Redland Art Gallery (Capalaba) launched their ‘Her inspiration’ exhibition yesterday to coincide with International Women’s Day in March. We caught up with exhibition curator Dominique Macedo, who shared her insights into this unique collection.

International Women’s Day is fast approaching and to get Redlands in the spirit Redland Art Gallery has put together an unique exhibition that is all about women’s art.

Curator of the exhibition Dominqiue Macedo said inspiration for the collection stemmed from the want to recognise women in the Redlands area, but also draw on the gallery’s already established collection.

“We wanted to showcase local women and their talent, to celebrate international women’s day.”

The Redland Art Gallery in Capalaba now has several respected local female artists’ work on display including the late Sheelah Mee who passed away last year.

Ms Macedo described Sheelah Mee’s work as a highlight of the exhibition and used Ms Mee’s gouache, pastel and oil work as examples of her aesthetic tendencies.

“With her work you get a sense of her space, she tends to utilize her environment to inspire her work.”

Work from Carolyn Dodds can also be viewed at the gallery. Carolyn is a gifted printmaker from Macleay Island who uses the abundant flora and fauna in her area to inspire her woodblock prints.

Other artists that will also be featured in the collection include; Melva Moore, Lisa Iselin, Kathryn Blumke, Kay Faulkner and Eva-May Monaghan.

The exhibition is free and will also include historical women’s objects from the Redland Museum. Ms Macedo encourages everyone to head into the gallery and enjoy this inspiring exhibition

“It’s really an exhibition to bring the community together, to bring women together and celebrate women within Redlands.”

To celebrate International Women’s Day (8 March) there will be a high tea held at the gallery.

Redland City Council Arts, Culture and Innovation spokesman Cr Paul Bishop said the floortalk from Ms Macedo at the high tea was sure to be very insightful, but also noted that the high tea was a chance for others from the area to share their stories of inspirational women.

“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.’’

During the exhibition the gallery is also hosting a jewellery making workshop with Corinne Columbo. Ms Columbo will share her knowledge of making innovative jewellery pieces from a range of materials.