Buy original art directly from artists: Art doesn’t always have to be purchased in galleries. You can many times buy original art directly from the artists themselves, as there are many artists who are not shown in galleries. You can meet artists at open studios, street fairs, art exhibitions and shows in parks, community centers and museums in many different cities and towns all across the country. Art shows and fairs are held year round. Check out newspaper announcements, periodicals, Art magazines and even do web searches for local events.