With all this extra time spent at home, perhaps you are Kondo-ing the entire house, wall by wall, room by room, floor by floor. Neatly stacking the outdated magazines you half-read onto one corner of the coffee table, throwing out that old tiny bunch of dried, dead carnations, moving all of the ceramic vessels that have collected on one shelf over to another shelf. Perhaps you’re moving your art collection around, trying out new associations and relationships amongst the work. Maybe some of that collection is feeling a little stagnant and you find yourself desiring something new and nice, while also wanting to support the livelihood of an artist and a gallery you admire.
Look no further than the Baltimore- and DC-based galleries and artist-run spaces currently selling contemporary regional art, much of it under $500, via flat file programs and online shops. Some are auctioning work to add to a fund for artists in need, such as STABLE Arts DC, while others such as the Washington Project for the Arts and Y:ART Gallery act as a conduit between artists and their buyers online. Here is a small sampling of what you’ll find—just a few of our favorites.