Strolling through while looking at paintings and sculptures is one of favorite past times. I love getting lost in the color, form, textures, and the feelings the pieces draw forth. But the cost of seeing art can be pricey or add up, for example, $20 for adult admittance into the Museum of Modern Art. If driving and parking, add another $15 or more, but that’s New York City. I love the MoMA and when I’m in the area I try to visit.
There are more economical ways to see the masters of classical and modern art. A number of museums will have a certain day when admittance is merely a donation or free. The Guggenheim, also in New York City, has Pay What You Wish on Friday evenings beginning at 5:45. Admission to the MoMA is free on Friday nights from 4:00 to 8:00. If one’s interested in checking out a museum or two, it can be worthwhile to see if there are reduced pricing days. One might be able to plan their visit accordingly.
If one isn’t tied to seeing works by Picasso and his peers, but just want to see art for art’s sake, that’s possible without paying a dime. Local art galleries are an excellent way to do just that. Along the cobblestone streets of Montreal’s Old Port there are a plethora of galleries that one can step into and just browse. Similarly, in Montreal every July there is an art festival, where artists line the street. Both make for a rather enjoyable day, and a pretty cheap one since all the art is within walking distance of each other. Even just passing by a gallery I have to at least look through the window. Tied in with galleries are often exhibits for a specific artist or two. Keep a look out for shows, bring a couple friends, and take a gander.
Where are some of your favourite places to go art gazing?
Photo copyright ©Misha Lee, 2008