If you’re looking to brighten up the walls in your home, look no further than Art Gems Auction to add a splash of creativity to your interiors! The annual auction features works by established and emerging Canadian artists from leading galleries across Toronto. I have been working on the Art Gems Development Committee so I am excited to share more details on this incredible event for an amazing cause. Art Gems has raised over $1.5M over the past 14 years for Creative Works Studio, a therapeutic art program in Toronto for people experiencing mental illness. Read on for tips and tricks on how to start an art collection and register on www.artgems.ca to bid in this year’s online auction running April 14th – 20th, 2021!
Look for Works That Will Spark A Smile
It’s critical that artwork brings joy. If you don’t love it, then the piece will feel out of place on your walls. If vibrancy appeals, this year’s Art Gems limited edition print donated by Laine Groeneweg should be on your radar. This 18” x 18” silkscreen is inspired by the idea of community and comes framed, courtesy Superframe, and ready to hang.
Familiarize Yourself With Different Mediums
Oil on canvas? Photography? Sketches? Prints? Collecting art allows you to explore different mediums and the various ways they change the atmosphere of a space. This year’s auction presents works in a variety of mediums making it easy to find something that fits your unique needs.
Consider Your Price Range
It can help to set a budget when building your art collection. If you’re looking for more accessible works, consider making a purchase from an emerging artist. This year’s auction features work by recent OCAD graduate Tom Lecuyer whose minimalist woodblock monoprint demonstrates his exploration of process and material. Works created by Creative Works Studio Members are also on auction starting at $125.00.
Creative Works Studio Studio is operated by Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes in partnership St. Michael’s Hospital. Donations made through Art Gems go towards art classes, supplies, and visiting artist fees for studio members. Follow @artgemsauction on Instagram to keep up to date with all the works available in this year’s fundraiser!