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Walk through display of 1 000 drawings

Night of a Thousand Drawings, the charity event hosted by the 19 First Fridays Artwalk galleries, will take place on Friday 7 December.

Each gallery will sell a huge range of A5-size artworks, some donated by professional artists and some by amateurs, the artworks will be priced at R100 each and all the proceeds will be donated to charity.

In previous years three local charities were chosen to be recipients of the funds, but this year the galleries were inundated with requests, and so the decision was made to increase the number of beneficiaries to five.

It is hoped that last year’s total figure, which was in excess of R80 000, will be surpassed so that each charity will receive a substantial donation.

The first of the five selected charities is the Hermanus Visual Art and Design Centre. It provides art and design classes for children from across the Overberg, many of whom cannot afford even the most basic art equipment and supplies.

Then there’s the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club (OWBC), which was established to take children off the streets, teach them discipline and give them a sense of belonging and pride. There are currently 40 children in the club; this year Sipamandla, a 16 year old, was the SA national champion.

The Overberg Crane Group, an NGO working across the Overberg, has had a hugely positive impact on SA’s population of Blue Cranes. It has saved injured and diseased birds, has forged relationships with landowners and provided invaluable rescue, treatment and release service to secure the future of this iconic bird.

More than 50 children from Hawston, ranging in age from 8 to 13, belong to the Hawston Cadet Group, which aims to provide children with a positive and safe environment to thrive in, where they acquire leadership skills and, through music and marching, learn the value of team work.

Based on the Keiskamma Art Project in the Eastern Cape, the Hermanus Art and History Project seeks to create skills and develop potential earning power for previously untrained people through the teaching of art, embroidery and sewing.

If the galleries are to reach their target they will need the assistance and generosity of the Hermanus community.

Between now and early December, anyone with artistic skills is asked to paint, draw, sketch or scribble. The A5 card can be collected from any of the participating galleries, completed artworks should then be handed back to the galleries before 6 December.

Night of a Thousand Drawings will be launched at 17:00 on 7 December, when hundreds of First Fridays “art walkers” will throng the galleries, searching for beautiful artworks to purchase and in so doing, changing lives for the better.

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