Not everyone can have an original Van Gogh displayed at home, but that shouldn’t limit your artistic endeavors. In an artistic town such as Los Angeles, there is always a way to obtain unique creations at an affordable price. From paintings on canvas to jewelry, art installations and photography, the following locations and artists can beautify your life for less than a Benjamin at a time.
Melrose Trading Post
Fairfax High School
7850 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Price: $2 admission
With close to 200 vendors every Sunday, you are bound to like a few items at the Melrose Trading Post. Artists bring their paintings, jewelry and other crafts and set up their booths amongst hundreds of new and vintage items on display. This is an event that will require a pair of walking shoes and a few hours, as the people watching, the live jazz band’s music and the food court may distract you for a while. The admission fee is low, but very valuable to the programs at Fairfax High School that it supports.
Photography by Rebecca Joyce
For more than a decade, Los Angeles photographer Rebecca Joyce has been perfecting her trade. She sold her first fine art print at Blue Chips gallery in Highland Park in 2005 and has since worked for models, actors and with architecture. She prides herself in being a visual documentarian with a photojournalistic style. Her photo of the arrival of space shuttle Endeavour to Los Angeles is a gorgeous shot that tells of the excitement of an entire town over a single event. Her prints are available for purchase through her website at very affordable prices.
Silverlake Art Craft & Vintage
Micheltorena Street Elementary School
1511 Micheltorena St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
There is a little of everything at this monthly event, which will be held next Dec. 8. Vendors offer new and vintage items — including paintings, crafts, jewelry — at a range of prices. If you are looking for an affordable yet unique item, the Silverlake Art Craft & Vintage event may be just the place to shop. Quite often, first-time vendors fill booths with artistic creations that are just waiting to be discovered. Pictures of what you can expect to see, testimonials of people who have attended the event and been delighted by it, and even instructions as to how you could become a vendor yourself are available on the website posted above.
Ten Women On Montana
1128 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
There are more than 20 artists exhibiting their work at this location, offering paintings, jewelry, glass pieces and ceramics. The items are available in all sorts of sizes and prices, making it the perfect place for you to find a fine-art creation at the desired amount. This is a well-established cooperative that has been supporting artists for almost 20 years, supplying its patrons with unique pieces at good prices. Check out the artists currently exhibiting at the gallery — their background, technique, and sources of inspiration — on the website listed above.
422 N. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The Z Gallerie offers several paintings at affordable prices, as well as décor accessories, rugs and vases. In the LA area, Z Gallerie also has stores in Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills. What makes shopping at the Z Gallerie quite successful is that its website has an “Art under $100” section that can be perused at home prior to visiting the store. The stores carry most of the items shown online, but were they to be out of stock of any item, they will order it for you.
Dena Burroughs is a freelance writer living in Azusa, CA. She is a CSULA graduate with specialties in Creative Writing and Communications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.