Dawn Walker, Heidi Ledwell and the Fingal Women’s Art Collective bring you Black White and Green next weekend.
Dawn Walker, Heidi Ledwell and the Fingal Women’s Art Collective bring you Black White and Green next weekend. Colin Gilmore

Art goes black, white and green

FINGAL Head is the subject of, inspiration and creation setting of the art featured in the Sheoak Shack Gallery Cafe's next exhibition.

Nine members of the Fingal Women's Art Collective have journeyed physically and emotionally, co-operatively and solo, to bring its community Black White and Green.

Gallery manager Heidi Ledwell and artist Dawn Walker said the event would be a celebration of the area's internationally revered and protected environment.

Ms Walker said Fingal's vibrancy extended to the creative people it was "bursting" with.

"The idea of the exhibition was to bring together the women to make art together," she said.

"A lot of the focus is about making the art in our environment."

Ms Ledwell said the area, and specifically Cook Island, was an oasis for nationally and internationally migratory - and sometimes endangered - birds, which provided artistic inspiration.

"We've noticed these huge birds from northern-Australia, with a 1.4m wing-span, called brown-footed boobies here feeding at the moment.

"It's magic when they dive into the water, building their energy stores to make the trip back.

"We get to see these sights and they influence our works.

"To be able to share these works in our wonderful gallery and celebrate with the community: it's an honour, and a lot of fun."

She said her inspiration focused on the mangroves which serve as nurseries for fish, while Ms Walker enjoyed the littoral rainforest which contained much of the area' birdlife.

This exhibition carries a serious or, literally, black, white and green message.

Ms Ledwell said it was the importance of keeping the region protected as a habitat for protected species - especially birds.

Both women spoke on the aim of making art production not so necessarily a lonely experience.

"If not literally, we can support and motivate each other through email and Facebook," Ms Ledwell said.

"If someone's going to draw on the headland, for example, we'll send an email to all members of the collective and if we can get up there, we do," Ms Walker said.

They gave examples of what gallery patrons could expect of the other members' work:

Marcia Gibbs likes "fabulously vibrant colours", oil painting in plein-air and focuses on the path from her house to the beach;

Susan Stone enjoys a "delicate touch" with charcoal and pastels, and does some "beautiful work with leaves";

Leweena Williams is an experienced Indigenous artist whose family has lived in the area for generations, and she focuses on traditional and mixed-media creations.

The exhibition opens 6pm Friday, April 27 at the Sheoak Shack and finishes May 20.

Musician Julie Rose and a full bar will feature, and 20% of the night's profits will benefit Coastcare.



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