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Do You Buy Local Art? Why?

by Joe McDonald on December 14, 2012

The Stranger recently published an article written by Jen Graves, titled: "Buy Art! If You Have Never Bought a Piece of Original Art, You Are Doing Life Wrong". The basic premise is that most Seattleites don’t buy art… but they should start.

Here at, quite obviously, we’ve been a long time advocate of buying local art. This website launched in 1999 before there was anything else online for local independent artists. Our mission was always to use the available digital tools to faithfully promote artists and their work.

I think Jen at the Stranger has written a well thought out article and I agree that buying art can be intimidating. We’re always seeking out ways to tear down those barriers and make any art lover, new or experienced, feel comfortable buying art. You don’t have to be a master curator to buy art – you just have to see it, fall in love with it, and buy it.

So, what has your experience been shopping for or buying local Seattle art, whether in a gallery, art walk, or street fair? Comment below and let me know your thoughts! Do you buy local art? No? Yes? Why?

Here is the link to the original article at the Stranger:


Buy Local – Seattle Local Art Last Minute Shopping Guide

by Joe McDonald on December 14, 2010

Shop for local Seattle art this holiday season We’re officially in the 12 days of Christmas countdown but there’s still time to shop and pickup some great holiday gifts for family and friends. If you’re looking for a special gift that is personal, unique and lasts forever, consider buying local art. There are so many artists and galleries in the Northwest Seattle area who create and sell wonderful and quality artwork, that finding something isn’t hard to do.

Don’t be shy, not all artwork is for the big-budget collector; many artists sell their art pieces for a very reasonable and affordable price. Get out there and talk to local artists, visit galleries and walk the neighborhood art-walks. When you buy local art, you support both the artists in our community and the local economy and you get the joy of giving something that is one of a kind. Sometimes giving or receiving that first piece of original art is all it takes to ignite the passion of collecting art in someone. It really is a special gift and there is always something for everyone.

I’ve started a quick list of places to help you get started. To add your gallery or studio to this list, just comment below or submit our contact form.

Browse through our list of Gallery Members

Do a neighborhood Art Walk – click here for our full list

Visit local galleries & studios – here are a few:

Ghost Gallery – Capitol Hill
Photo Center NW – Seattle – Bainbridge Island, open Sun 11-4pm
Bherd Studios – Greenwood
Dixon Hamby iPhoneography books
Twilight Artist Collective – West Seattle
Tasty – Shop Tasty Art in Phinney Ridge
Steven Fey Photography – Seattle

Museum Memberships:

Seattle Art Museum
History Museum – WA State Historical Society
Bellevue Arts Museum
Frye Art Museum
The Burke Museum
Northwest African American Museum

To add your gallery, studio or favorite idea to our list, just comment below or submit our contact form.