Representatives of the 19 Hermanus First Fridays art galleries in the CBD gathered last week for the handover of the funds raised by their annual Night of a Thousand Drawings charity artwalk that was held on Friday 7 December. The ­have beneficiaries were the Hermanus Visual Art & Design Centre, the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club, the Overberg Crane Group, the Hawston Cadet Group and the Hermanus Art & History Project.

According to the Hermanus First Fridays (HFF) committee, the event had been a great success. With the threat of rain, load shedding and the protest march, it was feared that the amount of R80 000 raised by last year’s event would not be reached.

“But Hermanus residents and visitors came out in large numbers,” said Ian Macdonald of Lembu and Forty X 40 galleries. “They unshackled their wallets and purses and purchased artworks as though their lives depended on it!”

The amount raised not only exceeded that of last year but reached the tidy sum of R100 000, enabling a ­five-way split of R20 000 per charity. The HFF committee members expressed their thanks to everyone who supported this worthy cause.

The next HFF Artwalk will take place on Friday 4 January. Simply collect a map at any of the participating galleries and join the crowds of artwalkers making their way from gallery to gallery. This event has become a highlight on the Hermanus cultural and social calendar, affording art lovers the opportunity to not only meet the gallery owners and experience the abundance of artistic talent on display, but also to mingle, meet up with friends and enjoy a night out on the town.

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