PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 December, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 December, 2002, 12:00am

Is it me, or has the holiday season lost its appeal? This time every year I am faced with the challenge of covering good holiday art events, and frankly, it's getting harder to write about The Nutcracker for the umpteenth time. But there is one gallery veering off the beaten path. Galerie Martini's holiday project - White Christmas, Red New Year - is beating the holiday blues by asking resident artists to create works inspired by the title.

The first part of the show, White Christmas, sees Russian Konstantin Bessmertny create two works based on a snow theme (above) - no doubt a breeze for someone who grew up in one of the coldest parts of the world - while Mariko Jesse came up with etchings capturing the spirituality of the festive season. On the opposite side is Red New Year, which, like its namesake, is a fiery selection including Sofia Wright's explorations with the colour red and Gavin Tu's red and gold Buddha portraits.

According to Galerie Martini assistant manager Danielle Hindes, the idea has been fun because the soothing aspects of a white Chistmas and red for the Lunar New Year have allowed the artists to play up the great contrasts.

Catch the show before the gallery closes for Christmas from

Dec 24 to Jan 6.


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