ark. contemporary, art gallery, Rosendal

ark. contemporary

Established in 2021 ark. contemporary showcases the collective endeavours of a group of accomplished Rosendal-based artists. Hailing from diverse artistic backgrounds, these individuals converge at ark. contemporary to foster collaboration and showcase their unique visual perspectives. The gallery provides a dedicated exhibition space separate from their personal studios, offering visitors an opportunity to engage with their work and immerse themselves in creative expression. The gallery collective includes Grietjie Lee, Louis Olivier, Stella Olivier and Wessel van Huyssteen.

Thursday: 10h00-16h00
Friday: 10h00-17h00
Saturday: 09h00-17h00
Sunday: 09h00-14h00
Monday: by appointment only

342  Kriek Street, (Corner van der Merwe Street), Rosendal
Contact: 079 587 6282

Pretorius Studio, gallery

Pretorius Studio Gallery

Willem and Linda Pretorius, both accomplished artists, established the Pretorius Studio Gallery in Rosendal. In addition to showcasing their own work, the gallery also serves as a platform for other artists, fostering a vibrant creative community. Visitors are encouraged to engage with the artworks on display and perhaps even find inspiration of their own.

By appointment only

General Fick Street, Rosendal
Contact: 076 159 0525

Stallery, art gallery, Rosendal


Stallery serves as the gallery and workshop of Wim Rautenbach, renowned local artist known for his connection to nature and the surrounding landscapes. Founded upon a romantic inspiration, the gallery symbolises the enduring love affair between Rautenbach and the unspoiled beauty of Rosendal. Transfixed by the town’s allure, he relocated from the bustling streets of Gauteng to establish a new chapter of life and artistic expression in this tranquil setting.

Open weekends, public holidays and by appointment

Corner Keyter and Van Niekerk Streets, Rosendal
Contact: 072 275 5571

Art at Yolla's

Art at Yolla’s

Located in a dedicated room inside Yolla’s bar and restaurant, Art at Yolla’s houses affordable art by local artists working in a wide range of mediums.

Thursday – Saturday: 10h00 – late
Sunday: Open on occasion only, please enquire before visiting
Monday – Wednesday: closed

Corner Hertzog & Van der Merwe Streets, Rosendal
Contact: Yolanda 082 660 5443 

Grietjie Lee, artist, Rosendal

Grietjie Lee

Grietjie is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with a combination of beeswax and tree gum to create bas relief sculptures. Targeted animals, so-called vermin, such as the Black Backed Jackal, are a porthole for exploring the conflict at the confluence of wild and contained. Her abstract watercolour markings are inspired by the indigenous Rat’s Tail grasses (Sporobolus Africanus).

Viewing at ark. contemporary

Wessel van Huyssteen, artist

Wessel van Huyssteen

Wessel is a multimedia artist who creates intricate and detailed watercolour drawings to portray his interest in the landscape and the concept of space, place and non-place and how to engage these phenomena in the age of the Anthropocene. The textile works consist of densely sewn machine stitching onto layers of Viscose, Rayon and Nylon. The layers are cut and re-sewn to excavate and construct disrupted geographies.

Viewing at ark. contemporary

Louis Olivier, artist

Louis Olivier

Louis is a sculptor who mainly works in bronze and owns the Workhorse Bronze Foundry in Johannesburg. His sculptures are often beings that are both figurative and abstract. His drawings and collages are renditions of his sculptures. Louis is known for his collaborations with artists including William Kentridge, Wilma Cruise and Cobus Haupt.

Viewing at ark. contemporary

Stella Olivier, artist

Stella Olivier

Stella is primarily a photographer who is interested in capturing evidence of stories as they unfold in real time, and seconds later become historic. She has photographed several local and international performers and artists. She also works with charcoal and ink on paper and in these drawings, she combines images to create stories that never existed.

Viewing at ark. contemporary

Michele Nigrini, artist

Michèle Ngrini

One of the first professional artists to make Rosendal her home, Michèle is a colourist who captures a personal response to what she sees. Her approach is based on visual sensations and the play between line, colour and structure, with mark-making being the most fundamental element in her work. Michèle aims not to copy nature, but to capture the essence of things.

Viewing at ark. contemporary

Willem Pretorius, artist

Willem Pretorius

Willem finds his inspiration in the smells and sights of the small towns of South Africa. His theme is mainly concerned with the “platteland” and its changing landscapes. It can be seen as a type of visual diary where he documents a specific time and place and in doing so, remembering. It also reminds us of our own transcience and mortality. Everything is temporary. He works in oil and his style can best be described as observational realism with a strong South African vernacular.

Viewing at Pretorius Studio Gallery

Lein Smuts, artist

Lein Smuts

Rosendal artist and curator Lein Smuts, predominately works in charcoal, capturing the dramatic beauty of the Eastern Freestate landscape. She also works with various other mediums and techniques, portraying the direct environment around her. Lein believes that art should be accessible to everyone and strives to create beautiful and affordable work. Her goal is to share her artwork with as many people as possible to make a positive impact in the world around her. 

For viewing contact:
082 782 6532 

Wim Rautenbach, artist, Rosendal

Wim Rautenbach

Spontaneous freedom and honesty are some of the feelings derived from Rautenbach’s oil paintings. Light and form plays an important part in Rautenbach’s creative process. The work is not static and totally realistic, movement, light and atmosphere add to the viewing experience.

Viewing at Stallery

Linda Pretorius, artist

Linda Pretorius

Linda’s works are tenderly-observed and evoke the often-unacknowledged tension that comes with family life. Like her family’s Instagram handle ‘Skoppelmaai’ (the Afrikaans word for ‘swing’), her works oscillate between the domestic contrasts of stillness and chaos, beauty and the grotesque and the search for stability amongst them. Linda completes each painting in one sitting at the family dining table.

Viewing at Pretorius Studio Gallery

Magda van der Vloed, artist

Magda van der Vloed

Magda is a Rosendal based, multifaceted artist who forges objects from her imagination into the world of ceramics and paint, depicting the vices of our society, She draws the viewer’s attention to how we live in a perilous and precarious time. Her theme is inspired by her personal narratives, while offering commentary on the social-political context of South Africa.

For viewing contact:
082 454 2531

Marna van den Berg, artist

Marna van den Berg

Growth is a central theme in my life and I believe that growth also occurs when people share their experiences – art is a universal medium to do this. I derive joy from the everyday and therefore I especially enjoy painting flowers.
I have lived in Rosendal since January 2023 and derive joy from the natural beauty, unforgettable sunsets and tranquility.

Viewing at Yolla’s, Krummel, The Service Station Wine Bar or contact: 082 493 7711

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