As any episode of "Antiques Roadshow" will attest, art can be a great investment. But the best reason to collect art is because you love it, something I suspect (because you're reading this) you already know. Every major city has its art stars, even if they are unknown to the wider world, and St. Louis is no exception. In the following galleries, you will find art at all price points from local talent to nationally recognized artists to international heavyweights. Let the acquisitions begin.
A diverse stable of artists at this Central West End gallery includes local talent and international stars such as Suzanne Caporael, Natalia Arias, Julio Larraz, Steven Sorman, Lore Bert and Willem de Looper.
This institution in The Loop has been showing, selling and teaching fine crafts for decades.
Across the street from the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, this Grand Center gallery shows top regional artists and many with national reputations.
Central West End gallery shows both painting and fine crafts from artists including Joseph Piccillo, Jun Kaneko, Nancy Rice, Ron Christ and Paul Dresang.
A museum's worth of art from old masters to 20th century icons is crammed into this Ladue gallery, a feast for the eyes.
This champion of contemporary painting shows top local talent and heavy hitters like Jamie Adams, Louis Cameron, Valerie Jaudon, Jackie Saccoccio, Chuck Webster, Phyllis Bramson and Gary Stephan.
Arguably the most collectible artist in St. Louis, master printmaker Tom Huck creates work and sells it in his storefront studio.
Blue-chip art in a handsome space overlooking Forest Park features such big names as Donald Baechler, Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Tom Friedman, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel and Donald Sultan.
Minority-owned downtown gallery on (you guessed it) 10th St., shows art by a diverse roster of mostly local artists.
A series of juried shows at this downtown co-op gallery attracts participation by a legion of regional artists and much undiscovered talent.
Multi-storefront gallery in the loop carries a huge selection of work by mostly regional artists in an array of media.
This glass art studio/academy also shows work in other media and has one of the city's best regular free events every third Friday of the month.