Alyson Guy

“Recent years have brought renewed time & energy to explore many different areas, mainly on appreciation of life, beauty and God’s creation in oils it’s diversity” – Alyson Guy


Maureen Alyson Guy has been painting since schooldays in the 60’s. Post-matric did several courses in oils, sculpture (with Nell Kaye) pottery at Putney School of Art, London, watercolours with Cynthia Ball in JHB, Ruth Prowse Art Centre for drawing & painting, also painting & colour training at Norscot Art Centre, JHB. Marriage & children came in between all this, which caused large gaps in production. Relocated to Hermanus in 1994 and attended Shelley Adams Art studio for painting & clay-modelling/sculpture classes with Monica Maritz.

Alyson Guy
Reflections of a lily
Oil on canvas board
545x255mm Framed

Also completed an Icon writing course with Anna-Marie Bonds. Was a member of the Hermanus Art Society,(2000—-2008) & Vermont Art Circle (2004–2012), exhibited in their 2 annual exhibitions at various locations in and around Hermanus and had l st solo exhibition in 2000 & 2nd in In 2003 held a joint exhibition with Petronel Pieters in Hermanus. Next solo exhibition was held in Bellini Gallery, Hermanus in 2010 – “People &

Another joint exhibition was held with Audrey Hickman, Erna Dry,
Christa Clark & Isobel de Gruchy at Mission House Gallery, Onrus in 2014
“Connections”. This was followed by o 3rd solo exhibition “Trees” also at
Mission House gallery, Onrus.

During the years has exhibited along with another group of Hermanus artists with a different theme each year-eg “Honds On”, “The Spirit of Volmoed”, “Woman”, “Mother Earth” &’Miniatures” plus in various other exhibitions in Somerset West & Grabouw.
Joined SASA (South African Society of Artists) in 2O12 and exhibits
regularly at their Kirstenbosch shows. Also joined WCAS (Western Cape Art
Society) in 2016.
Her works hanging in many homes in RSA and a few overseas. (Holland, UK, Australia, Dubai & USA) Her portfolio includes portraits, flowers, landscapes and cats as well as murals & sculpture. Commissions undertaken.
She lives and works on Volmoed in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley where she has her studio. Classes given Monday & Tuesday afternoons & Wednesday mornings plus available for individual or group retreat instruction by prior arrangement.

Noreen Sturrock

Artist Bio:

I paint because I love it. Why?  Who knows, it just gives me pleasure and I can switch off my world for just a few hours. A touch of heaven.

Mostly I enjoy working in Oil and Acrylic. Although I have done work in Charcoal, Pastels, watercolour.

Noreen Sturrock,
Acrylic on canvas,
R12 750

I started Chinese Brush painting with a friend, Debbie, in Bangkok in the early 1980s. She persuaded me to give it a try. I remember it was the rainy season, hot, humid and very unpleasant.  There was little to do unless you wanted to sit in traffic! And that was the beginning of my Art Journey!  

Two years later I married my husband in Hong Kong.  Debbie was transferred to Hong Kong a year later and both of us joined in a weekly class with  Master Chiu Sai Kwong.  It was fabulous. Every Friday we would drive out to Master Chiu in Kowloon for the morning, and on the way back to Hong Kong Island we would stop off and have lunch, Salmon on a toasted Baguette!  7 years later, on and off we were still doing it.

We moved to Clear Water Bay and I took up golf! Art I tried juggling between Nursery school, golf and plenty of other commitments 

Each Country I lived in I kept up my Chinese brush painting until Ireland I joined a night school group Killarney Tec. And started to learn Acrylic painting. Pastels and drawing with an American teacher Debra O’Conner (O’Keefe) 

I exhibited with the Rotary Club Chinese Brush Paintings.

On arrival in Somerset West I decided to pursue my art more diligently and try out a new medium, Oils. Enrolled in a classes with Betty Nieuwoudt my very first introduction to oils. At the time I was living in Uganda and I would travel to South Africa at intervals, Betty always welcomed me into her classes at Crafters Inn.

Annette da Silva, I took private lessons with Annette learning the use of colour and big bold strokes. It was fun and we still paint today.  

My very first Workshop was a gift from my husband for a 3 day workshop was with Dale Elliott. It was magical and it opened up a new world for me with a different method to paint which I still use today. His son Mel joined him and I continued to make an annual trip for many years. My husband always knew that the best Birthday or Xmas present was/is a trip to Villiersdorp!

My introduction to Portraits was Elize Bezuidenhout. A 3 day workshop was/is magic. I have the opportunity to attend in October which I am really looking forward to with great anticipation. 

Derric Van Rensberg Workshop, Big Bold and Beautiful.

Workshops I have attended are so many that I can’t remember them all, here are but a few I attended recently, Sonja Frenz , Karen Burns, 

Plein Aire with Western Cape Art Society and trips away on various Art holidays. I have attended to some Markets

I belong to South African Artist Society based in Cape Town and Western Cape Art Society based in Somerset West.

Exhibited in

Bright Street Gallery, Somerset West

Ndiza Art Gallery, Gordon’s Bay

Kirstenbosch Gardens. 

Botanical Gardens in Kleinmond

Various Vineyards

Blue Waters, Lourensford road, Somerset West

Online auction bidding procedure and process:

How to place a bid in the Essence of the Cape online auction on 28-31st May 2020:

  • Click on the Showcase – online catalogue tab on our website to view the Essence of the Cape – group exhibition online catalogue
  • Click on the photo of the artwork and type the amount you would like to bid in the comment window below the artwork.
  • Bids must be higher than the reserve price, this is the price listed in caption above the comment window. Your bid must be higher than that of the previous bidder by at least R50, to qualify as new bid.
  • The Auction starts at 12h00 midday Thursday 28 May 2020 and ends at 12h00 midday on Sunday 31st of May 2020.
  • Please contact the Gallery with any queries or if you would like the gallery to assist you in the bidding process. Email us at
  • Price excludes postage. Postage or door-to-door courier can be arranged by the gallery at additional cost.
  • Please note: Sometimes more than 1 person will bid at the same time, so after placing your bid refresh the page to see that your bid is indeed the highest bid.
  • If you don’t intend to buy the item, Please refrain from taking part in the auction. On Monday 1st of June 2020 all winning bidders will be notified and payment procedure will be communicated. NB Payment due within 48 hours after auction ends.

If you want to place a bid through the Gallery click on the button below and email the details of the work and your bid.

Essence of the Cape Group Exhibition – Online auction 28 – 31st May 2020

Closed for lockdown – Open online

Due to the nation-wide lockdown, Bright Street Gallery will be closed for 21 Days. The good news is, we are open online, click the links below: 

Over the next weeks, the Essence of the Cape group exhibition online catalogue will be available to view on our website.

Bright Street Gallery thanks you for your continued support and wish you and your loved one’s health and safety in these turbulent times.

Selection for Summertime Group Exhibition

Do you want to be part of our first group exhibition of 2020? The theme is “Summertime”. What defines summertime in South Africa for you as an artist?

Over much of South Africa, summer (mid-October to mid-February) is characterized by hot, sunny weather – often with afternoon thunderstorms that clear quickly, leaving a warm, earthy, uniquely African smell in the air.

The Western Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is the exception, getting its rain in winter.

To take part in the selection email a picture of your artwork with “Summertime” as the theme to before or on Wednesday 15 January 2020. Or bring your artwork to Bright Street Gallery on Wednesday 15 January 2020, between 10h00-12h00, artwork can be collected at 14h00 on the same day, after selection.