Thursday night I attended Hilari MacLeod’s opening at Klausen Gallery. What a lovely experience! Her artwork is so beautiful and unique.

{ Jorgen Klausen in his gallery and framing studio on Prince William Street }

While I was there, I started browsing through a binder that was lying on a table. The binder was full of small pieces of art by local artists. I was a bit confused, as I have never in my life seen original art at (basically) sale prices. Holly McKay for $25? Herzl Kashetsky for $50? It’s almost too good to be true.

I went back on Friday to get the inside scoop from Jorgen and to spend some quality time looking though the binders and binders full of art cards.

{ Click on the photo for a close up of the names on the spines… }

{ Art Cards by  David Hayward }

{ Art Cards by Hilari MacLeod }

After talking with Jorgen and having the art card process explained to me I had a million questions (obviously).

Currently, there are 51 local artists with original pieces in the art card collection at Klausen Gallery. The art sells for exactly what the artist chooses (Typically $10-$60 each).

The pieces can be whatever you want to create… a photograph, a painting, a pencil sketch, a pastel drawing, mixed media…. The only rule is that the card must be 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

Jorgen’s first art card show was May 7th, 2010. Since then, if you even utter the word “artist” to Jorgen he will send you home with a stack of cards to create with. He told me he’s always “lookin’ for more”.

{ Note: I didn’t even say the word “artist” and I was sent home with a stack of cards. Jorgen has talked me into creating a set of cards featuring “engineering sketches”… we’ll see what happens… }

There’s no limit to the number of cards an artist can submit. 2, 10, 35, 100. You can be as creative as you’d like.

Many local artists are represented in the Art Cards at Klausen Gallery… Holly McKay, Darren Emenu, Jessica Doyle, Molly McNaughton… (Click here for a list of artists.. )

Here are a few pieces to bait you…

{ Jeneca Klausen }

{ Holly McKay }

{ Andrew Kierstead }

There’s beauty in this process. If you’re anything like me, you don’t really have oodles of money lying around to spend on art. I’ve looked at paintings during gallery hops and I can’t seem to justify the expenditure for one reason or another. Art Cards give you the ability to start your collection NOW.

What excited me most about the art cards is the deal that Jorgen gives you to frame your new piece. For $50 (including taxes) you can have you new piece of art work (purchased separately, of course) custom framed.

Friday afternoon I purchased a professionally framed original piece of art from a Saint John artist for less than $80.

Stay tuned for an interview with Jorgen and a giveaway you might get excited about.