The Saudi art scene is being transformed by the women's art movement in Baha, which is highlighting the country's and the region's rich legacy. This movement, as described by visual artist Samia Al-Othman, has undergone substantial growth in recent years. Al-Othman herself has actively participated in regional and international exhibitions and conferences, augmenting her skills through various art schools since 2012.
Nada Al-Jabiri, an artist who discovered her artistic talent early on, channels her aspirations for the future through her drawings, which are centered around empowering women and amplifying their creative concepts. These artistic expressions convey a powerful message, serving as a conduit for highlighting Saudi Arabia's national identity and introducing its multifaceted cultural, historical, social, and artistic heritage to a global audience.
Another artist, Jawhara Al-Ghamdi, emphasizes that the development of the art movement, together with dialogues between cultures and artists, as well as the celebration of multiculturalism, has given women a platform to make their presence felt in the world of art. This evolution has also contributed to an increase in tourism in the Baha region, shedding light on its historical and societal legacy.
For Sarah Al-Ghanem, visual art, particularly in the context of women's artistic expressions, is an integral part of a larger social movement. It serves as a medium through which women convey their perspectives, envision their roles, aspirations, and distinctive attributes for the future.
Azza Al-Hasen embarked on her artistic journey during an art class, subsequently honing her skills through training sessions encompassing acrylic paint pouring, impressionism, and palette knife painting. She has since become a certified trainer in visual arts, further enriching the artistic landscape.
Visual artist Ahmed Saleh Al-Muntasheri, a member of the Association of Culture and Arts in Baha, notes that although relatively young, the women's art movement in the region experienced rapid growth in 2012, marked by a noticeable surge in female artists. He emphasizes that the diversity and complexity of these artists' creative output demonstrate how they are inspired by both regional and international experiences.