This is the fifth post in the 10 Cheap Adventures That Anyone Can Have series.
Part of the fun that I have whenever I check out a new part of town (or just a new town) is discovering what kind of art galleries are available. It’s so exciting to see what local artists and craftsmen are creating. As an artist, I can not only appreciate the work that I see, but I can also learn new techniques and gather new ideas for my own work.
It’s very easy to overlook the little gallery tucked in between two larger stores. Or the one right beside a new restaurant. Many galleries seem to move fairly often, so what’s here today might not be there tomorrow… which only makes it even more fun to go hunting for them. The search always changes, continuing to provide new discoveries.
Not only can you discover new galleries, but through them you can find new artists. In smaller galleries, you can often meet the artist themself. I find that being able to make that personal connection really helps me appreciate the art that much more. Not only can I discover the artists thoughts about the piece, but I can get to know them as a person, which helps me have even more of a connection with the piece.
Have you taken the time to search out local art galleries? If not, you’re really missing out on a wonderful opportunity to discover some of the treasures of your hometown. If so, don’t forget that you can’t just visit once, because every visit will be different and you’ll find something new.