The street in De Waterkant that’s home to Ground Art Caffe has been dubbed Little Italy, not least because of its charming pedestrian atmosphere, but also because its tenants – which include a hairdresser, gallery-café, Italian restaurant, salon, and even a mosque – coexist rather beautifully.
This stylish coffeeshop certainly brings to mind the famous coffeehouses of Europe, where suited businessmen sip espressos while discussing current events and the latest football scores, and huddles of students enjoy a round of panini before heading off to class…
But there’s more to this café than excellent coffee, mouthwatering pastries, its Mediterranean atmosphere and the delicious breakfasts concocted by Chef Glen Clark… Unique to Ground Art Caffe is its “Wall of Art”, an exhibition of paintings and photographic pieces that is refreshed regularly. These exhibitions offer young and upcoming artists valuable exposure.
Painting from the Heart
One such enterprise kicks off on 2 November 2017: a solo exhibition by MIchaela Rinaldi. Despite having no formal training, this young artist has launched a successful career over the past five years, with her works having been exhibited at numerous galleries across the country, including ODA Franschhoek, The Gallery Riebeek Kasteel, INTOTO Gallery Johannesburg, State of the Art and YoungBlood Cape Town. She’s also been featured in publications such as Habitat, Condé Nast House & Garden and House and Leisure.
Michaela Rinaldi intends for her paintings to connect with viewers on a deeply emotional rather than cerebral level, and encourages audiences to look with their heart rather than their eyes. She says: “I believe art is like a beautiful piece of music that inspires an emotion inside each and every one of us. All emotions are welcome on the canvas, and what affects one person in one way, will affect another in a different way.”
The exhibition run from 2 November until 5 December 2017, and is sure to be one of many inspiring displays on offer at this unique European-style venue.
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