- Invest in Your Community
Buying art locally contributes to the creative fabric of your community. It builds character and creates an atmosphere that makes people want to stay and put down roots.
- Create Jobs & Support the Economy
By purchasing art locally you not only are supporting the character of your community, but the job market and economy as well. Artists are small businesses and by purchasing locally, you support those businesses and their employees, assistants, printers, and framers to name a few. Also, by purchasing work from local artists the money stays in the community, growing the local economy.
- It’s Original
Each piece you purchase from a local artist has a handmade, unique feel to it. You can take pride in a piece of art that is one-of-a-kind and join in that feeling of exclusivity that you can’t purchase at a retail store.
- Meet the Artist
Buying local gives you an opportunity to meet the artist who created the piece you love. This unique experience gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s creative process and allows for you to build relationships. This leads to better service and maybe even the chance to commission a custom piece specifically for you!
- It’s Affordable
Buying pieces from local artists is an investment. The original pieces you purchase from artists in your community will only grow in value over time, plus since you will know your artist, negotiating prices becomes a lot easier! Local artists want to promote their work and gain visibility so prices are affordable.
- Curate & Collect
Curating your own collection of affordable, original art is one of the greatest ways to express yourself! Each piece reflects your individuality and identity, and gives you a sense of pride in your décor. Collecting pieces by your favorite local artists means continued support for the arts community.
- Improve Quality of Life
Purchasing beautiful things enhances the atmosphere in all living spaces, whether it’s in your home, your office, or some other place you frequent. Art brings warmth, humanity, character, and inspiration into spaces, which improves overall quality of life.
Original pieces of art serve as great conversation starters! Art can spark a discussion about inspiration, expression, experiences, trips you’ve been on, and more importantly, art can communicate when words fail.
- Enhance Your Well-Being
Not only can purchasing local art enhance your overall quality of life, but it can also enhance your well-being. Being surrounded by things you love gives you a sense of comfort, pleasure, and overall enjoyment. Artists can create a mood or feeling with every piece of art, promoting positive mental health.
- Shopping Locally is Fun!
Some of the greatest purchases are found when you least expect them! There is always something new and unexpected around the corner! The National Capital Network of Sculptors is preparing for their 18th Annual Sculpture Exhibit, DIMENSIONS. This will be the biggest exhibit of sculpture – ever in one place – here in Ottawa! Over 120 sculptures in every imaginable medium will be presented, and the styles and messages will range from traditional to off the wall contemporary! In addition to the main exhibit area, DIMENSIONS will also have a gift shop area where you can get a head start on your Christmas shopping. Part of the proceeds go to support the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. Visit DIMENSIONS, at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park from Thursday, October 20th to Sunday, October 23rd.
You are invited to meet the artists at our opening reception on Thursday, October 20th from 6 to 9pm.
Excerpts taken from http://mosaicartsinc.org/blog/10-reasons-to-buy-local-art-2/