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The former Howickian, who now lives in Manukau, decided to take up painting as a hobby after enrolling in community art classes at Edgewater College in Pakuranga. The classes were run by tutor and former Howick Art Group president John Horton. Mrs Routen has a wide range of works on show displaying her tech- nique and artistic interests. “I don’t really have a set style in my art, but I like painting portraits and landscapes the most,” she told the Times. “I use a lot of watercolour paints, but I also work with pastels and acrylics.” One of Mrs Routen’s landscapes is of a picturesque green valley on the Otago Peninsula looking out to the coastline. It was created from a photo taken by her daughter on a holiday two years ago. Another work is of sand dunes on an isolated Stewart Island beach. “I’m drawn to tranquillity and peacefulness in my art,” Mrs Routen says. “Those two paintings were the frst time I’ve really worked with acrylic paints. It dries very quickly and I’m not used to that. “I’m enjoying working with pastels at the moment and it’s working out a lot better than the acrylics. You can blend them nicely.” Mrs Routen, who teaches fashion design, says the main thing she gets from her artistic hobby is the chance to be alone in quiet solitude. “Because I work full-time and teach evening classes, I work on my art in the wee small hours of the night,” she says. “This is my hobby and it allows me to relax and wind-down from the day.” Margaret Routen’s exhibition is open from this Friday until Sunday from 10am-3pm at Green Gables Cottage and Gallery, 66 Cook Street, Howick. Entry is free and all works are for sale. Artist drawn to nature Howick Art Group member Margaret Routen exhibits a collection of her paintings until Sunday. Times photo Wayne Martin "I don't really have a set style in my art, but I like painting portraits and landscapes the most." Margaret Routen, Howick Art Group member Chip seal settles down over time By Marianne Kelly THERE is public sympathy for residents who complain about the state of their roads when they've been resealed with stone chips in tarmac. But a local elected representative compares the problem to having a leg in plaster. "It [chip resealing] is a pain in the neck when it's rst done," says Steve Udy, the Howick Local Board's transport portfolio leader, as the summer roads maintenance programme swings into top gear. "It's a nuisance, like having a leg in plaster. I wish there was something else they [road engineers] could do. "But, [where needed] they try to sweep these roads regularly," he says. Auckland Transport says it takes the chips a few weeks to settle down and it is normal for some to be loose. Mr Udy says: "Chip roads have been the bane of my life. "I've su ered from it. "It gets sticky and into the car and the disc brakes. "But chip sealing is part of a general policy followed by councils. "Some road costs are paid for by the Government. "Butifitisalow volume road, not a major thoroughfare, they will use chip seal, except at the end of cul-de-sac turning bays. "That is council policy across Auckland. "When the seal is put down, it's like gluing something which doesn't set until down the track. "Unfortunately the stones come o . "They [Auckland Transport] try to sweep these roads diligently but, with the best laid plans, it's not a happy situation. "But this is basically the system. "There are risk bene ts to everything." Mr Udy says the cost of using more expensive bitumen concrete supports the use of chip seal on lesser used roads.
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