In conjunction with its 62nd Anniversary Celebration, the oldest registered art society in Malaysia – Penang Art Society – played host for the first time in organizing the International Women Artists Exhibition where 93 female artists from 11 different countries participated. While the majority were Malaysians, the rest came from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Nepal, Australia, Pakistan, Iran, Finland and Germany. Guest of Honour was the Chief Minister of Penang, Mr Lim Guan Eng, accompanied by President of Penang Art Society Ch’ng Huck Theng, Organizing Chairperson Cheong Mei Fong, Teh Ee Ming and Haryany Mohamad from the Penang State Museum and Art Gallery.
More than 150 friends, artists and art lovers attended the opening ceremony. During the ceremony, Ch’ng presented his painting entitled ‘PEACE’ to the Chief Minister.