The inspirational location

We are located in Napier, Western Cape, South Africa along the main road between Cape Town (90 minutes if no traffic jam) and Cape Agulhas (40 minutes with rural traffic jam). Tourists tend to rush pass our village on their way to their mainstream destination. But more and more explorers amongst those travellers are discovering this gem in the Overberg region. Many villagers work from the comfort of their own home. Garages became workshops and studios for the numerous artisans. There is ‘The Big Cheese’ for example; cheese straws that the privileged Capetonians and tourists buy at Giovannis in Cape Town, a militaria museum, a toy museum, diverse artists (some with name and fame), a miniature steam engine builder (exporting all over the globe); just to mention a few.  The village has the largest sundial in South Africa; the architecture of the church attracts architects and designers but most of all we like the rural surroundings with their farms and local wildlife; the ever changing sky colours, the earth colours (hence Yvonne’s jewellery) and the generous and genuine hospitality of the community. Well … why not discover it yourself

An impression:

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Now also on the map of Xplorio; a much visited website with ‘what-to-do’, ‘where-to-buy’ and ‘where-to-eat/sleep’ in the Overberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa.

See for yourself.

Festive Season Opening Times

From Sunday 17 December to Sunday 7 January (except 25 December) the gallery will be open daily between 10 and 5 PM.

It’s Festive Season in South Africa and the time of the year that South Africans buy presents for themselves or for their loved ones. In addition to the ‘Down-to-Earth’ collection  in the Jewellery Online Shop , jewellery designer Yvonne de Wit is ‘redefining an era’ with a steampunk genre that repurpose found objects in a contemporary manner.

 

Landscape and fine art photographer Herman van Bon fills the walls with Overberg Landscapes and Photo-graphic Imaginaries. He also shows examples of different photo-processing techniques. On sale are also the last 4 photo books (out of a limited edition of 50) ‘Overberg Landscapes’ (A6 size with hardcover and in box) with over 30 land- and town-scapes; merely pictured in the past 12 months. Visitors also have the opportunity to order canvas prints in sizes A6 to A0. See also the photography online shop.

Inspiration

One morning in the Overberg:

We live in a small town through which the main road between Cape Town and the Southernmost tip of the African Continent runs. ‘Runs’, indeed for most tourists are racing in high speed mode from one ‘attraction’ to the other. It’s a pity to see people not experiencing the real beauty of a wonderful countryside. Sometimes we think; why not turn left of right into a gravel road and get lost … in a wonderful landscape with ever changing skies throughout the seasons. Yes; one can pick up some of that on the main road but it’s incomparable with the real thing. Our Swiss friends are visiting South Africa virtually every year and although they drive rural pace in the countryside they never got the idea to go into the deep … So we took them out one early morning. Yes, we also did the Southernmost Tip, for that was still on their list, but after the off the beaten track tour they had seen it there within a few minutes; the shipwreck nearby was far more interesting as was the illegal dumpsite of Cape Nature Conservation in a protected nature reservation (sad story), etc. etc. Oh … and we also went to Elim and in Arniston we had lunch in a place virtually all tourists/tour operators have yet to discover….

Those early morning tours inspire us; for Yvonne who is always looking for special colors of rocks/soils and  Herman is always fascinated by landscapes and how he can visualize the ‘soul of the landscape’  in a photograph.

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Model (face not visible):  Maggy

Hopefully our Private Gallery with Yvonne’s complete collection will be open (on appointment) from Easter onwards. The waiting is for the track lights … and who waits in the Western Cape, South Africa can sometimes wait a long, long time… 😉

Private Gallery is ideally situated in Napier along the main road between Cape Town and the Southernmost Tip of the African Continent near Cape Agulhas. It’s an ideal stop over for travelers to see (and purchase) original South African Design jewellery made of treasures from the South African Earth next to framed high quality Overberg landscape photographs in suitcase format.