Painting festival takes place this weekend

The Riverside Boutique is the venue for the inaugural Hout Bay Plein Air Painting Festival.

It’s all systems go for this weekend’s inaugural Hout Bay Plein Air Painting festival, taking place at the Riverside Boutique Hotel on Sunday December 16.

The festival follows the success of the Noordhoek Plein Air Festival that took place earlier this year. “En plein air” is a concept referring to artworks produced outside a studio, allowing artists to pain locations of their choice on site.

The programme has now been finalised, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the Domestic Animal Rescue Group (DARG) and James House.

On Sunday morning, registered artists will journey various points of local interest where they will start working on their paintings. The completed works will be auctioned at the Riverside Boutique Hotel at 6pm.

Participating artists include Andrew Cooper, Don Hartley, Melanie Meyer, Paddy Visser, Christopher Reid, Derric van Rensburg, Belinda Basson, Lecia de Waal, Carrie Lam, Andrew Hart, Charme Southey, Marcelle Lyons, Roger Melvill and Casey van der Leek.

The festival begins at Riverside at 2.30pm. Art Box Children’s Activities, a Mediterranean buffet available all afternoon, cash bar, like music by Ike Moriz and a raffle for prizes are among the activities on offer.

At 3pm, tea, scones, strawberries and cream will be served under the trees. Auction registration (with a complimentary glass of Hout Bay Vineywards bubbly) will take place between 5pm and 5.45pm.

Sponsors include Clay Cafe Hout Bay, Office National Hout Bay, Green Vine Eatery, Silvermist Hout Bay, Debra Buys Consulting, 6 Dogs Distillery, Urban Brewery, Codfather restaurant, Massimo’s restaurant, Hout Bay Manor, Dario’s restaurant, Earthworx Enchanted Garden, Capexex Exclusive Tours and La Cuccina.

Debra Buys, of DARG, said the organisation was honoured to be a beneficiary of the day.

“This couldn’t have come at a better time for us, as traditionally we need to treat more animals at this time of year. The funds raised by the event will be put to good use,” she said.

Organiser Mark Woodhouse said the event would reflect the cultural and artistic ambience of Hout Bay.

“It is also an opportunity for people to buy wonderful artworks at non-gallery prices,” he said.

For further information, contact Mark at