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Best Places To Buy Local Art For Less Than $100

November 12, 2012 7:00 AM

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The natural beauty of the Midwest and Minnesota has been a valuable inspiration to local artists for centuries. While museums and galleries are perfect places to enjoy local artwork, they are often not affordable or accessible to the casual audience. Many Minnesotans crave the opportunity to enjoy local art in their own homes or purchase some for special gifts. Luckily, there are many places to purchase local crafts and fine art for under $100. While this list is by no means comprehensive, these are some of the locales where local art is available to the masses.

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Edina Art Center
4701 W. 64th St.
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 903-5780
www.edinamn.govThe Edina Art Center is a local organization dedicated to supporting local artists and those with a passion and appreciation for art. The Art Center offers art classes year round to anyone interested in expressing their creativity or trying their hand at a new skill. There are also exhibits of local art to be enjoyed by the general public. The Edina Art Center contains a gift shop of local artist-created gifts, cards, jewelry, pottery and other mediums of creativity. The gift shop is expanded into the adjacent gallery during November and December to offer local fine arts and crafts to those shopping for the holidays.

Deck the Walls
Mall of America location
368 W. Market
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 858-8335

Rosedale Shopping Center location
1012 Rosedale Center
Roseville. MN 55113
(651) 633-6886

Burnsville Center location
2026 Burnsville Center
Burnsville, MN 55306
(952) 435-3696
www.deckthewalls.com

Looking for that familiar Minnesota scene to hang up in the den? Deck the Walls is a locally owned store that specializes in prints by local artists. There is also a framing service on site so you can get the right frame to match your artwork. Local artists are featured as well as themes such as scenes from the Twin Cities, pubs of Minneapolis and a beautiful series of scenes from Como Park Conservatory. Deck the Walls has three locations, all in local shopping malls.

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General Store of Minnetonka
14401 Highway 7
Minnetonka, MN 55345
(952) 935-7131
www.generalstoreofminnetonka.comThe General Store is somewhat of a phenomenon in the suburb of Minnetonka. This quaint but large store has the feel of an old-time country ma-and-pa shop full of Midwest hospitality and decor. Amid the Minnesota-themed gifts, local treats and home decor lies a gallery of items handmade by local artists. The gallery contains locally made clothing, prints, handmade greeting cards and many other crafts for a tight budget. Around the holidays, the selection of local art increases to accommodate the holiday shopper.

No Coast Craft Art Show
Midtown Global Exchange
920 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 872-4041
www.nocoastcraft.com

Dates: Friday, Dec. 7 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What better way to find local art than at a local fine arts and crafts fair? While the Midtown market is stocked year round with culturally diverse gifts and art made by local ethnic communities, early December offers a venue for all local artists to showcase their talents. No Coast Craft sponsors an art show for Midwest artists each holiday season that is held at the Midtown Global Market. This year, the art show is scheduled for Dec. 7 and 8.

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Dunn Bros Coffee Shops
Various locations
www.dunnbros.comDunn Bros coffee shops are locally owned specialty coffee shops that focus on the communities they are located in. Aside from supporting the task of bringing delicious coffee to the local population, Dunn Bros coffee shops bring local art and creativity to the community as well. Many of the shops are decorated with art from local talent that is available for purchase as well. Check out the website to find your local coffee house.

Related: Best Places For Glass Art In The Twin Cities

Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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