Refuge in beauty. In its light-filled home on Woollahra’s Jersey Road, Olsen Gallery (together with Communications Collective) invited friends and artists to come together for a Summer Feast – a celebration of its 2020 program and group show featuring over 50 works from its artist stable.
McLean Edwards, Sophie Cape, Anna-Wili Highfield, Dani McKenzie and Louise Olsen, among many others, joined gallery founder and director, Tim Olsen, for a toast to the coming year and an afternoon of conversation over a summer themed banquet.
The long lunch table was adorned with Dinosaur Designs’ brightly hued vases and native blooms, surrounded by painted canvases, metal works and intricate sculptures.
Guests sipped on Perrier-Jouët champagne and dined on fresh fish with pomegranate and citrus, heirloom tomatoes and burrata, roast potatoes and radicchio and nectarine salads, as Olsen welcomed friends to a new phase for the gallery:
“We’re changing the dialogue,” he explained. “We’ve kept on some very important artists, we’ve gained some new ones … and we are mutating in a way that we hope we are able to create a dialogue that more people find interesting, and will find this place an active art gallery in regard to contemporary art practice.”
“There’s so much happening in the world now that we can all dwell on, but I think what we really need is to actually talk about what’s great about the world. And beauty comes in all forms …”
Words: Victoria Pearson. Photography: Kitty Callaghan.
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