The inaugural IMLA Farm Art Market
took place during the most perfect
Eastern Free State
A smooth early morning road trip to IMLA Guest Farm (Waterfall), north-east of Clocolan, brought Seleke and myself to our first standing ovation for the day – sunflowers greeted us as we approached the guest farm. Visual artists, including Thandi Sliepen from Ladybrand, craftspeople, restaurant and guest house staff, and sellers of fine foods were getting ready as we set up gear on the stoep.
All of life is a stoep … who said that, again?
Anyway, the jumping castle rose to its full height, kids started bouncing, and this perfect, sandstone Saturday, under the grand old kuier tree, flew gently by.
Live music by Henning Lucius, pianist extraordinaire, Lelitha, Ficksburg violinist, Kenny M, soulful singer-guitarist from Pretoria, and Werner FM, SelekeSongs and ZeBroz75 from Bloemfontein, completed the (ever so slightly) formal lineup.
At around 3pm, we announced 30 minutes of no music, to allow all to enjoy the sounds of Nature, around us. Towards the end of this period, Tina-Marie, one of the IMLA Guest Farm owners’ granddaughters, walked up to the mic on the stoep:
“Hi, I am Tina-Marie, and I will be playing some piano for you.”
She played two slow, soft pieces, which perfectly mirrored the surroundings, starting a last round of live music. Henning rendered a majestic 20 minute+ piece, effortlessly breezing through the sheet music on his iPad.
Just after 5.30pm, my bakkie, chocfull of musicians, gear, olives, biscuits and memories, slowly turned west, after a second standing ovation by the IMLA Guest Farm Sunflower fields.
Henning’s delightful CD, European Recital for flute and piano, with Jürgen Franz on flute, inspired us all the way to Bloemfontein.
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