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Taking The Plight Of The Rhino To Lisbon

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The Portuguese still have strong bonds with South Africa and when Adrienne  and John Silva met Ana Paula Cabral at her gallery in Lisbon she expressed her longing or ‘ Saudades de Africa do Sul’.

Ana Paula was interested in Adrienne’s work on Searching for Roots and Meaning and also her Bonsai-people. Adrienne has painted the idea  of how we force our children to shape into the people we want them to be, in Bonsai culture it may be  a  ‘formal-upright’   or   ‘informal-slanting’  etc.

It was a year later that Adrienne Silva was invited by Ana Paula to exhibit with artists, Isabel Fideiro and Jirina Nebesarova. The exhibition opens 8 July until 6 August.

Adrienne’s  worked with a theme, Breathe in the Future, Breathe out the Past, Savour this Moment Long as it lasts’ (Bonobo).

Day of Freedom

Day of Freedom


I Came to Look for You

I Came to Look for You


On the Way

On the Way


The Stars and You

The Stars and You


Adrienne was painting her galaxy with no end in mind, until she saw and painted the image  Ami Vitale  photographed of the rickshaw, Mr MSK Rostam.  Ms Vitale has seen the completed work and called it, ‘powerful’.
The Pattern is Evident

The Pattern is Evident


Adrienne Silva, Cape-based painter with Dr George da Fonseca, Consul General of Portugal. Dr Fonseca wishes Adrienne well on her trip to Portugal for the exhibition and  here is the work, First Step, that will also be shown. 

For further information please contact;

Adrienne Silva
084  351 2328
(021)  434 5897 

Paula Cabral Art Gallery
Rua do Secula 171
1200- 434 Lisboa
Phone     91  236 6519

Sometimes known as ‘Eikestad’ (Town of Oaks), Stellenbosch is considered the oldest town in South Africa immediately after Cape Town, a 45 minute drive away. Founded in 1679 by governor Simon van der Stel, the Stellenbosch Wine Route is South Africa’s earliest and arguably the most acclaimed. Having been established in 1971, it now offers 106 cellars in the wonderful Jonkershoek valley.

Modern-day Stellenbosch is a buzzing place populated by students, academics, business people and their familys. You shouldn’t miss Dorp Street, a national monument with among the longest rows of historically conserved properties – including Georgian, Cape Dutch and Victoria architecture – in South Africa.

With scores of open-air cafes, places to eat, galleries, retailers, hotels and guest houses – many housed in these ancient architectural structures – it is the ideal base for a winelands adventure. Then there is the wine route , with around 130 wineries and 5 sub-routes, known for their wine production – notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage and Chenin Blanc. The five sub-routes are Bottelary Hills, Greater Simonsberg, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Berg and Stellenbosch Hills.

Half and full day wine tours are incredibly popular and can be booked with the tourism office. Alternatively, you are more than welcome to drive yourself to one or more of the wine estates even though that would mean the driver missing out on sampling any of the wine.

You will find a wide range of hotels available in Stellenbosch from camp sites, youth hostels, B&Bs right up to luxury hotels. The requirements of each type of traveller are catered for in Stellenbosch which is perfect for the independent holidaymaker to use as a starting point to discover the various visitors attractions of the Western Cape.

The recommended means to orientate yourself in Stellenbosch is to join one of the normal walking excursions that depart from the tourism office at 11am and 3pm each and every day. As an alternative, you are able to investigate all on your own and footmaps can be obtained. As Stellenbosch lies in a valley, there are also hiking routes outside of the town which allow you to absorb some of the fantastic landscapes and nature of the Cape Winelands.

Located at the southern most tip of Africa where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet is South Africa’s mother city, Cape Town. It is South Africa’s number one destination with around 70% of visitors from the UK making Cape Town part of their itinerary.

Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest city and offers visitors fantastic shopping, eating out and other attractions all under the back drop of the iconic Table Mountain. The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is the ideal place for a bit of retail therapy before finding a restaurant where you can sit outside and watch the world go by even during the winter months.

Attractions in Cape Town include the Two Oceans aquarium, a craft market or you may want to watch the local artists perform at the amphitheatre. Robben Island was the prison where Nelson Mandela spent many years and it is open to visitors who can get there by a short boat journey.

Cape Point has claimed many shipwrecks over the years and it is well worth visiting the place that is at the very end of Africa. The drive over Chapman’s Peak is as spectacular as the view from Cape Point with its hairpin bends and sheer cliffs.

As well as finding plenty of things to do in Cape Town, it is also an excellent base to explore the surrounding area of the Western Cape. The winelands of Paarl, Franshoek and Stellenbosch are popular with both self drive and guided tours. Between July and October, the town of Hermanus is considered one of the best places in the world where you can whale watch from the shore.

The stunning scenery of Cape Town makes it an ideal place to spend your holiday for those in search of adventure, entertainment or relaxation. A full range of accommodation is available to suit all budgets.

The Western Cape is South Africa’s most famous holiday destination with strong reason. The biggest city of Cape Town or the ‘Mother City’ is visited by 70% of tourists who visit South Africa from the United Kingdom.

The fantastic city of Cape Town lies the shadow of Table Mountain at the point where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet. The Mother City is many things to many people featuring culture, wine, landscapes, the seaside or many leisure pursuits.

Table Mountain rises to around 1,000m above the metropolis and it is certainly one of the most recognised destinations globally. More active people might take on the numerous backpacking paths to the summit or otherwise, there’s a cable car that takes merely 3 minutes to reach to summit.

The Winelands of the Western Cape are appreciated throughout the planet and the wineries of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl date back years. The several wine routes are complimented by numerous restaurants, coffee shops and guest houses with superb menus and substantial wine lists.

The prison at Robben Island is where Nelson Mandela as well as other members in the ANC were held for a number of years. Positioned eight miles off shore from Green Point, Robben Island is a museum honouring the heroic individuals that were held here. It was selected a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Roughly one hour to the east of Cape Town is the town of Hermanus and it is regarded as one of the best areas worldwide to observe whales from the shoreline. Between June and November each and every year, the Southern Right Whales swim past Hermanus on their migration path.

Back in the Mother City, the Victoria and Albert Waterfront is the focus of the city with world class shopping, places to eat, coffee shops, discos and nightspots. The harbour offers several of the recommended hotels in Cape Town as well as the Two Oceans Aquarium.

For all those going to the Western Cape, the Garden Route is definitely a place that simply just has to be visited. This dazzling portion of coast between the Mother City and Port Elizabeth is one of the most favourite locations in South Africa. Tangled forested acres, cliffs, extraordinary cliffs and sandy beaches are all part of the landscapes. There are lots of little towns following the Garden Route giving many lodgings and cusine experiences.

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