Sally Rumball, owner of the new art.well gallery had the following to say about the gallery’s first exhibition. The gallery, situated in Chartwell, Fourways, opened its doors for the first time last month. This hidden gem is can be found in The Stables Village Market around the corner from Broadacres Shopping Centre and Cedar Road.
The gallery offers a tranquil, warm and welcoming space, aimed at supporting emerging artists and bridging the gap between artist, curator and buyer. For the first exhibition ‘New Broom‘ gallery curator and artist Sally Rumball encouraged artists to “dig out ‘old’ or previously unseen pieces, to make way for the new”.
This exhibition consisted of 39 artists presenting 126 artworks hung in salon-style colour and mood themes, showcasing various mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, digital and photography.
The majority of the artwork submissions were from female Johannesburg-based artists, confirming a feminine aesthetic that dominates the space. Having said that, the artworks attracting the most engagement were diverse. Karin Preller’s Tintin and the Schnauzer was a favourite with adults and children alike, as was Jenny Nijenhuis’ Ace, a Taste of Mum’s Love‘. The abundance of artwork sales set a promising tone for what this new space has to offer.
‘New Broom…‘ ended at the end of May, making way for reUnion to open on June 7th. This exhibition comprised seven former University of Johannesburg Fine Arts classmates, showing student work previously unseen in a commercial space. reUnion will be on for the month of June, and guarantees well-researched and excellently executed (and slightly controversial) pieces.
Going forward, art.well gallery aims to present exciting contemporary exhibitions, workshops, experiences and collaborations, to coincide with the pop-ups, eateries and events happening in the newly revitalised and beautiful country setting of The Stables Village Market. Keep up to date with feature events at the gallery by following their Instagram or Facebook.
Images courtesy of art.well gallery.