Start an Art Collection Without Going in Hock

"Buy what you love" and other advice from a pro

affordable art fair!

Thinking of taking the original-art plunge? Let these pointers from Jennifer Jacobs, director of Seattle’s Affordable Art Fair, be your guide.

1. See as much art as possible. Read art blogs, articles, and magazines. Visit galleries, museums, and art fairs.

2. Develop an understanding for why you fall in love with specific artworks and make a mental checklist of your tastes and preferences.

3. Avoid mass-produced pieces. There is a big difference between buying art simply to fill your home and collecting original artwork. Be inspired.

4. Start small. If you’re married to the idea of a painting or a sculpture, a smaller size will come with a smaller price tag. If you want to go big (without going in debt), consider prints, editions, and photography, which generally are more accessible.

5. Trust your instincts; don’t overthink it. Don’t feel pressured to buy a piece unless you cannot imagine living without it, and don’t leave something behind if you truly love it.

6. Above all else, enjoy yourself. Collecting art can be one of life’s more rewarding experiences. Over time, you will look around and see a group of pieces that have each touched you in different ways.

Find new art priced under $10,000 at the Affordable Art Fair, November 8-11, at Seattle Center, Exhibition Hall, 305 Harrison Street (206-494-5365). Tickets are available at affordableartfair.com, $10-$12.

Photo: Courtesy of Affordable Art Fair 

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