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Connecticut galleries encourage giving art this holiday season

on Wednesday,December 08,2010 19:12

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This holiday season, more Connecticut consumers are turning away from the shopping malls and investing in art, according to The Day. Venues across the state are hosting art sales to not only give shoppers an affordable gift alternative to high-priced gadgets, but support local artists.

"I think giving art as a gift is very thoughtful; as it hangs in people's homes all year long and is something they'll never forget," Hygienic Art Galleries director Kat Murphy told the news source.

Hygienic Art Galleries makes it a point to purchase pieces from new artists who are attempting to make a name for themselves in the New London, Connecticut area. The gallery sells these works at a reasonable price to collectors to help artists gain recognition.

Sylvan Gallery co-owner Ann Scanlon is also encouraging buyers to give the gift of art this holiday season.

"You can look at a painting every single day on your walls and you can forget your worries," Scanlon told the news source. "It takes you to another time and place."

Employment of artists is projected to increase by 12 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
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