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Local business feature: Deepest Darkest Gallery

Nestled between Table Mountain, the Cape Town CBD and the Atlantic Seaboard, De Waterkant is home to a number of cafes, retail stores and a wide range of accommodation options, ranging to suit every taste and budget, making it one of the trendiest areas in Cape Town.

This month, we spoke to Deon, owner of Deepest Darkest Art Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery that has shared a curated collection of local and international art with De Waterkant locals since 2019. Here’s what Deon shares about the world of local art and navigating the pandemic in a location-based business.

  1. When was the business established?

February 2019

  1. Can you give us a bit of a background on Deepest Darkest? What do you do? What makes the business unique?

Deepest Darkest is a boutique contemporary fine art gallery curating work by a range of emerging and mid-level artists from South Africa and abroad. Our focus is on a range of disciplines with quality work that innovates a point of view while remaining accessible to a wide range of art collectors.

  1. What do you enjoy about running a business in De Waterkant?

The unique nature of the De Waterkant Village makes it a great setting. The Village is noted for its preserved historical architecture, narrow tree-lined streets and sidewalk cafes, lending itself to visitors exploring the various lifestyle offerings. We are also lucky to have some great guest-houses in the area, so, generally, we are fortunate to attract a wide range of visitors from around the world.

  1. Do you feel that the area is safe and clean, thanks to the GPCID?

The GPCID are crucial to the safety and upkeep of the village. The area’s 24-hour patrols are certainly a welcome relief and daily cleaning means that our streets are always clean. Ongoing GPCID involvement and support on community projects, like the recent upgrade of the De Smit Park, are also greatly appreciated.

  1. How was Deepest Darkest affected by the pandemic?

Like many across the world, the pandemic had a devastating effect on business. As a gallery, direct and personal engagement with the artwork is a crucial interaction. While we did of course explore digital avenues, and continue to do so, these prove to be limited; lacking a real sense of presence. Additionally, with the travel restrictions, a key portion of our target market is unable to visit. So, like everyone, we certainly hope that all will steadily return to open travel eventually. In the interim, we limit our exhibition openings and also offer private viewings where you can book a slot and have the gallery open exclusively while you view the exhibition in private.

  1. To what do you attribute your success? (Either over the years or in overcoming the pandemic).

We have tried to position the gallery as an open and inclusive space. Because the space is fairly intimate, it allows a more personal experience, as opposed to a cold incubator-like space. Similarly, the range of artists we show is diverse and interesting. We’re constantly looking into new ways to not only engage with our key audience but also to attract the next generation of art collectors and appreciators. I’d like to encourage anyone living in De Waterkant to start collecting original art and to support local artists who have struggled significantly through the pandemic. Buy something you identify with, love, and can see yourself living with.

  1. Where do you hope to see Deepest Darkest in the next 5 years?

We’re hoping to expand both our programme and our offering. Certainly, increasing access to great contemporary art from not just South African, but from the rest of the continent and across the diaspora. The pandemic has halted certain plans for art fairs, both locally and internationally, but this too is something we are hoping to pick up in the foreseeable future.

In a home, empty-looking rooms with bare walls can make for a depressing living environment and art pieces can act as a powerful decorating tool. Artwork is great for adding an extra dimension to any room and is a sign of a well finished, personalised interior. So, pay Deepest Darkest a visit and see if any pieces tug at your heartstrings – you’ll be surprised how beautiful artwork can make all the difference to your home.

Give a dog a home at Century 21’s Dog Adoption Day

There are only a handful of things that can instantly put a smile on almost anyone’s face: an old couple holding hands, a giggling baby, or a fluffy four-legged friend.

Our tail-wagging, dirt-digging, bird chasing canine companions are often our biggest protectors and best friends, and evidence shows that their ability to help us live healthier and happier lives is unmatched. Dogs are not only man’s best friend; they may be the key to living a longer life.

