An invitation-only Parisian-themed cocktail night at the Tweed River Art Gallery honoured existing members and got some new members on board. Pictured are Tanaya Boag, Leeanne Carey, Amber Willey and Bec Back.
An invitation-only Parisian-themed cocktail night at the Tweed River Art Gallery honoured existing members and got some new members on board. Pictured are Tanaya Boag, Leeanne Carey, Amber Willey and Bec Back. Alex Carter

Invite-only members' affair

A PRESTIGIOUS invite-only event was held at the Tweed River Art Gallery on Friday night to not only to get more members for the gallery's foundation but to pay tribute to existing members.

The event had at least seven people sign up on the night to become members, at a $1000 donation each.

Just under a hundred people were invited and turned up for the Parisian themed cocktail event.

Fine art auctioneers Sotheby's Australian founder Robert Bleakley was a special guest at the night's event and gave a speech on the benefits of becoming a member of the gallery foundation.

Guests to the event were treated to champaign and canapés, while being able to admire the Salon des Refusés: the alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize exhibition.

Tweed River Art Gallery director Susi Muddiman said the event being so exclusive does have its benefits.

“Sometimes that allure of invite-only has a good effect,” Ms Muddiman said.

“People will hear about the event and say ‘what's all this about?'”

Once a build up of interest is created around the gallery, Ms Muddiman said events in the future will have a broader guest list.

A member of the gallery foundation gets their name put on the gallery honour role, an invitation to the annual gallery dinner, exhibition previews and is put on the mailing list.

Once you reach $1000 in donations to the gallery, you are invited to become a member.



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