Certainly, an enjoyment of beautiful, stylish, calming, or meaningful surroundings and attire is a sufficient reason to become an art collector. There's a very practical reason as well. Art is a great investment. Often, the monetary worth of a piece of art will increase over time. A work purchased inexpensively from an unknown artist can greatly increase in value as that artist's career develops. Unlike money in the bank, art is a investment with which you can decorate your home, your office, or yourself.
There is wearable and functional art, so you needn't confine your collection to oil paintings, sculptures, or ink drawings. A handmade, elegant piece of jewelry such as a bracelet or cuff created from precious metals and stones is an example of wearable art. Less durable forms of art such as designer clothing are collectibles, too. Fiber art can include or be derived from pieces that were intended to be functional. Quilts and embroidered handkerchiefs are examples.
Given all of these choices, you can begin your collection by exploring thrift and vintage stores. Collectibles you find will likely need cleaning, repair, and/or refurbishing. They will most likely be a bargain, though. With a little larger budget, plan to attend local art fairs. Admission is usually free. In warm weather, many of them are held outdoors. Often, restaurateurs and musicians are invited as well as artists. You can enjoy a nice lunch in a pleasant setting while listening to live music. The artists are usually both emerging and established artists, so works are for sale at a variety of prices. Some fairs highlight fine arts such as oil and water color painting, photography, and sculpture. Others primarily host works by fiber artists, potters, and jewelers. Many art fairs include both types of artists. If you visit the event web site prior to the event, you will usually find a listing of the invited artists accompanied by pictures of their works.
You can make advance plans for your shopping and your recreation. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Socializing with artists and art aficionados while enjoying fresh air, sunshine, a delicious meal, and live music. Investing in your financial future while beautifying yourself and your home. You'll also be supporting the arts and small businesses. By visiting local and in person events, you will be helping to create and maintain a sense of community, too.
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