GARAGE ART, TOWNSHIP BOOKS

 This week in Cape Town….

 I’ll start with the ART because there’ve been not one but two exhibitions recently in our garage. At the first, the ‘car-portfolio’ – JOHN-CLIVE showed his own work: acrylic and watercolour paintings, prints and cards. There was a great turn out.

JC sells 'Poppies' to Fat Cactus owner Dave Karpias

It was the Rosebank neighbourhood ‘open garage’ day when locals opened up their electronic gates to sell up all their unwanted books, bric a brac, clothes and even drill bits. John-Clive’s ‘sale’ was a bit different, friends and neighbours, kids and dogs came in their numbers for a drink and a viewing. He sold three paintings, a couple of prints and a whole lot of cards. Getting a taste for this sort of selling, the following week he went on to show at the Auburn House School Christmas Market where back in the day, sons John-Joe and Tom had learned their first lessons.

 The second garage exhibition was the work of the WEDNESDAY WATERCOLOUR students that JC teaches at Frank Joubert Art Centre.

Watercolours in the garage

He gave each of them their own board to mount best examples of their work on, then he hung them from the rafters – the boards not the students!

Students in the studio

Great occasion – champagne was cracked and the students got a tour of his studio. Next year plans are to go bigger and better and get the price tags out.

BOOKS next. For some time now I’ve wanted to start a women’s library. I get so many titles by, for and about women coming through to OTHERWISE the women’s radio show I present on SAfm, it seems a pity not to house them all in one place as a resource for women in Cape Town where they can borrow, browse or bring more if they want to add to the collection. So – where is this place, this Womens Library, to be? By way of research for a possible venue I went to visit the library in Masiphumele, the township just outside Fishhoek.

Sue and Noluthando at Masi Library

What an amazing set-up. It started as an outreach project of the well-stocked mother-library in Fishhoek. It’s grown into a centre with computer room, kids section, meeting place for art and youth projects, womens and girls groups, mens club, a reconciliation labyrinth, a little park and a tuck shop. A knowledge hub of note where Prince Charles’s Mrs, HRH Camilla Parker-Bowles came to visit recently. Founder Sue Alexander and librarian Noluthando Melamane showed me round.

Sue and new readers

My next site-search visit will be the library in Vrygrond and the new one in Khayelitsha. But any other ideas about a destination for a Women’s Library would be welcome. Drop me a mail richardsn@safm.co.za or call me on 083 431 9986.

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