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Old 02-11-2011, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I want to buy some paintings for my bedroom and am looking for ideas on some good places to go. Some place other than the art galleries you find in a mall. It doesn't have to be an art store, per se--if you know of a furniture store that has a lot of paintings for sale I'll try that too. I'm looking for something contemporary or perhaps botanical/nature oriented. Thanks!
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:26 AM
 
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Home Goods, Marshalls, etc. they pretty much sell similar pieces as a furniture store AND at a discount!
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:34 AM
 
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If you want original work, go to the Torpedo Factory and browse through there. For botanticals, especially watercolors, the visitors center at Greensprings Garden Park on Little River Turnpike has local artists' work on display and for sale.
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:52 AM
 
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Greensprings! I wouldn't have thought of that one. Thanks! I'l have to check out Marshalls, too. The last few times I've bought art I went to the Reston Arts Festival. Beautiful things, but not in my budget this year.
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:55 AM
 
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Lorton Work House, a growing Torpedo Factory-like venue in the old Lorton Prison on Ox Rd just up the hill from Occoquan. There are probably shops in Occoquan Village proper that sell paintings. There's a painter who regularly displays inside at Huntsman Square Shopping Center. She specializes in nature watercolors. She's there right now.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Lorton Work House, a growing Torpedo Factory-like venue in the old Lorton Prison on Ox Rd just up the hill from Occoquan. There are probably shops in Occoquan Village proper that sell paintings. There's a painter who regularly displays inside at Huntsman Square Shopping Center. She specializes in nature watercolors. She's there right now.
All of this. Some of the paintings on display a few years ago inside the Huntsman Square Shopping Center (Giant grocery store, corner of Fairfax County Parkway and Huntsman Blvd.) were exceptionally attractive/original. We really enjoyed looking at them.

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Old 02-11-2011, 08:37 AM
 
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One of my favorite places is Z-Gallery in Tysons Corner. It has a lot of the stuff that is featured in Ballard Designs.

Homegoods has some good stuff too, you just have to dig for it.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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The Home and Garden show is coming up, and they usually have five or six booths selling paintings. Some of it's so so, but some of it is surprisingly good.

Meadowlark Garden sells watercolors and photos of the proprety in their lobby.

I'd also check out some estate sales on Craig's List. People sell artwork on Craig's List and post photos so you can check it out. Look under the subsection for Northern Virginia arts and crafts.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:42 AM
 
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Homegoods has some good stuff too, you just have to dig for it.
I agree. I'd go there before looking at Marshalls.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:43 AM
 
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Lorton Work House, a growing Torpedo Factory-like venue in the old Lorton Prison on Ox Rd just up the hill from Occoquan.
Learn something new everyday. I'd never heard of this place before. Is it big? I might just have to drive down there to check it out.
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