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Why is Your Art so Expensive?

Shelby McNamara

A gentleman called me recently wanting to buy one of my scratchboards hanging in the Clubhouse. I quoted him the price that was listed on the piece, and he responded by asking how I could charge so much for a piece of art in Lake Wildwood.

Yesterday, as Artists of the Oaks members hung the new exhibit in the Clubhouse, I asked other artists if they heard this often.

Yes, most had heard this here and beyond our gates.

I’d like to give you a glimpse into the cost of an art project. There are the raw supplies. For me, that cost is a scratchboard, an X-acto knife and blades, India inks, matting and a frame. Starting costs are $40.00 to $80, depending on the size. Then comes the labor. It takes anywhere from five to 75 hours, depending on the intricacy.

Bob Keck, who creates amazing digital art, spends hours on his creations, transforming the real to the abstract and beyond.

Painters have canvasses, paints, brushes, frames and hours of sweat and blood. Photographers have gasoline, paper, mats, frames and the occasional tick.

It’s this way for all hobbyists. We will never get out what we put into a piece of art. I do if for the love of the craft, the enjoyment of sharing scratchboard with the public … and sometimes to sell a piece!

Stop by the Clubhouse and the Community Center and see what the Artists of the Oaks have created for you to enjoy. Appreciate the time and talent that went in to making each piece and enjoy the shows!

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