Printed Matter… Art for Everyone!

If you’re like me, you wish you could make a gift but probably end up buying something instead due to time and skill constraints. And in today’s economy, nobody wants to waste hard earned dollars on the same old boring bounty .

When an occasion arises that requires a present (wedding, shower, birthday) I like to turn to my friend, Jen Bekman’s 20 x 200 for unique gift choices. At least two new editions are introduced weekly (one photo and one work on paper) and most are available in multiple sizes (and priced accordingly). Every print is also delivered with a signed, numbered certificate of authenticity along with the artist’s bio and statement.

It truly is art for everyone and starting at $20 a pop, it’s an affordable and original. Check out a few of my favorite prints below:

Ford Heavy WreckI love this brightly colored piece, “Ford Heavy Wreck” by Don Hamerman. It would brighten up any room, especially a child’s room. Lulu would love this print because she’s so obsessed with earth moving equipment these days (seriously though, who isn’t). This work brings out the kid in all of us.


La PazI have this cityscape print, “La Paz, Bolivia” by photographer (and another friend) Stefan Ruiz hanging in our living room. I love, love, love the blue in the urban landscape because it actually reminds me of the ocean five blocks from our home.  I find peace staring at it from my comfy sofa.



Ideal Book ShelfArtist Jane Mount paints people’s ideal bookshelves, “your favorite books, books that changed your life, books that made you who you are.” In “Ideal Bookshelf 102: Cooking” she paints cookbooks most often found in people’s sets of favorites, including a few of her own personal faves she couldn’t leave out. It’s safe to say this would be an ideal gift for a foodie, chef, or gourmand.


Iman by David Bowie

For the rock and roll music lover or fashionista in your life, consider purchasing David Bowie‘s “Iman No. 1“. The archival pigment print is 14″ x 11” and is an edition of 10. It costs $800 (and there’s only one left) but the proceeds from the sale  helps Housing Works “Get a Room” for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.