Where to Purchase Unique Art
The last time I posted I touched on the different types of artwork and how to identify various styles. This time, I'll touch on a few great places to find affordable pieces of art to get you started.
I think I can safely say we are all aware that physical art galleries exist. Taking some time on a lunch hour or a Sunday afternoon is a great time to explore them. Make Google your friend and use it to find out where your local galleries are located and what their business hours are. While there you can ask how often they change the works on display and most likely sign up for a newsletter keeping you informed of upcoming shows and openings. Attending an opening becomes an opportunity to meet the artists in person and ask a few questions about them and their work.
Online purchases of art work are becoming more and more popular. Some sites like ArtBomb are dedicated to featuring the works of emerging artists from across the country. To make it even more exciting for those on the purchasing end, ArtBomb uses an auction format. The pieces are chosen by a variety of curators from different regions of Canada and submitted on behalf of the artist. You get to view several photos of each piece and learn about the artist through his/her bio.
Another great way to find artwork is to attend yard sales, flea markets and farm markets. I've often seen artists working live who will stop for coffee and a chat if you engage them in conversation. It's a wonderful way to get know them and learn about the scope of their work and accomplishments. You might be surprised at what you learn.
It's the beginning of the summer season. Many of us will be travelling and staying in towns and villages away from home. Take a few minutes to see what the art community has to offer.
Of course, Wicker Emporium always has interesting art and wall decor to check out too. See some of the current pieces below.