their home – no surprise with its breathtaking views and inspirational setting. This has given birth to Arts Tourism, a new form of “industry” in this predominantly agricultural


area, which has subsequently breathed new life into the economy of this rural community. SOLO STUDIOS – Intimate Art Encounters is the showpiece art event hosted by the Riebeek Valley, which has been named “ARTS TOWN” due to the proliferation of artists, art, and related art activities found in the Valley. “Besides Solo Studios, there are many other exhibitions, attractions and activities throughout the year, ranging from artist retreats and workshops, performances, street parties, festivals and the like”, says Astrid McLeod, owner and curator of The Gallery and RK Contemporary, the two permanent galleries in town. “We are truly blessed with the high density of creatives that call the valley home, which has validated us declaring ourselves “ARTS TOWN”!”

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SA Art Times May 2019