GRETCHEN SCHERMERHORN: “Harnessing Nature II,” $300

Great article in Sunday’s Washington Post about how to start an art collection on a budget. Unlike buying a designer handbag or an HDTV, original art won’t go out of style or become obsolete, and it can cost less too! Most of all, having original art in your life can inspire and challenge you intellectually in a way that no other material object can, because art is about so much more than the object itself. Works of art are the creative expression of ideas and a good idea is worth more to me than a new pair of shoes.