New way to look at art

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Art may be in the eye of the beholder, but is the way you examine art a matter of opinion too? Or is there a prescribed way to look at paintings?
Gallery visitors and art enthusiasts are being invited to an upcoming floor talk at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery in Alexandra to discuss just that, with three presenters talking about how they approach a painting and engage with it.
‘‘How to look at paintings — making art accessible’’ would be presented in the gallery amid the current Euan Macleod Exhibition at Central Stories, museum/gallery general manager Maurice Watson said.
Central Otago arts community members Chris de Jong, Megan Huffadine and Michael Harlow would speak at the event, which would refer to the Euan Macleod paintings, Mr Watson said.
De Jong is a printmaker, tertiary art tutor and owner of Cromwell gallery Octa; Huffadine is an anthropologist, sculptor and tertiary and adult art tutor; and Harlow is a poet, psychotherapist and tertiary art tutor.
Mr Watson encouraged all interested in art — in whatever capacity, and at whatever level — to attend the floor talk. – The ‘‘How to look at paintings — making art accessible’’ floor talk will be held at Central Stories Art Gallery and Museum, in Alexandra, from 1.30-3pm on July 24. Entry $5, spaces are limited, so reservations are essential on enquiries@centralstories.com or by phoning 03 448-6230. The Euan Macleod exhibition continues at the gallery until July 27.