You don't need a ball gown to attend an auction

Diane Farris gallery opening "Something Blue" (Becky Rolls left, Bryanna Christopherson, right); the Vancouver Art Gallery, photos by Kate Barron

Does the art world intimidate you? Do you know where to go to buy the art by new artists?  Do you think going to a museum will break the bank?  We are here to deconstruct the art world for you, so you can dive in. Here are five important tips:

1. You don't need a ball gown to attend an auction.
Dressing to the nines is always appreciated, but not usually required. Attending arts events is more important than the label you're sporting. When hitting up a big event, like a gala, make sure to check the dress code. When in doubt, spend your money on art not shoes.

2. Art is always a good investment.
Art can be one of the best investments, and many people have made a lot of money in this business. Analyze your goals before you buy - are you collecting or investing? Going in blind can be very costly because not all art appreciates. Be smart, do your homework and buy a piece that you would be proud to hang in your home.

3. Most museums have a discounted or by donation night.
Visiting a museum shouldn't break the bank. Most museums would rather you go 20 times for $1 than 1 time for $20. Grab your family, friends, or a date and head to the Vancouver Art Gallery on a Tuesday night to soak up some culture.

4. You don't need an invitation to attend a gallery opening.
Visiting galleries is free and so are their openings. They want bodies in their gallery for opening night so generally speaking, the more the merrier. If you like what you see when you go to a gallery, make sure to sign up for their mailing list and next time you may get your invite.
5. You don't need a lot of money to start your collection.
There are a lot of events in Vancouver like the Eastside Culture Crawl, where you can buy art within a variety of budgets. Don't be afraid to ask the price in a gallery or studio, you may be surprised.

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