Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents


By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 30 March 2017
Updated: 31 March 2017
Category: Features
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Open Art Cape Town held its first exhibition at The Drawing Room in Observatory. Members of the group selected some of their favourite pieces to demonstrate the collective, and diverse, talent of the community.

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents

Open Art Cape Town, a loose collective of artists and comics creators who meet up regularly to doodle and drink coffee, held its Humble Beginnings exhibition opening this month. The exhibition's intention is to showcase some of the more formal work being produced by the group's members and it is particularly significant as the group has quietly been in operation for a few years, yet this is the first event to showcase some of its members' work.

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: Shameema Dharsey, the creator of the comics The Cat Lady and ...And Life Goes On and Rowan Govender, the organiser of the exhibition, at the opening night.
The exhibition, which has been organised by Geek Ink's Rowan Govender, who is also one of the main organisers of the Open Art Cape Town Sketch Meetups, was aptly called Humble Beginnings to acknowledge not only where the group started but how the exhibition is the first step towards bigger initiatives and more public events.

The artists come from a range of backgrounds and careers, including illustration, game design, animation, and storyboarding. Not all are producing art professionally but they are all dedicated to improving their craft by spending a few hours each month creating art in the company of likeminded individuals.


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Aptly, Humble Beginnings is being held at The Drawing Room, a cafe and gallery space in Observatory where the Open Art Cape Town group frequently meets, and the opening night included a doodle event in which everyone was invited to participate. The exhibition was originally only intended to run for two weeks but it was extended until the Easter weekend so if you thought you had missed it there is still time to stop by to view the art and have a cup of coffee.

You can see highlights from the doodle evening in the video roundup above and a showcase of some of the work below. (Unfortunately the titles of some of the artworks are missing because the lighting isn't too good in some corners of the gallery and my photographs didn't pick up the text.)


Gertan Agenbach

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: Where Are We? and Where To Now?

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: Close up of We Are Where We Are.



Adam Lombard

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: Alien Repair and Outworld Tea Making.



Jesse Breytenbach

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: Ink.
Jesse Breytenbach: Official Site, Blog, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter



Nick L'Ange

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: Ganesh Encounter.

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: Close up of a piece by Nick L'Ange (title unknown).



Kingsley Clutten

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: Siren and Among Us.



Danielle Albertyn

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: Kisses (left) and titles unknown.
Danielle Albertyn: Official Site, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr



Kay Carmichael

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: Lessons In Flight and Earthy Explorations.

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: Close up of Kitchen Experiments.



Gabriella Jardine

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: Lemonade and Red Earth.
Gabriella Jardine: Behance, Facebook, LinkedIn



Shameema Dharsey

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: I Shows You Mah Soul.

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Above: Close up of Lil Bit Of Everything.



Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents

The Open Art Sketch Meetups are open to anyone wanting to participate - no previous experience is necessary, just a desire to doodle. They are held on at least two Saturdays each month and, from April, will also be occurring on at least two evenings each month, usually on a Thursday. Keep an eye on the Open Art Cape Town Facebook page or the brainwavez.org South African Comics Calendar Of Events to find out the dates of the upcoming gatherings.

Open Art Cape Town: Facebook, Instagram
Geek Ink/Rowan Govender: Official Site, Facebook, Patreon, SoundCloud, Twitter, YouTube


Read Next: Kay Carmichael Experiments With More Personal Storytelling In Kay's Comics


This post was updated on 31 March 2017 to reflect that the exhibition's run date has been extended to mid April.

Tags: #arts_and_culture, #cape_town, #comics, #sacomics





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