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August 1st 2008
"Alter ego" on show

The White Road Certaldo by Marie Warnecke Former Magnetic Island resident and artist, Marie Warnecke, has returned to the north with a new exhibition at Perc Tucker Gallery in Townsville's Flinders Mall.

Her show is now open at Perc Tucker and will remain on display until 17 August.

Marie is having an official opening tomorrow (Saturday 2 August) morning at 10.30am in the Gallery followed by a floor talk at 11am and is hoping to see lots of Magnetic Island faces.

With the show titled, Alter Ego, Marie says, "I (and my alter ego) try to spend several weeks in Italy each year. My early training as an architectural artist and my love of classical buildings and medieval history inspires me to romanticise the Italian landscape, which has remained unchanged for centuries. The lyrical beauty of the sweeping vistas touches my heart and soul."

Marie is a member of Townsville Artists Society and was one of the founding members of Magnetic Island Arts Co operative, which began in 1999.

She recently moved to the Peninsular area of Victoria where she exhibits in Peninsular galleries.

"In this exhibition I have endeavoured to depict my feelings as colours and shapes which over ride the landscape, using abstract acrylic canvases as backgrounds for my traditional watercolours.

"Some of these watercolours were painted "en plein air' in Tuscany and the Cinque Terre and others were finished at my studio on Magnetic Island," says Marie.

Marie has exhibited in many group exhibitions in Melbourne and North Queensland, as well as solo exhibitions, including:
Through Island Eyes 1999

Islands I Have Loved 2000

Recent Works 2002

The Italian Job 2006

Marie was awarded the Watercolour Prize at Perc Tucker Gallery in the Townsville Art Society awards in 2005 judged by Ron Radford, Director of the National Gallery of Australia, and her work can be seen in private collections in the U.S.A. , U.K., Greece, Italy and Japan.

Marie has recently relocated her Studio, Seaholm to Botanic Ridge in the Mornington Peninsular and has been invited to tutor at the Atelier d' artista in Gambassi, Italy in 2009, an offer which she hopes to pursue.


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Peter le Grand
August 3rd 2008
Congratulations Marie.
As for the Gambassi tutoring invitation grasp it with both hands - I know that means putting the brushes aside from at least one hand but such opportunity is well deserved.
Again, congratulations.


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