Art Collecting on a Budget
Posted by Sarah at 11:19 am in Home Decor

Art collecting as a hobby has been given a bad rap. For many people, art collecting ranks right up there with wine tasting and mushroom hunting on the rich snob scale. Others think of art collecting as picking up a few Monet prints from the local poster shop – whether or not they like Monet. However, an original piece of artwork is a great way to add a touch of personality and class to your home, and it can be much less expensive than you think. Read on for more tips on finding fabulous artwork on a budget.

If you’re just getting started and don’t know what you like, you might be able to rent pieces from a local gallery. Many galleries offer a rental service that allows you to take home a piece of art and try it out in your home. If you don’t like the piece you’ve chosen, you can simply take it back and pick another. This is a great way to learn about the type of art you like and develop your own personal taste before looking for pieces to purchase.

Once you’ve discovered what you like, you can start looking for an affordable piece of art. A great place to start is with student artists. If you live in a college town, you may be able to find original artwork at an affordable price from these young artists. Check your phonebook for art schools in your area and contact them for more information on upcoming shows where you can purchase student artwork. Who knows, you could be one of the first to discover – and invest in – a new, up-and-coming artist!

Artist guilds and communities are another great place to look. These local artist collectives often have open houses and shows throughout the year. You’ll frequently find unique artwork on sale at these events as new artists try to promote themselves through this avenue. You’ll also have the opportunity to get to know the artist and learn the background of any pieces you’re interested in.

You can also find interesting pieces in antique shops, flea markets and consignment stores. If you fall in love with a piece of art that isn’t in great shape, don’t worry! Art restoration experts may be able to restore the piece to its original glory for much less than the cost of new artwork. A few things to keep in mind though – fixing small tears or a light coat of grime will be much less expensive than a piece with extensive water damage or fading. If possible, get an expert’s opinion before buying artwork you plan to restore.

Above all, remember that art collecting is not about names, labels or price tags. It’s about falling in love with a certain piece of art, or the work of a particular artist, regardless of how well the artist is know or how much the piece costs. Art collecting is a great way to dress up your apartment and express your personality – and you can do it without breaking the bank.

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