WHEN the gavel goes down today, the future of art and Chinese artists goes up, not to mention their value. One gavel will be especially busy when the British auction house of Henry Butcher (HK) Ltd holds an auction of contemporary Chinese art today. All ages of artists will be represented in a range of paintings. The landscapes and figurative styles by Wang Jialin, watercolours by Liu Mingming, the policemen and women (circa Cultural Revolution) by Lin Mingchen and the distinctive use of perspectivein the fine-brush paintings of Tang Celi. Two auctions will be held in the Everest Suite, Pacific Place Conference Centre, Level 5 at 10am and 2pm. GOLD, a treasure in any dowry, not only Indian women, continues its gilded life as the universal status symbol of wealth. But the elegance of gems and precious metals are easily translated into textiles. Susan Ollemans marries wearable art, such as a Japanese monk's patchwork cloak, sarongs from Asia and shawls from France, with jewellery in Art For Adornment III. The collection of antique Indian jewellery and textiles from, or inspired by, India and Asia runs from today until May 5 at Altfield Gallery, 31 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. RICHARD Kimball is a breath of fresh air, the kind Colorado is famous for. The lanky metal-smith infuses vitality into jewellery. But his baubles are as dainty as a cattle round-up. The rings and bracelets and pendants are bold, tactile and full of textures. His inspiration comes from hiking, going fishing or mending fences. He returns to Hongkong with Exotica , his third exhibition. It opens April 28 at The Nishiki Gallery, One Exchange Square. It runs until May 3. PHOTOGRAPHY and Hongkong have something in common: the science was discovered about 150 years ago, the same time Hongkong became a colony. Artists and photographers have recorded the changing face of the landscape. And many are included in Early Views Of Hongkong 1860-1910, a collection of original albumen photographs. They take the viewer back to the panoramic views from the Peak, and of Central, as well as views of different neighbourhoods around Hongkong. For a moment the vertical city will vanish and Hongkong Bank as well as I.M. Pei's monument will disappear. The exhibition opens on April 28 and runs until May 28 at Wattis Fine Art, 20Hollywood Road. MAYBE a physicist appreciates light in a different way. But the untrained eye can be entertained by how it skips through an ice cube, turns an ordinary cut-glass goblet into a kaleidoscope and puts life into lifeless objects. Thirteen artists from Canada and Australia demonstrates light's complexity in glass. Reflections in Glass opens on April 30 at the Pottery Workshop.