After my lunch at the newly opened Marigold restaurant I popped into the newly opened Gallery and “store” that’s aptly named The Boutique Gallery.
Small in size but ambitious in impact is what the owners had in mind developing the concept for Franschhoek’s newest gallery, I was told. A remarkably fresh and stylish space with international appeal is the result.
Owned by Ellen Christiaen-Vaesen who has personally handpicked a selection of top local and international brands for the boutique side which includes not only Italian designer perfume but also a strong focus on the cream of local designers: Kat van Duinen, Kirsten Goss, Hanneli Rupert (Okapi), Frazer Perfumes, Ishwara and Henriette Botha are some of the big names to be found in Franschhoek exclusively at The Boutique Gallery.
The opening exhibition is appropriately titled MOOI (Beautiful) and curated by none other than Carina du Randt, who previously had responsibility for the gallery at Grande Provence, Cavalli, as well as selecting local art for the Cape Town Flower Show.
A distinguished group of top South African artists connected with the theme and brought some of their most beautiful works to The Boutique Gallery: Alice Toich, Anton Karstel, Frank van Reenen, Gavin Rain, Gordon Froud, Herman van Nazareth, Jacques Dhont, Jimmy Law, Kelly John Gough, Krisjan Rossouw, Lady Skollie, Marieke Prinsloo, Paula van Coller, Samuel Allerton, Strijdom van der Merwe and Wesley van Eeden.
The official opening weekend of The Boutique Gallery takes place during the MCC Festival in Franschhoek. You will be welcomed with free champagne and snacks and in addition every client will receive a 5% discount on every purchase during the whole of December.
Certainly worth a visit!