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Best Shops To Buy Affordable Art In Tampa Bay

March 16, 2014 9:00 AM

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(Photo credit: LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay area is home to hundreds of brilliant artists eager to share their work. If you enjoyed shopping at any of the places listed in the Best Places to Buy Local Art for Less Than $100, check out some of these other fantastic options for original, affordable art work.
Grand Central Stained Glass & Graphics
2401 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 328-2428

www.grandcentralstainedglass.com

Stained glass may not be the first thing you think of when you think about art, but it can add a splash of color and elegance to your home in a way no other art can. Window ornaments and stained glass statues are certainly viable options at Grand Central Stained Glass & Graphics, but you can also commission custom work that can completely transform your home, such as stained glass doors or glass panel room dividers. If you discover a passion for glass art, you can even enroll in a class here and start creating your own artwork.

St. Pete Clay
420 22nd St. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 896-2529
www.stpeteclay.com

Clay is one of the more underrated art mediums, maybe because we all made those awful clay ash trays in elementary school. However, at St. Pete Clay, you can find clay molded by a skilled artist that can add a sophisticated, rustic touch to your home. It also offers bowls, pots and vases, but its clay can also be molded into incredibly detailed wall hangs, vibrantly colored planters and elegant statues.

Graphi-ko 
669 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg FL 33701

(727) 667-8126
www.graphi-ko.com

If photographic art is more your style, Graphi-ko has exactly what you’re looking for. This art studio has a wide selection of both color and black-and-white photos that include a diverse array of subjects, such as flowers, animals, landscapes and buildings. All photos come matted and cost $25 or less. Graphi-ko also sells paintings, sculptures and hand-made jewelry.

Related: Best Places For Handmade Jewelry In Tampa Bay

Michael Murphy Gallery
2701 S. MacDill Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 902-1414
www.michaelmurphygallery.com

The Michael Murphy Gallery is not just about its namesake. A dozen local artists display and sell their work which can be custom framed right in the store. Whether you are looking for a gorgeous painting of Florida’s mangrove forests by Eleanor Blair or a haunting charcoal sketch by Jeaneen Barnhart, you are bound to find something to suit your tastes and existing decor. Custom frames range from a simple metal design to a one-of-a-kind, hand-carved masterpiece that is as beautiful as the art itself.

Jaunty Jewelry by Maria
Tampa, FL
www.facebook.com/JauntyJewelry

If it’s unique, hand-made jewelry you’re after, look no further than Jaunty Jewelry. Jaunty Jewelry is a Tampa-based shop that does the majority of its business through etsy.com. This small shop offers a big selection of handmade earrings, necklaces, bracelets, matching jewelry sets and its most sought-after items: baby bracelets for both boys and girls. You can also request custom-made pieces to include a color of your choice, a phrase or a photograph inside a bottle cap charm.

Related: Best Art Museums In Tampa Bay

Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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