Local Art…buy it, love it, gift it, share it. I am full of bias here as my career is all about this very thing, but really that just makes me an expert you should listen to. We just had Shop Local Artists Week, and maybe I should have posted this then, but you don’t have to limit your support to just one week!
Buy original art, buy reproductions, promote your artist friends on social media, and do all that you can to value what artists provide to your community. Georgia in NYC will be receiving a framed piece of work by Beverly Ryan that I purchased in a fundraiser earlier this year. If your art budget isn’t much, get on the mailing lists of local artists and arts organizations because they can provide great opportunities to get unique pieces at amazing discounts.
Don’t forget that there are local artists making ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and more. Art: it’s not just for your walls!
TIP: Many independent artists are willing to work with you on a payment plan. It never hurts to ask when making a large purchase.