Story of an Old Bag in Church

On the other side of the world in a small community called Samford Village, Queensland, Australia, I have a close and dear friend who a sings in the choir of the local Catholic Sacred Heart Church.  One Sunday a few months ago, she spied a newcomer in the front pew.  Not only was that unusual…

Cape ceramics

A Gentle Giant

Yes, Hennie is a big man.  But he is not just physically tall.  He is a giant in the world of ceramics.  As one of South Africa’s leading ceramic artists, Hennie’s CV shows his meteoric rise through the classic art shows of the country and is littered with awards and accolades.  But he also is…

bluebell woods

Classic Blue & White

Blue and white is the classic ceramic colour combination used by potters over the centuries around the world. Timeless, classless. fresh and so very beautiful, it is a simple winning formula with universal appeal.  And, its inspiration?  Perhaps nature.  To walk in our local woods at the moment is a heady experience.  They are a…

Cape Town

The Mother City

It has been claimed that Cape Town acquired this moniker because in 1930’s someone wrote that it was the only city in South Africa that could justly call itself a metropolis.  This word is coined from the Greek derivation of ‘meter’ or ‘metros’ meaning mother and ‘polis’ meaning city and so the nickname of ‘Mother…

A Wealth of Women

Pictured are a few of the talented and inspirational women who paint, sculpt, pot and create for our gallery.  There are obviously many more, and today, on International Women’s Day, we salute their ingenuity, and thank them for their continous contribution and excellence. Mary-Jane Alexander’s oil painting “Mimosa – Festa della Donna” which we have…

Green versus White

Our Irish flag is flying high for the match at Twickenham this afternoon – Ireland v England; green v white. Obviously in a game of rugby, supporters back only one colour. But at our large mixed art exhibitions however, all colour preferences are catered for.  So on our forthcoming show opening next Saturday, we feature…

Candice Coetser

Frosty White

There is something about white; the simplicity, the purity, the cleanliness.  Winter has been disappointedly wet and warm this year in general, but the sodden grey monotony has intermittently been broken by the odd crisp, sparkling, frosty day, when the whole world seems to have been frozen in time and nature suspended in animation. Nowhere…

flowers

Floral Fever

It lifts my soul on a damp, dark, windy, grey February morning in UK to look at images of my travels to Africa to visit artists on bright, blue-sky summer days.  We are about to receive in a new collection of oil paintings by Mandy McKay, featuring birds and flowers.  After visiting her at her…

Table Mountain

Tablecloths

Just as Cape Town’s Table Mountain is incomplete without its distinctive white tablecloth, so too is our gallery without a few colourful cloths and cushions.  Brand new in, ready for our spring show in March, is a vibrant collection of cotton fabrics from the wonderful Carole Nevin. When I was last in the Mother City,…

Farm Africa

Featured Fundraiser

To celebrate 21 years of support, the charity Farm Africa has nominated Fillingdon Fine Art as their Fundraiser of the Month and elevated the gallery to their Fundraisers’ Hall of Fame. http://www.farmafrica.org/featured-fundraiser/fillingdon-fine-art   “We are delighted to be acknowledged as an official fundraiser for this worthwhile charity which, like our gallery, has Africa at the heart of…