Artstreet has been bringing art out of studios, galleries and museums and into the streets of downtown Green Bay for 34 years. Each summer, the fine arts festival features activities like artist demonstrations, creative children’s activities, cultural displays, edible arts, music, dance, literary and theatrical performances, and of course the opportunity to view and purchase beautiful pieces of art. But just in case that’s not enough to convince you to pencil Artstreet into your calendars ASAP, here are ten reasons why you should buy local art:

  1. Invest in Your Community

Buying art locally contributes to the creative fabric of your community. It builds character and creates an atmosphere that makes people want to stay and put down roots.


  1. Create Jobs & Support the Economy

By purchasing art locally you not only are supporting the character of your community, but the job market and economy as well. Artists are small businesses and by purchasing locally, you support those businesses and their employees, assistants, printers, and framers to name a few. Also, by purchasing work from local artists the money stays in the community, growing the local economy.

Scott Maki


  1. It’s Original

Each piece you purchase from a local artist has a handmade, unique feel to it. You can take pride in a piece of art that is one-of-a-kind and join in that feeling of exclusivity that you can’t purchase at a retail store.

Brent Crabb


  1. Meet the Artist

Buying local gives you an opportunity to meet the artist who created the piece you love. This unique experience gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s creative process and allows for you to build relationships. This leads to better service and maybe even the chance to commission a custom piece specifically for you!

Elaine Eikenberry


  1. It’s Affordable

Buying pieces from local artists is an investment. The original pieces you purchase from artists in your community will only grow in value over time, plus since you will know your artist, negotiating prices becomes a lot easier! Local artists want to promote their work and gain visibility so prices are affordable.

Keith Westphal


  1. Curate & Collect

Curating your own collection of affordable, original art is one of the greatest ways to express yourself! Each piece reflects your individuality and identity, and gives you a sense of pride in your décor. Collecting pieces by your favorite local artists means continued support for the arts community.

Rich Theobald


  1. Improve Quality of Life

Purchasing beautiful things enhances the atmosphere in all living spaces, whether it’s in your home, your office, or some other place you frequent. Art brings warmth, humanity, character, and inspiration into spaces, which improves overall quality of life.

Jackie Winslow


  1. Communication

Original pieces of art serve as great conversation starters! Art can spark a discussion about inspiration, expression, experiences, trips you’ve been on, and more importantly, art can communicate when words fail.

Daniel Moore


  1. Enhance Your Well-Being

Not only can purchasing local art enhance your overall quality of life, but it can also enhance your well-being. Being surrounded by things you love gives you a sense of comfort, pleasure, and overall enjoyment. Artists can create a mood or feeling with every piece of art, promoting positive mental health.

Judy Hedblom


  1. Shopping Locally is Fun!

Some of the greatest purchases are found when you least expect them! Taking part in a local art fair like Artstreet allows you to purchase from vendors you don’t normally get to interact with. There is always something new and unexpected around the corner!


See all of these artists and more at Artstreet – August 28, 29 & 30! Visit our website for details.


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