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[#StanfordFramed] is here! Meet the Artists

MEET THE ARTISTS!

Regina Viva Art Foundation
Grade-R-Funinfundo-2The Grade R class Funimfundo, decorated the frame as part of their creative session. The children used all kinds of material from buttons, shells, pasta to glitter. They all gathered around a big table with the frame in their center and the children were given free choice of material to decorate their part of the frame. The children had lots of fun, there was much discussion and exchange of materials and suggestions on how and what we should use to make the frame look beautiful. In the end the class room as well as the little bodies themselves where decorated with a variety of materials.

 

Tasha Saha
Tasha-3”Even though I moved to Stanford almost two years ago, I am still astonished daily by the incredible natural beauty here. My work, which focuses on vibrational medicine and the human energy field also makes me very aware of the unique vibration of the area. The mountains, the fynbos and the nearby coastline contribute to Stanford’s beautiful, radiant energy- one that seems to draw people to it in the most extraordinary ways. My frame, entitled ‘More light than matter’ translates what we can all feel into a visual form.”

 


Sara Abbott
SaraI spent a childhood in beautiful surroundings on a farm on the slopes of Mount Kenya, where I grew a passion for animals and the outdoors and in those early years, painting and photography were favourite pastimes. I work from a garden studio in the heart of the village, enjoying visits from family and friends as well as the company of my beloved animals! “My inspiration came from living many years on the banks of the Klein River with views of the mountains and surrounding farmlands. I walk along the banks almost every evening amongst cattle and horses!”

 

Siobhan Twomey
Siobhan-(2)
Siobhan Twomey has a background in film, animation and illustration. She has previously provided artwork and designs for studios in Dublin, New York and Vancouver. Currently she lives and paints in Stanford, where she is part of the Art Stroll and the Tuesday Life Drawing Group. She has also given a series of classes on the techniques and practices of drawing from life. “I was inspired to depict birds for this Stanford Frame because birds are such a rich part of life in this area, but also because the forms and colours are so incredibly varied that they would do well to frame any view of the village!”

Sanette Upton
SanetteTen years ago when I arrived in Stanford there were Arums everywhere along the river. I also saw them on plots in and around the village. I grew up in Stellenbosch where there were as many arums. Our mountains after heavy rains have so many waterfalls and I then wonder how many red disa are hidden on the wet cliffs, stream sides and seeps. As a child a scary zig’zag farm road in Du Toitskloof Mountains led us to dark pools and scarce Disa, an unforgettable sight.

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Prins
Rick-PrinsRick Prins studied fine art at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg and completed an Honours degree in painting. He taught art to children and adults in South Africa and Britain and has exhibited art work in both countries. His painting focuses on portraiture, the landscape, architectural and human forms, and found objects. His original paintings have been executed in oils and mixed media. He lives and paints in Stanford. “I wanted to show some of my art work on the frame and it became a little exhibition of
printed copies, reduced in size.”

 

 

 

 

 

Ntando Sebele
NtandoNtando discovered that he had a gift and was talented in art when he was 13 years old. Pencil and paper became his best friend and he went on to study fine and commercial art at Mzilikazi Art and Craft Centre from 2005 – 2006 where he met a very talented Russian woman who taught him many different techniques and skills in art. He believes that without art the world is nothing! He was inspired by the surrounds in Stanford when he painted his frame.

 

 

 

 

 


Mary Knight & Bea Whittaker

Bea-and-MaryThe frame is a collaboration of both our work The Wandelpad is close to our hearts, as well as those of our four footed friends. So the entire “Dogville” pack of dogs that have great fun on the Wandelpad every afternoon are represented – from the Black Dog Club (which includes the “Slippers”) to “top dog” Canine Africanus, the “sweepers” and the “chocolate box dog”. And of course there are the arum lilies – beautiful and abundant next to the Wandelpad – and the statuesque blue gum. Hopefully the frame will entice you to take a walk along the river, sit on a bench, look at the mountain and enjoy
one of Stanford’s most wonderful places.

 

 

 

 

Vivienne McOnie
Vivienne-McOnieViv and her husband, a well-known and award winning bee keeper have recently moved to Stanford where they bought a farm. They have created a destination venue which houses not only Vivienne’s studio but a recently opened restaurant Stanford Harvest and a soon to opened mead tasting room. Vivenne’s frame was influenced by their new venture. The area, the restaurant and the bees.

