Things to Remember When Starting to Collect Art
Buy art because you like it and because it moves you, and because it will enhance your life. Visit as many art galleries as you can, gallery staff can be helpful guides in your art education.
Get on gallery mailing lists so you'll be invited to openings and special events. Visit and join your local art museums and non profit art centers. Curators sometimes give lectures on collecting art.
Attend National and International Art Fairs and Art Expos whenever possible. If you know art collectors and artists, talk to them and find out what they know and what they've learned about collecting art. Read books on art history and books about collecting art. Subscribe to a few art magazines.
Read artist blogs. Read reviews by local and national art critics. Search artists online. Many artists have their own MySpace, Facebook, Digital Gallery, Website, and Flickr pages. You have a chance to support local artists and buy directly from them by contacting them online.
From: ArtCollecting.com advice article on Art Collecting with additional tips added and places to find good art from us!