The all new 5redballs website has just launched for Boston art enthusiasts. Now everyone can say, "Yeah, it's an original."
At 5redballs.com, it is all about buying great art. For too long, art buying has been viewed as something for the uber-rich or those with pedigrees in aesthetic judgment. But that was yesterday. 5redballs reminds us that “Great art is up to you. It is whatever makes you say, ‘Wow. I love that.’” And you don’t need crazy money or special credentials to know what you love.
But what you might need is some help finding somewhere to start. 5redballs owner, Kate Chen, has helped you out there. She spends hours and hours, so that you don’t have to, searching for the best art that local Boston artists have to offer. She presents the art on a well-designed, fun to explore website where you can begin your search. You can even use the clever “Size It” tool to see exactly how each piece will size up on your wall. (In case you don’t know if 18” x 42” is bigger than a breadbox.)
And we think you’ll like enjoy Kate’s varied, sometimes playful, and always discriminating eye for wonderful art. As her 5redblog entries show, Kate’s only selection criteria is her own love for the work, which she conveys well in plain and passionate words.
Once you have browsed the site and said, “Oh, I like that,” a few times, you are ready to see an original or two. Kate helps us out again there. Every 5redballs artist is located in the Boston area and has contact information listed. Just send them an email or give a call to arrange a time to see the original at their studio or other location, no strings attached. If “I like that” turns into “I love that,” buy it … online.
Buying the art online at 5redballs.com is a piece of cake and avoids the often awkward process of buying directly from the artist, discussing price or having to decide while they watch. 5redballs lets you simply enjoy the art, enjoy the original, and walk away and make your decision and purchase when you are ready – whether that is just outside the studio via your i-Phone so that no one else buys “your” art, or three days later when you still catching yourself thinking, “Wow. I loved that.”
And if that isn’t even enough, if you are a bit timid about the “visit the original” step, contact Kate and she will literally walk you through it, arranging for the artist studio visit and even going with you if you’d like. But she will insist that the “I love it” be all you!
And in keeping with the best trends of the times, these red balls are green. When you buy a work of art through 5redballs, you are buying a local product, not contributing to mass or overseas production of wall decor. If you live locally, you are encouraged to pick up your work, saving yourself shipping costs and saving the world from packing and shipping excess. Also, only 20% of sales go to keep 5redballs up and running; 80% goes back to the artists, to our local art community, and to our local economy.
So if you drool over Dwell magazine wondering where they got the great art in that fabulous modern living room, or if you just remodeled your home and have a big new wall and nothing just-right for it, 5redballs is here. Go on … it’s easy now … buy great art.
And when your friends ask, you can say “Yeah, it’s an original.”
Look. Love. Buy. Hang. Smile.