 

 

 

Val Myburgh
Val
I work as a book illustrator but enjoy experimenting with as many creative forms as possible. The more colour the better! I wanted to do something colourful and the Funky Frogs Frame “sprang” to mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline Heyes
Caroline-Heyes-(2)Born and educated in England, came to South Africa when I got married and lived in Jo’burg until 2009 when my partner, Don Maciver and I came to live in Stanford. I always felt that “one day, when I had time” I would take up art again and in 2012 I finally did so! I mainly work in watercolour but do some pastels and acrylics. I am really enjoying the journey of discovery, and hope one day to be able to refer to myself as an Artist!

Current Specials

ACCOMMODATION:
Blue Gum Country Estate
Blue Gum Country Estate is running a fantastic winter special. Come and cuddle with the family around a blazing fire and enjoy luxury family accommodation and good food and wine this winter.Family Break R995 per person sharing including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast. Children U12 Stay & Eat Free.
Valid until October.

Izandla Self Catering
Stay two nights and pay R800 for two people Single rate: R700 for two nights

Stanford Nestle-In
Book for three nights and pay for two! Rates: R500 per night. An extra R100 is charged for a single night stay.

Villa di Baia
Villa on the Bay offers a Luxury Suite for 2 self-catering at R900 a night
from May-October.
SPECIAL including School Holidays: October
2 people sharing PROVENCE apartment. Unit: R850 per night
4/6 people sharing EZE apartment. Unit: R1800 per night
ALL self-catering.

** Kindly Note that specials are dependent on Terms & Conditions, and subject to availability. Please confirm these with the establishments when booking.

Pedal Power in Stanford

PedalPowerThe idea of a ‘sleepy’ village sounds so quaint and wholesome. But don’t let that fool you – Stanford has a lot going on, especially for those who love exploring. It  is idyllic, charming and amongst other things, a sweet spot for a bicycle ride.

1. Architecture Buff?
Stop by the Tourism Office, pick up a copy of “Historical Stanford on Foot” – ignore the foot part –and pedal your way around, admiring the rich architecture that adds to the town’s heritage clout. Gables, popular in the 1920s, will greet you as you pedal past (the Stanford Table in Queen Victoria Street HW1, is a lovely example), and the ‘stoeps’ – some whimsically decorated – might make you daydream about giving up city living, for a slice of country style.

2. Pedal for the Birds
The William Appel Dam boasts its own bird hide and is easily reachable by bike. You can collect keys from the tourism office and peddle on down for some bird watching of your own. On a recent, wintery outing, members of the Stanford Bird Club spotted: Cape Reed Warbler, Cape Wagtail, Common Moorhen, Mallard Duck, Black Crake, White Breasted Cormorant, Little Grebe, Red-Knobbed Coot, African Swamp Hen and White Backed Duck. To find out more about The Stanford Bird Club, visit their webpage.

3. Worked up an appetite?
Eateries in Stanford can also be reached with pedal power – Don Gelato – Stanford’s own Italian gem, is located in the town’s main road (Queen Victoria Street), along with Graze Café, Evergrine Farm Stall (at the town’s entrance) and KC’s. The Vine Restaurant is just off the main road – in Shortmarket Street, and Marianas is an easy cycle in Du Toit Street (booking essential), and so is Coffee Corner, on Morton Street.

If you’re visiting over the weekend, why not cycle to the Saturday Morning Market – you can find it on the veranda of the Stanford Hotel in Queen Victoria Street from 9 o clock until noon. Expect delicious treats and veggies, and if you’re self-catering, stock up on some ingredients for a picnic, or supper.

Of course, the foodie adventures don’t stop there – Stanford boasts a number of restaurants and wine farms just outside the village too – although you may need a wee bit more than pedal power to reach them. And for the serious mountain bikers, drop by the tourism office for some off-road cycle routes.

Whatever your preferred method of travel and exploration, add Stanford to your list and soak up some country calm this Spring.

For accommodation ideas click here.

Stanford Winter Specials

ACCOMMODATION:

B’s Cottage, Bugler’s Cottage, & Dove Cottage
Midweek break at R250p/p. Min 2 nights. Free bottle wine for in front of the fireplace.

Beloftebos Cottages
– 3rd night free till mid September.

Blue Gum Country Estate
Blue Gum Country Estate is running a fantastic winter special. Come and cuddle with the family around a blazing fire and enjoy luxury family accommodation and good food and wine this winter. Family Break R995 per person sharing including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
Children U12 Stay & Eat Free.

Izandla Self Catering
Stay two nights and pay R800 for two people
Single rate: R700 for two nights

Mosaic Private Sanctuary
Lagoon Lodge Indulgence
R1 500 per person per night, PLUS get a free Deep Tissue Massage **2 night minimum.

Lagoon Lodge Last Minute Special
Stay for 3, pay for 2 nights. Booked within 7 days of arrival.

