10 ways to find real art for a bargain

Boston Globe | Elizabeth Gehrman:

1. Open Studios

Stepping into a hushed gallery for the first time can be intimidating. But open studios — usually held once or twice a year, in spring and fall — offer neophytes an easy entry point to the art world. They let you interact with artists in their natural habitat and can be a boon to the pocketbook, since there’s no gallery middleman. “Prices are generally lower if you’re going directly to an artist,” says Abigail Ogilvy, whose namesake gallery is in the South End. Ogilvy participates in the popular South End Open Studios — to be held next on September 24 and 25 — and the SoWa Art Walk every May. Both include hundreds of artists and galleries to choose from and offer plenty of work in the $100 to $1,000 range. Other large open studios include Jamaica Plain’s (September 17 and 18 this year), Fort Point’s (October 14 through 16), and those in Cambridge, Newton, and Somerville (all in April or May)… Read more

Image: Browsing at Fort Point Open Studios in June. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/File