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Starting Your Art Collection

As part of October's Dress Your Walls theme, we'll be featuring artists every weekday in our Artist of the Day posts. I hope that these posts will inspire you—if not to buy some new art, then to take part in a conversation here about that artwork. I'm also trying to find art that can fit into everybody's budget, Personally, I'm in love with this gorgeous print, ny.07.#20 by Jennifer Sanchez.


Sometimes, though, even the thought of starting to buy art is a little daunting. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Not even sure how to take the first step? Well, we're here to help. Recently, I read a great post from Dwell contributor Chelsea Holden Baker on how to get your art collection started. She offers simple, straightforward advice that will help you get grounded in your great art search. And don't worry—some of the prints and photographs are $20 or less! Chelsea has some great tips, such as the best online sites to check out for learning about the art market and the monetary and cool cache advantages in exploring new, unknown artists at MFA shows. You can take a look at all of Chelsea's tips here.

And remember: No matter what, be true to your own taste. Don't let someone else tell you what you should like. Trust in your own art instincts, and see where they lead you!

desertbanshee desertbanshee 10 years
Estate sales are great places to pick up art that is inexpensive. I've had really good luck getting pieces that have value as soon as I buy them, and that I love looking at every day.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
cool! i wanted to add that there are often "open studio" or similar art events where local artists can sell their stuff - here's an example in vancouver: http://eastsideculturecrawl.com/ The downtown Eastside is one of the poorest areas in the country but also an area where a lot of artists live. i used to be one of them, and exhibited my art during the 3 day festival for 2 years. I opened my studio to the public and had sort of a display and sold a few things. here's something from the official website: The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual 3-day November/December event that involves artists who live in Vancouver's Eastside in an area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Commercial Drive, and the Waterfront. Painters, jewellers, sculptors, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, writers, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those of international fame... these are just a sampling of the exciting talents featured during this unique chance to meet local artists in their studios. Purchase something that strikes your fancy, commission something to be uniquely yours, or just browse through the studios and meet the artists, learning about their specific works of art, materials and tools, approaches and techniques. This is a once a year opportunity to meet many diversely talented artists and view their creations in the studios where they work. Be part of this exciting event, which brings people from all over the Lower Mainland, and share in the imaginations that enrich our neighbourhood and lives. so...maybe something similar is happening in your city?
erthed erthed 10 years
LOVE it. Wow -- it's just convicing hubbie that he really shouldn't care what's on the walls. That's my job! he doesn't contribute his opinion to much, but when it comes to picking out colors to decorate with, he's all over it. And not in a good way.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
this is very abstract. love it.
tee0206 tee0206 10 years
Cool. I bought my first real pieces earlier this year, which was incredibly exciting. I've been hitting up art festivals, fairs, and galleries since.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 10 years
I'd love to go artwork shopping!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
Mmmm can't wait to pick up mine tomorrow! It's going to look awesome in my house!
runnergeek runnergeek 10 years
agreed wilkinsj! i am just starting to pick out artwork for my new place. i have gotten alot inspiration from this site. I just purchased an Elena Feliciano Shoe/Roses print. i can't wait to get it!
geohiker geohiker 10 years
This is great advice - thanks! I agree; there is nothing like picking out artwork for your place to really make it feel like a home.
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