Great art in small packages

WE all know that bigger does not always mean better and nowhere is this axiom more true than in art.

For those cursed with too much good taste and not enough cash to fund it, Grafton Regional Gallery has the perfect exhibition for you.

The Prentice Postcards exhibition features postcard-sized works of art from some of the gallery's leading artists.

The art on show ranges from sculptures to paintings in oil and watercolour and includes works from well-known local and regional artists.

It's world-class art on a middle-class budget.

Artists who have donated pieces this year include Archibald winner Wendy Sharpe, Gordon Bennett, Ken Smith, Robert Moore, Noel McKenna, last year's JADA winner John Philippides, Jenny Sages and Bronwyn Bancroft.

The exhibition runs until May 24, when the artworks are auctioned off to raise money for the region's premier art competition - the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA).

Each of the 89 postcard-sized works can be bid on during a silent auction, with a minimum bidding price of $20.

The gallery's programs officer, Rose Marin, said bidding on the postcards was simple and fun.

She said all people needed to do was collect a bidding number from the volunteer on duty at the reception desk and place their secret number and bidding amount against their choice. People can then check how their bids are holding up as the exhibition progresses.

The exhibition closes on Sunday, May 24, with a final auction starting at 3.30pm. At that time Matt Dougherty will whip visitors into a bidding frenzy by facilitating a final auction and officially closing the exhibition.

All sculptures, paintings and sketches up for auction can be viewed online at www.graftongallery.nsw.gov.au.

The gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10am and 4pm.



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