That’s right. You can own original art and fine craft! You. A rash statement…you think?
Well, let me list just some of the ways that you can own wonderful original art and fine craft. How you can afford to hang one-of-a-kind paintings and fine tapestries, that were many weeks in the weaving, on your walls, display gorgeous sculpture on your fireplace mantle, and have marvelous stained glass as your very windows, made just for you by a skilled glass artist.
Normally it can be within your income to dress your dinner table with rustic or classic, hand-woven place mats, tablecloths or table runners. Place fine, high-end, one-of-a kind decorations on your holiday tree and a unique handmade wreath on your front door. Gift your toddler or someone elses child with superior-to-imported, hand crafted, wooden toys.
But, think about this. How can you be certain that what you like is real art? What is real art anyway? And what is fine craft?
Handwoven Small Tapestry
Good news! Opinion on what constitutes real art or fine craft is subjective. That means you get to decide what is real, and what is fine.
Every individual makes judgements based upon experience, personal opinion and taste. Experts do that, too. And indeed, many do have significant education in art history and appreciation. But in the end personal opinion and their own taste, guide them. Later this unique mix of formal education and personal taste gets passed on to us in a sales presentation in a gallery setting. Because we sometimes believe that others know what we should like, we let them influence our choices. Prospective purchasers of art are often so intimidated by what they think they should know, and do not know, that wonderful opportunities to own original art are missed.
You come to realize that the same things we are driven by, opinion and personal taste, drive art experts. They are further influenced by duty to place of employment, not to mention fidelity to educational background. But the knowledge of another may not be a good thing when it prevents you from having affordable art objects around you, things you are attracted to that add depth, color and visual excitement to your daily life. These are things most people can well afford to buy.
And here is more good news. Art is anything made by an artist that is meant, by the artist, to be art. But how can you tell if what you like is good art? The answer to that is, if you like it, then it’s good art. Please yourself
What then, when so much original art is available at so many places, at very reasonable prices, prevents some people from buying? It’s usually the same things that prevent us from venturing into other unknown territories:
The fear of appearing ignorant.
The fear of making a mistake and looking foolish.
Actual lack of knowledge about the many forms of art.
Not knowing how to locate affordable art.
Worry about overpaying or being cheated.
Extraordinary two and three-dimensional art is for sale at every street fair:
Oils, Acrylics.Watercolors and Pastels, Metal, Glass, Sculpture, and emerging modern versions of ancient mediums, like Felt Art, sculpted or framed and unframed; all original, are available in abundance at prices no higher than those prints, (imported and sold by the many thousands), at department stores. Wood carvers create right in front of your eyes, giving you a deep understanding of the time, the skill, and imagination, that goes into their exquisite works of art. Sometimes you’ll see hand weavers working at their looms to demonstrate the way that their tapestries or quality household textiles are made.
Purple and Yellow Tulips on Black
Both professionally skilled and fine craft artists prepare for art fairs months ahead of time. Some lay the groundwork an entire year in advance for just one three-day art fair. Others schedule a number of art fairs each year, and continue to make art, every free on-site hour, even while manning their booth, selling their fine art and craft.
The Internet: Sites that sell every kind of art imaginable abound on the Internet. Enter your search words. Any combination of descriptive words will do: Art for Sale Online, Watercolor Art, Paintings for Sale, Tapestry, Felt Art, Textile Art, etc. You can have your pick of many individual artist sites, online galleries, and sellers groups, to help you to choose the kind of art you desire for your home and business, and at almost any price, often beginning at fifty-dollars or less. Of course, the more skilled and experienced the artist, the better price he or she can command. If you can’t find affordable art on the Internet, you just haven’t looked.
Red Tulips with Yellow on black
Online Auctions: There are almost countless opportunities to bid on original art on online auctions. Prices range from the ridiculously low, (which is often partly made up to the artist in inflated shipping costs), into the many thousands of dollars. Every genre is represented, so make certain to search the areas in which you are most interested. Don’t neglect to view other types of art for sale, though. You could be surprised at what you find. You may even discover an art category you have never heard of B and make it your new favorite. Check out some of these:
- Painting B Watercolors, Oils, Acrylics, Pastels
- Fine Crafts
- Fiber: Felt Art, Hand-woven Textiles, Tapestry, Mixed Media, etc.
- Glass, metal, and various other art media
If you aren’t certain about actual values, watch the bidding on auction sites to see what happens to the final prices of the kinds of items in which you are interested.
Local art galleries, artist co-ops, and personal artist studios: Excellent sources for original art at prices within reach of the ordinary consumer. Ask around. Check your local telephone directory, and shopping guides, for listings. Take a morning or afternoon to visit several of these rich sources of artwork for sale.
Artist colonies: Artist colonies consist of a collection of artists creating various kinds of two and three-dimensional art. Artist colonies are organized to accomplish several goals. An important one is to demonstrate to the public and to art students, the actual processes of making art. The participants of Artist colonies sponsor occasional free events.
Festivals: Ideally meant to be a spectacular showcase of various art media, in an appropriate setting, and offered for sale to all and sundry. Art festivals are usually community-sponsored in conjunction with major local celebrations, and usually very well advertised. Festivals are often attended by thousands. Music and other entertainment are often provided and food vendors are plentiful. Festivals are often held on national holidays such as Memorial Day, The Fourth of July, Labor Day, and celebrations close to Christmas and other religious holidays.
Water Lily Tiny Tapestry
Gallery Walks: Advertised, organized, visits to galleries in your area. Usually recurring at predetermined intervals, for instance on a certain day each month, one weekend functions, once or twice some years, or more, or seasonally, etc. These are generally set up by local or regional art associations to benefit the membership and called Aart hikes@ by some, so be forewarned, wear comfortable walking shoes.
Artist Studio Tours: View the work of the artist, and if you find something wonderful, purchase original work directly from the studio. Make appointments with artists to see the inner workings of these creative people, and perhaps you will spot a wonderful piece of art to buy directly from the artist. Oftentimes the information to make contact can be had at your Chamber of Commerce, from a gallery where the artist shows finished work, or advertised on the Internet.
Artist Co-ops: Group of artists, making various kinds of art, gather together to form a special kind of business called a Co-op. Sharing all the costs of a facility allows the artists to work in a well-equipped studio in the company of like-minded people. Sometimes open to the public during normal working hours, and other times special arrangements are made to view artist process and to allow the purchase of original works.
Private Gallery: A business like any other. Art is juried by gallery personnel. If accepted for showing and for sale, the art is left on consignment. The gallery takes a share of sale proceeds to pay for facility expenses and to make a profit and the remainder is paid to the artist upon sale of the art. Regular business hours are kept.
To discover your true taste in art, pay attention to those things that attract you when shopping for other items. Those are clues to the kinds of art you may want to collect. You’ll notice colors that you love to have around you all or most of the time. They may already be part of your home or office decor. Pay attention to shapes that excite or calm you. Eventually a clear pattern will emerge.
Get started on this great discovery journey today, because you now know that you can find wonderful art for your home or business B at prices that fit well into your budget.
Good art is available everywhere. You only have to be willing to look.