While the weather is great in Shuswap, the smoke today is tending to put a damper on the typical outdoor activities. Thankfully a drive in a air filtered air-conditioned car is not out of the question. Great time to take family and visitors to the great artisan markets in the neighbourhood. Today’s feature artisan market is the “Reedman Gallery Artisan Collaborative” right in the Shuswap, in the Reedman Gallery in Blind Bay Hall. This is right across from Sandy Beach just off of Blind Bay Road. A stroll through the market is just the thing that can lift one’s spirits from the smoky exterior going on right now! If you are interested in finding out more about the market, here is the Facebook link Reedman Gallery Artist Collaborative
I’m loving the insights from blogs from Studio Sixty Six. They are an emerging artist gallery located at 66 Muriel Street in Ottawa. In their blog they write:
Whether you are a student, a recent grad or a young professional already in the workforce – now is the time to start collecting original artwork.
1. Collecting original art earlier can help you develop your taste
Starting a collection at an early age helps mold your personal artistic preferences and style. Each piece you collect will create a connection to the specific moment in your life in which you bought it. Think about your art collection as a reflection of your style and personal aesthetic identity – but while it is always evolving, the art itself will never go out of fashion.
2. Original art produced by emerging artists is affordable
Price points can often deter younger and older clients alike from buying art. However, knowing where to look can make all the difference. Take Studio Sixty Six, for example: by devoting resources to showcasing emerging artists within the first five years of their professional careers, we have created a space that contains beautiful and diverse artwork across a range of mediums which are accessible even on a student budget.
3. Young people have access to upcoming trends
As young adults, we are part of an important trend-setting demographic – especially within the arts. We all have access to social media which creates platforms for us to showcase new trends and new artists and artwork. The work we buy now from emerging artists may one day become very influential -and financially valuable – because of our support and influence.
4. Has a positive and inspirational effect
Whether you are at school, at work, or dealing with any other day to day responsibilities, stress is a significant part of life. Having a calming space can be invaluable in those overwhelming moments. Being surrounded with artwork can help us de-stress and relax, and creates a positive environment. Think about it, what is better than coming home after a long day to your original art piece? Art can also inspire. Have a deadline or a paper you can’t seem to tackle? Being surrounded by art can spark your creativity and give you that much-needed push.
5. Develop relationships with artists
Let’s face it – millennials have a pretty bad reputation, so it is all the more important for our generation to support each other! And what better and more tangible way to support our peers and colleagues in the arts than by purchasing their work? By supporting artists in the early stages of their careers, you are helping to give them the opportunity to keep creating. Who knows? Your support today may play a small role in the rise and future success of the next great artist of our age.
6. It will last a lifetime
Next time you go to the mall, think about how much money you tend to spend on shoes, clothes, electronics, or even expensive meals out. Then consider how that money could have alternatively been put towards your personal art collection. Unlike the latest phone or must-have designer bag, artwork will stand the test of time. Furthermore, this work may be worth a pretty penny later on. Something you buy in your 20s can become a lucrative investment which may help you out years down the line. The work you buy when you are young will be an enduring part of your life for decades.
Written by Phoebe Sampey
For other great art insights, go to: http://studiosixtysix.tumblr.com