Feast of art celebrates the season

KELLY DENNETT
Last updated 05:00 13/12/2013
Ruby Oakley
ARTISTIC WARES: Mixed media artists Ruby Oakley and Claire Hey are selling affordable artwork with five others.

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It will be a Christmas feast of a different kind.

Instead of the traditional glazed ham with mixed vegetables, two artists are having an artistic banquet at Corban Estate Art Centre.

Piha-based mixed media artists Ruby Oakley and Claire Hey are presenting Artmas with five other creative minds.

The exhibition is open until Sunday night the seven are selling a mixture of affordable artworks including paintings, prints, textiles and jewellery.

The estate's Barrell Store Gallery will be dominated by a banquet table which will feature the works instead of food.

Ms Oakley says the idea arose from a desire to create another platform for her artistic works as well as getting a group together to inspire one another.

Christmas also seemed the perfect time to provide people with an opportunity to buy thoughtful gifts for others at affordable prices, she says.

She and Ms Hey say the works are unique, because unlike mass-produced items, each piece has a story behind it.

"We probably had to throw away 10 just to get that one perfect painting," Ms Hey says.

"We say to people if you like it then buy it now, because it's a one-off," she says.

"You won't find one exactly the same again because we're always changing materials or colours."

The artists will also be on hand to talk to customers about their own story and what's involved in the work as well as providing demonstrations.

The works start at about $10 with most not exceeding $50.

Artmas is at the Barrell Store Gallery, Corban Estate Art Centre from 10am and is open until Sunday. The artists are Ruby Oakley, Claire Hey, Julie Moselen, Primrose, Heidi Monks, Heather Bell and Beck Wheeler. Eftpos is available. Visit facebook.com and search Artmas.

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