RAC holds painting exhibition to honour women

Rawalpindi—Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) here on Monday organized a painting exhibition by female artists in connection with International Women Day.
Over 100 paintings by 8 women artists and 50 female students from different colleges and universities were put on display.
The participating artists included Nahida Raza, Riffat Ara Baig, Beenish Azam, and Syeda Nadia Raza.
Member National Assembly Tahira Aurangzeb accompanied by Naheed Manzoor, Resident Director RAC Waqar Ahmed and Director Dev Com, Munir Ahmed inaugurated the exhibition. Some of the female students whose work stood out included Sarah Khallid, Marium Mushtaq, Mahpara Nawaz, Farwa Batool, Ayesha Hasan, Fouzia Sohail and Sundas Azhar.
The art on display depicted variety of expressions; from feminism to realism, expressionism to abstract. The participating women artists played in all forms and medium oil on canvas, to mixed media, acrylics to watercolour.
The bold expression and vibrant strokes brought the best imagery that reflected agony in many cases, and the bight emotions of life too.
The figurative paintings and reflection of the women living in Thar Desert are the favourite subjects of Nahida Raza. Women’s agony and gloomy side of early-child marriages are the stories Riffat Ara Baig has preferred to put on her canvases. Beenish Azam paint different mood of women in a creative variety while the mixed media paintings by Syeda Nadia Raza brought the old heritage and architecture with her own feelings. The students work reflected variety of subjects all revolving around the challenges they face in the contemporary world of exploitation. Some had bright feelings while other presented agony and passive moods. The nature and still life were the favourite subjects of many.
Addressing at the inaugural session, Member National Assembly Tahira Aurangzeb said Islam has granted rights to women which has not been granted by any religion. She applauded Punjab government by presenting Women Protection Bill which was need of the time.—APP

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