Mosaic Cottages Midweek Special
Book a cottage at our Winter Rates and get a free quad bike activity & bottle of house wine for 2 people.

Valid: Until September 20th 2014. Subject to availability. Direct Bookings Only. T&Cs Apply. Res: +27 76 313 2814. info@mosaicsouthafrica.com

Stanford Country Cottages
Low season rates till 30 September 2014, depending on availability – not applicable for one night bookings. Limited availability on weekend of 26 – 28 September 2014.

Stanford Hills Estate
Winter Specials – book 2 nights, stay one night free except over public holiday weekends and school holidays.
Manor House winter tariff is R2600.00 per night from 1 May to 31 August 2014.
The Tasting Room will be open for Mezze Board Menu only (Tapas), wine tasting and other refreshments from 8th May to 4th June (reopens with full menu on 5th June), Thursday to Monday from 11h00 to 17h00.
Essential to book.  Full chalkboard menu will be available again from 5th June.

Stanford Holiday House
Winter special……stay for 3 nights pay for 2.

Stanford Nestle-In
Book for three nights and pay for two!
Rates: R500 per night. An extra R100 is charged for a single night stay.

Sunbird Cottage
Sunbird Cottage is running a special for the next 3 months:
Rate @ R450pn for 2 people plus and kids @ R25pp

Villa di Baia
* Villa on the Bay offers a Luxury Suite for 2 self-catering at R900 a night from May- October.
* Villa di Baia: WINTER SPECIAL including School Holidays: June & July
2 people sharing PROVENCE apartment . Unit R850 per night
4/6 people sharing EZE apartment : Unit: R1800 per night
ALL self-catering.

 

** Kindly Note that Specials are dependent on Terms & Conditions, and subject to availability. Please confirm these with the establishments when booking.

Viva Arts Festival is Back!

The Viva Arts Festival will be back in Stanford on April 26th!

When, what and where?
8am-7pm
Food stalls, kids activities and local music entertainment
Contact: Regina (076) 3757 116; Wilhelm, CPF, (076) 8108 908
Viva Foundation on Facebook

Place: Die Skema, Stanford, Rugby Field and around (walls to be painted nearby)
Entrance: Free
You are most welcome to join as an artist creating an artwork (we sponsor materials), as a volunteer assisting the artists and with kids activities, or just spread the word and come with all friends and family.

If you missed November’s Viva Arts Festival, read Emile’s post below, and take a look at his photo gallery from the event:

In Living Colour
Emile Scholtz

On the first Saturday of November, under blue skies and the blistering heat of early summer, Stanford village’s reputation for creativity and community spirit was borne out once more in the Stanford Viva Arts Festival.

It began as an outgrowth of the odious policies of apartheid, but the informal settlement adjacent to Stanford village, known as the skema, certainly doesn’t live in its shadow. A stroll through on any given afternoon presents a street life humming with lusty, gregarious energy, but despite this, history’s sanctioned disparity continues to echo in the skema’s many social and economic challenges.

Sven Lager, artist and co-founder of the Viva Foundation N.G.O, brought his vision of a ‘living art gallery’ – first piloted with great success in the township of Zwelihle, Hermanus – to Stanford in an effort to not only uplift and beautify the landscape, but to also inspire tourism opportunities and possible employment for residents in the future.

With the help of Regina Broener (who runs Stanford Creative Works, a riotously fun non-profit art workshop for hundreds of kids at the local De Bron school), and established Stanford artist Nikki Miles, a team of invited artists, village volunteers and up- and-coming talent from within the skema came together to adorn houses with joyful, life affirming murals.

Delightful artworks, running the gamut from representational to the graphic and stylised, came to life over the course of the day, shooting the muted landscape of concrete and brick through with bright strokes of imagination. Colour may have divided us in the past, but in this much enjoyed event it was a unifying force which brought a heartening cross-section of Stanfordians together from both sides of the community for a day of fun, laughter and friendship.

“We can be in the sea every day now!” declared the proud owner of a reposing mermaid to the huddle of curious onlookers gathered at her fence. Now that’s a job well done, Stanford! Plans are in the offing to include the ‘living art gallery’ in the upcoming Stanford Art Route in March.

 

FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS - STANFORD

 

BirdingFLIGHT FOR BIRDERS
A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers:
STANFORD 27 and 28 March 2014

The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Anton Odendal will be presented at the NG Church Hall, Stanford on 27 and 28 March 2014.

