Top 5 Places to Buy Affordable Original Art in Mississauga

With Christmas just around the corner, there's a good chance you're scrambling to figure out memorable and original gift ideas. You might also be in the market for something truly unique for yourself—after all, your home deserves love all year round, even if it's technically the season of giving.

When people think of original art, they might envision costly pieces that can only be purchased for thousands of dollars (or tens of thousands) at prestigious galleries. Fortunately for the average art lover, original art can be found almost anywhere—from community craft shows to pop up markets to local independent galleries.

Mississauga actually has a wealth of galleries that sell pieces that might be perfect for you or someone else on your Christmas list.

Here are the top five places to buy affordable original art in Mississauga.5) Crescent Hill Gallery

This gallery, located in the Dundas and Winston Churchill area, boasts a selection of works created by talented Canadian artists. According to the gallery's website, "exquisite works of art are offered in oil, acrylic and encaustic, and are further enhanced by Crescent Hill Gallery's award-winning framing." Some artists currently featured at the gallery include Christian Bergeron, Marie Claude, Maya Eventov and more. The pieces are naturesque and stunning, unique without being too avant garde or emotionally inaccessible to the average buyer.

If you purchase a 12x12 piece now, you can receive a free black floater frame valued at $100.4) Harbour Gallery

Harbour Gallery, located on Lakeshore Road West, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014. Despite its name, it's actually no longer located in Port Credit—it moved to Clarkson in 1994 to set up shop in a bigger space. Now, the gallery is actually one of the largest in Canada and boasts works by celebrated Canadian contemporary artists. The gallery is good for both novice buyers and serious collectors. In terms of artists, you can see pieces by Daniel J. Izzard, Mary Pavey, Pierre Pivet and more.3) Promenade Gallery

The Promenade Gallery, located on Lakeshore Road East, is an intimate space that acts as both an artist studio and private commercial gallery. If you're interested in showcasing work as well as buying, you can actually rent this space to display and sell your piecs. In fact, the gallery encourages artists to, in its words, "mount solo shows." The gallery also boasts painting and drawing workshops, sitar classes, artists talks and more. If you're looking for one of a kind art by local artists, you can check out a solo show and make a purchase. Doing so will enhance your home and support local talent.2) Rumi Galleries

This gallery, located on Woodlawn Ave., is an exceptional gallery that boasts pieces that are, to be fair, a little on the pricier side. According to the website, Rumi Galleries is the largest historical and contemporary Canadian art gallery in the city. The relatively young space (it was founded in 2007), boasts work from both 20th century and contemporary artists. Pieces include paintings, sculptures, photography, drawings and more and some of the artists featured include David Milne, Alexander Colville, Margaret Glew and more.1) Visual Arts Mississauga Annual Juried Show

Although this show, held at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM), is more geared towards showcasing artists, all works are for sale and more than worth checking out. As for how it works, Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) selects works submitted by talented Ontario artists and displays them in the AGM for a limited time (next year, they will be on display from Jan. 12 to Feb. 18). This exhibit allows you to find a unique piece and support a local (or local-ish) artist, providing buyers with the opportunity to grow the city's art scene.

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