On the evening of 4 December, the Hermanus First Fridays (HFF) galleries will once again host the Night of 1 000 Drawings. This much-anticipated annual event is based on the concept that we should all enjoy the indulgence of purchasing artwork – even if modest in terms of size and price.

Over the coming weeks, the galleries will be asking anyone who feels they have any artistic ability, to produce paintings, drawings, sketches and illustrations; on paper, card or board; in oils, watercolours, pastels, inks, pencil or charcoal; of landscapes, seascapes, portraits, abstracts or still lives – the only stipulation being they must be sized A5 and the artists must be willing to donate them.

In addition to these works donated by members of the public, gallery owners will be approaching the professional artists who regularly exhibit in their galleries and ask them to contribute some of their own artworks. These will be mixed in with all the other collected works and distributed amongst the galleries. On the evening of the event, they will be displayed and available for purchase, all at the same price of R100 each.

Anyone wishing to contribute artworks can drop them off at any of the HFF galleries. All the proceeds from the sales of these artworks will be divided between selected Hermanus charities.

Any Hermanus charities wishing to be considered as a beneficiary should drop a letter of application off at any of the galleries or email it to HFF chairperson, Liz Coates, at amzam@polka.co.za. The letter should give a brief description of the charity, its history and objectives.

Last year’s Night of 1 000 Drawings raised well over R100 000 which was divided between four, small Hermanus-based charities. This would not have been possible without the active participation of the Hermanus community, and the HFF galleries are again asking artists and art lovers to be part of this heart-warming event.

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