The Starving Artist Art Sale

The Starving Artist Art Sale at the Sunset Station Casino.Photo by Osie Turner
The Starving Artist Art Sale at the Sunset Station Casino.
Photo by Osie Turner

The Starving Artist Art Sale comes once a year, and the big draw of this art sale is that absolutely nothing is over $79, so this is a perfect opportunity for frugal art aficionados like me.

This art sale is interesting because it is not highly advertised. I try to make it to this sale every year, but never seem to catch wind of it until the day of, this year I had heard of it early enough to plan for it. The sale was held at both the Palace Station and Sunset Station Casinos. The ads did not say where inside the casinos the event would be found, but at the Sunset Station there were signs posted near the entrances directing would be buyers to the upstairs Sunset Room in their meeting halls.

These price lists were conveniently posted around the room.Photo by Osie Turner
These price lists were conveniently posted around the room.
Photo by Osie Turner

Once inside the sale room, the layout was straightforward and self-explanatory. The room was filled with paintings arraigned by size, the smaller pieces laid flat on tables and the larger ones propped up on chairs. The display of the art wasn’t like found in galleries, rather it was organized for moving a large number of paintings in a multipurpose conference room not a designated art gallery.

The art itself consisted of solid home d├ęcor type artwork, with impressionistic scenes of the Eiffel Tower, European city scapes, and nautical themes. Abstract and surrealistic genres seemed to be missing from the fair, or were already sold out at the time. The prices ranged from $29 to the advertised $79 for the largest paintings. They were all certainly well worth every penny as the quality was good and the art perfect for what attendees were most likely looking for.

The event was rather busy with a steady flow of patrons coming and going. Most seemed to be making purchases as well, so the sale was definitely a success. Frames were also offered for a nominal price or you could add a hanger for one dollar to make the painting ready to hang when you got home.

Some of the frames waiting to be paired with a work of art.Photo by Osie Turner
Some of the frames waiting to be paired with a work of art.
Photo by Osie Turner

If you missed the Starving Artist Art Sale last weekend, there are other art events to look forward to in 2017. The 55th Annual Art In The Park festival will be held on October 7th and 8th at the Boulder City Hospital. Drawing over 100,000 visitors and 325 artists, this is perhaps the largest art festival in Nevada. Also in October, the Summerlin Festival of Arts will take over the lawn of the Downtown Summerlin mall on the 14th and 15th of the month. Of course there is the monthly First Friday events in the downtown Arts District as well. To find more arts and cultural events held throughout the year around town, pay a visit to lasvegasnevada.gov.

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2 responses on “The Starving Artist Art Sale

  1. How do I contact the Starving Artists group? I have access to about 10,000 high quality, beautiful frames that i can sell for a very reasonable price.

    Thank you,
    Brad Smuckler
    bsmuckler@aol.com
    702-379-3820

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