Run by the Knysna Arts & Crafts Society, the Knysna Art Gallery operates in Queen Street on the premises that used to house the Old Gaol.Established over 50 years ago, the Knysna Arts & Crafts Society emerged out of Knysna’s highly creative community of artistic talent with the aim of appreciating art and endeavouring to develop and grow the “Art Buzz” of both Knysna and the surrounding towns on the famous Garden Route.
The society runs the Knysna Arts Gallery on a non-profit basis as a service to the local artists of Knysna with new exhibitions every 2-4 weeks. The gallery’s first exhibition of the year was held from the 5th to the 14th of January. Nestled between the impressive Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, with world-renowned forests encircling it like a protective mantle, Knysna is one of South Africa’s best-known travel destinations. The 21-hectare estuary is protected from the sea by two monolithic sandstone ‘Heads’ – silent sentinels from the centuries of the rich history of this unique part of ‘paradise of earth’.
Things to do in Knysna
Surrounded by ancient indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and white sandy beaches, this popular holiday destination is a haven for nature lovers and is a world-class playground for adventure and outdoor enthusiasts. At the same time, Knysna also provides alternatives for those who prefer to immerse themselves in culture, history, arts and crafts, shopping and the pursuit of culinary excellence.Famous for its miles of pristine beaches, networks of sparkling lakes, acres of unique Fynbos and ancient indigenous forests, the Garden Route is very popular with tourists and, as Knysna is centrally located within this natural paradise, it is the perfect base from which to explore the rest of this breathtaking region. Day trips can be taken to spectacular Tsitsikama National Park, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, George, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn.