Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Art Icon Honoured; the Woman Who Brought Art Alive in CQ

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Art Icon Honoured; the Woman Who Brought Art Alive in CQ

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Byline: Shayla Bulloch Shayla.Bulloch@capnews.com.au

ART has always been a

vital part of Merilyn Luck's life, earning the gracious Rocky woman one of the nation's most prestigious awards.

The inspiring 84-year-old's love of art has cemented her place as one of the region's most inspiring figures who was recently honoured with the Medal for the Order of Australia for her service to the community.

Her dedication to the Rockhampton Art Gallery and CQUniversity has shaped the way both institutions work today, with Merilyn saying she was completely honoured to have received such an important award.

Along with her husband, Frank Luck, and daughters, Merilyn attended the ceremony in Brisbane last month to receive her award from His Excellence the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.

Their household now boasts two OAMs, as Frank received his in 2000 for his work in education.

Merilyn was among four other central Queenslanders honoured at the 2017 Order of Australia awards.

"It really is a great honour as there's been times when I still think I'm fortunate to see a different world and I've been very grateful," she said.

Merilyn has been honoured for her empathetic efforts as a lay assistant and councillor since 1994 at St Paul's Anglican Cathedral Rockhampton.

She was also awarded CQUniversity's Companion of the University award in 2013.

But perhaps her most accomplished achievement is the impression and dedication she made to the Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust.

Merilyn joined the Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust in 1994 and reflected back to her early days working alongside Rex Pilbeam.

"Rex was remarkable because he was a man who had a vision and was able to carry that vision through," she said.

She became chair of the gallery in 2007 and played a strong part in its growth over her nine years leading it. …

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