Emotional Health

For starters, they can improve our emotional health tremendously. You probably know that dogs can learn to understand a number of the words we use, but did you know that they’re experts at deciphering our body language too? A loyal pup will look to your eyes to gauge your emotional state and respond to your silent signals as best as they can. This is what makes them such great companions – they’ll always be there for you after a tough week at the office. There’s no love like a dog’s love.

Physical Activity

People who own dogs are four times more likely than non-owners to meet modern guidelines for physical activity. Nothing quite motivates you to get out the door and go for that morning walk like two puppy dog eyes staring at you from the foot of your bed. Living with a dog makes you healthier by forcing you to exercise regularly! It’s easy to find a number of reasons to skip the gym, but you can’t miss walking the dog!

Anxiety

Our furry friends have long been praised for their ability to help mental wellbeing and reducing anxiety and loneliness, but recent studies have found that they lead to better cardiovascular health too. This is because dog companionship has been found to be associated with lower blood pressure levels and reduced stress, meaning that dogs don’t just fill your heart; they actually make it stronger!

So, if these fur babies add so much good to our lives, why is it that so many of our dog rescue centres are constantly teetering on the verge of full capacity? Unfortunately, Cape Town has a severe stray dog problem. Many of these poor pups have fallen victim to unfair and unfortunate circumstances, leaving them in a desperate search of food, shelter and care.

This is when our local animal shelters swoop in to help, with very limited resources and little publicity, to try and give these animals the second chance that they deserve.

This Saturday, on the 17th of April, Century 21 City Bowl & Mdzananda Story are hosting a Dog Adoption Day at Gardens Rugby Club, where they hope to make the dreams of a home come true for a few special pups. So, come on down to enjoy a fun-filled day for the whole family and look forward to giveaways, food stands, dogs on show on the “catwalk”, and, of course, doggie adoptions.

We understand that, for many, adopting a furry friend just isn’t feasible, especially if you stay in an apartment that prohibits pets or you don’t currently have the time to commit to looking after one. Fortunately, there are a number of other ways to help local animal shelters. If you have the means, consider donating essential supplies like pet food, toys and blankets, now that it’s getting cooler.

We’ve put together a list of a few local dog shelters doing great work to help:

Mdzananda Animal Clinic

21297 Govan Mbeki Road, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, 7784 | 082 251 0554

Oscars Arc

128 Russell St, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001 | 081 347 0784

African Tails

56 Koeberg Rd, Brooklyn, Cape Town, 7405 | 021 510 7360

Cape of Good Hope SPCA

1st Ave &, 1st Rd, Grassy Park, Cape Town, 8000 | 021 700 4140

TEARS

Lekkerwater Rd, Sunnydale, Cape Town, 7975 | 021 785 4482

GP/OKCID security report – March 2021

Well done to our team for assisting with 7 arrests in March! Most incidents were theft out of cars and house break-ins/ attempted break-ins.

Our patrollers spotted and guarded 10 doors, windows and garage doors left open. Please double-check that your home, office or retail space is secured when you leave, as there is a lot of opportunistic crime at the moment, and open doors offer the perfect opportunity to criminals on the lookout for easy access.

Our team also assisted with 17 municipal service requests, including logging service reports for 2 burst water pipes, 5 broken street lights and reporting a number of missing manhole covers and potholes in need of repair. Thank you for your efforts to ensure that our communities continue running smoothly!

Each month, our patrollers also assist with various emergency situations. In March they helped with 4 medical emergency incidents, alerted fire and rescue services on 2 occasions, and even extinguished small 2 fires on their own – one on Castle Street, where a small structure had caught alight, and one on the corner of Waltervreden and Morkel Street, where a tree had caught alight. Excellent work team!

Remember to keep our 24/7 patrol vehicle numbers on hand for assistance, and don’t hesitate to contact them if you ever feel at-risk:

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE

082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE

082 217 1386

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