Fine taste shouldn’t have to come with high prices. When it comes to art, it’s all about perspective, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Look locally for unique yet affordable art for the home, office or even as a gift at the best places in Baltimore to buy art on the cheap.

Light Street Gallery
1448 Light Street
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(301) 762-4908

In Federal Hill lies a gallery that underwent renovations over the summer months to help showcase the best art, much of which is made by living, local artists. Of course, contrary to popular belief, some of these beautiful works still come at reasonable prices. Linda and Steven Krensky’s gallery houses affordable reproductions, and even some original photography, for less than $100. Enjoy great prices on limited-edition prints, and you cannot beat the free shipping on unframed prints. Along with reproductions, paintings and photography, the gallery also sells sculptures. Remember to check in for special public events held throughout the year.

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Robert McClintock
1809 Thames Street
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 814-2800

Self-taught photographer Robert McClintock firmly established his studio and gallery by the waterfront in the heart of Fells Point, becoming as well-known as the local subjects he captures. Despite the intricate work behind each vibrant piece — McClintock combines the art of digital photography with Adobe Photoshop editing — his prices remain reasonable. Purchase photos of your favorite Baltimore bar, animal, famous location and even football player for a wide range of reasonable prices. Stop by to take a look at the hundreds of whimsical pictures of “city seens” near and far perfect for your wall.

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911 W. 36 Street
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 948-6062

Come here for truly unique, budget-friendly art that is sure to be a conversation piece for years to come. In his small shop that packs an artistic punch Tom Matarazzo, a former police officer, now paints and sells his creations. His specialties include framed painted screens with land and water scenes, handmade trinkets and painted crab shells. Matarazzo paints crab and oyster shells, which range in price from $8 to $17. From sports teams to Star Wars characters and even “Hons”. Nothing’s more Maryland-esque than painted blue crab shells. Visit the shop to look around or even order a custom crab shell suited to your personality.


The Book Escape
805 Light Street
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 504-1902

Art is more than just a pretty picture: The art of the written word can be just as captivating, if not more so. New and secondhand books by local authors are available at The Book Escape, located both at the southern edge of the Inner Harbor as well as downtown at 10 N. Calvert Street. Enjoy the crime fiction of Laura Lippman and David Simon, best-seller Tom Clancy and Edgar Allan Poe. Support your local bookstore, staffed with personable employees, and check back for sales and upcoming events.

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Fells Point Gallery
1716 Thames Street
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 327-1272

A nonprofit artist collective since 1980, the Fells Point Gallery now contains the works of 50 members. Though there are many expensive pieces of art, those searching for low-cost items still have plenty of options. Find a slew of oil and watercolor paintings in addition to reasonably priced jewelry and prints by Maria Cavacos. Jeri Haas incorporates clay, stone, copper and porcelain into each sculpture, or own a masterpiece in the form of ostrich egg shells painted with acrylic enamel by Phyllis Fitzpatrick. Preview the artists’ work on the website, or stop by to see it in person.

Pam Smith graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English and a passion for writing. Her adaptive nature led her to work in the scientific, energy supply, and business industries while writing on a multitude of topics for various online media. Pam currently resides in Baltimore County. Her work can be found at