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Art Karoo houses authentic Karoo fine art. This gallery was born out of the need to showcase the enormous amount of talent this semi-desert, but majestic area draws - some internationally acclaimed and others emerging. Fine art, authentically expressed is the thread that runs through the work, with an avoidance of commercial repetition. Work not available elsewhere can often be viewed here.
Situated in a picturesque alley within the historical Prince Vincent building, come and experience authentic creative interaction. The idea of the gallery developed from a group of artists and it thrives on a mutual sense of ownership and participation. Guests are invited to imbibe of its ambience - spend time in its beautiful and inviting surroundings.
- WiFi Hotspot
- Credit card facilities
- Ample parking
- Surrounded by restaurants
- Shipping is arranged to all parts of the world.
- Art Karoo offers a residency program and painting tours to the veld. (Arranged on request - See Art Karoo Stay)
Open from Monday to Friday from 9am - 7pm & Saturdays and Sundays from 9am - 5pm.
Over the past 9 years, Art Karoo has become a place for artists where they could reflect, be inspired and find a creative refuge from the commercially controlled society.
Drawing inspiration from the whimsical semi-desert environment, and the stories that the mountains tell, Art Karoo taps into the bigger creative energy.
Art Karoo Stay is the perfect residency program to enable artists to soak in the musings the Klein Karoo has to offer, in a creatively stimulating environment.
Art Karoo Stay will provide a residency program for artists on a 3 or 6 week period.
Workshops, studio space, accommodation and an outreach program form part of Art Karoo Stay. Artists will stay in a creative environment, have the opportunity to laisse with other local artists, an abundance of art books to draw research and inspiration from and the opportunity to exhibit at Art Karoo as part of a group show, or a performance art piece.
The ultimate art experience... art in Africa at grassroots
This is for established artists as well as the beginners. So, if you love nature, the outdoors & would like to experience it with a paintbrush & canvas, this is for you!
The Karoo is a region in South Africa once inhabited by the Khoi-San & here in Oudtshoorn is where our Painting Field Trips take place. We keep our groups small and personal: 4-8 people and cater fully. We can also be contacted for special requirements, as tours are individually tailored for each group. A local artist joins each tour to provide encouragement and inspiration. All art equipment will be supplied & at the end of the tour, you can keep your work.
We offer two packages:
We meet up at Art Karoo Gallery to start the day with coffee and a conversation. From there we go out to a designated spot in the veldt outside of Oudtshoorn where we spend the day painting, enjoying good company and fine local cuisine. We return to Oudtshoorn late afternoon.
7 Day interactive Karoo art and beach tour
We pick you up at George airport (if necessary) & you are booked in at a local 4 star B&B. Throughout the week we visit tourist attractions, sample the finest restaurants Oudtshoorn has to offer and take in the amazing natural surroundings of the area as we create beautiful images of what we see. Our week ends with a relaxing day at a B&B at the seaside - 45 minutes from Oudtshoorn where, at your choice, you can paint or just relax.
For more details, please feel free to browse through our website where we have more information on the tours, or visit our Gallery.