Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Adam Poulsen

FRE­MAN­TLE boasts plenty of art gal­leries, but its new­est ad­di­tion prom­ises to of­fer some­thing oth­ers do not.

Art Marx Gallery, which opens its doors to the pub­lic this week­end, will be the only ded­i­cated ab­stract art gallery in Fre­man­tle, ac­cord­ing to co-owner Tracy-Ann Mor­ris.

“I don’t think there is any art gallery in WA that spe­cialises in ab­stract art only,” she said. “Most of them diver­sify one way or an­other or they spe­cialise, so we’re tak­ing a bit of a risk, but we feel like it will work.”

Ms Mor­ris, who lives in Wil­lagee and runs the busi­ness with hus­band James (Mor­ris), said WA artists would be promi­nently fea­tured.

“We’re hop­ing it will be more fo­cused just on WA and Fre­man­tle artists,” she said.

“I’ll be the res­i­dent artist, so my art­work will al­ways be there.

“But we are hop­ing to have a cul­tural de­vel­op­ment pro­gram where we might in­vite artists from other coun­tries down the track.

“We will prob­a­bly branch out once we’re es­tab­lished a bit more.”

Sit­u­ated in the heart of Fre­man­tle’s art precinct on High Street, Art Marx Gallery has en­listed cu­ra­tor Peter Gar­side to man­age its col­lec­tion.

“Peter is very ex­pe­ri­enced as an art con­sul­tant and has worked with a lot of cor­po­rate companies to de­velop their art col­lec­tions over the years,” Ms Mor­ris said.

“He brings a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge into the gallery for us.”

Art Marx Gallery will of­fi­cially open at 2pm on Sun­day, fol­low­ing a pri­vate event on Satur­day, which will be at­tended by dig­ni­taries in­clud­ing Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt.

Art Marx Gallery own­ers Tracy-Ann Mor­ris and hus­band James.

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