Not even load-shedding could deter art lovers from participating in the monthly Hermanus First Fridays (HFF) Artwalk on Friday 7 February, when the lights went out between 18:00 and 20:00. While Jozua Rossouw hired generators for his two galleries, Rossouw Modern and SPACE, others made use of rechargeable and solar lamps.

Jozua Rossouw with Alex Marmarellis, whose solo exhibition opened at SPACE Gallery on Friday.

Originals Gallery had battery-operated fairy lights, which added a romantic atmosphere. Owner Terry Kobus quipped, “We all came up with creative solutions – we are artists, after all! Load-shedding is nothing we can’t handle.” He added that the Artwalk definitely wasn’t affected; in fact, he thought many people opted to do the Artwalk instead of sitting at home in the dark with nothing to do.

“There were also a lot of foreign visitors about on Friday evening,” he added. “Many Artwalkers used the torches on their phones to get around and to shed more light on the artworks they were viewing.” In other words, ‘n boer maak ‘n plan. So now we know: power or no power, the next HFF Artwalk will take place on Friday 6 March from 17:00 – 20:00.

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