Knysna the Beautiful Town

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The Knysna Art Route is the first stage in the process of reviving the festival started by Dale and Janny Elliott under the auspices of the Knysna Arts Society in the 90's.

This year will be a celebration of the visual fine arts with potters, painters, woodworkers, photographers, and framers, all sharing their creativity. Special trips to the townships, added to the exhibitions, demonstrations and other happenings, make for a diverse and balanced program.

Investec have made this all possible. Not only have they provided the financial backing for the entire project, but their staff have also assisted in the planning and implementation. Their involvement and support has given the event and the Art Society a much needed boost. We also thank the Knysna Municipality and Tourism who have given us logistical support, encouragement and advice.

"Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together."
As you journey on this art route, we invite you to share the creative enjoyment of our many talented local artists. We trust you will enjoy their works as much as they did in producing them.

There is something about solid wood furniture that appeals beyond the aesthetic. Combining functionality with unique grains, natural warmth and sturdy steadfastness, pieces like these are timeless and special.

Whether old and elegant, or new and contemporary, Fine Furniture in Knysna understands the allure of solid wood furniture and offers the option of both. Its elegant showroom not only boasts classic antiques, original art and collectors' items but also the Simply Pierre range of solid wood furniture from acclaimed Cape Town-based designer Pierre Cronjé.

Owned by indigenous timber merchants George and Jim Parkes, Fine Furniture represents the culmination of an industry in which they and their ancestors have been intricately a part for more than a century.

Knysna Open Gardens 2014

Knysna has many glorious gardens, none of which are normally accessible to the public.  However, with the kind consent of the owners, Open Gardens of Knysna will be offering  a wide and varied selection of open gardens on the 25th and 26th October 2014.  Our last show was in 2006, after which  the event was put on ‘hold’ owing to drought and severe water restrictions. This year we are proud once again to show 11 stunning gardens, from a large farm garden to small town gardens, all charming with their own unique characteristics.

We hope many will take advantage of the opportunity  to spend an enjoyable day visiting the gardens and, at the same time, helping local charities. To add to the enjoyment tea and cakes will be available at Belvidere Manor and the Island Coffee Shop. The two Belvidere gardens will also have an exhibition of ceramics and art.

Our greatful thanks go to the garden owners who made this event possible, to  Sotheby’s for funding the printing of tickets, posters, flyers and the banner, Knysna Tourism for exposure on the Billboards and in the social media, and lastly to Knysna FM for putting us on the ‘Air’.

Funds raised will be divided between the charities nominated by the gardeners.

Tickets are available from the 26th September at Sotheby’s offices: Woodmill Lane, Leisure Isle & Thesen Island.

For further information contact us on: knysnaopengardens@gmail.com or phone  Georgie 044 3824608, Denise 044 3841896, Stella 044 3821334, Carol 044 3841354, Esther 072 4661781

Click on Knysna Gardens for descriptions of the individual gardens.

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