Places to Visit for Affordable Art

Owning an original piece of artwork doesn’t have to expensive. It can be very affordable if you just know where to look. So many people in Singapore, even those who are not so artistically inclined, wish to own at least one original oil painting, but believes they cannot because they assume it’s just far out of their price range.

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However, what these people don’t know is that they can already purchase a one-of-a-kind oil painting by locals for just a fraction of the cost of artworks by world-famous artists. By this, you don’t only acquire an equally beautiful abstract art piece, but support your community as well.

If you don’t know where to start searching, here are some suggestions to start with.

1. Online Shops

Though online like www.vinciarts.com in Singapore may not be the most suitable place to look for original artworks, it can be a good source of information for paintings exhibited in different galleries and museums. Try searching the name of the art gallery you wish to visit and find out whose works are presented as of the moment.

2. Local Art Galleries

Most state, cities, and areas have several art galleries, so try checking out these places first before considering overseas options. If searching for landscape artworks, don’t just limit your options to paintings, but check out other options that incorporate works of crafters and artisans as well. Singapore galleries generally offer a wide selection of artworks and usually display works of several artists at a time.

3. College Art Departments

Colleges that offer art-related courses usually run an art gallery to exhibit works of their students. If they’re not hosting an exhibit as of the moment, they sure know the nearby locations with current displays, so try asking them. Many art teachers are local artists themselves, so colleges can be an interesting spot to pursue.

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4. Frame Shops

Apart from the framing services they offer, some frame shops also offer arts for sale. Depending on the frame sizes they offer, they may only exhibit very limited number of oil painting pieces, or may only showcase the works of one artist at a time. Even if they’re not currently hosting an art exhibit, they can be a good source of information. Frame shops have worked with various local artists and, thus, can give you details about the best places to visit and artists to contact.

5. Art Guilds

Most areas have at least one art guild or co-op, where local artists come together to plan for art-related events like art fairs and festivals. Check out their own art gallery or ask for upcoming art openings. Try searching online or check yellow pages listing to find out what’s available in your locality.

Those mentioned are just a few ideas to consider when searching for contemporary art pieces, so be creative and don’t limit yourself to those places only. Libraries, art and craft festivals, and art boutiques are all excellent avenues to check out. The more local establishments you visit, the better chances you have of discovering original, unique, and affordable works of art created by an artist who could possibly be your neighbor.

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Welcoming the New Nobel Laureates

The Nobel Prize is a prestigious award given to people for their valuable contribution to the world. Almost all people dream of this one. The Nobel Assembly already announced the winners for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. The winners were announced on October 6, 2014.

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The new laureates discovered that the brain have inner GPS. There is a natural positioning system which is in charge of orienting the person of space. This new discovery can help researchers deal with Alzheimer’s disease patients (those suffering from spatial memory loss). The laureates include:

  • Dr. John O’Keefe: O’Keefee is the director of University College London’s Sainsbury Wellcome Centre in Neural Circuits and Behaviour. He identified nerve cells that are capable of creating spatial map.

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  • Dr. May-Brit Moser: Dr. May-Brit Moser is the director of Trondheim’s Centre for Neural Computation.
  • Dr. Edvard Moser: Dr. Edvard Moser is also the director of Trondheim’s Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience. Dr. may-Brit and Edvard are a couple. Both identified another cell implicated in navigation.

The three won prize money of $1.1 million. Other awards in Physics, Chemistry, Literature and Peace will be announced at the end of the week. As for the Economics Prize, it will be proclaimed on October 13, 2014. You better watch out.

If you want to give something to the world, it is better to start now. Who knows in the near future you can be a laureate? There are many things that you can contribute for Singapore and the world. You can encourage other Singaporeans to think of a valuable thing for the betterment of the world.

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Considering Cosmetic Surgery

Have you heard about a Korean woman who endured and survived 120 procedures to get her dream face? Yes, 120 procedures and she endured it all for 7 years. This woman is really determined to change her face and perfect it. In a variety show in South Korea, the woman was invited and she revealed the surgeries she went through. She said she had to correct her smile, double her eyelids, perfect her nose and made her face smaller.

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That was a lot of pain but for the sake of beauty, the woman survived and thrived. According to her, the treatment she is receiving now is quite different from before. She also spent thousands for the procedures and she said that it is not enough. You cannot blame the society for creating the ideals of beauty. The good thing is that you can enhance and improve yourself but you have to endure all the pain that goes with it. So, are you ready?

Many people now consider cosmetic surgery to perfect their flaws. It is their choice but they need to know the disadvantage and complications of cosmetic surgery. They need to contemplate hard because this is a life decision and it is crucial. Once you have cosmetic surgery, you cannot undo it. You have to consider the following things when you think about cosmetic surgery:

Complications

It is not a secret that cosmetic surgeries come with complications especially if it is a major one. Complications will include blood clots, infection, bleeding, scarring, tingling, numbness and many more. Cosmetic surgeons will assure you that you will be fine but things happen.

Mental and Emotional Costs

You cannot be fully prepared mentally and emotionally for cosmetic surgery. You may think that you are ready but you find yourself regretting it when it is done. The stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and recovering will surely affect you. The pain and swelling will surely test you and you need to come out of it alive.

Damaging Relationships

You think that cosmetic surgery solves everything but if you look deeper, it will surely damage your relationships. For example, you augmented your breasts and when your parents see you, they are quite adamant about it and it will make you uncomfortable. It will surely disrupt your relationship with them.

The lesson here is to love yourself a little bit more. If you love yourself a little bit more, you will accept what you look and treasure it. You will feel confident if the people around you continually support and love you. You do not need to endure all the pains and troubles just to be beautiful.

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