Original Art in the Home
By Samantha, Lead Designer Optima Homes and JP&CO.
An easy way to effortlessly add beauty and sophistication to your home that you may not immediately think of is to find a large piece of original art. Now this can be much simpler than you think. Often times what comes to mind when you consider “Original Art” is a price tag—images of Rembrandt and Picasso float across your mind. However, original art is so much more than “the greats”—it comes in all mediums, colors, shapes, sizes, and—yes—prices. When considering what you should put on that large wall in your family room or kitchen, consider the wealth of original artwork resources, both online and outside your front door. When hunting for the perfect piece remember bigger is better when your wanting to find a piece to anchor a room and fill a large wall.
Commissioning Work without breaking the budget
If you lucky enough to know an artist to commission go for it! You can often give them an idea of colors and theme for the piece and be pleasantly surprised by the end result. Another great option is student work. Finding passionate student that have a bright artistic future ahead of them can be economical for you and an opportunity greatly appreciated by a student. As an alumni from the University Of MN Department Of Art I would recommend checking their first!
University of Minnesota Art Department
Check the U of M’s art department Events page to find out about opportunities to see and purchase current student’s work.
Another promising art school with lots of young talent:
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, which is brimming with extremely talented artists of all makes, also opens its doors once a year (the weekend before Thanksgiving), giving the public an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind art created by students and recent graduates at unbeatable prices.
KEEPING IT LOCAL
Another great source of artwork is your own stomping ground! Listed below are a number of the larger art fairs that occur in the Twin Cities every year. This is just a sampling so check your community for small art fairs too! This gives the opportunity to check out a mass amount of art and meet artist you could possibly commission.
Twin Cities Art Fairs
Making art available to the masses through access to so many artists! You can find great art work for you home at art.com or go for something original at these great sites:
This site, amazing in its breadth of artists and offerings, holds the #1 ranking for “contemporary art” by Yahoo and Google. All of the artists displayed on this easily-navigable site are professional artists and artisans whose sites show only original work and prints. http://www.artspan.com/
Peruse the kitchen art, collection starters, and a whole lot more at this dynamic site that’s curated online and showcases emerging artists. This site also offers customers a money-back seven day guarantee because they’re so convinced you’ll love their affordable offerings. http://www.ugallery.com/
Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.