Blue Crane Coffee Company (BCCC), a roastery and coffee laboratory in the centre of Stellenbosch, is adding to its dynamic coffee offerings by doubling-up as a local art showroom. Kickstarting its initiative to support local artists at the town’s recent “Last Thursdays”community initiate, BCCC took the reigns as the first coffee outlet to display pieces by up-and-coming acrylic painter, Xenia Venter.
About Last Thursdays
Last Thursdays, a monthly community-driven event backed by the Stellenbosch University Visual Arts Department, promotes Stellenbosch’s galleries to showcase entrepreneurs and freelance artists’ work to the public. The on-foot route is aimed at bringing locals and visitors together and celebrate the town’s rich culture and creative potential.
“We’re excited to participate in a community project that boosts residents and visitors’ interests in new and established artists’ talents,” says Michael Jones, BCCC founder and co-owner. BCCC started their involvement with Last Thursdays and general everyday demonstrations by incorporating Xenia Venter’s expressive acrylic paintings, an interesting addition to the roastery and coffee laboratory’s historic architecture.
BCCC, which opened its doors in 2016, forms part of the original De Oude Pastorie building in Dorp Street. With the longstanding building’s original, and beautiful scaffolding as a backdrop to Venter’s dramatic, bold artwork, it offered various visual elements that attracted good public interest.
The Work Room
BCCCs art displays can be viewed every day, except Sundays, in its Work Room, the latest addition the BCCC stable. The room, a refurbished private office and meeting area, separate from the roastery’s public lounge, provides corporates and individuals seeking a productive workspace away from the hustle and bustle.
It is a quiet and modern area to complete tasks and consult with others around a boardroom table. An hourly, customised Work Room package, starting at approximately R600 (R60 per person), includes refreshments during your visit or meeting, unlimited WiFi, AV setup and pretty much everything you need to get down to business.
The Work Room, including BCCCs lounge, will don a rotating art and photographic display by various talented individuals. BCCC trades from Monday to Friday (7:00 to 17:00) and on Saturday (8:00 to 12:30). Contact 021 883 2938 for Work Room bookings and enquiries.