D-Street Art Room is one of Stellenbosch’s best art galleries. It is situated in the historic Merweda building, at 112 Dorp Street – easily identifiable by the red sculpture of a seated figure by artist Strijdom van der Merwe.
The Merweda building is of significance, being a protected historical Stellenbosch site. Built in 1798 in the late Georgian style, it was initially used for residential purposes.
D-Street Art Room makes great use of this beautiful space with its wooden floors and white painted walls – perfect to showcase exceptional art. Recently there has been the addition of the Dorpstraat Cafe, where one can enjoy some freshly brewed coffee while sitting on the stoep and watching life happen in Dorp Street. Adjacent is Delft Huis, specialising in Delft, Art Nouveau Ceramics and antiques.
Currently on show at D-Street is work by a variety of artists such as Anton Smit (small sculptures), Jaco Sieberhagen (steel sculpture), Jacques Buys (sculpture) Linda Rademan, Hayley Ellis, Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen, Clare Menck, Marinda Combrinck and Obert Jongwe.
An exciting event that is coming up is the book launch of Stilspraak, Strijdom van der Merwe and Landkuns. The launch will be held on the 30th of January at 11:00. Landkuns (or Land Art) refers to art that is made directly in the landscape, sculpting the land itself or making structures in the landscape using natural materials such as rocks or twigs. In the book Van der Merwe, renowned and award-winning land artist and sculptor, looks specifically at land art in the USA and the Netherlands.
Do RSVP for this event as there is limited seating, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or visit D-Street Art Room Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm, Fridays 9am-12pm and Saturdays 12pm-5pm.
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Written by C Knoesen