Local Tweed Shire couple Nela and John Turnbull  are the proud new owners of an outstanding set of artists’ proofs as the winners in a silent auction organised by the Tweed River Art Gallery as one of the Gallery’s 20th anniversary events.

The coveted set of artists’ proofs formed the centerpiece of the Gallery’s Anniversary Print Collection project which saw the Gallery commission six leading Australian artists to create a work in response to the Gallery and the Tweed region.

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said Nela and John (all pictured) placed the most generous bid for the outstanding set of original artworks.

The Turnbulls said they were delighted to have been able to support the project.

“We are regular visitors to the Gallery and enjoy the range of programs on offer. It is a real treat to hear the news that we cast the successful bid,” Nela said.

“We have already decided where to hang our lovely new artworks,” John said.

At the initial stage of the project, Ms Muddiman invited artists GW Bot, Jan Davis, Graham Fransella, Marco Luccio, Euan Macleod and Graeme Peebles to visit the Gallery through a weekend residency program to provide an insight into the region.

“The artists were inspired by the Tweed Shire’s beautiful landscape and the prize-winning architecture of the Gallery, the diverse flora and fauna of the area, and the potential for leisure and industry that the Tweed offers,” Ms Muddiman said.

This project resulted in the creation of six unique artists’ prints that have been produced in a limited edition of 20, marking the Gallery’s anniversary year.

The Anniversary Print Collection set contains one print from each artist’s edition, presented in a specially crafted, archivally-sound ‘ready to hang’ frame.

This single frame holds one selected print for display, while the remaining five prints are contained in a recessed section at the back. This allows the owner to change the displayed print whenever they want.

From the 20 sets produced, one has been acquired for the Gallery’s collection and the remaining 19 were available for sale through the Gallery Shop for the price of $1000.

A number of sets have already been sold to members of the public – mostly to visitors to the Gallery who were unaware of the project, and happened to see the fine works on art on display in the Gallery from mid-September to late November 2009.

The print project has also received excellent coverage in national arts publications, and has been acquired by public art collections and regional galleries across NSW.

The Tweed River Art Gallery is located on 2 Mistral Rd (Corner of Tweed Valley Way) in Murwillumbah. The Gallery and Café is open from Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm.