Celebration of women’s art

Redland Art Gallery will celebrate International Women’s Day with a special exhibition of work by some of the City’s leading female artists.

The International Women’s Day project titled Her inspiration: Female artists from the Redland Art Gallery Collection, opens at Redland Art Gallery Capalaba, at Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, on Monday 3 February and continues to Saturday 15 March.

This free event is designed to bring women and girls from the Redlands and Moreton Bay region together to appreciate the diversity of artistic women who reside and are inspired by this region.

Redland City Council Arts, Culture and Innovation spokesman Cr Paul Bishop said Her inspiration explored the Redlands through the eyes of local female artists.

“These artists include Melva Moore, Sheelah Mee, Lisa Iselin, Kathryn Blumke, Kay Faulkner, Carolyn Dodds and Eva-May Monaghan,’’ Cr Bishop said.
“The floor talk with curator Dominique Macedo and high tea to mark International Women’s Day from 1.30pm on Saturday 8 March promises to be very insightful.

“The high tea also welcomes anyone with personal stories about the region or stories about the iconic women who helped shape this area into what it is today.’’

Melva Moore was a member of the Coochie Art Group and was praised for her naive yet perfect depiction of the rural atmosphere in Redlands.

The late Sheelah Mee, who was not only an iconic local artist but a teacher at Flying Arts and one of the founding members of Redland Yurara Art Society, had renowned ability to capture the beauty of her life in both painting and pastels.

Mixed media artist Lisa Iselin, of North Stradbroke Island, draws her inspiration directly from the environment and the elements around her.

Kathryn Blumke captures the landscape colours of the Redlands to produce geometric abstract work, reflecting the colour and properties of the Bay’s water.

Kay Faulkner is a talented professional weaver whose designs are inspired by the places she visits, with each work telling a story, while Macleay Island’s Carolyn Dodds is a printmaker inspired by a fascination with local flora and fauna.

Indigenous artist Eva-May Monaghan’s work reflects a deep understanding of the changing seasons and the environment that sustained the traditional people of Minjerriba (North Stradbroke Island).

Cr Bishop said the exhibition would also feature historical women’s objects on loan from the Redland Museum.

“These items were owned by significant Redlands women whose families helped establish the region. These include the Sherrin Family, the Ziegenfusz family, Pauline Elliott, Dorothy Templeton and Grace James,’’ he said.

To reserve a place telephone (07) 3829 8635 or email gallery@redland.qld.gov.au.