Buying art can be a tricky proposition, and to less-than-savvy shoppers it seems pretty black and white: Either you invest thousands in a museum-worthy piece or you frame that crappy caricature you got on the side of the road. Enter InLiquid, a nonprofit organization that’s become a comprehensive hub of information on nearly 300 independent, local artists. Even better? The organization hosts an annual art sale, Art for the Cash Poor, which kicks off tonight at Crane Arts in Kensington. Here, you’ll find more than 100 artists, all selling work (from paintings to ceramics to jewelry) that’s priced at under $199.
Get first dibs by checking out the ticketed preview party tonight from 5:30pm to 9pm ($30; half of all proceeds benefit AIDS Fund). You’ll also get to shop a special installation of The Artemisian jewelry — impossibly lovely, one-of-a-kind jewelry that’s crafted from repurposed antique pieces.
The weekend-long event is free to the public and open from noon to 6pm each day; food vendors and bands round out the mix. (Make it a point to go. Your walls will thank you.)
The Details: InLiquid Art for the Cash Poor event, free, June 13th-14th, 12pm to 6pm (preview party June 12th, 5:30-9pm, $30); 1400 North American Street, Old Kensington.