KOTA KINABALU: Artistic expressions on various medium made it to the wall of Ocean7 Art Gallery here today when 12 women artists came together to exhibit their artwork.
The host and proprietor of the gallery Datik Habsah Habib Alawie said the event held in conjunction with international woman’s day hoped to bring together talents from among the community and showcase their work to the public.
As an enthusiast of the art and a collector, she also exhibited a few of her works, mostly dealing in nature such as plants painted in oil on canvas.
During the event she said that her gallery offers a wide variety of paintings, sculptures and embroideries among others and as such she believed art aficionados will be able to appreciate the collections she has on display.
“We want to hold the opening today to join the international community to celebrate the achievements of women everywhere,” she enthused.
Meanwhile Guest of Honour Datuk Raya Erom, a well known artist said the gesture by the art gallery is commendable as it promoted the local art scene with a potential for art tourism.
She said this could be a beginning of collaborations among artists and establishments such as collaborator for the event the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Environment to hold events together to promote art appreciation among the general public especially within the State.
“Involvement in creative activities have a positive impact on participants and the society as a whole,” she said.
She was later escorted to view the exhibition including the 3D gallery, where photographs were usually taken by visitors with the unique background. An auction for artworks was later held.
Also present during the event were Datuk Fatimah Shara Ahmad Nor, the Vice Chairman of UMNO Kota Kinabalu, Siti Bahiya Damsal Seri Pelancungan General Manager , Eliza Goh the Zara Boutique Hotel proprietor as well as Tianne Goonting a well known artist among others.- Sayangsabah.