Art-centric areas like Newbury Street feature gallery after gallery. but they don’t exactly offer budget-friendly art options. Mark your calendar for these annual and weekly events that offer everything from photos, ceramics and paintings to jewelry and handmade clothing, all with a wide range of price points perfect for any art lover on a budget.
621 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
One of the best places to find affordable artwork is through a local art school like MassArt. It hosts an annual holiday sale, which is scheduled for December 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Tower Building. Whether you are looking for holiday gifts for friends and loved ones or a piece of artwork to change up the décor in your home that won’t break your budget, it’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see what local students and alumni have created. It will offer everything from hand-blown glass, ceramics and oil paintings to handmade jewelry.
Bazaar Bizzare at the BCA Cyclorama
539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02228
Another annual event in Boston is the Bazaar Bizzare, featuring all things arts and crafts. Head there Dec. 16, from noon to 6 p.m. It costs $1 to get in on all of the shopping you could ask for. It’s perfect for buying gifts or spending on yourself, purchase jewelry, ceramics, clothing, photos, artwork and other budget-friendly goods directly from the locals.
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School of the Museum of Fine Arts
230 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
The Museum School Art Sale at the SMFA is a much-loved annual event for locals and art connoisseurs alike. With thousands of art pieces featured and ever-changing displays, visitors are sure to find something to keep for themselves or to give as gifts. Peruse artwork from up-and-coming art students, alumni and faculty, all priced by the artist with proceeds going toward student scholarships. The event, which is said to host around 4,000 people throughout the week, is held from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, daily starting at 10 a.m.
SoWa Open & Holiday Market
460 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
SoWa hosts an annual holiday market at the Benjamin Franklin Institute Saturday Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $5 for adults, and children get in free. The South End also comes alive on Sundays from May through the end of October at SoWa. This weekly outdoor affair brings together food, art, antiques, jewelry and a wide range of other offerings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Sunday. Whether you are looking to browse the farmers market and make a stop for lunch from a food truck or have plenty of cash in your pocket to purchase hand-painted artwork on canvases, silver jewelry and handcrafted housewares, it is worth a trip.
64 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02445
Once you have purchased your perfect photograph, print or original painting, jazz it up by heading to Framers Workshop in Brookline. Staff will work with you to find the best options within your budget. They’ll do everything for you, just pay for the parts and labor, or buy the pieces to make a frame and do it yourself for just $3 extra using Framers’ studio space. It is a great way to display the local artists’ work in a long-lasting frame, protecting the art and catering each piece to your own decor without breaking your budget.
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