Fine art trunk show provides chance to upgrade

An oil painting by Alvarez will be given away during the day. (Submitted photo)1
An oil painting by Alvarez will be given away during the day. (Submitted photo)1

By Heather Lusk

The Original Fine Art Trunk Show will return to Main Street, coinciding with Brick Street Market.

The “affordable art” market is a way for people to upgrade art posters with original art, according to Rhonda Crawshaw, gallery director for CV Art and Frame, which is hosting the event.

More than 300 pieces of original paintings in different styles will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 14. Prices range from $200 to $20,000, with an average price between $1,000 and $2,000.

“There are so many pieces in one place,” Crawshaw said.

“You can really get a feel for what your own style is,” she said, encouraging those who aren’t comfortable buying art or who don’t know their style to sift through the different options.

Based upon availability, Crawshaw is available to visit clients’ homes prior to the show to see what might work with their decor. She said she’s also willing to track available pieces a few days after the show if a client regrets not making a purchase.

All of the artwork is unframed, but Crawshaw said the framing gallery in the back of the store could help buyers choose a frame.

“Some of the artists are museum-quality artists, and some are just emerging, but all are high quality originals,” Crawshaw said. All of the artists are South American, primarily from Peru, but their art varies from landscapes to abstract.

Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served at the 100 S. Main St. store during the show. Anyone who visits can enter a drawing for a custom-framed, original oil painting by Ingrid Alvarez.

Crawshaw said some of the art has appreciated in value over the past four years, but while it can be a good investment, that’s not always the reason to buy original art.

“The best reason is that you love the artwork,” she said.