the Past, Present & Future
to buy art? Here’s how!
By Holly Harman
Are you thinking
about buying a piece of fine art or print, and aren’t sure if
you’re making a wise purchase? You want to know if you’re
getting a good price and what it is you’re really buying. Is
it an original or print? What is the medium? These are some of the
many questions you might have and should have if you are going to
be spending your hard earned cash. But don’t worry; there is
plenty of good art out there for everyone and every budget. Getting
educated first can really make that purchase a pleasurable one, that
gives you joy the rest of your life.
A fun way to get started is by attending fine art and craft festivals.
You can meet artists and talk to them about their medium (what materials
they use to create with; watercolor, oil, pastel, clay, photography,
etc). Find art; look at a lot. Read art books. Visit museums and galleries.
If it’s a print, what kind is it? Remember, the smaller the
number edition, the more potential it has for increased value. Look
On the money side of collecting, art has potential for great value
and can be speculated on for investment purposes. But for a true collector,
that should be about last on your list of reasons to buy. Look for
mid-career artists with at least 10 years in the professional art
market, usually painting full time. Although…buying art created
by a talented emerging artist can end up being a great value, and
occasionally one ends up with quite a valuable piece of art down the
The bottom line is, good art makes you feel something special inside,
whether it’s an original, or a good reproduction. Make that
feeling the most important part of your purchase and you’ll
never go wrong.
Holly Harman & Terry Cosgrove are owners of The Art of Coffee
a coffee shop and art gallery in Montross. Holly is an acclaimed watercolorist
now living on the Northern Neck after spending her formative years
in California art circles. Terry recently retired from a 30-year career
as a Navy photojournalist. In addition to supplying the perfect “espresso
shot” they are focused on painting and photographing the people
and places that make the Northern Neck such a wonderful place to live.