Community Papers

Art for rent

art that pops - CityScape’s Michelle Richard invites you to semi-annual Art Rental Show, January 10-25, at Lower Lonsdale community art gallery where you have an opportunity to buy or rent original art. In this picture, she’s holding up Marilyn Monroe 12, acrylic on canvas, by Druh Ireland. - Rob Newell photo
art that pops - CityScape’s Michelle Richard invites you to semi-annual Art Rental Show, January 10-25, at Lower Lonsdale community art gallery where you have an opportunity to buy or rent original art. In this picture, she’s holding up Marilyn Monroe 12, acrylic on canvas, by Druh Ireland.
— image credit: Rob Newell photo

Tired of staring at that blank wall beside your office computer? Does your drab living room need a vibrant focal point? Well, now you can add some original artwork to your life for as little as $10 per month.

CityScape Community Art Space’s semi-annual Art Rental Show runs from Jan. 10-25 and features more than 400 pieces by professional and emerging Lower Mainland artists.

The artworks rent for between $10 to $50 per month — you also have the option of buying — and offer an eclectic range of subject matter and style, from the pop art Marilyn Monroe acrylic painting (pictured at left) to abstracts and watercolours, photography, mixed-media and more.

The Art Rental Show has been running for more than three decades and become a staple for local art lovers.

“It’s our longest-running program — it has become really popular,” says Jo Dunlop, exhibition coordinator for North Vancouver Community Arts Council.

The shows draws all sorts: individuals who like to regularly change-up their artwork at home; families letting their young kids choose their first art piece for their rooms; set decorators from the film industry; local businesses and more.

Of course, not all the art gets returned. Many people end up purchasing their pieces.

“People fall in love with the artwork — they’ve grown attached to it. Others might like to switch it up,” says Dunlop.

An opening reception for the Art Rental Show takes place tonight (Jan. 9) from 7 to 9 p.m. CityScape Community Art Space is located at 335 Lonsdale Ave., nvartscouncil.ca, 604-988-6844.

-The Outlook

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.