New works tell of an incredible life
Tweed Regional Gallery has received a very special present to celebrate the first anniversary of the Margaret Olley Art Centre, with a gift of 14 works by the iconic artist.
The Margaret Olley Estate recently announced the gift to the Tweed Regional Gallery collection to help celebrate the anniversary of the official opening of MOAC on 15 March 2014. To mark the occasion, a selection of these works were displayed in the Gallery foyer at a gala dinner on Saturday 7 March.
Margaret Olley’s niece and representatives of the Margaret Olley Trust were among 75 guests at the event, hosted at the Tweed Regional Gallery by the Gallery Foundation. Also on display were gifts of the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery, the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation and private donors.
Gifts from the Estate included The Lands Office (1967) [above] and Still Life with Seafood (1948) which both survived a fire in 1980 that destroyed the Olley family home Farndon in Brisbane and many of Olley’s early works.
Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said the dinner provided an opportunity to thank the community for the triumph of the Margaret Olley Art Centre. “The Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation, Friends and the Margaret Olley Estate have contributed enormously to the success of the Centre,” she said.
The Margaret Olley Art Centre has attracted more than 135,000 visitors since opening in March last year, almost doubling the Gallery’s annual attendance figures.
All new works will remain on display in the Gallery foyer until 5 April 2015.
Margaret Olley, The Lands Office, Sydney (Cnr Bent and Loftus) 1967, ink and watercolour, 60 x 42 cm, Gift of the Margaret Olley Estate, 2015, Tweed Regional, Gallery Collection , ? The Margaret Olley Estate
Courtesy of TSC Media Unit Wednesday 13 March, 2015
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