NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Art lovers spent their Columbus Day admiring the 20th Annual paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton. Artists travel to Northampton from all over the country to show off and sell their work.
The 3 day festival is an opportunity for artists to have their work noticed by crowds of customers. Some that traveled from different states. The artwork may not be affordable for everyone, but for many artists, the money they make is their only source of income.
“There’s a sculpture here I particularly admire, and it was like $5,000, I mean jeez, I just can’t afford that,” says Paul Richards from Rhode Island.
“The business part of it is something that you have to maintain in order to make yourself available to keep going,” says Chris Williams, a metal sculptor.
For others, the festival has become a tradition, and they’re willing to pay whatever price their favorite artists are asking for
Antoher artist told 22News the most expensive sculpture he brought this year cost nearly $30,000.