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21st February, 2018


Victorian Artists' Society

Collectors Snap Up Originals at
Historic Bargain Sale and Auction Opening



Frater and Hammond Galleries

Remaining Works can be Purchased at the
Artist's Reserve Price 


Collectors were quick to purchase original artworks within the first half hour of the Victorian Artists' Society's traditional Bargain Sale and Auction on Monday night. The Historic Bargain Sale has been held for the past forty seven years. 


Paintings, drawings and pastels from established and emerging artists, who are members of the Victorian Artists' Society, were quickly sold. 


Eileen Mackley, President of the Victorian Artists' Society, said the annual Bargain Sale and Auction allows all of the 500 member artists to exhibit and sell their art works unframed. The exhibition will continue until 6 March 2018 with the remaining artworks available for sale at the reserve price.  


One of the landscape works on display at the Bargain Sale.



Subjects in the Bargain Sale range from nudes, landscapes, maritime themes, still life and well known city scapes of Melbourne, all of which would be highly suitable for modern or period homes. 


This provides art lovers or people wanting to start a collection with the opportunity to purchase an established artist's work at a very competitive price.




Left: Eileen Mackley, President of the Victorian Artists Society with staff, volunteers and members of the Victorian Artists' Society Council at the official opening on Monday night.






The Victorian Artists' Society, with its beginnings in the 1870's, was formed to create a school for artists and a gallery where artists could exhibit and sell their works to support themselves financially.  


Since that time thousands of artists, including some of Australia's most famous painters - Sir Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Walter Withers, Clara Southern and Sir William Dargie have all sold works from the Victorian Artists' Society's galleries. 


Some of the art works featured in the 2018 Bargain Sale.



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