La Motte Wine Estate is renowned for the innovative ways in which it shares the estate’s fine wine, cuisine, historic charm and beautiful landscapes with guests to its Franschhoek address. Translated as The Flowers of La Motte and inspired by the fynbos on the mountainside and flora from the estate gardens, the La Motte Museum’s new art exhibition, Fleurs de La Motte, now introduces a new way to enjoy the estate’s offering.
The vibrancy of the detailed paintings by Stellenbosch-based artist, Paula van Coller-Louw, makes one forget about the drought in the Cape Winelands. Acclaimed for her intriguing blossoms and symbolic commentary of plant life through four solo and 50 group exhibitions over the last 17 years, she explores a new and developed perspective with her work for this exhibition. The special selection of flora on the estate includes the Serruria Florida (Blushing Bride), Erica’s, Pincushions, Proteas, Hanneli Rupert roses as well as Disas and the tiniest detail of the delicate flowers is captured in an exceptional emotion of layered colours that adds to the artist’s symbolic interpretation of plant life.
Adding an interactive and educational element to the five-month-long exhibition, established sculptor, Toby Megaw, will be completing a life-size sculpture in clay, The Blushing Bride, in the La Motte Museum. Also the commissioned artist of the four-metre-tall Wine Bearer sculpture welcoming visitors to La Motte, Megaw’s focus is on capturing the beauty of humanity in subtle form and gesture.
The Fleurs de La Motte Exhibition opened in the La Motte Museum on 1 February 2018 and runs until 15 July 2018. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 09:00 to 17:00 and entrance is complimentary.
The exhibition also extends to the Fleurs de La Motte Experience, a Tuesday morning guided tour of the exhibition inclusive of a walk-about with artist Paula van Coller-Louw or demonstration by sculptor, Toby Megaw, followed by tea and treats in the gardens of Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant.
The Fleurs de La Motte Experience takes place on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 and costs R150 per person. Reservations are essential and can be made online at la-motte.com, by calling +27 (0) 21 876 8850 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org