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7 Reasons Why You Should Buy Art

Having original art in the home is vital to your well being. Art is a key piece for many reasons and yet it is sometimes put on the back burner in comparison to other home objects. This list is dedicated to understand the importance of art from perspectives of design, well being, local economy, and more.


It's about time to loosen up the fantasy some people might have that you need to be a millionaire to start an art collection. Also, 'would you put fake books on your bookshelf? Same perspective goes for your walls.


Here are some very interesting topics for you to consider. It’s all gather from a local art lover and Art Advisor on the importance of buying original art and supporting your local artist community… I interviewed one of the most engaged, creative and talented women, Christine Harris. I have a pleasure to work with her and see her talent and intuition coming all together in order to serve our art community in South Bay, California. Well, I was suppose to edit the interview, but her impeccable words are not to miss a thing...


Harris says that ‘it seems that, regardless of personal income, the idea and execution of becoming an art patron is just entirely too daunting for a large majority of people. Why is it so much more palatable to drop a few hundred dollars at Target or even more on a lovely dinner with friends but otherworldly to think about making a modest investment in something you’ll likely have for decades or even longer? There are probably several reasons for that disconnect but my guess is that it comes down to not trusting our own taste and not understanding just how truly valuable a contribution it is to buy original art… not only to the artist being paid but to our community, our kids, and other local artists who are all buoyed by art sales, even when they aren’t their own.


The camaraderie amongst artists is a pretty extraordinary thing to witness. Artists come together and support each other like no other industry. A win for one is a win for all. I can’t tell you how addicting it is to jump in the pool with them. 


When you buy art, regardless of size or price, you are using the power of your dollars in the most beneficent and dream supporting way.

So first the basics… a short, well-documented list speaking to the benefits of why and then we’ll get to how:


  1. Arts unify communities;

  2. Arts improve academic performance;

  3. Arts strengthen the economy;

  4. Arts drive tourism and revenue to local businesses;

  5.  Arts spark creativity and innovation;

  6.  Arts have positive and sweeping social impact;

  7.  Arts improve our emotional well-being by lowering stress and anxiety and fighting depression.


Amazing reasons, right? But this is what does it for me…


It Nurtures A Consumer-Artist Connection: With art being mass produced the way it is today, that magical moment between artist and patron is all too infrequent. Connecting with an artist at a gallery or pop-up event, is a good soul food. Believe me, the artist wants to know you and why you respond to their work. By supporting living artists you’re supporting the creation of more art. I can’t stress this enough, you are fanning the flames of destiny here!


It Brings The Community Together: As picturesque and tranquil as our little beach town is, we do find ourselves in some pretty heated disagreements from time to time. But I don’t know a single person that, at least in theory, doesn’t believe that art sits strongly in the pro column of any town. It unites us all together. No matter how personal values and opinions differ from one individual to the next, everyone can foster an appreciation for art by taking the time to experience the work of artists and artisans in their region.


You’re Putting Your Money Directly Into Your Local Economy: When you buy from a local artist, you’re not just helping the artists themselves make a living doing something they love, you're also supporting the entire arts community of your town, as a whole, by keeping it local. We're not just “in danger” of losing funding… it’s happening.


Time is upon us. It is absolutely crucial to keep this industry alive by supporting artists however you can.

Incidentally, buying  “art” or prints from larger, corporate stores means that you and thousands of others have the same exact piece. Same picture, same frame, same same same. And I mean, obviously, your money is going to a ginormous, faceless company that all too frequently has actually stolen the art in the first place. So if you're thinking of jumping into the art game, shop locally, support your local artist community, go to an art show or call me and I’ll get ya squared away. End rant.



During Drica's solo exhibition at Resin Gallery in 2018


Now the HOW and truly, it’s no big whoop.


If you’ve never bought a piece of original art before, start small, both in actual size and price. The first one is the hardest and the scariest but it doesn’t have to be overly formidable. 


The easy stuff… first — it doesn’t have to match your couch, second —  trust your gut and lastly — you are not declaring under oath that you will love it unconditionally for the rest of your days. I think that third one is the hardest for people to accept. 


I get it. Maybe you’re looking at spending a good chunk of cash on a beautiful piece and, in the same breath, I’m saying it may not be the love of your life for all your remaining days and that’s okay. But it’s true and you’re just going to have to trust me on that. You’re not keeping that couch until you die, or those Leboutins and your house is going to need to be painted again in a few years, and your car, and an even bigger tv and you get it, right? 


Putting art in your house can be as monumental as marriage or as frivolous as a summer fling. My house is like a gallery. I move stuff from room to room, hang it one day and lean it the next, gift it away to loved ones or hang pieces for artists on consignment just for fun.

So with that said, frequenting art shows and, if so inclined, buying straight off the walls is a simple, direct approach to lend your support. If I’m there, feel free to come up and ask any questions you might have, sizing, style, technique, etc.


It’s also just as easy to contact me or the artist that’s caught your eye through instagram directly with your budget, dimensional needs and what you think you might be looking for. I’ve closed art commissions on little more than “big and blue.” Truly.


It’s crazy to think that we’ve been making, selling and buying art for over 50,000 years and we still haven't perfected the actual art of the art business! 

I promise you it’s easier and more affordable than you think to enhance your life and the life of someone else in your community. Come to an art show, visit our local art events, or reach out to me and let me help. I promise you my passion for art and the art community is contagious in the most worthwhile and enriching way.”


Christine Harris is a creative brand consultant and an independent local art advisor

Harris is also Head of Sales and Design Director for Resin Gallery in Hermosa Beach, CA. Follow her on Instagram @twofish22 or reach her through email at christine.schenley@gmail.com.


Are you speechless like me? Incredible topics it blew my mind. Thank you so much for being here until the end of this article. A huge thank you to Christine, for sharing your experience and knowledge with us. Please share it, comment, forward to your friends. Let’s get the world out and show the love to this incredible art community. 


Color Your Life,

Drica



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