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The small towns of the Karoo attract many artists. Using various media, they work to capture its sense of place, inspired by its history, people and geography.

Over the years, the village of Vanwyksdorp has developed a modest reputation for, among other things, its commitment to promoting art and artists. At the forefront of this is Sharon's Bullfrog Restaurant, which has an art gallery that features work created by artists living and working in the area.

In fact, the community's involvement in Karoo art has been a major part of acclaimed works: 'it thrives on their sense of ownership and participation,' says Vernon Gibbs-Halls Vanwyksdorp represents a few leading local artists, such as Peter Pharoah and Tony Gibbs-Halls. The Vanwyksdorp Institute aims to promote young artists from the area who are finding their way in the art world. Planned exhibition programmes will be made up of a dynamic and varied mix of artists, subjects and themes and is a welcome commercial outlet for Karoo artists and art lovers.

The Vanwyksdorp Institute will soon be providing the teaching, paint, canvasses and brushes, while the Karoo's landscape and fresh air provide the rest.

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