Caren Bestbier

Caren Bestbier
Last Name: Bestbier
First Name: Caren
Country: South Africa
City: Port Elizabeth
Art Form: Painting
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I paint for the pure, selfish joy of it! I am inspired by what is within me - by the way I feel and perceive the people, objects, events and ideas that make up my world - and of conveying something of that in each new work. I am fascinated by the details of my world. I love to create my own little worlds, intense, highly personal, the contrast of dark and mysterious with the light and what it reveals.
For me it's all about the way I feel - the way painting makes me feel, and the way the feeling is the painting.


Caren Bestbier studied Fine Art (Painting) at the Port Elizabeth Technikon from 1998 - 1992 under the tutorage of Vivian van der Merwe.
Caren has taught art to both children and adults.
In 1993 she held her first solo exhibition of paintings at the EPSAC Gallery in Port Elizabeth. While working at the Port Elizabeth Opera House she held her second solo exhibition in the Opera House foyer in August 1995.
After a move to Johannesburg in 1997, she joined the Miniature Art Society of South Africa, and participated regularly in their exhibitions over the next 5 years, as well as serving as Secretary to the Society in 1999.
Since her return to Port Elizabeth in 2002, she has participated in numerous exhibitions, and held a joint solo exhibition in 2006.
In 2011 she was included in the book: “Art and Artists of the Eastern Cape”.
She was a featured artist in the May/June 2013 issue of “The South African Magazine”.
She was interviewed for Bay TV’s “Eye on Art” program in September 2013.
Solo Exhibition: EPSAC Gallery, Port Elizabeth. January 1993 Solo Exhibition: PE Opera House, Port Elizabeth. August 1995 Gap Exhibition: King George VI Gallery, Port Elizabeth. May 1996 Miniature Art Society of SA Exhibitions: Various venues, Countrywide. 1997 -2001 Celebration of Life: Montage Gallery, Port Elizabeth. September 2005 Joint Solo Exhibition: Cuyler Street Gallery, Port Elizabeth. February 2006 Fractions Exhibition: Montage Gallery, Port Elizabeth. August 2006 Metre by Metre Exhibiton: Cuyler Street Gallery, Port Elizabeth. 2006 Found Objects Exhibition: Montage Gallery, Port Elizabeth. 2007 200 Eastern Cape Artists: Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth. 2011 Same size Exhibition: Montage Gallery, Port Elizabeth. 2011 Large works Exhibition: Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth. 2012 Facing the Future: Portraits for Africa: Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West. 2012 Portrait Exhibition: The Gallery, Riebeek-Kasteel. May 2013 It’s all in the details: Solo Exhibition: Dessies at Tin House, Port Elizabeth. September 2013
Her work can be seen on her website: or on Facebook



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Fyer , Fyer!
Starts: Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Ends: Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Gershwin Hotel
7 East 27th Street
New York, United States
SIREN Baroque kicks off its third season with Fyer, Fyer!, the first of four concerts exploring the ancient elements, in a special collaboration with the innovative baroque dancers Laura Careless and Marisol Cabrera. The program features blazingly passionate works by Morley, Monteverdi, Rebel, Scarlatti, and Handel, all of which use fire as a metaphor for nature’s wrath, spiritual zeal, lustful ardor, or the terrors of hell. With SIREN Baroque’s “impassioned performances” (Early Music America) accompanied by strikingly seductive choreography, it promises to be an evening to ignite the senses.
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