Last week we stayed in Ballina for a reunion, one of our outings was to visit the Tweed Regional Gallery and the Margaret Olley Art Centre. It was a 45 min drive from Ballina to Murwillumbah situated in the rolling hills of the hinterland of the NSW North Coast. The gallery is built on top of a hill with stunning views.
The first thing we found was the.....coffee shop of course. I just loved the views and it was a lovely warm Autumn day.
Mt Warning in the distance, was formed from a volcanic plug millions of years ago. It is situated close to Byron Bay the most easterly point of Australia. Therefore, the mountain is the first place in Australia to receive the suns rays each day.
After coffee we perused the interesting art works. Inside the gallery there is an amazing structure. The house of a famous artist has been rebuilt. Margaret Olley (1923-2011) a famous Australian and international artist was born in Lismore not far from here. However, she lived in many places including Brisbane, Sydney, London and Paris. Her last place of abode was in a converted hat factory in Sydney. Parts of this house was transported and rebuilt in this Gallery.
It is filled with her belongings and replicated as it was. It was amazing.
The Yellow Room (and my reflection in the mirror)
It was just as she left it. Filled with interesting things to see according to Margaret.
Just one of the many paintings by Margaret Olley.
Soon it was time to leave and drink in one more gaze of the fabulous view before we go to Byron Bay for lunch.(next post)