Local Art In Sarasota – Siesta Key Area

Original Paintings For Sale
Original Paintings For Sale

Local Art In Sarasota – Siesta Key Area is plentiful . In Sarasota, most of the galleries are clustered downtown on Main Street, Palm Avenue or Towles Court. Their clients range from people looking for pleasing pictures for their living room to the person who’s building a museum-quality collection.

Another great location is the Siesta Key Farmers Market where you will find inspiring local artist Lloyd Dobson and Vanessa Simonard. The market is a Sunday morning tradition since 2008 from 8am to 2pm, the Siesta Key Farmers Market offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fine art, Art - Siesta Key Farmer's MarketJamaican prepared foods and pastries, hot breakfast, organic green tea, local plants, Italian olive oils, artisan breads, organic skin care products, clothing, jewelry, photography, pottery, and live music.

Part of the fun of shopping for art  is that you never know what will be available at any one moment. Timing is always a factor. If you have to make a decision now, you must choose from what’s currently available. If you have the luxury of a year or more, you can see more of an artist’s work and get to know it better before you buy.

Siesta Key Beach 16x20  BUY  $175 # 15614 - Free Shipping US Only by Lloyd Dobson
Siesta Key Beach
16×20  BUY   $175
#15614 – Free Shipping US Only
by Lloyd Dobson

Finding interesting and good original art work in the $100 to $500 price range is a challenge. However Lloyd Dobson’s oil paintings fall into this price range and makes it very affordable to have original art from local artist. He even has artwork for only $35.00. His inspiration is a result of his love for the sugar white sand beach of Siesta Key, Florida.

Lloyd Dobson made Sarasota his new home in 2013 when he moved down from Treasure Island, Florida and prior to that the Midwest. Lloyd has a track record of putting together many art events and even owned and operated an art galleryArt - Laguna Beach Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, California.  Lloyd is equally enchanted by the beauty of this location as his artwork can attest.  His passion for marketing and the arts leads him to develop and launch http://www.SiestaKeyBlueWave.com   together with Vanessa Simonard. To learn more about Lloyd and his art : http://www.lloyddobsonartist.com

Most Siesta Key – Sarasota artists are not represented by a gallery, and it can be a challenge to find them. Art Center Sarasota, Art Center Manatee, the Venice Art Center or the Sarasota County Arts Council are good places to start because each has a registry of local artists and annual exhibitions. The faculty and student shows at Ringling School, New College of Florida and Manatee Community College can introduce you to significant work that is often for sale. These are also good places to find work that’s more challenging.

Local Art In Sarasota – Siesta Key Area. Don’t forget the Siesta Key Farmers Market every Sunday where you will find local artist Lloyd Dobson and Vanessa Simonard.

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How To Buy Affordable Art Direct From Artist

Art_-_Tessa_&_Tiffany_At_The_Siesta_Key_Farmers_Market_-_08-03-2014_How to buy affordable art direct from artist is the best way to invest and save money. Owning an original piece of art is definitely affordable, if you know where to look. So many people wish they could buy a one of a kind, but assume it is far out of their price range. This is not the case if you familiarize yourself with the local art community in your area. Often, for a fraction of the cost of the works by more well known artists, you can purchase unique originals by locals. Not only do you acquire a beautiful piece of art, but support your home community as well.

Don’t know where to start? Here are some suggestions:

1) Siesta Key Farmers Market operates every Sunday from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Here you will find Paris born Vanessa Simonard and Lloyd Dobson local Siesta Key – Sarasota artist

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Art For Sale On Siesta Key

with their original artwork ready for you to decorate your walls.

2) You can go online to purchase their work as well at the following websites:
http://wwwVanessaSimonard.blogspot.com

http://www.LloydDobsonArtist.com   (Click on Fine Art Gallery tab)

http://SiestaKeyBlueWave.com   (Click on Art / Products tab)

3) Local Art Galleries, Custom Frame Shops, College Art Departments, Restaurants & Coffee House and Art Guilds.

Abandon Boat 16x20   BUY   $175 - #15714 - Free Shipping US Only by Lloyd Dobson
Abandon Boat
16×20  BUY  $175 – #15714 – Free Shipping US Only
by Lloyd Dobson

These are a just a few outlets to follow when looking for local art, but be creative. Boutiques, libraries and art & craft fairs are all are possible avenues to try. The more you frequent local establishments, the better your chances of discovering unique and affordable art created by someone who might be your neighbor.

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Beach Art For Sale #12614 ” Kayak On The Beach” 24×36 Oil Painting SOLD

Spending money locally shows pride in your community culture and local products. As a person who lives in the area you are more apt to locally recirculate money spent with you on your art in the form of purchases from other local business, thus supporting the local work force. When you give some of that money to local charities, even if it’s just the local boy or girl scout troop, or maybe the local food bank you are keeping money spent with you in movement. It’s a monetary loop that keeps people working to make the goods they and others purchase.

“I’m an artist, not a business person”, you shout. Well, I hate to break this to you, but anyone who wants to sell art is in business. According to Wikipedia, “a business (also known as enterprise or firm) is an organization or person engaged in the trade or sale of goods, services, or both to consumers”.Q.E.D. Business is NOT a dirty word. Businesses allow us as consumers to buy food, clothes, and gas. It allows us to find a place to live (real estate sales and rentals), and most likely it employs a lot of us who are not fortunate enough to be able to make a living selling our art. There is that word “sell” again.

