Friday, April 03, 2009

Why You Should Buy Art Friday: Supporting Charitable Organizations

Sold in 2008 in a Charity Auction

Artists are a generous group. For the most part, they are very supportive of one another, they are usually involved in the community and a lot of them donate beautiful pieces to charitable organizations for little or no profit for themselves.

Why do they do it? There are a number of reasons, some may want to give to an organization but do not have the funds themselves to do it. Some realize that a donation of a quality piece of artwork will bring in far more money than just simply giving cash themselves (some give a painting and cash!) Some do it to clean out thier studio, some for publicity or to reach a new audience - the answer is as varied as the artists themselves.

For an art patron, this is an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone - support an organization with your purchase and take home a stunning new piece of artwork. You don't usually have to look to far from your own home to find an event that has a key artistic component. You can even go online and find charity art auctions.

Over the past few years, I have had the privilege in supporting a couple organizations, our local Foodbank, a Cambodian orphanage, and missionaries who were attacked in Kenya. These were opportunities that I was really excited about using my artwork to bring change through the charitable work these organizations set out to do.

Currently, I don't have anything that is being sold through a charitable organization, but I urge you to seek out your favorite causes and inquire when thier next silent auction or art sale will be held and then bid generously - your support can make a huge impact!

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