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Hottest Art Meetups: Where to Go & What to Do When You Get There

By: Kara Caroccio

Let's start with this, art events in NYC can be pricey. Like, very pricey. So, if you are an artist or into the art scene, here is what you need to know about the best art meetups and what to do when you get there.

Photo by: Kara Caroccio

Photo by: Kara Caroccio

Coffee shops!

Let them be your new best friend. A lot of coffee shops host art nights or art swap nights. This is a great event to attend. When you get there, make sure you have your leave-behind (a business card for your art work). One of my favorite things to do at Art Coffee house events is to go around and ask each artist about themselves, what medium they work in and if they have a studio. I almost always ask them their Instagram account and check out their work in front of them. This creates a relationship that lasts after the event. Side note, if your local coffee shops do not hold art events, ask them to! If you do the work and get the people there, how can they say no?

Gallery openings

Gallery openings are almost always free and usually offer light drinks. Need   I say more? Art and drinks? That’s right, you heard correct.  If you are not an artist and just into art and don’t have the funds to buy pieces but want to enjoy art, these are your events!

Before you go to an opening research who you are reviewing. Is it a group art show? A solo show? Is there a specific artist's work you want to see? When you get there see if they sell prints of the original work. This is often a less costly version of the art work. It is also an awesome way to support the artist you are viewing.

Sotheby’s Auction House public events

A lot of people believe that Sotheby’s only holds private events for art collectors. This is not true. Make sure you check their website to see what public events they are hosting and attend. When you get there network, see what other events they host, and if there’s a mailing list?

Pop up art shows at boutiques and cafes

Pop up art shows are a great way to connect with your local community. A lot of local boutiques will support artists by having a pop up show of the artist's work. A lot of time wine is offered  (always a plus). What to do when you get there? Shop! Buy some local art, browse the boutique and have fun. This is a great way to get to know the artist, their work and the local boutique.

Affordable Art Fair NYC

The Affordable Art Fair is exactly what it sounds like, affordable! This year in New York City it was help from March 29th - April 2nd. Adult tickets were $18, or $10 with a college ID.This is a great opportunity to see the hottest artists from around the world. When you get there, you should browse local artists, as well as internationally recognized artists. Most importantly, while there you should buy art. Since the tickets to attend are low in cost there is more reason to go out and buy original pieces. Affordable Fair NYC next stop to NYC is September 13th!

Attend an art meetup you think we should pay tribute to? Email kp@karapixie.com.


Kara Caroccio_Six Degrees Society Contributor

A New Yorker in every sense of the word, Kara Caroccio began her professional career after graduating from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Biological Anthropology and Fine Arts. Her background includes experience in the non-profit and art space, as well as a position as Executive Assistant to the Chairman at IMG Media. She is an active member of her community, involved in the local church and volunteer work for her alma maters. She is an activist for lyme disease and children with learning differences. She explores creative ways to match art, fashion and philanthropy by participating in local community events. In her free time, Kara can be found trying out new restaurants with her fiancé, exploring local art exhibits or painting alongside her bare-eyed cockatoo, Buddy. Follow her adventures at @KaraPixie on Instagram.