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A century after her birth, Olley’s inspiration lives on

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The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is inviting locals to join the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Margaret Olley’s birthday.

Australia’s most significant painter of still life, Olley was a generous and energetic contributor to the art world as an artist, mentor, advocate and philanthropist.

This centenary celebration is an opportunity to give something back to commemorate her legacy now and into the future.

Margaret Olley (1923 – 2011) Everlastings and apples 1982, oil on board, 76 x 106.6 cm, Tweed Regional Gallery collection. Pending – Gift of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc. and the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd.
© Margaret Olley Art Trust

‘We are thrilled to be presenting three exclusive exhibitions in the Margaret Olley Art Centre in 2023,’ Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said.

‘Olley wanted to be remembered first and foremost as a painter and so this is all about celebrating Olley through her greatest legacy – her art. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy the free exhibitions and we invite everyone to join the celebrations.’

Each exhibition is complemented by a dynamic program of events including masterclass painting workshops for adults, free school holiday workshops for children and the annual Community Picnic and Artist Paint Out for the whole family.

Visitors to the current exhibition are invited to honour Olley’s enormous capacity for friendship by selecting a postcard featuring one of her paintings and mailing it to a friend, from the Gallery for free.

‘It’s a lovely way to take time to write to someone important in your life, as Olley did with her friends all over the world,’ Ms Muddiman said.

On 24 June, Olley’s actual birthday, the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd. will host a fundraising dinner in Olley’s honour to raise money to purchase three paintings by Margaret Olley to gift to the Tweed Regional Gallery for future generations to enjoy.

For all activity and event details, including how you can contribute to the Acquisition Appeal visit gallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au

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