4 Reasons Why You Should Collect Original Art

With Christmas and the market season fast approaching I thought it would be helpful to outline a few benefits of collecting original art. The world of art is exciting, and to some, it can be confusing or intimidating. But to put your worries at ease, and to help you understand the importance of surrounding yourself with ORIGINAL art I have put together the top four reasons for purchasing original art.

Number one: Self-Expression

Your art collection is a means of self-expression and a way to showcase your unique personality. Whether you connect to the subject matter or are captivated by the colours & mood, the feelings sparked by purchasing an artwork are intensely personal. One of the best things about original art is that it allows you to express yourself in a way that no other home décor can. A unique piece of art personalizes your space. How often have you seen your friends' living rooms decorated with the same Ikea art? The artwork's originality puts a spotlight on your personality in your space.

Number Two: Supporting Emerging Artists

Supporting Emerging Artists When you purchase art from emerging artists, you acquire it at a reasonable price while directly supporting their career and development. Building a relationship early on with an artist is wonderful and enriching. You are buying an artist’s personal expression directly from them, often interacting with them in a vulnerable and personal way. You can grow with the artist and help advance their business. You never know, maybe your collection will include the next Jackson Pollock!

Number Three: It’s Good For you!

There have been many studies conducted that outline the benefits of viewing and living with art. Researchers have found that visual art promotes health, and wellness by lowering stress levels. Viewing visual art has also been found to be an effective tool for mindfulness. Engaging with visual art has been found to activate different parts of the brain other than those taxed by logical and linear thinking. Additionally, there is evidence that art taps into our emotions and aids in healthy mental shifting which results in us feeling good!

Number Four: Supporting Local

A big part of being a responsible, mindful consumer is supporting the local economy. When you buy original art, you’re supporting the artist who created it and all of the people who helped make that piece possible. Additionally, buying original art can be a great way to connect with your local community. Purchasing directly from an artist, or a shop/market/gallery infuses money into the community you love.

How many products do you buy that will last your lifetime? The art you acquire will enrich your life and help express your individuality. Have fun with it and don’t let it stress you out.

I am really excited to be in the Art Market & Craft Sale again this year.  I have a big corner booth with new walls and I am working furiously to be fully prepared! 

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