With the world slowly returning to normalcy after the pandemic of 2020, many people are looking for things to do that are both fun and safe. If you're an art lover, visiting a contemporary art gallery is the perfect activity. Here are five quick tips on how to make the most of your experience.

1. Do Your Research

There's nothing worse than walking into a gallery and feeling completely lost. Unless you're an art history buff, chances are you're not going to know much about the pieces on display. That's why it's always a good idea to do your research before you go. Find out which artists will be featured and see if you can view the artwork online. That way, you'll have some context for what you're looking at when you get to the gallery. Additionally, many galleries offer tours or educational programs that can help you learn more about the work on display. So even if you don't know anything going in, you can come out of the experience with a new appreciation for art.

2. Go With a Friend

Going to a gallery with a friend is a great way to make the experience more enjoyable. You'll have someone to talk to about the artwork, and you can also bounce ideas off each other. Plus, it's always nice to have someone take pictures of you in front of your favorite pieces! gallivanting around town with a bud also makes exploration more convenient - since you're already committed to being in each other's company, there's no harm in checking out that new wing of the museum or trying out that art supply store down the street. In short, having a plus-one for your next art outing is sure to enhance the experience in countless ways.

3. Dress Comfortably

When visiting a gallery, it's important to wear comfortable clothes. You'll likely be doing a lot of walking, so you don't want your outfit to be a distraction. Choose something that you can move around easily in and that won't make you too hot or cold. And since you'll be looking at art all day, it's also a good idea to wear clothes with muted colors. That way, you won't be too distracted by your outfit and you'll be able to focus on the artwork. Wearing comfortable clothes is key to having a positive experience at a gallery.

4. Take Your Time

When visiting a gallery, it's important to take your time and look at the artwork. Don't try to rush through the experience just to say that you did it. Instead, take your time to look at each piece and see what you think. And if you're not sure what you're looking at, don't be afraid to ask the gallery attendant for help. They'll be more than happy to provide you with information about the artwork or the artist. By taking your time and enjoying the artwork, you'll get more out of the experience and might even discover a new favorite artist.

5. Purchase Artwork If You Can

If you're able, purchasing artwork from the gallery is a great way to support artists and the gallery itself. Most galleries have a shop where you can buy prints, posters, and other merchandise. And if you fall in love with a piece, some galleries also sell the original artwork. Of course, purchasing artwork is not a requirement for enjoying a gallery visit. But if you're able and willing, it's a great way to show your support for the arts. Not to mention, owning an original piece of art is an incredible experience. There's nothing quite like seeing a piece in person that you know is one-of-a-kind. So if you have the means, buying artwork from a gallery is worth considering.


If you're looking to visit a contemporary art gallery in 2023, be sure to keep the following tips in mind! By following these simple guidelines, you'll be able to make the most of your visit and have a great time. Enjoy your trip to the art gallery!

Are You Looking For Contemporary Art To Complement Your Home?

The Marshall Gallery, located in Scottsdale’s Historic Arts District, has been the center of contemporary art since its founding in 1998. Boasting a collection of paintings, sculptures, and exquisite glass pieces, the gallery hosts several exhibitions each year plus a biennial glass invitational that attracts top-notch talent. Here you will find exceptional art presented in an open and relaxed gallery space, which is perfect for browsing the ever-changing collection. Explore on your own, or allow our expert art consultants to offer complimentary assistance to find the perfect addition to your own collection. Looking for the perfect piece of art to complement your home’s decor? Visit us in person or browse our online art store!

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