How to Start an Art Collection




At the Fred Schnider Gallery, the one question asked frequently by visitors, “How do I start an art collection?”


To me, the best way to start an art collection, without becoming overwhelmed, is to follow a few guidelines:


1) Form Taste – Visit Galleries, museums, art fairs etc. Expose oneself to a wide range of art to develop one’s taste. At the Fred Schnider Gallery, we change our shows every six weeks. We try to show a wide range of genres including abstract paintings, sculpture, photography etc.


2) Trust your Instincts- Developing taste in art is very personal. If a piece “moves” you. Be brave! It is ok to buy a piece of art just because you enjoy looking at it!


3) Don’t be stuck on the look- Just because you purchased one piece in a certain style, don’t feel that you are bound to the same style. A collection is much more interesting when you mix styles, and genres.


4) Form Relationships – Talking to artists, curators and gallerists can be very helpful. Clients are valued and happiness is the goal. Come into the gallery and get to know us. We are happy to give advice or recommendations.


Over time tastes can change and develop. I enjoy moving pieces around my house to take advantage of this growth. Hanging a piece in a different room can give the piece a “new life”.


Currently in the Fred Schnider Gallery is the amazing exhibit, Take Me to the River / Healing Waters. Healing Waters is the 2022 collaborative project by the international collective of artists from four continents. One artist would create a work of art and send it to the Healing Waters project manager who would then send that work of art to the next artist. The process was uncertain, yet the experience of receiving and giving resulted in a procession of healing.


Please visit the Fred Schnider Gallery, enjoy the exhibit, and let us know

what you think, feel and enjoy.



“Take Me to the River - Healing Waters” EXHIBIT DETAILS:



When: The Healing Waters exhibit will run September 3rd, 2022, through October 30th, 2022 with private tours available each week from Thursday - Sunday, 12-7 pm.


Where: Fred Schnider Gallery of Art - 888 N. Quincy Street, Suite 102, Arlington, Virginia (www.fredschnidergalleryofart.com), Phone: 301.852.8052


Who: Take Me to the River is an international group of artists, creating bridges across borders through art – reflecting the diversities and similarities of people around the world.

Healing Waters is the 2022 collaborative project by an international collective of artists from four continents. Discussions among the artists began in 2020 in an effort to reach out to each other and check in with friends while the pandemic raged. These conversations coalesced into creating a reaction to the pandemic, banding together to make a statement about healing and surviving. Artist Judy Jashinsky proposed Healing Waters as the title of the project, influenced by the book Blue Mind by Wallace Nichols.

An order of sequence was randomly assigned to the 23 participating artists and each individual assigned an identifier. One artist would create a work of art and send it to the Healing Waters project manager who would then send that work of art to the next artist. No artists knew the creator of the image they were given and did not know to whom their art was being sent to. It could have been someone they knew for 20 years or a few months. The process was uncertain, yet the experience of receiving and giving resulted in a procession of healing.

The Fred Schnider Gallery is the launch site of the Healing Waters tour which will travel to Mesquite Texas for exhibition April – June 2023. And then on to University of Wisconsin Stevens Point September 2023.


Contact: 301.852.8052 or email gallery@fredschnider.com


Media Contact: Robert Mahoney, gallery@fredschnider.com


About the Fred Schnider Gallery of Art: Located in Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood, the Fred Schnider Gallery of Art opened in Spring 2018 and exhibits works from acclaimed artists around the Washington, DC area. The gallery’s exhibits strive to bring the community together to experience and be a part of the talented art culture throughout the region, includin


g collaborations with local universities. The gallery is a part of the Fred Schnider Investment Group, a family-owned organization deeply rooted in the growth and development of Arlington, VA and its surrounding communities. For more info, visit www.fredschnidergalleryofart.com.






Image by Joan Belmar, from the TMTTR - Healing Water exhibit at the Fred Schnider Gallery


Image by Michel Varisco, from the TMTTR - Healing Water exhibit at the Fred Schnider Gallery






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