The estate of the late Margaret Olley has gifted 14 works by the famed artist to the Tweed Regional Gallery’s to celebrate the anniversary of the official opening of the gallery extension named after her.
The announcement follow the release of figures which show 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.
To mark the gift to add to the centre’s collection, 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 by the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation.
Also on display were gifts from the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery, the foundation as well as private donors.
The latest gifts from the estate included The Lands Office (1967) 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, praising the artist’s estate, the gallery friends and foundation for their ‘enormous contribution’ to the success of the Centre.
All new works will remain on display in the gallery foyer until 5 April.