White River began life as a farming community and in many respects still is. Our contemporary farm features a large crop of assorted artists, craftsmen, musicians and writers. They’re a modest bunch but we are proud to call White River home to several globally recognised creatives. Cartoons to ceramics, authors to acoustics, sculptors, presses, metal workers…you’ll find them all here in White River Creative.

Artists in White River

Alanna Deall                                                                                                082 428 7889
Alessandra (Alex) Da Naya                                                                          084 776 4563
Andy and Lorrain Tinker – photographers and authors                               082 450 6445
Antjie Newton – Pottery                                                                                082 363 4076

Barbara Moore                                                                                            082 454 3233
Billy Swanepoel – wildlife sculptor (bronze)
Bronze Art Africa – Bronze sculpture Michael Canadas                               013 751 3001
Bosch Studio – Anton and Hanlie Bosch – ceramics and painting               083 456 3272
Brian Coetzee    – Handmade wooden boxes                                               083 372 8784

Cathy Prettejohn – Fine Art Photography                                                   admin@cathyprettejohn.com
Chris Rohm – Bronze Sculpture                                                                  082 417 2258

Edgar Val Odendaal                                                                                   082 254 5485
Eric Archdeacon – Wrought Iron Design and Manufacture                         082 443 3354
Ekim – Bone Idle Bone décor and design                                                   079 984 8972
Esra Bosch                                                                                                 082 823 7591

Hannes Scholtz                                                                                          082 821 5060

Jack Swanepoel – cartoonist                                                                      082 739 0731
Judith Mason                                                                                              071 953 9720

Kim Kay – ceramic and painting                                                                 073 313 8736

Liz McQueen                                                                                              072 194 5343
Leigh Voigt                                                                                                 082 925 6489

Maria Pienaar – painter                                                                              083 518 0353
Art by Murray  (Michelle James)                                                                 083 391 6691

Natascha Trainor                                                                                        072 530 9795
Nina Bosch – Porcelain Jewellery                                                               079 891 7240
Nicola Gilfillian                                                                                            076 692 0815

Paula Steffensen                                                                                       076 518 2736
Pintura Gallery                                                                                           072 530 9795

Rene Eloff                                                                                                   083 701 1528
Roy & Debbie Sarkin                                                                                  082 941 9808

Sally Kay                                                                                                    082 784 5666
Sue San Giorgio – murals and interiors                                                     082 482 0740
Susan Oosthuizen                                                                                      083 556 2821

Tamar Mason – clay sculpture and embroidery                                          083 376 3534
The Artist’s Press – lithography printing                                                     083 676 3229
The White River Gallery                                                                             083 675 8833
Tony Fredriksson –  painting, sculptures, driftwood sculptures                  082 463 8966

Vivienne Lawrence Bassi – artist

WRWR Articles on Creative

10 things I’ve learned about the creative process and navigating life – By Larissa Bester

Just like in the Brené Brown quote above I’ve sometimes been afraid of the discomfort of vulnerability. Of not being in control, of not being perfect. But creativity, any creativity, not just physically creating something out of nothing, but creativity in decisions and in navigating life, can only exist if we realise that perfection doesn’t exist, and that failure is ok. We must step out into the “chaos” to be brave for only then can magic and growth happen. Anything less, will lead to stagnation


Experience amazing art in White River

White River is home to some really talented, world- renowned artists and this weekend you can look forward to the “Three-Studio Art meander which will see works exhibited by Anton and Hanlie Bosch, Nina Bosch, Esra Bosch, René Eloff and Wendy Malan. What a combination!


The White River Gallery

With its contemporary exterior of concrete, glass and iron, the gallery has been a strongly recognisable feature in White River and surrounds, associated for many years with art-related events in the Lowveld. Designed as the quintessential “white cube”, its ingenious inverted ceiling allows the flow of natural light, the interior warmly reminiscent of church-like serenity facilitating the viewing of art in peaceful solitude. Although it is much loved by the community as an arts gem, regular visitors from further afield have fuelled its countrywide reputation as a gallery of standing and consistency.


Mary-Ann Wiggill – Live Wedding Painting

Live wedding painting is the creation of an art piece from a scene at your wedding. What a remarkable event for the bride, groom and guests to enjoy on the day – being able to watch the creation of an artwork from start to finish. This is a massive step back in time to the days before location photography, when occasions were captured by artists rather than celluloid.


Maria Ziessler – Potter of the Month

Maria Ziessler and her husband Holger moved to South Africa in 2000 and soon after opened their ceramic studio. Her love for salt glazed and wood fired pottery came from her childhood where old traditional pottery of this kind was handed down from generation to generation and with the inspirations gathered from Japanese and German potters she began to rebuild the studio


The health benefits of creating art

Creating is not just about “being an artist”. I like the idea that there are no rules about being creative and that it is a development and extension of ourselves. Creative activity not only is good for our well-being, it also improves us as people in a community.


Africa Photographic Services

The APS Photo Academy provides photographic tuition on an exclusive group or one-on-one basis and is facilitated by renowned South African photographers. APS offer courses for beginners to advanced, in field or in a classroom environment. They also offer courses on tools and programs such as Lightroom, as well as workshops helping people get to know their gear.


Uplands Festival

For three days, people gather to watch sport ranging from rugby, hockey and netball to horse riding. Market stalls selling a vast array of products to eat, drink, wear, read, look at, smear onto our bodies do a bustling trade. A secure playground for the little ones means that parents can enjoy the Festival for a bit, knowing Junior is having a ball on the slide and jumping castle, under watchful eyes.


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The Artists’ Press

Staunch supporters of South African talent, The Artists’ Press tends to restrict themselves to South African work and are enthusiastic about the substantial growth enjoyed by the print sector in SA. The industry is well supported by both collectors and galleries. “Our role,” says Mark, “is to facilitate the natural approach of each artist.”


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White River Gallery

Like so many White River stories, this one begins with an idea distilled over a bottle of wine. Louis van der Merwe, owner of Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre and architect Gavin Smitsdorp decided that the beautiful lifestyle experience of Casterbridge needed a place to capture the artistic soul of the Lowveld, somewhere that visitors could linger and take their fill of the talented output that nestles in this corner of the world. A gallery was born, the clean exterior lines of the metal sheeted building act as a perfect foil for the oft times colourful, sometimes enormous always interesting display of creative art that fills the lofty, open space within.



Furntech reaches out into the community beyond equipping people with furniture making skills. Since 2012, they have adopted two schools annually and undertaken the refurbishing of 200 desks as their contribution to Mandela Day.


Bosch Ceramic Studio – Hanlie Bosch

Her mind is always thinking about ideas, especially birds and nature and Hanlie says she’s object-orientated. Her Sugar Birds are light, delicately drawn pastel creatures on bowls and platters which irresistibly beg the visitor to take them home, while the funky pipe-figurines hanging on the gallery wall are just plain fun.