Sybil's Christmas List

Down to the wire and looking for the perfect gift? Gallery owner, Sybil, has compiled her Christmas wish list so you can look no further! Below are some great ideas for anyone in the family— even those who are difficult to shop for. Have a Merry Christmas!

The Little Things: Five reasons to buy small artwork

If you’re looking to buy some new art, going small is not only a safe bet but offers a lot of versatility that is underappreciated. Whether it’s for your home or office, there are a lot of reasons to consider buying smaller pieces. Not only are they ideal for holiday gifts, but their size gives them an inherent preciousness--not to mention they’re easier to move than a large painting!

If you need more convincing, here are five more reasons you should consider adding some small works into your life:

Starting your collection?

If you’re new to buying art and want to ease yourself in, small works should be a go to! Any art collector will tell you that your investment in an artwork is truly an investment in the artist his or herself. Art buying is a unique opportunity to connect with the maker, so buying small can be a great way to get to know a new artist and begin to support their work gradually. Soon you can have your own collection of an artist with whom you connect!

You have a small budget or small apartment...

You’ll hear us say it again and again, there’s always a way to make a little room for a new piece of art. However, we understand that there’s always a budget and an amount of space with which we can work. But the good news is, buying small is wallet and space friendly! Especially if you’re young and are just starting your art collection, adding small works to your apartment is the perfect element of sophistication and will let people know you’re passionate about supporting the arts.

The perfect gift...

Art makes the best gift -- take it from us! Buying art this holiday season is a thoughtful way to celebrate your loved ones. Have a difficult relative to shop for? A painting is a unique and collectible gift they’ll be sure to appreciate. Even if you *accidentally* left your shopping to the last minute, a small painting is the perfect gift that definitely makes it seem like you weren’t in a scramble.

Be your own curator!

Buying a few smaller works gives you the opportunity to be your own designer and cultivate your own eye for beauty. Pairing pieces and arranging them on your wall is a dynamic way to elevate your home. You can switch paintings out, try new combinations, and arrange them in fun ways--just as we do in the gallery!

Brighten up corners and bookcases!

Small spaces need love too! Adding a small piece on a forgotten wall is the perfect thing to freshen up your home and bring life to corners. People will notice and admire your attention to detail! Even if you have no more wall space, tucking a small painting in your bookshelf can make the perfect bookend and be a delightful surprise for visitors with a good eye.

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So, how do you find the perfect piece to add to your collection or start out with something new? Join us at Shain Gallery Friday, December 7th from 6-8 pm for our annual Small Works Show! The show will be hanging throughout December so stop by any time to seek out the newest addition to your collection!