This for­mer Miss South Africa, decor shop owner and world trav­eller is back in SA with a new art gallery in Cape Town. She shares her favourite things

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Gallery owner Sandy de Bruin shares her favourites

She’s been crowned Miss South Africa, trav­elled the globe and es­tab­lished a va­ri­ety of busi­nesses, in­clud­ing the Coun­try Liv­ing stores in Jo’burg. Now Sandy de Bruin is back in South Africa and re­cently opened No 5 on Hud­son, an art gallery in De Waterkant, Cape Town.

“When I closed Coun­try Liv­ing and moved to Lon­don, I de­cided to take up paint­ing,” she re­calls. “I did a lot of trav­el­ling and trawled many art gal­leries, and through that came to re­alise just how tal­ented South African artists are.” Sandy opened the gallery to cel­e­brate lo­cal artists. “It fo­cuses on fe­male artists in par­tic­u­lar,” she ex­plains. “We launched the Women and Art in SA Ini­tia­tive be­cause women are not only tal­ented, they’re the back­bone of so­ci­ety.”

No 5 on Hud­son is not just a gallery, it’s also a re­tail space, of­fer­ing a range of unique decor items. An art col­lec­tor her­self, Sandy spends her week­ends vis­it­ing other gal­leries. She looks for works that speak to her and con­nect to her en­vi­ron­ment.

Now set­tled in Clifton, when she’s not im­mersed in art, she can be found re­lax­ing with her hus­band Ru­dolph, and two minia­ture dachshunds.

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