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First Thursday


Yesterday, being the first thursday of this month, saw my friends and I enjoying a wonderfully warm evening out in our beautiful city at First Thursdays, here in Cape Town, with some good wine and tasteful art, decor and music.

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As my compadres figure out how to make our way to our next adventure, I can’t help but get a feeling of déjà vu as I think of how should have started our escapade earlier, though I honestly can’t imagine how, with work and all. I live for nights like this, when day things can be carried on into the night for us white-colour folk to revel in.

For those that aren’t familiar with First Thursdays, it’s a public event that’s free to attend. Art galleries and cultural events around Cape Town’s central city stay open until 9pm or later on the first Thursday of every month, allowing anyone to explore the city on foot and experience the cultural wealth this city has to offer. There is no tour, schedule, or guided walk; that is up to you. We simply help you figure out what to see and where to go by highlighting what is happening.

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One of my favorites for the evening was an exhibition at the Jan Royce Gallery, which included the work of Anton Smit, a self-taught sculptor from Boksburg. His works permanently on display at the Pretoria and Pietersburg Art museums and some other major art galleries across the country, and just based on the few pieces I saw last night, I can understand why it’s said this artist is fast becoming one of South Africa’s more important sculptors.

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We went by the ‘365 Postcards for Ants’ exhibition, which was showing at the 6 Spin street Gallery. Last night was the last chance to see the second installment of Lorraine Loots charming collection of miniature artworks, and this one was done in celebration of our city’s designation as World Design Capital 2014.

 She created a painting on each day of the year and the level of detail in each piece was just amazing, you can just imagine my level of excitement when the child in me found Nemo, amidst the sea of pretty paintings that filled the gallery walls.

For anyone that has not been, I strongly recommend you make sure you pop out for a stroll the next first thursday of the month, but even before that one can check out Cape Town’s first Museum Night which will take place on 26 Feb from 5pm to 9pm, visit for more …look forward to seeing you there!

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Through Shaded Eyes (TSE) is the brainchild of Tokelo Motsepe. A retail buyer and digital strategist with an addiction to blogging, this blog is a platform for my style, life and love for fashion to be shared. What started as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the world, has now become a place to let out my passion for fashion & writing, in-between time spent at work, traveling, or doing everything else life throws at me… it has become a form of expression and I hope it can inspire and encourage you to also share!

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