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Four reasons to visit a local art gallery this weekend Four reasons to visit a local art gallery this weekend
Looking for a way to spend a quiet afternoon doing something new this weekend? How about making a visit to a local art gallery?... Four reasons to visit a local art gallery this weekend

Looking for a way to spend a quiet afternoon doing something new this weekend? How about making a visit to a local art gallery? Even though for some the barrier to walk into a “gallery” might seem high, I think you will be glad you did for a lot of reasons.
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1 – Discover what’s new

Local art galleries often have new exhibits regularly, where you can learn new forms of art or see new examples of more well known forms of art. If you visit a gallery while the artist in attendance (check their schedule) they can tell you everything you want to know about their work. Sharing the story behind my photographic artwork is what originally inspired me to start this blog.

2 – Become an artist yourself

I don’t believe in competition, especially in art. Instead of competing with my fellow “artrepreneurs”, I hope we’ll all make it. That’s why I enjoy spending time admiring photographs and artworks from other artists. Admiring the work of those who have done the things I’m hoping to do is always an inspiration. I take notes, ask questions, and often end up signing up for a class by one of the local artists. There is no better way to become a better artist yourself.

3 – Love Local

If supporting local business and economy is important to you, then visiting a local art gallery is an often overlooked place to do just that. Instead of buying your next piece of wall art from some big Swedish box store, why not consider buying a piece of art from someone you know? More importantly – you’ll also know the story behind the artwork you own which now becomes an even more meaningful use of your wall space. Read my previous article about buying art here.

4 – Do something new

Visiting an art gallery is a great way to get you, your family and your friends out of the rut of doing the same activities for recreation. So next time you have a free afternoon or evening consider passing up the movie theatre or the bookstore (you can buy your books cheaper online anyway) and choosing an art gallery instead. There are so many new things waiting to be discovered… have fun!

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Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca