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Starving Artists sale to begin

By Christina Lane
Jan. 2, 2013 at 11 p.m.


"Low-cost, high-quality art" is what a group of starving artists intends to bring to Longview on Sunday.

The Starving Artists Group, a Houston-based company, will have an art sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Eitelman Conference Room at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center. Admission is free.

"We get oil paintings from all over the country, and we collect it all then take it to sell," said Melanie Masterson, whose father, Jim Stringer, established the company about 30 years ago. "It's a great way for people to decorate their homes without the high price."

Stringer came up with the idea when he was younger and looking to be an entrepreneur, Masterson said.

Since that time, the Starving Artists Group has held sales across the country - providing people as far away as Philadelphia with affordable artwork for their homes, she said.

The best aspect of the art sale, Masterson said, is that all the oil paintings cost $69 or less.

"It's a really cool deal for people who can't afford something at an art gallery, but still want to decorate their homes," she said. "This way, they can decorate their homes at an affordable price."

Masterson said the group has sofa-size paintings to sell - some as cheap as $19. Smaller paintings start at $7. Frames for the oil paintings are also for sale.

While Longview is a newer location (this is only the group's second year to come here) on the Starving Artists Group's radar, Masterson said the company still expects to draw a crowd. Attendance typically averages 300 people throughout the day at each event.

"We're probably the only place you can go to get good, quality art at an affordable price," Masterson said.

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