Artwalkers could not have wished for a more idyllic evening to enjoy the first Hermanus First Fridays (HFF) event of the new season on Friday 6 September. After a three-month winter break, the galleries once more brought out their orange bunting and Chinese lanterns to show artwalkers the way on the warm spring evening.

“It’s as if the whole town has re-awakened,” commented one artwalker. “We all know winter is over when HFF returns.”

Art lovers certainly were out in full force, catching up with other artwalkers, gallery owners and artists while admiring the inspiring array of fine art, ceramics, jewellery and photography on display. “It was fantastic to see people flooding the streets and there was a wonderful vibe,” said Terry Kobus of Originals Gallery.

Leon Müller of Art Thirst agreed it was a great start to the new season. “I was amazed at the sophisticated crowd that the gallery drew on Friday night. Many were familiar, local faces but about a third were tourists and we did excellent sales. After a three-month drought, this just goes to show what a wonderful asset HFF is to our galleries and our town.”

The HFF Artwalk now includes 20 galleries, all situated within a 1 km radius in the centre of town. Restaurants in the area also reported good business on Friday evening, with many artwalkers making a night of it and dining out after the artwalk. Bruce Geddes of Rossi’s in High Street said the restaurant was very busy and they had to show people away – a reminder to artwalkers to book at their favourite restaurant in advance of the next artwalk.

The next HFF Artwalk will be on 4 October.

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