Hold on to $30 through the holidays if you can. Toward the end of December, you will have the opportunity to buy original works of art. Cheap.
Artists from around the world are submitting art to the ‘Got It For Cheap’ event that will occur at the Hutchinson Art Center, December 28th. Each piece is available for just $30.
Chris Rexroad, who grew up in Hutchinson, is coming home to put on this very special event. He and Charlie Roberts began this unique event in 2016 in Los Angeles, and it has expanded to travel around the world, bringing interesting, edgy, dynamic art to viewers and buyers across the globe.
Chris explains the conception of Got It For Cheap: “I was helping run a small gallery in Echo Park and asked Charlie to help put together an event, he had this idea to make a show of curated affordable art. He and I selected 20 LA-based artists and it was a hit. After realizing how much fun everyone had, we quickly expanded the model with shows in Copenhagen, Paris, Oslo, New York and many more.”
Rexroad says the idea for the project was simply to make buying original works of art accessible to everyone and give young artists a platform to sell their work while being exposed to a worldwide audience. Making art affordable to most everyone is a brilliant and generous idea -- for both these curators who create the events, and the artists who submit their work.
“While the price point is very nice to the buyer, it also gives artists a chance to be playful with their practice, trying things out that they may not typically do with their usual work. Our network of galleries that we have been growing and working with over the past three years also helps get artists' work visibility in places that aren't always easily attainable. The exposure to a worldwide audience of excited art fans and art world professionals is probably the largest benefit for the participants,” Rexroad said.
Working with local artists back in his hometown of Hutchinson has been a key element to this local presentation of Got It For Cheap.
“We have been working with Patrick Calvillo at the Hutchinson Art Center to invite a group of local artists to participate. Ginger Mayfield and José Ray are some of the Hutch natives that I can think of off the top of my head,” Rexroad said.
In addition to local creatives, and work you will recognize, works by hundreds of artists from around the world will also be included in the exhibit. Half of the proceeds go directly to the artists themselves, while the other half financially supports continuing the event. Artwork that is unsold at one location moves with the event until it sells.
“Besides taking home some great works of art, I would like to think that visitors of the event will get to take in a large scale viewing of work being currently made by young artists from around the world. There's a lot to take in at once, a visual feast of styles and aesthetics all thrown at you at once,” Rexroad said.
The variety of artists and styles of work are part of what makes this a unique event. Different mediums and subject matter are abundant.
The works are between 9-by-11 inches and 8-by-8. These are all original works of art in watercolor, acrylic, drawing in pencil, pen or marker and more.
Bring yourself and a few friends to the Hutchinson Art Center -- along with $30 -- because I am sure something will catch your eye.
Jennifer Randall, a Hutchinson artist and organizer of Third Thursday, writes an arts and entertainment column for The Hutchinson News. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.