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Tonight, we attended a photography exhibition at the DOMA Gallery in South End, Charlotte.  The lecture was on “How to Buy Photography on a Budget,” and of course, I was interested because I take 100’s of photographs daily and am on a budget.  😉


We’re thinking about joining the Young Affiliates of Mint Museum, a local group of young, professional art lovers.  We don’t collect art, but I’d like to!  Seems so mature and snazzy.  Also, YAM is a good way to meet new friends!


Plus, I’m down for any event that involves hanging out in a beautiful art space and drinking VINO.


I had two reds.


We analyzed photographs…



And learned tons of neat facts.  This photograph was purchased by the gallery owner for $3,000 and appreciated to $15,000 in SIX MONTHS.  Can you believe that? I can’t imagine a photograph being worth so much money, but photos have sold for upwards of $3.2 million.


Nicole was also in attendance.  We had lots of fun!




We took a vote in the parking lot and decided to go to Copper, an Indian restaurant that I haven’t tried yet.


Three cheers for CURRY!


Friends Kayla and Brandon joined us!



Lots of naan was consumed.  I probably had three pieces.  Nothing tastes as good as hot, fluffy naan!


I ordered the spinach and potato dumplings, which came with a lovely white rice.



I feel totally food and ‘drank’ out.  Put me to bed and call it a night!



  • Jennifer November 6, 2010, 11:14 pm

    I work in an art gallery and I have one piece of advice: buy art you love, not because you think it might appreciate in value. It looks like you had lots of fun at the reception. I personally loathe them!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 6, 2010, 11:29 pm

    I hear you on too much “food and drank”. I’m ready for bed and love that it is daylight savings time! I love feeling like I am sleeping in…

  • Nicole @ yuppie yogini November 6, 2010, 11:34 pm

    Apparently I’m very photogenic when flung over a couch….note to self.

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day November 6, 2010, 11:34 pm

    The photo of you and your husband is stunning! You guys are truly beautiful.

    We are also photography lovers, but it surely isn’t cheap. All of our gifts to each other now are lenses, filters, and camera gadgets.

  • Sana November 6, 2010, 11:35 pm

    Collecting art does seem mature and snazzy! I can’t wait till I get to do it!

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns November 6, 2010, 11:36 pm

    I had Indian food tonight, too! Naan is definitely the best! I can barely handle the spice of the food, so I use the naan to help quench the fire.

    Looks like a fun night! 🙂

  • Marisa November 6, 2010, 11:37 pm

    That picture of you and the Husband is gorgeous.

  • Miranda @ MirandasJeans November 6, 2010, 11:48 pm

    YAM – Tres Chic! I’m envious, it seems very glamourous.

  • Leigh November 6, 2010, 11:53 pm

    Hi! This has nothing to do with your post from tonight but I bought your book today (at JB books on the South Side in Pgh!) and I’m already loving it! It was the last book of yours left!

    • Caitlin November 7, 2010, 9:35 am

      thank you so much!!!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 7, 2010, 12:04 am

    I’m ready for bed too. I just finished typing up a query i wanted to finish this weekend to blog for a national pregnancy/newborn magazine about postpartum fitness. Holy cow! I feel good about it though, so worth it I guess.

    I love art in all forms. My grandfather was an artist and I wish we had more art in our house.

    • eml November 7, 2010, 9:20 am

      That sounds exciting! Good luck.

      • Caitlin November 7, 2010, 9:35 am

        i want to read that article!

  • Erinn November 7, 2010, 12:12 am

    BEAUTIFUL picture of you and hubz! Now, get that framed!

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine) November 7, 2010, 12:28 am

    I LOVE the picture of you and the hubs!

  • Hannah (Running In Freedom) November 7, 2010, 1:12 am

    The picture of you and your husband is adorable! It looks like such a fun night!

  • Jaclyn (Ananda Prana) November 7, 2010, 2:23 am

    You two are so cute 🙂 I have a bunch of friends that are YAM and they love it!

  • Lauren November 7, 2010, 7:22 am

    What a fabulous night out! Fine art, good wine, amazing food, lovely company. This sounds perfect.

  • MegaNerd November 7, 2010, 7:35 am

    LOL at Nicole. Looks like you all had such a fun time! 🙂

    Ps… you look so stylish, friend!

  • MegaNerd November 7, 2010, 7:36 am

    LOL at Nicole. Looks like you all had such a fun time! 🙂

    Ps… you look so stylish, friend!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 7, 2010, 7:37 am

    I love photography too and didn’t realize photographs (unless the iconic ones like in Life magazine or something) were so valuable.


  • Clare @ Fitting It All In November 7, 2010, 7:41 am

    LOVE that first picture!!!

  • grocery goddess jen November 7, 2010, 7:43 am

    Looks delicious and fun. Oh, and I loved sort of getting to hear the hubby’s accent on that dog video yesterday!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed November 7, 2010, 8:02 am

    Curry!! I love naan too. Delicious. A fun evening. great outfit – tres chic 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Lacey @ Lake Life November 7, 2010, 8:03 am

    Love the first pic of you and the husband, and love your outfit even more!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit November 7, 2010, 8:34 am

    What an interesting outing! You two are so cultured 🙂 I love Indian food too.

