Buy Art You Love and Won't Regret at Carolinas Art Festivals This Fall

Buy Art You Love and Won't Regret at Carolinas Art Festivals This Fall


It’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of Charlotte’s annual Festival in the Park. Almost 100,000 people are expected to attend the annual three-day event in beautiful Freedom Park, and they’ll be joined by more than 180 artists who will demonstrate and display their art.

Those displays includes paintings and sketches that might look beautiful in your kitchen or family room.

Or they might be something you regret as soon as you hang it on a wall.

Not to worry, says Kathi Vandura of highly rated Kathi’s Decorating in Huntersville, one of many Charlotte-area interior decorators who can help. Here are two easy ways to take advantage of any festival or gallery crawl’s offerings – without making an impulse purchase that you wish you could take back.

Be prepared

If there’s a room in your home that you’ve been thinking of decorating, be intentional about it before you head out the door. That means having a sample or picture of your paint color, Vandura says, along with fabric samples or swatches.

Also, don’t be afraid to pull out the ruler.

“Size is hard because all artists do different sizes,” she says, “but measure space and decide how much of the room you want to fill.”

Vandura also recommends thinking about what’s already in the room, including the furniture, so you don’t get caught up in a piece of art that doesn’t match.

“It can be nice to incorporate a quirky thing,” she says. “But maybe not in a very traditional living room. Think about the style of a room.”

Don’t be afraid to be dazzled

No matter how much preparation you do, there might be a beautiful painting or striking sketch at a local show that’s ready to capture your heart, good fit or not. That’s what art does.

Let it happen, Vandura says.

“Buy something that you love,” she says. “The best choice is pretty much something that you fall in love with.”

And if it doesn’t fit the place you planned for it? You can always work around it, Vandura says, with “other decorations, such as wrought iron or mirrors.”

Perhaps, even, other pieces of art. Vandura recommends the Metrolina Expo, which hosts several art shows a year, or a visit to framing shops that have art catalogs. “Go through those and come up with things you like,” she says. “They can order in and frame it for you.”

If none of those provide inspiration, try another art festival. Along with the Festival at the Park, there’s the annual Matthews Arts Fest on the green in late September.

Need to hang that new piece of art? Here are some tips on how.

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