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Art for rent
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.