If you are in the Siesta Key – Sarasota Florida area on Sunday, Vanessa and I invite you to stop by our tent and say hello. The Siesta Key Farmers Market is a Sunday morning tradition since 2008 from 8am to 2pm, the Siesta Key Farmers Market offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fine art by artist Vanessa Simonard and Lloyd Dobson, Jamaican prepared foods and pastries, hot breakfast, organic green tea, local plants, Italian olive oils, artisan breads, organic skin care products, clothing, jewelry, photography, pottery, and live music.

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Why Buy From Siesta Key Florida Artist?

Siesta Key Farmers Market 003Why Buy From Siesta Key Florida Artist?  Well for a couple of great reasons: For love and money!  Just because you can’t afford an original Monet or Picasso doesn’t mean you have to settle for bare walls or cheap reproductions. Local art is affordable, and you may be surprised by the wealth of talent that exists in your own city.

On Siesta Key, Florida it is a Sunday morning tradition since 2008 from 8am to 2pm, the Siesta Key Farmers Market offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fine art by artist Vanessa Simonard and Lloyd Dobson, Jamaican prepared foods and pastries, hot breakfast, organic green tea, local plants, Italian olive oils, artisan breads, organic skin care products, clothing, jewelry, photography, pottery, and live music.

If you need a bit of encouragement, here are six reasons to “buy local”:

1)  Original works are alive

Abandon Boat 16x20   BUY   $175 - #15714 - Free Shipping US Only by Lloyd Dobson
Abandon Boat
16×20 BUY $175 – #15714 – Free Shipping US Only
by Lloyd Dobson

Direct from the artist’s hand, an original painting or sculpture may be more expensive than a copy, but it’s alive with the artist’s spirit and vision! Nothing mass produced by an anonymous person or machine can come close to the sense of vitality that emanates from an original work of art.

Why fill your home with machine-made kitsch when you can own original and affordable works of art created by respected local artists? If your budget is tight, you can ask the artist or gallery about leasing work, paying by layaway, or buying sketches rather than a fully finished work.

Siesta Key Aqua 20x24   BUY   $680 by Vanessa Simonard
Siesta Key Aqua
20×24 BUY $680
by Vanessa Simonard

2)  Meet the artist

It’s rare that we ever get to meet the people who create the products we buy and use daily. Buying local—from food to wine to art—is popular for a range of economic and social reasons. When you buy from local artists, you can learn their backgrounds, follow their careers, and even arrange a studio visit to see where and how the magic happens. Sure, buying local helps the local economy, but more important, it builds relationships that can last a lifetime.

3)  Choose your scene

Suncoast Beach 16x20   BUY   $175 #15814 - Free Shipping US Only by Lloyd Dobson
Suncoast Beach
16×20 BUY   $175
#15814 – Free Shipping US Only
by Lloyd Dobson

Local artists often paint familiar scenes, capturing the beauty and uniqueness of neighborhoods, farms, and local rivers, lakes and mountains. Artists also accept commission work. If there’s a scene that holds particular fascination for you, or that relates to your life in a special way, ask a local artist to capture it on canvas.

4)  Enhance your well-being

Like meditation and yoga, art can be a relaxing and spiritual force in your life, whether you practice it or simple look at it. Surrounding yourself with local art that is unique and meaningful provides a sense of comfort you can’t find in commercially manufactured products.

5)  Become a collector

Have you ever collected coins or stamps? Most avid collectors are attracted by the beauty and rarity of these treasures. Original art work is unique—one of a kind. You’ll never walk into someone else’s home and see your art on their walls. True collectors buy art for love, not money. They take pleasure in being surrounded by beauty, knowing that there is special meaning in the art they have personally chosen or commissioned.

Siesta Key Beach 16x20  BUY  $175 # 15614 - Free Shipping US Only by Lloyd Dobson
Siesta Key Beach
16×20 BUY $175
# 15614 – Free Shipping US Only
by Lloyd Dobson

Since much local art is affordable and collectable, whether you collect by artist, genre, medium or style, you’re likely to find what you want right in your own backyard. If you’d like to start collecting art but aren’t sure how to judge “good” art from “bad” art, contact an art consultant or take a class to build your confidence. But remember, even the critics and historians don’t always agree on what’s good or bad art. Buy a piece of art because you love it, and let your own sensibility and intuition be the best guides.

6)  Art as an investment

If you agree with Andy Warhol that “Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art,” then you’re likely to focus on the investment potential of art. There’s no denying that some forms of art have become a commodity whose prices are dictated by dealers, auctions and market forces. The national and international art markets are generally geared toward works whose prices can range into the millions, whereas local art market prices usually run from $100 to $5000.

Siesta Key Farmers Market - Lloyd Dobson Artist
Siesta Key Farmers Market – Lloyd Dobson Artist

But, even if you believe that art should be primarily about investment, you can still benefit from buying local. Many local artists are early- to mid-career artists, which means their work is still affordable and will likely increase in value as their artistic skills mature. You have the advantage of buying these early works, and watching the artist’s reputation—and your investment—grow.

For additional information concerning artist Vanessa Simonard and Lloyd Dobson you may visit the following websites:

http://www.LloydDobsonArtist.com

http://www.SiestaKeyBlueWave.com

We also invite you to come by and see us every Sunday from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located in the Siesta Key Village,

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