If you are tired of looking at the same prints day after day, then it is time to get some new art. Get rid of that M.C. Escher print you’ve had since you lived in the dorms and find some great original works of art. From paintings to sculptures to jewelry and photography, there are so many amazing local artisans, that you are sure to find something to fit your personal taste and budget. Check out these great options for low-cost artwork in and around the Denver area.
Art Students League of Denver
200 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203
When looking for inexpensive art, some of the best-kept secrets and hidden gems come from students. The Art Students League of Denver is the perfect place to see up-and-coming artists on display and even pick up some work, often times for very affordable prices. Check the online calendar for upcoming exhibitions as the art show schedules will vary depending on class schedules. In addition, the doors are always open for the First Friday Art Walk (the first Friday of every month) so that is always a great time to head down to see the artwork.
Pandora on the Hill
220 E. 13th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
If you are looking for some truly one-of-a-kind jewelry created by local artisans, then look no further than Pandora on the Hill. Pandora on the Hill carries a wide selection of hip, funky, creative and fun pieces that any jewelry collector would be proud to have in his or her collection. The prices for these creative gems are always reasonable, and since nearly everything is local or handmade, you know that you are getting something very special.
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First Friday Art Walk
Arts District on Santa Fe
Santa Fe Drive between Alameda Ave. and 12th Ave.
All art lovers in town know about First Friday Art Walks in Denver. However, what you may not know is just how often you can find a great deal on a one-of-a-kind painting at the monthly event. Just about every gallery in town participates on the first Friday of every month. Many of the artists come out so you can meet and chat about your favorite works. Then find some great deals and buy a piece or two for your very own. There are many art districts in town that participate in the First Friday Art Walk, but the Art District on Santa Fe is the biggest and most lively every month. Head down, check it out and go home with some amazing pieces.
3109 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
If you are a collector of unique and highly collectible pieces of art, then look no further than the Plastic Chapel. This modern-day toy store carries a huge selection of figurines, sculptures, art, prints, vintage items and more. This is the kind of art store that your video-game-playing husband would love to visit or perhaps your anime-loving friend. With items from all over the world as well as local original art, this is a great place to buy something special.
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Denver Public Library Digital Image Collection
For some of the best prices on digital prints, the Denver Public Library is the best place to go. Browse the digital collection on your computer (or visit the library and use its computer) and you can find tons of great photographs, art collections and images of Colorado and local communities. There really is no limit to what you can find and print. Plus, the prices are amazing. A 16-inch by 20-inch “Premium Lustre” print is $44, and the prices go up and down from there. The most expensive print offered is $161 and that is for a huge 40-inch by 50-inch poster size. So let your creativity do the work and browse the huge collection to find the perfect prints for your décor.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.