Celebration of Angels at Grande Provence in December

10 – 27 December 2017, The Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschhoek

Angels Tears and Nougat Tasting landscape

A celebration of angels in the form of a group exhibition by contemporary artists and a heavenly wine and nougat tasting, takes centre stage at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate this December.

Hosted by The Gallery at Grande Provence, the Angels Tears Exhibition, will take you into the realm of angels in all their magnificence as portrayed by some of South Africa’s most important artists in a variety of mediums and styles. To complete your cherubic encounter, The Tasting Room invites you to spread your wings and savour ‘A Taste of Heaven’ with a bouquet of enchanting pairings of Angels Tears wines and handmade nougat. As a gift from the angels, visitors to Grande Provence will be able to purchase a twin pack of Angels Tears wines for just R70 for the duration of the exhibition from 10 – 27 December. Legend has it that the angels wept for joy when they tasted these wines.

“The angel as messenger is a symbol of great significance, particularly over the festive season and with this contemporary exhibition, we would like to bring back this tradition in collaboration with Grande Provence and their delightful range of Angels Tears wines,” says Myléne Ife, curator of The Gallery at Grande Provence.

Derived from the Greek word, angelos, meaning ‘messenger’, the angel has a long tradition in the history of art since making its first appearance over 2000 years ago in early Christian works. 

“The viewers’ reactions to the many different art forms through which angels have been depicted over the centuries, are often very subjective and depend entirely on their personal backgrounds and experiences as it relates to the works on display,” adds Ike.

Some extraordinary pieces have been included in this exhibition. Grace da Costa’s bronze Chrysalis takes pride of place in the Grande Provence Sculpture Garden. Personifying the metamorphosis of the caterpillar emerging as a beautiful butterfly from the chrysalis, it symbolises significant change in the course of one’s life, personality and way of thinking.

With her international reputation from solo exhibitions spanning over two decades, da Costa’s work is part of President Thabo Mbeki’s collection in the Presidential Office in Cape Town.

One of South Africa’s most important artists with experience in fine art painting and printmaking, Talitha Deetlefs, will be exhibiting a sculpture entitled Winged Muse from her Muse series. A Fine Arts graduate from Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, she relates her motivation for the inclusion of the piece: “Angels are said to be divine messengers, traversing the divide between the worlds of spirit and matter and bringing us messages of hope and joy when we need a guiding light. On a symbolic or archetypal level, an angel is synonymous with the muse, the bringer of divine inspiration.”

Other prominent artists whose works will be featured in the Angels Tears Exhibition include Vanessa Berlein, Alex Hamilton, Frans Mulder and Kali van der Merwe.

A Fine Art diploma graduate from Kwazulu Natal, Vanessa Berlein recently qualified as one of the top 40 artists at the Sanlam Portrait awards. She has worked as an artist for 25 years, focusing mainly on painting, but also works with print, video, photography, music and sculptural mediums.

Alex Hamilton whose works have been influenced by street art stencil graffiti and classic Warhol pop art, explores the collective memory of society by representing our aspirations, desires, styles, fears, nostalgia and joy through popular culture iconography.

Frans Mulder, who graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from Port Elizabeth Technikon, has held solo and group exhibitions for almost four decades. His work was included in the recent David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Artist of the Year catalogue.

Kali van der Merwe, who had a phenomenal response to her work during her recent solo exhibition at Grande Provence, is a graduate of the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art with a primary focus on sculpture and ceramic sculpture in particular. She has also completed courses in Lithography and Serigraphy at Kunsthaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany.

For more information on the Angels Tears Exhibition, contact the curator, Myléne Ife at Tel: 021-8768630 or email gallery@grandeprovence.co.za.

Angels Tears ‘A Taste of Heaven’

Offered daily at the Grande Provence tasting room, the Angles Tears ‘A Taste of Heaven’ pairs specially crafted nougat delights with each of the four wines in the range.

Smooth and bursting with fruit, Angels Tears wines are uncomplicated quality quaffers that are easy on the palate and great value for money – ideal for everyday enjoyment.

You’ll find a match made in heaven when these wines meld with the sweet sensation of sublime nougat morsels. Made from the finest natural ingredients by a local artisanal nougat specialist, the final selection was chosen after intensive tastings and flavour combinations to accentuate the angelic character of the wines.

Lemon & thyme nougat harmonises flawlessly with layers of tropical fruit and hints of green pepper in the crisp yet generous Angels Tears Sauvignon Blanc.

The richness of upfront honey infused with spices and tropical flavours of the Angels Tears Muscato Chenin Blanc is pure heaven with mango & macadamia nougat.

Cherry & raspberry nougat is absolute temptation for the Angels Tears Natural Sweet Rosé with its seductive blush and profusion of freshly picked strawberries.

Upfront red berries and silky smooth tannins make the fruity, easy drinking Angels Tears Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon a sensational taste partner for decadent cranberry & chocolate nougat.

Experience the Angels Tears ‘A Taste of Heaven’ wine and nougat tasting at R70 per person. For more information call the tasting room at 021 876 8600 or email winetasting@grandeprovence.co.za.

The Angels Tears wines are available country-wide and sell from the Grande Provence cellar door at R40 per bottle.  For added convenience, these wines can be purchased online from www.grandeprovence.co.za. Purchases of 24 bottles or more qualify for free delivery anywhere in South Africa. 

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