Vice president of the Grafton Art Club Inc., Daphne Maughan, with just some of the many treasures and antique items which will be for sale this weekend to raise funds for the art club.
Vice president of the Grafton Art Club Inc., Daphne Maughan, with just some of the many treasures and antique items which will be for sale this weekend to raise funds for the art club. JoJo Newby

Art and bargains galore

BARGAIN hunters can spend some time and money at the Grafton Art Club’s annual art and craft market and exhibition, this weekend.

Now in its 45th year, and still going strong, the club is celebrating with a monster garage sale and art exhibition, which will also help raise funds for the non-profit organisation.

Grafton Art Club vice president Daphne Maughan has been hard at work fundraising and frantically collecting a multitude of interesting items for sale and exhibition.

A similar event held last year was a huge success, and organisers of this year’s event hope to build on that success.

The long-standing organisation boasts a strong following and attracts many high-profile and talented tutors.

Art Club stalwart Rhondella Hyde said the club relies on community support.

“We do rely on community support financially, but we also need people to participate and show a presence at events and in the classes we organise,” Rhondella said.

Members have been hard at work creating beautiful works of art and craft for visitors to enjoy and purchase.

“All our art, craft and plants will be for sale, and there will be a huge amount of other items such as toys, furniture, linen, ornaments, antiques and collectables on sale.”

A variety of stalls selling handcrafted gifts, cards, jams and pickles will be on offer, as will face painting, activities for youths, demonstrations, light refreshments and home cooked snacks.

The Grafton Art Club offers a wide range of recreational and educational classes in all mediums throughout the year for ages from eight to 80 years.

“It’s an opportunity to meet some of the artists and check out our art class program for this year,” Rhondella said.

With traditional and contemporary original artworks on sale in everything from watercolours, oils and acrylics, to print, photography, drawing and mixed media, there should be something to interest every admirer of art.

The garage sale starts at 7am on Saturday and Sunday and the exhibition and market runs from 9am until 4pm. Both events will be in the Scout Hall at 365 Dobie St, Westlawn. Entry is free.



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