Beyond its function as visually appealing decoration, art can enrich your life by opening your eyes to a multitude of experiences and visions, both across the globe and right at home. No matter what your decorating style is, local artwork can provide both a beautiful addition to your home and a meaningful connection with your community. Here are some of the perks of buying local artwork.
A personal connection to the artist
The best places to buy local artwork are galleries and fine arts fairs. These venues give artists a forum to interact directly with community members. If you are particularly intrigued by a certain piece, you can ask the artist what materials he or she used, what concepts the work embodies, the story behind its creation, and much more.
A one-of-a-kind piece
Prints or reproductions of famous pieces can be beautiful, but there is nothing quite like hanging an original work of art in your home. Original works are handcrafted directly by the artist, and often each piece is unique. Even photographic prints can have slightly different tinting and framing. You will be the only one in the world who has that piece decorating your home.
A unique investment opportunity
Artistic talent exists everywhere, and you never know when or where the next famous painter, sculptor, or photographer will be discovered. If you are very lucky, you may find that the nice person you met at your local fine arts fair is featured in a national magazine or museum, making the art you have hanging on your walls nearly priceless.
You can browse the finest work by more than 150 juried local artists at the 28th Annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair in downtown Naperville. This free festival will be held September 14-15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the festival, call the Naperville Art League at 630-355-2530.