Any casual visitor to Seattle art galleries can experience some serious sticker shock. A painting, photograph or sculpture, even in some of the pokiest places, can strike you as downright museumworthy. But if you don’t have $15,000 or $30,000 burning a hole in your pocket, the idea of owning it can feel like pure fiscal fantasy.
Enter the Affordable Art Fair, which got its start in London in 1996 and now has franchised itself in a dozen cities around the world. The Seattle edition, enjoying its second year here, fills Seattle Center Exhibition Hall through Sunday, and includes work from almost 50 art galleries. Fourteen of them are local, including Foster/White, G. Gibson, James Harris and Linda Hodges galleries. The rest are from various states, Britain, Brazil, Italy, Chile, Australia, Canada, South Korea and Spain.
Prices range from $100 to $10,000 (half of the works are priced at under $5,000). Quality varies, naturally, but chances are good you’ll find something that tickles your fancy. You may even find work by a rising artist whose prices won’t stay this low for long.
The fair also features workshops, children’s activities and lectures, including a talk by Seattle artist Whiting Tennis at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and one by Studio Syria founder Jean Bradbury at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, when she’ll discuss her art workshops with refugees from Syria’s civil war.
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11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall; $8-$10, children under 12 free, with free admission for all 5-7 p.m. Friday (www.affordableartfair/seattle
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