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www.times.co.nz Times Newspapers Christmas Supplement — 5 By Marianne Kelly Buying a piece of artwork for a loved one or special friend for Christmas could be interpreted as too difficult because the painting may not be to their taste. But Balamohan Shingade, the manager/curator of the Malcolm Smith Gallery at the Uxbridge Centre for Arts and Culture in Howick says there will be something of significance between the purchaser and person they are buying for so a painting “will speak to you”. “There will be a common theme that you share, something that moves you,” he says. “The initial reaction to a painting can be the aesthetics and the danger comes if you stop there. You must go a step further and ask about the significance of the work to the relationship you have with the person you are buying for. “This stops the painting being just a decoration element, but more meaningful. That’s the difference. A work is then doing its job as a cultural object.” Decisions about artworks can be based on nice colours that match the living room decor, he says. But that approach has no longevity. “If a work doesn’t move you, it won’t be suitable. Focus on a work that moves you, that your instinct tells you is good and stay with the piece for longer than 30 seconds,” he says. “The internet makes us scroll through things quickly and we sometimes go to exhibitions still in that mode. But you should stay with the work for five-10 minutes to see if it is doing something for you.” Mr Shingade says a local gallery is always a good start to buy paintings because there will always be a curator there to talk about the works, to bounce ideas off and answer more queries about a painting. “It comes down to the curator who does more than sell art work. They research and can offer advice. “The advantages of buying from a gallery are that you can look at the work for as long as you like (unless it sells quickly) compared with an auction. You can get to learn about the context of the work and over time get to build a relationship with the gallery. It builds the buyers’ confidence.” The Uxbridge tutors and students exhibition will return the focus back to pedagogy (teaching), he says. Comprised of tutor and student work it will showcase the skilful teaching and learning taking place at Uxbridge and celebrate the achievements of the students. “Like the ‘old masters’, Uxbridge tutors not only teach the skills and techniques necessary to create artwork, but also foster ways to think newly, innovatively and creatively.” More than 60 artworks will be available for purchase from the opening night and all are priced at less than $500. ■ The Uxbridge tutors and students exhibition opens at 6.30pm, Decem- ber 3,10am-4pm weekdays and 10am-2pm Saturdays, from Decem- ber 4 - February 25 at the Uxbridge Centre for Arts and Culture. Paintings work as gifts Your Authorised Husqvarna Servicing Dealer 122HD45 Hedge Trimmer 21.7cc - 0.6kW - 45cm bar - 4.7kg Low noise & Light weight $529.00 NOW + FREE Husqvarna Toy $499.00 RRP INCL. GST + FREE Husqvarna Toy VAC KIT INCLUDED! 125BVX Blower 28.0cc - 0.8kW - 4 .3kg - Air speed 58.1m/s Hand-held. High blowing power. 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A registration slip placed in a small box wrapped up with a pretty ribbon won’t take up much room in your home, but it could fill a hole in the life of the lucky recipient. Don’t worry, though, this has nothing to do with going back to school! Indeed, these days there is a huge choice of different courses to take in the evenings or on weekends. There are classes and workshops to learn about cooking, gardening, a foreign language, singing, playing a musical instrument, and dancing alone or as a couple, to name a few. Obviously, you should choose the courses depending on the tastes and aptitudes of the person to whom you intend to give this precious gift. Before making your final choice, you might want to scout the ground with the future “student” and see if this is something they could embrace. Try do it far ahead of Christmas in order to avoid arousing their suspicions. Be prudent and only pay for a minimum of lessons; this way you’ll be in a position to see if the person really appreciates the classes. As Christmas approaches we’re often in desperate need of gift ideas for someone who has everything ... that person who has all the latest gadgets, the most fashionable clothes, the trendiest accessories, etc. Why not give them tickets to How about the arts for Christmas? Focus on a work that moves you says Balamohan Shingade. Times photo Wayne Martin a show? There are so many different possibilities for you to choose from and it’s a gift that will be truly appreciated. You may want to consider musicals, or shows featuring stand-up comics, magicians, dancers, plays, circuses, museums, etc. Tickets for a show or exhibit featuring an emerging artist are perfect if your gift is for someone who enjoys something different. You could even offer tickets for a popular conference given by a motivator, a coach, an athlete or an environmentalist.
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