The still life of Margaret

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A new exhibition celebrating the life and art of Lismores own Margaret Olley will be opened this Friday, June 30, at the Lismore Regional Gallery a fitting venue for this magnificent retrospective, as Margaret is the gallerys patron.

Margaret Olley: Interiors and Still Lifes features a selection of paintings that chart almost 50 years of her artistic career. It reflects how her home surroundings, both in Fardon and in Sydney, have always inspired her art.

Walking into Margarets house is like walking into a painting, said Lismore Regional Gallery director, Steven Alderton, who has visited her Sydney home on several occasions. It is brimming with art, flowers, furniture, books, objects, colour, animation and smells of flowers and fresh oil paint.

Steven says Margarets return to her birthplace is a special moment for the gallery, and he is looking forward to joining her in Byron Bay this Saturday for a fundraising luncheon, which will raise money for the new gallery being built in the Art and the Heart cultural precinct.

Margaret Olley: Interiors and Still Lifes will be opened at 5.30pm this Friday by the Art Gallery of NSWs head curator of Australian Art, Barry Pearce.

Also opening in conjunction with Margaret Olleys exhibition is a new selection of paintings by Lennox Head-based artist Angus McDonald. His still life paintings depict simple, every day objects, but his use of light and form make them anything but ordinary.

Margaret Olley and Angus McDonalds paintings will both remain on show until August 12.


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