The Hermanus First Fridays Artwalk is now firmly established as an important occasion on the Hermanus social calendar, drawing large crowds of residents and visitors alike into the town centre on the first Friday of every month. The number of participating galleries has risen to 20 – an astonishing number given the relatively small area within which the event takes place.

Art Alley off Harbour Road during Night of 1 000 Drawings. PHOTO: Taylum Meyer

On the evening of 6 December, the 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 A5 in size 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 Originals Gallery or Rossouw Modern in Harbour Road or The Art Gallery on the corner of High Street and Royal Lane. Blank A5 cards can be collected from the same 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 beneficiaries 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 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 event.

The next HFF Artwalk will be on Friday 1 November. The Wine Glass has generously made their ChillGuru bus available to transport Visual Art and Design learners from Hawston and Mount Pleasant to town for the Artwalk. Ocean Basket Hermanus will also be treating them to fish and chips and a cooldrink to enjoy on the bus on their way back home. This initiative forms part of the HFF’s aim to make the Artwalk accessible to all communities.

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