feast of colour and movement
awaited those who visit "Step-about," Laura Higgins'
vibrant show of acrylic paintings, opened Thursday, October
1st, 1998 at Kathleen Gormley McKay
Art Centre in Unionville. Dynamic images of Irish
set dancers in action were the main focus of this show. "I
wanted to capture the ideas and feelings set dancing embodies
for me: joyous movement, connectedness, community," explained
the artist-dancer. Some of Higgins' paintings allow the viewer
to step into "the set" by articulating what a dancer
sees as he or she moves.
the works in "Step-about"
evoke the deeper bonds that exist between people: bonds expressed
in the intertwining and lacing of arms and fingers, in the ecstatic
spin of those caught in the dance together. Several portraits
included in the show illuminate these connections in a more