A couple examine some of the art for sale during a preview of the San Diego Art Institute event. Photo by Chris Jennewein

The San Diego Art Institute‘s annual public sale this weekend offers original artwork from $100 to $300 as a “gateway to collecting” for art lovers beginning their collections.

The “C-Note Pop-Up Art Sale 2019” features 320 original paintings, photographs, sculpture, collage and other works by over 100 artists from San Diego and Tijuana that can be purchased off the wall.

“It gives people the opportunity to buy original art for what you might pay for a poster,” said Executive Director Jacqueline Silverman.

In addition, there is a silent auction of another 35 larger pieces that are expected to draw higher prices.

The artwork is open for viewing and sale from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-17, at the institute in Balboa Park.

“Once inside, just take your pick — literally off the wall — and make a beeline for the cashier,” the institute suggests.

Located at 1439 El Prado across from the San Diego Museum of Art, the 78-year-old institution is dedicated to exhibiting artists who work in Southern California and northern Baja.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.