SLUG is always looking for ways to direct readers to the best deals in town, which is why the Gallery Stroll appears on our radar the third Friday of every month. Not only is the event free and open to everyone, but Gallery Stroll has something for every interest and every bank account size.

Not a fad but an institution. Gallery Stroll didn’t lower its prices or open its doors because of the flailing economy, it has been providing the general public with access and breaking down the stereotypes of who has the opportunity to enjoy art for over 30 years. The 300 Plates Show at Art Access is a wonderful example of affordable, accessible art and also my favorite annual gallery event.

Mark Robinson’s work will be featured in The 300 Plates Show at Art Access.

Every May, I look forward to the lineup of artists, as one might to a major music festival. This year 95 Utah artists working in a variety of mediums will once again create works on the 11” x 10” recycled metal printer’s plates. The plate prices will start at $65 and increase sequentially in one-dollar increments.

I love all the artwork in my collection but there’s a certain sense of accomplishment I receive when I think back on the origin of their acquisitions. As you may recall, for years I wrote of my longing for a Cassandra Barney, or the rush I felt when my husband and I scored a Sam Wilson for fifty dollars. Not only am I getting a “Barney for a Bargain” I’m helping Art Access continue their quality program that provides mentoring for all ages and skill levels and encourages artists of all walks of life to pursue their dreams.

The main event will be held on May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Art Access Gallery 230 S. 500 W. Eager shoppers can purchase tickets to the fundraiser and advanced screening event for $25 per person before May 8 and tickets are available at the door for $35. Art Access will also host a free Gallery Stroll reception on Friday, May 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.  to feature the entire exhibition and continue sales. The show we remain on display until June 12.

If you’re looking for great deals all the time, most galleries have a selection of affordable trinkets and wares, but Signed and Numbered is a whole gallery dedicated to hip, inexpensive artistic expressions. Whether you’re a music aficionado, just like the pretty pictures or you’re trying to find something to decorate your bare apartment walls, owner Leia Bell has something for you. Having an extensive background in gig poster creation, art collecting and framing, she has created a one-stop shopping experience that will be light on your wallet. Looking to frame old concert posters or that hard-earned college degree? Her prices are unbelievable! Don’t let the economists scare you into becoming a Walmart-bot, staring at blank walls and never leaving your house. Some of the Best things in life, like appreciating art, are free and when you do feel like splurging, even art can be found at a bargain.