The Hermanus First Fridays Artwalk is now firmly established as a not-to-be-missed occasion on the Hermanus social and cultural calendar, drawing large crowds of residents and visitors alike. The number of participating galleries has risen to nineteen; an astonishing number given the relatively small area within which the event takes place.

On the evening of 7 December, the First Friday galleries will again host Night of a Thousand Drawings. This much-anticipated annual event is based on the concept that we should all enjoy the indulgence of purchasing artwork – even if it is modest in terms of size and price. Over the coming weeks, the galleries are inviting 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 life compositions.

In fact, the artworks can be executed with anything and can be of anything. The only stipulation being they must be sized A5 and the artists must be willing to donate them. All the collected artworks will be distributed amongst the galleries and on the evening of the event, they will be displayed and available for purchase – at R100 each.

Anyone wishing to contribute work can drop it off at Originals Gallery or Rossouw Modern on Harbour Road or The Art Gallery on High Street. Blank A5 cards can be collected from the same galleries. In addition to the drawings sent in by members of the public, gallery owners will be approaching the professional artists who regularly exhibit in their galleries and will ask them to contribute some of their own artworks.

These will be mixed in with all the other donated works and will be on display and for sale; also at R100. 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 amzam@polka.co.za. The letter should give a brief description of the charity, its history and objectives.

Last year’s Night of a Thousand Drawings raised in excess of R80 000. This would not have been possible without the active participation of the Hermanus community, and the First Friday galleries are again asking artists and art lovers to be part of the event.

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