WOMEN'S WORK: Watercolour artist Cheryl Bruce leads one of the monthly Tuggerah Lakes Art Society workshops, with onlookers including president Rasheeda Flight, left, and Pam Brooks, right.
WOMEN'S WORK: Watercolour artist Cheryl Bruce leads one of the monthly Tuggerah Lakes Art Society workshops, with onlookers including president Rasheeda Flight, left, and Pam Brooks, right.

Exhibition celebrates women's artistic vision

THE Central Coast has a strong contingent of female artists, and the Tuggerah Lakes Art Society hopes they will come out in force for the inaugural Women in Art Exhibition in March.

The exhibit is part of the Central Coast Festival of Women and will be launched on Tuesday, March 5 at the Entrance Lake House, running until March 17.

Co-ordinator Tammy Briggs said the society was excited to be holding a celebration of women on the Coast and to be able to showcase women's talents.

There will be one $300 prize in each of the event's seven categories: oil, watercolour, mixed media, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and the dual class of printmaking and stitch art.

There are two launch sessions from 10.30am-4.30pm and 5.30-10pm on March 5. The $20 entry includes wine, light refreshments and live music.

An art market running throughout the day will also feature jewellery and craft locally handmade by women.

"It's a wonderful venue and it's going to be a great atmosphere," Tammy said.

All the artwork must be original, by women, and while there is no limit to the size of the work, each artist can submit just two pieces centred around the Coast, nature and women.

Entry is $20 for the first piece and just $5 for the second.

Society president Rasheeda Flight said experience was not a prerequisite for entry. She said they hoped the low entry price and the fact that pieces can be framed or unframed will allow upcoming artists to "give it a go" and exhibit alongside more recognised artists.

"We believe every person has the ability to paint or draw, it's just lack of confidence that stops many people," Rasheeda said.

"There's so much potential for this event which we hope to grow and make bigger and brighter next year."

And in good news for the group, Rasheeda said the last big exhibit, November's Fab Fakes, had been "beyond our expectations", with one piece selling for $1200.

Entry forms must be submitted by February 18 and artworks will be received on the morning of March 4.

For details, forms for Women in Art, or to inquire about a market stall go to tlas.org.au or email Tammy at secretary@tlas.org.au.


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