TALENT LIVES HERE
So…. There’s a million and one reasons why Africa is just awesome…. One of these is that there is so much talent, mostly undiscovered, right under our noses.
Hang in there… I am going somewhere with this… a few blogs ago, we featured a photographer, Holmes Awa, and his incredible photographs that captured the city of Cape Town. Holmes is now based in Lagos, Nigeria and continues to take incredible photographs. Today while rushing to a meeting in the city, I stumbled upon 136 Bree Street.
Specifically, a beautiful little coffee shop: The Ladder. YES! Another coffee shop… but this one piqued my interest, because the coffee shop section seemed tiny, and I was curious about what lay beyond the front bit! And of course, I HAD to find out!! The Ladder offers coffee, a gallery and a studio!! Here, one can learn how to create stained glass artwork, among other things…. But on 1 October, with FIRST THURSDAY taking place in the city centre, there will be an art exhibition by new talent!!
I went upstairs, following my curious nose to see what was there…. There was excited chatter, and giggles. And I was lucky enough to meet the artist. Attie Esterhuizen: a musician, born and currently residing in Cape Town, raised in the world: Paris, Boston, Michigan… he draws his inspiration from the colours around him! His first love and outlet for his talent is music, he writes, he composes, he sings!!… but in 2020…. The Year of Covid (as we shall forever refer to it)…. The music went silent for a while. But that doesn’t mean the artist in Attie went to sleep… on the contrary, the artist found an outlet! In his words, I wanted to EAT colour- in the quiet and the madness, I saw flowers everywhere, flowers in all shapes and with VIBRANT colour!
Inspiration came from everywhere: the healthcare workers he heard so much about during these covid times, his mother – a world renowned chef; beauty in men and women he has met. His art is the embodiment of happiness. Something we are in short supply of at the moment.
FIRST THURSDAY is back…. Be careful, mask on, sanitise away, and go support our artists, mixologists and restaurateurs.
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