Why Buying Original Art is Worth It

And it’s not always as expensive as you think

Kathryn Dillon
The Land of the Forgotten
6 min readJun 21, 2019

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Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash (This is not an image of the painting we bought)

We had an impulse purchase at the Cleveland Museum of Art earlier this year.

So close…so close to making it out with our wallets intact, but it was five minutes before the end of the Spring Member Party and my husband said, “Hey, let’s hit the gift shop since we get 25% off tonight.”

Then, we saw it.

A gorgeous piece, by artist Scott Goss, celebrating the Cleveland Flats, painted on glass with etching and fusing and slumped to a copper backing. The undulating copper and cool blues and greens spoke of water and serenity.

Of course, when people think of the Cuyahoga River, serenity isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. They usually either remember that it caught on fire in 1969 or that the Flats were the place to party in Cleveland in the 1980s and 90s. The artist’s own statement indicates that this particular series focuses on depicting the deteriorating urban core of America’s aging industrial cities.

But once we realized the artist was local, and from Shaker Heights (adjacent to our beloved home of Cleveland Heights) it was all over. We adore our adopted city and have a soft spot for all things created here.

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Kathryn Dillon
The Land of the Forgotten

Life’s a journey. Sometimes a peaceful hike in the woods, sometimes a screaming joyride down a dark highway. I’m on a quest to discover my truth by sharing it.