It’s been a long, cold & wet winter. We’re happy to be coming out of hibernation along with the squirrels, as we welcome you all back for another edition of Montebello Nights. This time there will be live demo’s and presentations by some of our resident artists, as well as the usual: famously fantastic food, pretty tunes, moonlight and magic among the trees. Oh – and did I mention CRAFT BEER??!! Swing by and say hi..
Yes, we got wet last Saturday! But with umbrella’s from the Greenhouse Nursery, a pot of gluh wine on the fire and eventually shelter in Montebello Labs’ stables, a group of purposeful youngsters worked a solid two hours with Right Mukore & crew to chisel surprising creatures out of chunks of wood. Many thanks for your tenacity, parents and kids, and for making believe that the rain was of little importance that day.
As the sculpture auction will be at its best in Right’s Montebello open-air studio, we have decided to reschedule this for next Saturday, 21 June 2014, at 11.30am. The weather forecast is so good for that day, the aim is to bring the Right Mukore “magical wonderland” as close to life as possible.
In fact, the smashing smiles on children’s faces, even when the rain pelted down on us, made the artist decide to host another two workshops again too: kids up to 8 years old may join the team to create a giant fish in the Gardener’s Cottage garden, whilst youngsters 9 years and up can sculpt their own small artwork at Right’s studio. Both workshops are free of charge. Parents are welcome to make a reservation at the Gardener’s Cottage for brunch or lunch: 021 689 3158, or to wander around the Montebello studios.
Mukore’s work may be recognized by Cape Town residents: Reunion Park, opposite The Manhattan in Century City, was named after the life-size public art work, entitled “Family Reunion”, that Right created out of a stone pine tree. The sculpture has taken centre stage in this park since 2008. Other public or semi-public artwork from Right’s hand may be viewed at Sweet Valley Primary School, Constantia, Herschel School, Claremont, off Victoria Rd, Hout Bay, and at Oasis Resort, Century City. From larger than life-size sculptures to small-scale functional art, Mukore’s spellbinding creatures will be on auction at his studio at Montebello Design Centre on Saturday 21 June at 11.30am.
Saturday 21 June 2014
Children’s wood chisel workshops from 10-11.30am (FREE!)
Auction at 11.30am
Welcome drink upon arrival.
Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands
Tel: 082 431 8575
June’s featured artist is Right Mukore, sculptor and magician. I say magician because his work is absolutely magical. The wood speaks, and he listens, carving with skill and care until a fantastical form emerges… mother and daughter with nurturing curves in a warm embrace, plump little pigs, croaking garden toads or giant toadstools. He even made a giant hamburger, complete with a layer of lettuce and tomato, for The Good Life Food Truck while they were here. Right sees deep into the heart of a branch of Jacaranda or a trunk of a Camphor tree, and brings characters to life through careful carving, polishing, shaving and sanding. Fish, angels and sometimes an entire family emerge slowly and beautifully as he chips away at the wood. Is he creating these creatures or merely uncovering them? Were they always there?
Right comes from Shoshe in the Masingo province of Zimbabwe, and one can see his Zimbabwean heritage shining through in his work, as well in as his wide all-embracing smile. He also works extremely hard; he is the first to arrive at Montebello in the mornings, and often the last to leave at night. He is well experienced in his craft, and has been practicing as an artist for over 20 years. His open-air studio truly is a magical wonderland. As a resident Montebello artist myself, I love to take the occasional wander among the sculptures. It’s a perfect place to go when the soul is in need of some sustinence, and the mind needs some daydreaming time (if you don’t mind the noise of the powertools!)
Right’s work may be recognized by Cape Town residents: Reunion Park, opposite The Manhattan in Century City, was named after the life-size public art work, entitled “Family Reunion”, that he chiseled out of a stone pine tree stump. The sculpture has taken centre stage in this park since 2008. Other public or semi-public artwork from Right’s hand may be viewed at Sweet Valley Primary School in Constantia, Herschel Girls’ School in Claremont, off Victoria Rd, Hout Bay, and at Oasis Resort, Century City
Come and see this magic for yourself – from largerthanlifesize sculptures to small-scale functional art, Right’s work is available for sale from his studio, and he will gladly carve up something special for you. A visit or a consultation can be arranged with him by contacting 078 613 2747.
Right’s spellbinding creatures will be on auction as a Youth & Father’s Day Special at his studio at Montebello Design Centre this Saturday 14 June. Bring your Dads, the kids, your Dad’s kids, and your best bidding hand. The Gardener’s Cottage will be open, as always, for refreshments and yummy lunch. Check out the Montebello Design Centre Facebook page for event details or the Montebello website.
As an artist, maker and creative person, I have come to realise that it’s all in the story. The story of something is what gives it meaning; evoking wonder, inspiration, fear or frustration, and linking us together as it’s passed on from one person to the next. Without stories, our lives would be shallow and completely devoid of feeling. We would be numb. Creativity requires stories, inspiration and feeling in order to flow, and it is well understood that a work of art or craft has the ability to tell a story. It speaks to the artist and the viewer, evoking a feeling, a memory, or a similar story or experience. Like a thread, our stories link us together, particularly through our creative endeavours.
Montebello is a creative community. We are painters, sculptors, wordsmiths, music makers and foodies. We are garden gurus, jewellers and computer creatives, all incredibly talented in our respective fields. But without our stories, our work would be nothing. Therefore, without further ado, I’d like to introduce our new blog:
The Montebello Times
This is the beginning of a new chapter; an opportunity for us to begin telling our stories as a collective, and get our messages across.
The trees are whispering, can you hear them?