As the Gallery Manager for the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery located inside the Fairfield Public Library, I take great pleasure in promoting the value this gallery brings to the community. Professionally run by a group of art professionals, the Kershner Gallery provides a unique exhibition and promotion opportunity that offers all the benefits of a non-profit art organization as well as those provided by professional retail galleries ….and even more. Our most recent exhibit is now on view and will remain in the gallery through March 3, 2019. Don’t miss the opening reception, Saturday, February 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. All are welcome. Wine and pre-dinner refreshments will be served.

The theme for this exhibit is “nature”. It is our annual community show which means it is open to any artist within the community who wants to participate. Typical Kershner Gallery exhibits feature artists who must go through a review and acceptance process by the curatorial staff, before being awarded an exhibit slot on the calendar. The annual community show is a special opportunity the gallery provides to all area artists who would like the chance to exhibit in a professional gallery without the typical required credentials. The work of over 70 artists are featured in this exhibit demonstrating all levels of expertise, styles and mediums. Below are a few examples of what you will see:

All work is original, and prices are very affordable.

With so many art venues and exhibits happening all over Fairfield County regularly, there is no shortage of visual art enrichment in the area. But abundance can sometimes create confusion and can be overwhelming to novice collectors or buyers who have not acquired the knowledge and confidence in selecting art. Buying what you love is a good rule to follow, but it is not enough. When anything and everything is considered art, it is helpful to have some basic knowledge before investing your money.

Pricing, unfortunately, is not a good measure to use. There is plenty of mediocre artwork that is priced far too high, and there is also very good art that may be priced quite low. New, emerging artists will often price their work low as pricing competitively is a good way to jump start your collector base when you are new to the art arena.

The advice of an art consultant can be very valuable in saving time and money if you are in the market to purchase art or would like to get started on a collection. Whether you start with a life size sculpture or a small table top piece, a little education goes a long way in reaping the rewards of your own personal art collection.

I founded Cherry Street Art years ago so that everyone could enjoy the benefits of owning a personal art collection. Contact us for advice and guidance in selecting art so you know what, where and how to buy quality art that best suits your style and budget. Email liz@cherrystreetart.com or call 203-246-5397. There is no better way to personalize your home or office than with original art. If it is original, no one else has it.

Liz Tardif, Art Consultant