The contents of the course have been changed dramatically at the end of 2013: In 2014  we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the course and we will now be celebrating our country’s birds with photographs of some of the top wildlife photographers in South Africa. Much stronger emphasis is also being placed on conservation issues, in line with the MOU signed between the Overberg division of CapeNature and BirdLife Overberg. New additions to the course are sections focusing on the differences between the various families of LBJ’s and other confusing species, as well as Birds of Prey, and how this applies to the region where the course is being presented.

The costs include the course manual and a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa, as well as a year’s free membership of either the Stanford Bird Club or BirdLife Overberg – roughly 1,600 slides and drawings will be used.   In many cases images of similar and potentially confusing species have been combined on the same slide in order to illustrate differences. The development of an infrastructure for birding tourists in local areas will also be highlighted.  In the vast majority of the slides English and Afrikaans names of species are printed onto the slide.   The course focuses on basic steps in the identification of birds, places heavy emphasis on where to find the rare and often endemic birds in southern Africa and illustrates how ordinary bird-watchers could become involved in the conservation of birds and their habitats.  Parts of the proceeds of courses presented in 2014 will be donated to Black Harrier conservation.
A review of a previous course can be seen at the following link.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG:
〈    One of the bird guide books (Newman’s, SASOL or Robert’s), preferably one that you are prepared to make notes in to illustrate key identification features of species
〈    Notebook and pen
〈    Binoculars (second day)
〈    Comfortable walking shoes (second day)
〈    Hat and sunscreen (second day)
〈    Lunch picnic basket
〈    Coffee and tea will be provided.

DAY 1: Thursday 27 March 2014
(Kindly note that short breaks will be taken on the hour).
08h30 to 09h00:  Registration
09h00 to 10h00:  The basic approach to Flight for Birders and what to look for when trying to identify a bird
10h00 to 10h15:  Tea
10h15 to 11h15:  The identification of garden birds
11h15 to 12h30:   A special section on some of the brood parasites of southern Africa and their host species:  Cuckoos, whydahs, honeyguides and indigobirds.
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
13h00 to 14h00:  The identification of the fairly common water birds of southern Africa
14h00 to 14h30:  The identification of the seabirds and coastal birds of southern Africa
14h30 to 15h00:   How to prepare when visiting a new birding area:  Birding in the Kruger National Park as a brief case-study.
15h00 to 16h00:  An overview of some threatened birds in Southern Africa:  what are conservation agencies trying to do about the problem through conservation programmes and how can ordinary birders help?  (We will focus on four of the topics below)
1.    The Dyer Island Conservation Trust: Working towards saving AFRICAN PENGUINS
2.    BLSA’s ALBATROSS Task Force
3.    The impact of PELICANS on breeding CORMORANTS on Jutten Island.
4.    Our BUSTARDS & KORHAANS under pressure
5.    There is hope for AMUR FALCONS migrating through India?
6.    The BLACK HARRIER under threat

DAY 2:  Friday 28 March 2014
08h00 to 09h00:  Practical outing in small groups applying the principles taught.
09h00 to 10h15:  The identification of raptors and birds of prey
10h15 to 10h30:  Tea
10h30 to 11h00:  The identification of raptors and birds of prey (Continued)
11h00 to 11h45:  A special focus on the Owls of southern Africa
11h45 to 12h30:   An introduction to the identification of some difficult groups:  Little Brown Jobs
12h30 to 13h00:  Lunch
13h00 to 13h30:  An introduction to the identification of some difficult groups:  Little Brown Jobs (Continued)
13h30 to 14h00:  An introduction to the identification of some difficult groups:  Swallows, swifts and martins.
14h00 to 15h00:  Concluding integration:  a focus on birding tourism – the critical role that the Western Cape Province in general and the Overstrand region in particular could play in this regard
15h00 to 15h30: The 101 species in southern Africa that every avid birder needs to be able to identify – how to distinguish between the various families of birds.  (An open-ended participatory discussion on photographs of the most common birds representing different families of birds).
15h30+:  Presentation of certificates.

DETAILS IN BRIEF:
DATES:  27 and 28 March 2014
VENUE:  The NG Church Hall, Stanford
COSTS:  R 500-00, that include the course manual, a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa and tea and coffee
TO REGISTER AND SECURE YOUR PLACE:  
Contact Elaine at birding@overberg.co.za or 082 455 8402.  All further queries could also be forwarded to Elaine.

#discoveroverberg sets the trend

Stanford Tourism ‘@visitstanford’ and Skye Leask ‘@intheOverberg’ together with their co hosts,

  • Mariette dT-Helmbold ‘@MariettedTH ‘
  • and Thaya Bedford ‘@beatnikloves’,

launched the very first Overberg twitter collaboration in the form of #discoverOverberg, bringing together anything and everything to do with the scenic, and entrepreneurial, #Overberg region of the Western Cape.

