Artist Adds a Little Colour to the Cap Coast

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Byline: Nikita Watts Nikita.Watts@capnews.com.au

MARIE Kearney wrote in her diary after the official opening of Yeppoon's Paint Pot Gallery that it might remain open for just a few months.

That was 27 years ago and the doors of the gallery are still open almost every day by the volunteers from the Capricorn Coast Society of Arts, which Marie helped to form 42 years ago in Yeppoon.

Marie called the inaugural meeting in 1969 and the society was formed out of a group of amateur artists.

The society displayed its work in spare office windows and at outdoor shows in Beaman Park before it decided it was time to have its own premises, which at the time was on the corner of Hill and Queen Streets in 1984.

Its first exhibition was in 1970 in the Yeppoon Town Hall for the Captain Cook Bicentenary celebrations.

Back then Marie was still taking classes and learning new techniques but to her, art was her most fascinating occupation. …