A photograph of a woman taking down a painting in an art gallery.

The Affordable Art Fair features paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures at a price range between $100-$10,000.
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NYC’s annual Affordable Art Fair is coming to the Metropolitan Pavilion on September 28 – October 2, 2016. More than 500 artists will be showcased at this year’s festival. Featured artwork will include paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures. Attendees can browse from thousands of original artwork pieces, all of which are selling at a price range between $100-$10,000.

Imagine purchasing a piece by Georgia O’Keefe or Andy Warhol far before they were ever famous. That’s the idea behind the Affordable Art Fair. The fair not only allows artists to make a name for themselves, but allows buyers to discover emerging talent at modest prices.

Founded in 1999 by Will Ramsay, The Affordable Art Fair started out as a small festival in London with just under 10,000 people in attendance. Now, the fair has grown into an international sensation, with fairs being held in cities such as Amsterdam, Bristol, Brussels, Milan, Singapore, Hamburg, Seoul, Stockholm, and Hong Kong. Within the 17 years of its existence, the Affordable Art Fair has raked in 1.9 million visitors and $405 million in art purchases.

Along with more than 70 galleries to browse from, the Affordable Art Fair features talks, tours, and children’s workshops. Of note is the Walk to Art with Bernadette Alibrando tour, which allows guests to get an exclusive sneak-peek of the galleries before they open. In addition to this “behind-the-scenes ­footage,” guests will also have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Australian art consultant Bernadette Alibrando, founder of Walk to Art.

Attendees of the 2016 NYC Affordable Art Fair can expect an informal atmosphere with plenty of staff available to answer any questions. There is a complimentary wrapping and delivery service available onsite. Additionally, custom framing is available for purchase through Framebridge. Food and drink is also available for purchase at the local café.