The painting "No Evils" is part of "La Nouvelle Femme."


Dana Dabagia, curator of Michigan City’s Southern Shore Art Association’s “La Nouvelle Femme,” has an idea why the consortium’s annual showcase celebrating women is it’s most popular annual show.

“I just think people love to come in and see the female form, to see the various interpretations of the female,” she said. “It’s got everything from abstraction to traditional art, so it’s always interesting. There’s always a lot of variety.”

Celebrating its opening with a reception on Friday, “Femme” marks Southern Shore’s fifth annual exhibit celebrating women.

The two- and three-dimensional original works that make up “Femme” are created by both male and female artists from Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan. Approximately three dozen pieces will be shown in “Femme.”

The annual womens’ show is not only a favorite with area art aficionados, but with the participating artists as well, according to Dabagia.

“The entire exhibit is based on painting sculpture and photographs of the female, whether they’re young or they’re up there in age,” she said. “(Artists) know this exhibit is coming up and they prepare for it. They work towards it. It’s always exciting for them to see it, and for me, it’s always exciting to see it.”

For this year’s annual exhibit, Southern Shore moved “Femme” to October. Formerly held every March, Dabagia said the annual womens’ exhibit will now run to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which runs nationwide each October.

Southern Shore Art Association will solicit donations for breast cancer awareness charities throughout the month.

“I think it’s a very good cause,” Dabagia said. “Anybody that has a mother or sister or wife usually has empathy toward the charities that support this.”

“La Nouvelle Femme” is scheduled to run at Southern Shore Art Association’s gallery through Oct. 29.

Southern Shore Art Association’s gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The opening reception is held in conjunction with Michigan City’s Uptown Arts District’s monthly Uptown Arts Walk.

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