From Western to wildly contemporary, Dallas-Fort Worth boasts an exciting and talented art community perfect for any taste. The best places to buy local art for less than $100 in DFW offer up everything from home decor pieces to the ideal gift for any eclectic in-law.
410 N. Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
www.artisanscollective.netThe Artisans Collective Gallery is located In Oak Cliff's historic Bishop Arts District. Owner and artist Ted Matthews represents 150 talented local artists, offering plenty of pieces for less than $100, including prints, woodcuts, etchings, aquatints, jewelry, glassworks, hats and scarves made from vintage fabrics. The gallery continuously garners good reviews for its affordable, eclectic and diverse works known for their originality. Matthews, a gifted artist himself, also has a knack for finding and promoting other passionate artists. The Artisans Collective is well worth the trip to the charming Bishops Arts District and is within walking distance of good restaurants and unique stores. Parking is free and close to the shops.
5900 Bishop Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75205
smu.edu/The Meadows Museum is located in the heart of Dallas on the SMU campus. Admission is $10 for adults, but is well worth the price, even if your main goal is to visit its delightful shop. Unusual handmade jewelry by local artists includes fashion-forward necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Clothing made with fabric prints inspired by the iconic artists Picasso, Van Gogh and Joan Miró are eye catching. The museum itself features one of the finest Spanish art collections outside of Spain. It focuses on the Spanish "Golden Age" and contains masterworks by Diego Velázquez. Parking is free with a stamped museum ticket.
Plaza of the Americas
700 N. Pearl St., Suite G207
Dallas, TX 75225
www.tvaa.orgThe Texas Visual Arts Association Gallery, in downtown Dallas at the Plaza of the Americas, is a well-respected 60-year-old organization whose mission is to encourage artists and promote art in Texas. Inside of the main gallery is a gift store with prints, unframed art, jewelry, handcrafted boxes and other fanciful creations by local artists. Glass cases at the front are filled with beautiful handmade jewelry priced surprisingly low for the workmanship and artistry. There is parking in the high-rise building, but it can get expensive. Metered parking is available on Pearl and Crockett Streets. Parking lots on Crockett and San Jacinto are $6. Inside there are restaurants, a food court, shops and an ice-skating rink. The TVAA Gallery is located a level above the skating rink.
2913 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
www.callidoragifts.comConveniently located in the lower Greenville neighborhood in central Dallas, Callidora is known for its unique jewelry and gifts. The owner Roberta Campos and her family help customers find the perfect gift at a reasonable price. Campos personally designs most of the jewelry and occasionally does custom work while the customer waits. Some of the featured items at Callidora include turquoise drop necklaces, sterling silver jewelry, Day of the Dead pieces, and red coral and pearl necklaces, all less than $100. Religious jewelry, soaps, cards, purses and watches are also available.
2322 N. Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
www.adobewesternart.com/The Adobe Western Art Gallery is located at the famed historic Stockyards of Fort Worth. Lone Star State artisans create 99 percent of the items sold. Texas has produced some of the greatest Western artists in the world, and The Adobe Western Art Gallery continues the tradition by representing a new generation of artists. The gallery features traditional and contemporary fine Western art. Original paintings, prints, silkscreen ink on canvas, giclees, limited edition and hand-mastered prints give buyers a wide selection for those who are budget minded. For instance, Burleson, Texas artist Gary Crouch offers limited-edition prints at 24 by 30 inches in a series entitled "Texas Boom" for $45 each.
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