Marcia Montrose Warne has been involved in visual art for as long as she can remember. Her travels, her studies, and her hobbies have all led her toward artistic endeavors. Finally, after many years as an educator, she decided to pursue art on a professional level.
Several years ago, while visiting China with a group of special educators, she saw amazing works of art being created by people with disabilities. This inspired the topic for her doctoral dissertation, “The Benefits of Visual Art for Adults with Disabilities.” Since receiving a Ph.D. from The University of Idaho, she has facilitated workshops on enhancing the quality of life for adults and children through participation in visual arts. Her doctoral studies also led to her involvement with Very Special Arts of Idaho. She served as a member of their board for several years.
Dr. Warne has participated in several juried and open art shows in Boise, Idaho, including Art at the Depot, Art at the Mardi Gras, Hyde Park Street Fair, The Idaho Photographic Workshop, Boise Saturday Market, We Art Women, Gypsy Gallery, Idaho Watercolor Society Rotunda Show, the IWS Summer Show at Boise Plaza, and at the Initial Point Gallery in Meridian City Hall. The Boise Weekly selected her as a “Featured Artist” when she participated at the Boise Saturday Market, and she was one of the “Quick Draw” artists painting at We Art Women, an annual juried show, which raised funds for The Women and Children’s Alliance. Dr. Warne is currently showing at Art Zone 208, a juried gallery in Boise, Idaho, where she frequently does art demonstrations and gives classes.
Warne enjoys a wide variety of art media. She has taken classes in drawing, watercolor, oil painting, pastels, pottery, glass blowing, and photography. She was a long-time board member and publicity chair for the Idaho Watercolor Society and continues to be a member. She attends watercolor classes and workshops on a regular basis, and constantly strives to expand her knowledge and skills in the world of art.