  • Katie November 7, 2010, 9:10 am

    Just a suggestion…if you’re interested in buying art, you should check out local universities and to see if they’re having a student show.

    I remember at my BFA opening we would have been grateful if anyone was interested in our work, and generally the prices are moderate.
    (and I’d be more than happy to discuss paintings and art with one of my favorite blog writers 😉 )

    • Caitlin November 7, 2010, 9:33 am

      that’s such a good idea! i looked at your gallery – i really like H.V, 2010 🙂 so pretty.

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 7, 2010, 10:06 am

    I love photography and art museums! I also never knew that photography could be worth so much. YAM sounds like it’ll be fun.

  • Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) November 7, 2010, 10:09 am

    After working at an Indian restaurant I can tell you that you can definitely get sick of the spicy Indian food and white rice- but you will NEVER get sick of naan! Especially since there are plenty of variations as well (garlic naan? aaaaamazing)

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances November 7, 2010, 10:26 am

    The first photo in this post (of you and the husband) is gorgeous! You should frame it! 🙂 I know what you mean about too much food+drink… I drank a margarita the size of my head on Friday night and was DONE. haha!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 7, 2010, 10:51 am

    Looks like a fun time! It was nice you put up a few goofy pictures from a seemingly “high scale” event. 🙂

  • Dee November 7, 2010, 10:56 am

    Awww, you and your husband are too cute! What a cool group! That would be awesome to join!

    And oh my gosh, your dinner! Too amazing!

  • Katie @ peacebeme November 7, 2010, 11:06 am

    You and your husband look so cute in the photo at the top. Looks like a fun night!

  • Amber K November 7, 2010, 11:13 am

    Wow! That’s crazy how much art can go for. Looks like a fun time!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 7, 2010, 11:33 am

    Art and wine – how swanky! 😉 Photography is one of my favourite forms of art. I love how the artist can capture so much meaning and beauty in just a single shot!

  • Maria@LaPiattini November 7, 2010, 11:36 am

    That is such a great pic of you and your hubby!

  • kristin November 7, 2010, 11:42 am

    I guess I want to throw out a couple of words of caution/advice when it comes to photography and the art world. First- obviously not all photographs are going to appreciate at a such a rate or to such a level. The photographs which have made $1 million+ at auction were from legends like Atget, Steichen, Stieglitz, Weston… and oddly enough the current Russian president. Odds are you aren’t going to be able to pick up one of those for yourself. Second, find a gallerist you trust, but more than anything you should educate yourself. It’s your money that you’re investing and you should understand 100% why you’ve chosen to purchase a certain piece. Also, I second the person who recommended that you should buy what you love, not what will make you lots of money. The few people who can buy art simply for the investment value are the majorly wealthy. The rest of us sometimes get lucky, but for the most part make collections which mostly have personal meaning.

  • Kiran November 7, 2010, 12:01 pm

    I am also getting into appreciating the art and have attended a couple of art exhibitions. I am into photography and I think it’s great for us, the enthusiasts 😉

    The Indian curry looks so yum! I made an array of Indian foods last Friday for Diwali 🙂

  • MLT November 7, 2010, 12:34 pm

    My husband’s an artist ( and I totally agree about student shows- you can sometimes get great deals. But if you’re new to buying original art I wouldn’t expect to get it for nothing- I was surprised when I found out how much even the “cheapest” student art paintings go for. Still usually several hundred for a small oil painting as opposed to a thousand. But they are a great way to support artists and get something you love for (relatively) cheap.
    If anyone is in the Baltimore area, the Schuler School has a great christmas show with a good amount of affordable student work. You can check it out at:

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health November 7, 2010, 2:31 pm

    That picture of you and the hubs is adorable! You hit on the things I miss about living in a larger city: a thriving young arts scene and good Indian food! I totally agree that nothing taste as yummy as hot and fluffy naan! I bought some at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago and tried heating it in the microwave. It was delicious, but not as good as fresh out of the oven!

  • Kelly November 7, 2010, 2:44 pm

    We joined the Mint on Friday night, but are still undecided about the Young Affiliates. Copper is soooo good. I love that they have traditional and more untraditional Indian food. 🙂

  • Emily November 7, 2010, 5:52 pm

    Hi Caitlin, I’m Vice President of the YAMs and wanted to reach out to say that we would love to have you and your husband join us. It is a great group and we have a lot going on. I was at the event last night and am sorry I didn’t get to meet you. Hope you’ll join us for the Black & White Gala this upcoming Friday – Please feel free to reach out with any questions about the Young Affiliates!

    • Caitlin November 7, 2010, 6:14 pm

      Hi Emily 🙂 Thanks for the warm welcome!

  • Shelley November 7, 2010, 8:48 pm

    How interesting, I never would have thought a photo could sell for so much! I love photography, I wish there was something like this near me 🙂

  • hemp jogger November 7, 2010, 9:34 pm

    LOVE that pic of you and the hubs on the couch…hot! looks like a really cool night; glad yall enjoyed!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 7, 2010, 9:34 pm

    That looks like a fun night – I am totally not classy enough to collect art.

  • JenATX November 7, 2010, 11:06 pm

    awww you & the hubby are so cute!

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