Following the tradition of Helen Martins, there are several artists who have found their muse in Nieu Bethesda and established their studios in the village.
Albert Redelinghuys is a Gauteng escapee who settled in Nieu Bethesda. He is not only an artist, but a designer too. He spends his days in Nieu Bethesda tending his ‘Maze and Labryinth” and painting realistic Karoo landscapes and still life painting. Albert has won several awards for his work and also spent 3 months in residence at the Cites Arts in Paris in 2000.
David Langmead is a Zimbabwean expat resettled in Nieu Bethesda. His youth spent observing wildlife gives him inspiration for his life-like wildlife paintings. These days, he also finds his muse in the treeless landscape beyond his backyard in Nieu Bethesda. David is now also renowned for his landscapes.
Charmaine Haines creates abstract and stylised ceramic art. She creates both sculptural and utilitarian forms and embellishes them with semi-reliefs, coloured stains, natural oxide washes, carvings and textures.
This former lecturer of Ceramic Design at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University left Port Elizabeth for Nieu Bethesda in 2002. She now works as a professional artist and has her studio and gallery in Nieu Bethesda.
“My sculptures feed off the nostalgia of innocent times, lost in thought or activity. Sometimes they even embody the thoughts or pictures born in a moment – but every piece has meaning. To me, at least, they speak.”
Frans Boekkooi was introduced to sculpture at the age of fourteen and won his first major sculpture award (ATKV) at sixteen. He received the ‘Best on Show’ Award at the 2000 EPSAC Annual Exhibition. His work features in collections in the UK , US, Australia , China and Holland , as well as the Presidents Collection. Frans is a sought-after commissioned artist who works from ideas and / or photographs to the client’s specifications and achieves an astounding likeness to the subject. Among his clients are architects, interior designers, corporate buyers and art lovers who want an exclusive and personal work of art. He lives in Nieu Bethesda, a small village in the Karoo, South Africa.