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Mur’bah artist paints tribute to Olley beside Tweed River

Murwillumbah artist Pete Goodlet has painted a portrait in his signature style, paying homage to Olley.
Murwillumbah artist Pete Goodlet has painted a portrait in his signature style, paying homage to Olley. Contributed

MARGARET Olley having a cuppa on the banks of the Tweed River with a little red bird perched on her chair.

That's how one Murwillumbah artist has vividly captured the painter in an artistic tribute, ahead of the Olley centre's opening this Saturday.

The scene was inspired by Olley's love of the Northern Rivers.

"Margaret had great memories of the beauty of the Tweed region and as I can appreciate why her memories were so strong," artist Pete Goodlet said.

"I painted her sitting on my version of the site where her home has been moved to as I feel her spirit will have come too… and I'm sure she would have loved a cuppa on such a stunning spot."

The artwork will be submitted into The Tweed Border Art prize, for which entries close in May.

The Margaret Olley Centre will be opened in a special ceremony on Saturday, with the Governor General also attending.

The quirky addition to the Tweed River Art Gallery has seen parts of Ms Olley's home recreated in all its messy and colourful splendour.

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