Some Great AND Unexpected Places to Look for Artwork in DC
If you are just settling into a new apartment you are likely looking for art to help spruce up your space. When I first moved into my apartment, I was enamored with DC and wanted some district specific artwork to capitalize on the location of my new place and to help me reminisce about my college experience in the district. Whether you want local art, art depicting your beloved city, or simply something thought provoking and unique, you should consider these places to search for affordable, local, and whimsical art.
225 Seventh Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Eastern Market is a great place to find good eats, fresh produce, and local artists (check out their website to see what types of artists attend) on the weekends. The market is both an indoor and open-air market so it is most alive when the weather is nice, but is open year round. Here you can find hand crafted items from local artists as well as antiques and secondhand décor.
The National Gallery 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565
Ok so the National Gallery is not the most unexpected place to find art, but I cannot express enough how reasonable their gift shop is and how many nice, quality prints you can find there. Once I got 4 medium-sized prints for $10.00! If you live in DC, you need to make it a point to visit this gallery anyway because it is beautiful, offers free admission, and is filled with unforgettable work that will inspire your art hunt!
Second Story Books
2000 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036
Located in DuPont Circle at the top of P Street, Second Story Books is a treasure. It’s first and foremost a secondhand book store, but it also has antique prints, maps, and other oddities that might be useful for home decorating. I believe it’s worth checking out, and you might even want to snag some tea at Le Pain Quotidian across the street while you’re at it.
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Though they are mostly a book store as well, Politics and Prose is also stocked with some local art and LOTS of gifts. They sell some of the best greeting cards which can double as wall décor, and they are even located near a frame shop. Plus, they have a cozy and newly renovated café.
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Crafty Bastards is a delightful festival/craft show filled with homemade items and truly unique artwork. Put on by City Paper, Crafty Bastards started in 2004 and was held in Columbia Heights. The last few years it’s taken place in Union Market which is another great place to discover home goods created by local makers, as it’s a venue for other arts and crafts festivals akin to Crafty Bastards. You can also find other local art/craft festivals here.
You should always check out the Washington Post’s “Going Out Guide” to stay up to date on local festivals, fairs, gallery openings, and general events. You never know where you might find the perfect art piece and end up discovering a new favorite neighborhood in the process.
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