The perennial trap

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38–42 (NIV)

Barbara von Seida’s “Follow Me” exhibition

I went to see an exhibition by Barbara von Seida at the Carlton Gallery (part of The Arts Junction) in Katikati yesterday. As soon as I walked in, I said, “these are my kind of paintings”—heavily abstracted landscapes with beautiful colour and atmosphere.

The only thing I didn’t like was that many of the paintings were behind glass. That seemed odd for acrylic paintings with very visible brushwork. The gallery was also quite small, so I couldn’t back up as far as I would’ve liked from the paintings.

Other than that, I loved the exhibition.