Starting an Art Collection | Quick Guide for Beginners

Do you own art? Do you remember the first piece of art you ever purchased? I do. I was visiting San Francisco for the first time and there was an open-air art exhibit in a public park – lots of artists and not a lot of people browsing or buying. I purchased a piece from a young artist named Zaine Christenson. She was likely an art student at the time. The colours in her work really spoke to me: vivid greens with natural accents. I contacted her a year later to ask if she could send 2 more pieces my way. That was 23 years ago.


An art collection is a simple accumulation of art works and anyone can have one.

5 Ways To Get Started:

1.    Buy what you like. Don’t worry about where you will put it or whether or not it is “a good piece”. If it calls to you and it is within your budget – buy it.

2.    Not all art is expensive. If you like a piece of work and it doesn’t fit your budget ask the artist if they have a smaller piece or a very small piece for sale.

3.    Art does not need to be large to be meaningful. I have teeny pieces of art tucked in spaces few people would see. I see them and that makes me happy.

4.    There is no shortage of original art. Check out your favourite local websites and community papers for a list of What’s Happening. Art Openings, small galleries, student shows, and studio Open Houses are frequent in most cities. There are amazing deals in thrift stores and don’t forget social media. Spring and Fall studio tours are an amazing way to meet artists in their creative spaces and can make for a fun weekend.

5.    After purchasing art, attach the artist bio or card to the back of the work – that way you can always reference details if need be.



Art work above by Gina Sarro Landscapes.

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In the studio with artist Gina Sarro


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Learning More About Living With Less

Small PantryMy hubby and I ease into our Saturday and Sunday mornings. We drink coffee and wake up slowly. CBC Radio One, NXNW quietly plays in the background. Sheryl MacKay interviews guests in her dulcet voice and we listen. It’s never long before one of us cries, “turn it up – turn it up”. Recently, it was me. Guest, Katelin LeBlond shared details about her journey of decluttering and the leap into a zero-waste lifestyle.

Our household is a long way from zero-waste. Yes, I am a minimalist (of sorts). Yes, the house is organized. We buy only what we need and try our best to rid ourselves of things that have outlived their usefulness. We live without clutter but we are not zero-waste.

All of us fall somewhere in the spectrum of zero-waste and lots of waste. Katelin got me thinking about what more I could do. Continue reading “Learning More About Living With Less”

How to Style a Holiday Table you will Love

Joy and beauty are deeply rooted in meals around our Vancouver table. Whether it is a modest or a lavish get-together, our time with friends is treasured. Every gathering is special – not fussy or flouncy or stressful, but inspired: by the moment, the ingredients in our fridge, the availability of local produce, and a chance to gather the foraged and the found.

Setting a simple table – one that is relaxed and thoughtful, a backdrop and not centre stage – sets the tone for a meal, whether it is brunch, lunch, dinner or just nibbles.

5 tips for styling a simple holiday table you will love

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