A Francophile in Burnie

An exhibition by local artist and art teacher Alison Thomas titled A Francophile in Burnie will be opened at Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) by Dr Wayne Brookes on Friday 21 December at 6pm.

The exhibition highlights Ms Thomas’ residency at C.A.M.A.C Art Centre, Marnay-sur-Seine, France and presents a series of paintings inspired by her love of all things French.

In 2016, after flying into Paris and travelling through Normandy, Ms Thomas spent a month painting in the small village of Marnay-sur-Seine at the residency. Some of the works in the exhibition were made in Marnay and others were completed later. By working on paper, and in an uncharacteristic smaller scale, she was able to develop subtle layering of colour and tone, peculiar to the French countryside. Working on a smaller scale was also practical because the paintings could be rolled, placed in a tube and posted home.

Burnie City Council Acting Mayor Giovanna Simpson said, “A finalist in several Glover Prize exhibitions, local art teacher Alison Thomas has positively influenced many art students from Burnie. With a specialty in printmaking and familiarity with a multitude of media, this exhibition concentrates on and celebrates her painting practice. Ms Thomas had the enviable opportunity to visit and work in France and it has encouraged her to explore differences and subtleties of light in a different landscape.“

The exhibition will continue until 3 February 2019. The Gallery is open free to the public from 10am to 4.30pm weekdays and from 1.30pm to 4pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays but please check the Gallery’s web site social media pages for holiday closure times.

Burnie Regional Art Gallery is an initiative of the Burnie City Council and is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.

For further information please contact

Fiona Loughran
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: floughran@burnie.net