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Art going under the Hammer!

By Tammy Laval

An eclectic array of tiny artworks have been drawing the attention of visitors at Artspace Mackay.

With so much to look at, the collection has become a talking point for people as they point out their favorites, try to guess how they were created and notice something new with each glance.

Tonight, the public will have the chance to purchase their favorite with the paintings up for sale to support the Arts.

More than 100 images are currently perched on the wall of the foyer gallery after being donated by various local and interstate artists.

Melissa Broadhurst from Artspace Mackay Foundation said the 150 artworks had been entered in the Ray White Mackay City Articulate: Postcard Exhibition.

She said it was wonderful the artists had been able to create and donated for the fundraiser as well as enter the competition.

Artspace Mackay Foundation president Julie Boyd said money raised from tonight’s fundraising event would be used for future projects and purchases for Artspace Mackay.

Next to the tiny canvases are two bigger works – one fo those works is by highly acclaimed Australian still life artist John Honeywill, ‘Lemon to Lemon’ which is expected to create bidding frenzy.

Lemon to Lemon will go under the hammer with the 10 miniature canvas artworks while the remaining canvases will be available for direct sale.

Mrs. Boyd said Honeywills high profile meant his works were highly coveted and the waiting list for purchasing one was long.

“This is an extremely rare opportunity to attain one of his artworks that regularly attract prices from $4000 to $10,000,” Mrs Boyd said.

She said Honeywill wasn’t the only well-known Australian artist to contribute to the auction.

“You can bid on works by nationally acclaimed Australian artist Jet James, Tim Allen, Euan Macleod, Claudine Marzik, Ron McBurnie, Clara Adolphs, Anneke Silver, Noel McKenna, Rowen Mathews, and Rona Green, plus a smorgasbord of Mackay’s top artistic talents,” she said.

This lively night of art, food and friendly rivalry will begin with the announcements of the 2018 Postcard Competition winners, followed by the Director’s Choice and major auctions.

Prices start at $150 and all works will be for sale and auction on the opening night, with artwork sales continuing for the duration of the six-week exhibition.

All funds raised go towards education and public programs for the Mackay community and the purchase of artworks for the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection.

For more information, or to view the major auction works contact Artspace Mackay on 4961 9722.

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