Art and the Zen of Baardskeerdersbos on a Cold & Wet Day


I hit the dirt road to Baardskeerdersbos yesterday to experience the much-raved-about Art Route for the first time. Pleasure unconfined. Overberg artists’ works hanging in the voorkamers of homes, wine glasses draining as quickly as the levels of bonhomie soared. It was beautiful.

This is a community vibe at its most soul-enriching best. “Kom kuier,” they said… and we kuiered until we could kuier no more. We got wet, we got cold and we got our hearts warmed wherever we went. Here are some images I brought back from this triennial kuns en kuier fees in the country…

Nikki Miles… mother, artist and beautiful person

Nikki’s jacket on chair

Chairs on Nikki’s stoep

Joshua Miles: B’bos artist and really good oke

Joshua’s plane

Sculptures by Andree Bonthuys in a window

Another sculpture by Andree Bonthuys

I really enjoyed myself.

So, please do take a leisurely drive out to our beautiful B\’bos to find out a whole lot more about the Art Route and the artists. En jy moet volgende keer kom kuier, OK?

Fred Hatman
Fred Hatman (AKA Howard Donaldson) knew he wanted to be newspaper journalist at age 13. He has worked as a reporter and sub-editor for the Daily News and Cape Times, both based in South Africa and Wimbledon News, Today, London Daily News, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mirror, all based in London .
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