Thousands of holidaymakers took the opportunity to visit Tweed Regional Gallery and the Margaret Olley Art Centre in the past month and attendances spiked during the Christmas and New Year period.
Some 7,000 people attended the gallery during the three weeks from 17 December to 4 January, more than double the number who visited the Murwillumbah gallery at the same time in 2013-14.
‘It was our first Christmas since the opening of the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) in March and the influx of visitors was amazing,’ gallery director Susi Muddiman said.
Attendances peaked at just over 3000 people during the first week of January, replicating levels experienced during the first few weeks after MOAC opened.
Miss Muddiman attributed the recent high attendances to a flow of visitors into the region for Christmas holiday, as well as a new feature exhibition in MOAC.
The Yellow Room exhibition celebrates the late artist’s ‘sanctuary’ and favourite room in her Sydney home.
The Yellow Room is one of the rooms featured in the permanent MOAC exhibition, which includes an exact recreation of iconic sections of the iconic painter’s Duxford Street house in Paddington.
‘While MOAC is a permanent attraction in Tweed Regional Gallery, special temporary exhibitions will be featured within MOAC to celebrate particular aspects of the artist and her works,’ Ms Muddiman said.
The Yellow Room: Margaret Olley is on display until 15 March 2015.