Over an hour the online conversation yielded some impressive results, and even had the #discoverOverberg hashtag trending twice in South Africa:

Read More >>

FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers

                                    FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS

 

FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS downloadable document.

Mosaic Private Sanctuary - Hermanus Lagoon, Stanford

Mosaic Private Sanctuary – Hermanus Lagoon, Stanford

A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers:    HERMANUS  (21 and 22 February 2014)

The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Anton Odendal will be presented at the Community Hall, Mollergren Park, Hermanus on 21 and 22 February 2014.

In 2014 we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the course and we will be celebrating our country’s birds with photographs of some of the top wildlife photographers in South Africa: the course is being adapted with this particular aim in mind. Parts of the proceeds will be donated to Black Harrier conservation.

The costs include the course manual and a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa – roughly 1,600 slides and drawings will be used.  In many cases images of similar and potentially confusing species have been combined on the same slide in order to illustrate differences. The development of an infrastructure for birding tourists in local areas will also be highlighted.  In the vast majority of the slides English and Afrikaans names of species are printed onto the slide.   The course focuses on basic steps in the identification of birds, places heavy emphasis on where to find the rare and often endemic birds in southern Africa and illustrates how ordinary bird-watchers could become involved in the conservation of birds and their habitats.  New additions to the course are sections focusing on the differences between the various families of LBJ’s and Bird of Prey and how this applies to the region where the course is being presented.

A review of a previous course can be seen at the following link:  http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/conservation/458/%93flight_for_birders%22_review

 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG:

  • One of the bird guide books (Newman’s, SASOL or Robert’s), preferably one that you are prepared to make notes in to illustrate key identification features of species
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Lunch picnic basket
  • Coffee and tea will be provided.  

DAY 1: Friday 21 February 2014

(Kindly note that short breaks will be taken on the hour).

08h30 to 09h00:  Registration

09h00 to 10h00:  The basic approach to Flight for Birders and what to look for when trying to identify a bird

10h00 to 10h15:  Tea

10h15 to 11h15:  The identification of garden birds

11h15 to 12h30:   A special section on some of the brood parasites  of southern Africa and their host species:  Cuckoos, whydahs, honeyguides and indigobirds.

12h30 to 13h00: Lunch

13h00 to 14h00:  The identification of the fairly common water birds of southern Africa

14h00 to 14h30:  The identification of the seabirds and coastal birds of southern Africa

14h30 to 15h30:   How to prepare when visiting a new birding area:  Birding in the Kruger National Park as a brief case-study.

15h30 to 16h00:  An overview of some threatened birds in Southern Africa:  what are conservation agencies  trying to do about the problem through conservation programs and how can ordinary birders help?  (We will focus on three of the topics below)

  1. The work of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust
  2. BLSA’s Albatross Task Force
  3. The impact of pelicans on breeding cormorants on Jutten Island.
  4. Our bustards & korhaans under pressure
  5. Good news for Amur Falcons in India
  6. Black Harriers under threat

 

DAY 2:  Saturday 22 February 2014

08h00 to 09h00:  Practical outing in small groups applying the principles taught.

09h00 to 10h15:  The identification of raptors and birds of prey

10h15 to 10h30:  Tea

10h30 to 11h00:  The identification of raptors and birds of prey (Continued)

11h00 to 11h45:  A special focus on the Owls of southern Africa

11h45 to 12h30:   An introduction to the identification of some difficult groups:  Little Brown Jobs

12h30 to 13h00:  Lunch

13h00 to 13h30:  An introduction to the identification of some difficult groups:  Little Brown Jobs (Continued)

13h30 to 14h00:  An introduction to the identification of some difficult groups:  Swallows, swifts and martins.

14h00 to 15h00:  Concluding integration:  a focus on birds and birding tourism – the critical role that the Western Cape Province in general and the Overstrand region in particular could play in this regard

15h00 to 15h30: The 101 species in southern Africa that every avid birder needs to be able to identify – how to distinguish between the various families of birds.  (An open-ended participatory discussion on photographs of the most common birds representing different families of birds).

15h30+:  Presentation of certificates.

DETAILS IN BRIEF:

DATES:  21 and 22 February 2014

VENUE:  The Community Hall, Mollergren Park, Main Road , Hermanus

COSTS:  R 500-00, that include the course manual and  certificate. 

TO REGISTER AND SECURE YOUR PLACE: 

Contact Elaine at mwjasser@mweb.co.za or 082 455 8402.  All further queries could also be forwarded to Elaine.