Top Shops To Buy Affordable Art In Connecticut

March 24, 2014 9:00 AM

Nothing adds personality and character to your home or business quite like distinctive, attractive works of art. In 2012, we told you about some of the best places in Connecticut to purchase fine artwork without going broke. Here are some more options for finding that perfect painting, photo, sculpture or conversation piece at prices that won’t set you back hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Wadsworth Atheneum Gift Shop
600 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-2670

The Wadsworth is Connecticut’s premier art museum, and it includes a first-rate gift shop as well. At the shop, you can buy inexpensive prints of some of the museum’s paintings, including those by artists such as Andrew Wyeth and Georgia O’Keefe. It also offers coasters, notecards, mugs and jewelry decorated with famous artwork. Look for quirkier items as well, such as an inflatable, 18-inch replica of Edvard Munch’s classic “Scream.”

Farmington Valley Arts Center
25 Arts Center Lane
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 678-1867

For the past 40 years, the Farmington Valley Arts Center has provided education and support to aspiring local artists. Its paintings, drawings, sculptures and other creations can be seen and purchased at the FVAC’s galleries. You can often find great gifts at a discount during its special holiday events. And on Wednesday through Saturday afternoons, visit its Drezner Gallery where coordinator Sandy Buerkler can assist you in finding just the right work of art to fit your budget.

1224 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT 06517
(203) 288-1991

This custom framing shop allows customers to buy artwork through its partnership with the website Just log on and browse through hundreds of prints in over a dozen categories, most of which are well under a hundred dollars. When you find the one you want, place it in your cart and LocalFramer will ship it – free of charge – to Framed, which can then fit it with an attractive, affordable frame. The Hamden shop also sells a variety of pottery as well as some paintings by local artists in its Gallery Twelve 24.

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Lou’s Relics
345 Millerton Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
(860) 435-3569

Those looking for more old-fashioned items to decorate the home should make a trip to Lou’s Relics. Housed inside a huge barn in Lakeville, Lou’s has been selling antique collectibles, artwork and furniture for almost a century. Decorative plates, porcelain figurines, needlepoint art and vintage vases and clocks are among the many treasures that can be found for reasonable prices. Its inventory is always changing, so you’re bound to spot something new each time you visit.

Oriental Furnishings
602 West Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06850
(203) 853-7553

This large Norwalk warehouse sells hundreds of pieces of fine Asian artwork along with its furniture. If you need something to hang on your walls, choose from among many beautiful silk scrolls and hand-painted fans. Also noteworthy is its selection of Buddha statues and Japanese Geisha dolls. The glass snuff bottles, which are painted on the inside, will add a unique touch to your home, as will the stone-carved Jade Trees and the teapots which come in a range of shapes. Add to that an assortment of porcelain umbrella stands, vases and planters and Oriental Furnishings has plenty of options for those who like more exotic decor.

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Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on

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