A few weeks ago I went to a Home Decor Luncheon in Brooklyn, hosted by interior designer Joyce Silverman. She had a panel of experts who lectured on a different topics: lighting, upholstery, choosing marble, landscaping and more. The luncheon offered a plethora of helpful tips (which I haven’t gotten around to posting yet! Each expert needs their own post!)
One of my favorite speakers was art consultant Margie Sarway. She spoke about how to approach buying and potentially collecting art for your home. Since there are so many amazing art fairs this week in NYC, I thought I would post some of her tips on making art approachable and not intimidating.
Margie’s tips for first time art buyers:
1. A good way to get started collecting art, is to buy prints or photography from an artist that you love. These are often more afforadable and because there are multiples you can track its value by watching the sale prices of other pieces in the collection.
2. “Street art” is not for value but for joy… If you love it, go for it.
3. Many art schools have masters programs, and the graduates present shows before graduation. Many artists will sell their works, and it is a great way to discover artists with potential.
4. Charity art shows are another place you can look for affordable art.
5. Flea market finds, framed correctly can be the perfect thing that a room needs. they have a different look at feel and sometimes a room calls for that.
6. Buy smaller works and group them together.
7. Drawings, pottery and “works on paper” are much more afforable.
Some of Margie’s favorite online sources include:
Ebay Although she warns to be careful of dimensions!
When framing, the painting speaks for itself and dicates the frame, not the room.
When hanging, the center should be between 49″-53″ which is eye level.
This Week in NYC:
May 6 -9: The Affordable Art Fair
7 W New York (7 West 34th St, near 5th Ave, NYC)
“AAF NYC is the place to discover and buy works of art from today’s hottest young talent and well-known names, with all works priced from just $100 up to $10,000. AAF is for everyone, including the art savvy collector and the first time buyer. So come find something you love from the international array of over 70 established and emerging galleries! ”
VERY exciting stuff people.
I also want to congratulate Eddie Cohen and the rest of the artists who displayed in a charity art show last week. I really enjoyed it and would love to get involved next year!
*All images courtesy of EC Photography.