The last Hermanus First Fridays (HFF) Artwalk for the year took place on the warm Friday evening of 6 December. As has become tradition, the December Artwalk took the form of The Night of 1000 Drawings, where A5-sized artworks were on sale for R100 each at the participating HFF art galleries in Hermanus Old Town.
The atmosphere was happy and festive as artwalkers browsed through hundreds of artworks whilst enjoying cool wine and good company. The event provided a perfect opportunity for people to hunt for Christmas gifts and to find pieces by their favourite artist, or discover a new talent.
The artworks were donated to the HFF by both professional and amateur artists, including art students, and were then divided among the 21 participating galleries, which displayed them on ‘washing lines’. They could be created in any medium – the only requirement being that it had to be A5 in size.
The Hermanus Photographic Society also joined in the event for the first time after joining the HFF earlier this year, and sold A5 prints of photographs taken and donated by its members.
The Hawston Cadets made a special appearance later in the evening and onlookers were impressed by their skill and discipline as they escorted ‘Santa Claus’, in a tuk-tuk, down Harbour Road to Lemm’s Corner to meet several waiting, excited children who all received hugs and sweets upon his arrival.
All the proceeds from The NIght of 1000 Drawings are donated to local charities. This year the beneficiaries are the FynArts Music Project, Hermanus Visual Art & Design Centre, Hermanus Night Shelter and the Siyazama Service Centre for the Aged.