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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, November 25, 2013
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, November 25, 2013 --- 5 See you there! SPONSORS: By CHRIS HARROWELL SOME of East Auckland’s most talented adult art students are carefully putting the fnishing touches to paintings about to be unveiled to the public. The annual Student Art Exhibi- tion gets under way at Pakuranga’s Te Tuhi public gallery with an awards night at 7pm this Friday. It’s an occasion for Te Tuhi’s adult art students and their fami- lies to celebrate the year’s many achievements. The awards are sponsored by Gordon Harris art supplies and the Auckland Astronomical Society. The competition is judged by well-known artist and art tutor Evan Woodruffe. Prizes are up for grabs in cat- egories including watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings, as well as portraiture, drawing, and the new Space and the Universe theme. During the week-long exhibi- tion, visitors will have the chance to vote for the people’s choice award from the more than 100 pieces on show. The competition’s supreme win- ner receives a year’s free art tuition at Te Tuhi, valued at $950. Organiser Jennie McCormick says the exhibition is popular among the gallery’s art students and visitors to the centre. “It’s held to celebrate our stu- dents’ artistic achievements and the tutors’ artwork,” she says. “This gives them the chance to publicly exhibit works. “People love to come and see the paintings. It shows what the stu- dents can do.” One of the students taking part in the creative showcase is Sunny- hills resident Tracey Wingate. The mother-of-two and former Pakuranga College pupil will have several works displaying. One is an acrylic painting she’s entering in the Space and the Uni- verse category, while she’s yet to decide which one of three others she’ll enter also. Mrs Wingate is choosing between an oil painting depicting a native New Zealand morepork owl, entitled Ruru, an untitled abstract work, and an acrylic land- scape entitled Canterbury Hills. She studies art at Te Tuhi under tutor Cruz Jimenez. “I took classes in art and design all through Pakuranga College,” Mrs Wingate told the Times. “I’ve done part-time painting courses, but stopped for six years when I had children. “It’s been fantastic to explore my art again in the past couple of years.” Mrs Wingate says it would be nice if one of her paintings won an award, but that’s not her main goal. “If you get recognition and it’s good, that’s lovely,” she says. “Most Te Tuhi art students are involved in the exhibition to par- ticipate in the community and show what we can do.” Mr Jimenez says it’s a “huge accomplishment” for the adult students to have the public view and critique their works. “You can really see the changes and their progression,” he says. “I’m extremely proud of them. “The hardest thing for them is learning how to paint from what they’re feeling. It’s challenging and they say it’s harder than they thought it would be.” The Student Art Exhibition shows at Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, from this Saturday until December 5. It’s open 10am-4pm this Sat- urday and Sunday, and from 9am to 8.30pm next Monday until December 5. Entry is free and some works are for sale. Exposing artistic talents EYE-CATCHING: Tracey Wingate is among those taking part in the annual showcase of works created by adult art students at Pakuranga's Te Tuhi art gallery. Times photo Wayne Martin Secure home over summer PEOPLE keen to prevent their home from being burgled during the summer months are advised to take the simple step of locking doors. Counties Manukau Police’s intelligence gathering has found more burglaries being committed in South-East Auckland at night. With summer not far away, people are taking the opportunity to enjoy the evening with barbecues and other activities in backyards, which may make them vulnerable to thieves. Counties Manukau Police prevention manager, inspector Richard Middleton, says: “Burglars are opportunistic at the best of times and we advise residents to do what they can to keep themselves safe. “Don’t invite burglars into your property by leaving doors, windows and gates open. By remembering the basics of home security we can make sure we have a summer to remember, for the right reasons.” Police say residents who have a home security alarm system should set it every time they go out, while all doors and windows should be equipped with safety locks. “We advise everyone to be very selective about who they allow onto their property. If they don’t know who the person is, or understand their reason for being there, ask them to leave and phone police immediately,” says Mr Middleton. Residents are advised to close and lock home doors and windows when going out; have a trusted friend or neighbour check on the property if going away on holiday and collect the mail if possible; and keep the front gate shut even if at home and not allow strangers onto the property. Police also warn the public about people falsely claiming to be electricity meter readers going door-to-door. People whose home has been burgled should contact Counties Manukau Police on phone 261-1300, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800-555-111.
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