What is Fine Art?

What is Fine Art?

What is fine artwork? We at StoriesToArt wrestle with how to answer this daily.  Artists from across the country apply to exhibit with us and, as a curated gallery of fine art, we review their submissions and have the arduous task of deciding whether to represent them or not.  When we choose not to represent an artist, we frequently get asked for feedback as to why not.  Our answers vary depending on the artwork that was submitted but typically we encourage applicants that we reject to hone their skills and focus more on imaginative or thought provoking content.  We use a rubric to score artists’ submissions that includes the following:

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Art Trends 2019


For the last several years, online art sales have risen at incredible rates. Valued at $1.57 billion in 2013, the online art market is now valued at $4.22 billion and is expected to reach $8.37 billion by 2023. With the rise of visual-based media outlets like Instagram, it’s becoming easier than ever to browse art online and find inspiration wherever we go. As both an art-lover and maker, I’m always interested in seeing how our culture’s visual tastes shift and grow, so I’ve done a little scouting and compiled my discoveries for 2019 art trends into this post. I won’t pretend to cover all the bases (that would be quite literally impossible), but I will invite you to read what I have and hope the information will serve you well!

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The Art of Conversation Pieces

Commission Sample by Serena Stevens

Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a conversation with someone and suddenly realize you don’t actually care about whatever it is you’re discussing? Not in a rude way, just in a “how-are-my-neighbor’s-lawn-mowing-habits-really-enriching-my-life?” way. Well, if you do find yourself there, noticing is half the battle. The other half is replacing small talk with big talk—conversations worth having. Thankfully, art happens to inspire great big talk.

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The Heart of Art Collecting

The Heart of Art Collecting | StoriesToArt

The phrase “Art Collecting” has a tendency to conjure up images of esoteric libraries, hidden-door handshakes, and ungodly sums of cash. What a lot of people don’t know is that there are many types of art collectors. Some of us are, indeed, the crisp, white suits you may be visualizing, but some of us are also middle class mothers and fathers with a knack for finances and a deep love of the arts. While we may differ wildly in our appearances, careers, and bank accounts, there are a few things every art-collector understands.  Continue reading “The Heart of Art Collecting”