Artists Caz McDougall, Annie Higgins, Liz Threlfo and Heidi Ledwell at The Sacred Me exhibition which opens in Fingal this week to celebrate World Women's Day.
Artists Caz McDougall, Annie Higgins, Liz Threlfo and Heidi Ledwell at The Sacred Me exhibition which opens in Fingal this week to celebrate World Women's Day. Blainey Woodham

Display celebrates female form

PERHAPS the oldest art inspiration in the world is the subject of a Tweed exhibition opening Friday night at Fingal Head.

The female form, as interpreted in self-portraits by local established and emerging artists.

The Sheoak Shack, which exhibitor Annie Higgins described as "one of the funkiest galleries around", will host The Sacred Me.

It is an International Women's Day-themed exhibition.

"The choice of form is about stripping away everything," Mrs Higgins said.

"Down to the basic form of us as individuals and putting the things that are sacred to us around us.

"The female form is timeless and not something to be ashamed of.

"We're stepping out of that women's lib' idea which suggests being nude as exploitative, because it's not - it's a celebration."

The Sacred Me will be opened by local young adult historical fantasy fiction author, lover of the female form and husband to Mrs Higgins, Simon Higgins.

The exhibiting group ranges in age from 20-60 and 10 of the 12 artists are local - most having completed their studies at North Coast TAFE's Murwillumbah Campus.

Mrs Higgins said three were exhibiting for the first time, while "for others in the group it is another notch in their longstanding art careers."

She said the exhibition "was born on the floor of a gym, when I was in the corpse position after a rewarding session of body balance."

"The name and the concept flowed - from where, we do not know - conjuring up the notion of celebrating femininity by asking fellow female artists to paint themselves naked, celebrating all they hold sacred.

"Too often our lives are shrouded by mystery, covered up with clothing and makeup, decorated with jewels and scarves.

"This exhibition explores the theme of stripping bare and revelling yourself, physically, mentally or both."

Enjoy a night of "art, music, food and laughter" during The Sacred Me opening night from 6pm (NSW) on Friday, March 9.

Mrs Higgins said "aiding to help celebrate International Women's Day (officially today, March 8) and adding to the vibe will be the awesome Andrea Soler, jazzing things up and getting hips shaking with her positive and soulful sounds".

"The exhibition will run until April 2, so if you cannot make the opening please feel free to drop in and enjoy the work of these brave women who have revealed themselves in the name of art," she said.

Phone 07 5523 1130 or visit 64 Fingal Rd.



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