SagittariusGallery

Original art by Aja

New York, United States · 3514 Sales

SagittariusGallery

Original art by Aja

New York, United States 3514 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Announcement   Welcome! Sagittarius Gallery showcases and eclectic mix of fine art as well as home goods and prints by internationally collected artist, Aja.

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Last updated on Apr 30, 2016

Welcome! Sagittarius Gallery showcases and eclectic mix of fine art as well as home goods and prints by internationally collected artist, Aja.

Please sign up for my newsletter for specials and the latest here - http://eepurl.com/Ji1dz

Facebook fan page where new work is unveiled constantly! - https://www.facebook.com/sagittariusgallery.fanpage

Aja

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Aja

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How it all started....

I’ve always made things. I know how cliché that sounds: “Oh, when did you become an artist?” “Well, I’ve been painting since I was in the womb!” But really, I’ve always been creative, and I always believed I’d translate it one day into a career. I was always the girl drawing people in class rather than taking notes. I knew what I wanted to do with my life.

As a senior in high school, I became insanely disenchanted with the lack of support for those wishing to pursue creative fields. As the school board was finalizing their plans to build a third gym, we art students were running out of paper and had to use the backs of completed creations while bringing paint from home. I started painting the school: first a ceiling tile in the art room, next a window looking out to the hall. The Vice Principal took notice and asked me to paint a large bay window separating his office from the main office. I gladly accepted the challenge and spent the next few months on the project.

One day I ran out of paint. I squeezed one of the last tubes of acrylic dry and realized, as they were bustling about preparing for the gymnasium addition, that I couldn’t stay. I told the VP after I was done with the mural I wouldn’t be back, and I kept my word. I know that might sound silly and short sighted, but the day I left, I knew I was going to make it regardless. Two months later I attended a portfolio review at the local college and was accepted on the spot. That was really the beginning of my personal quest to make it as an artist.

I quit my job in February of 2003 when I was 5 months pregnant with my little guy. I was in college and was burning the candle at both ends — full-time college student waiting tables at a local restaurant whilst my belly swelled, and I slowly started to realize all of that was not going to work. I started selling my work on eBay and did pretty well there, but the fees were insane. I mean, one month my fees were more than our rent. It might have said I was a silver powerseller over there, but that means little if you’re paying out more than half of that between fees and general business expenses (paints, canvas, shipping supplies, etc.). I had thought it wasn’t such a bad thing at the time because we had two incomes and I was feeling my way around my new venture.

Then, in early 2005, my son was diagnosed with autism. There was a huge change in the family dynamic… Things hadn’t been going so well for my son’s father and I, so in late 2005 we split up, and I found myself alone. It was all squarely on my shoulders for the first time in my life, and I had a two year old to care for and no steady paycheck. Talk about struggle. We ended up in a one bedroom apartment in a nasty part of the city, my son occupying the only bedroom while I set up camp in the livingroom. Those were supremely hard times. I didn’t even have a phone for a month and had to walk down to this biker bar at the end of the road to use the pay phone. Luckily, my landlord liked my work, so for a while we traded art for rent.

At the same time I was trying my hand at getting into a gallery in the Hamptons. The owner of the gallery was extremely helpful and encouraging and paid ahead for artwork to be shown in the gallery. I even sold my car for a pittance to be able to pay a month’s worth of bills. When I could no longer afford to purchase supplies to create new paintings, I was forced to admit to myself — and the gallery owner — that I wasn’t able to guarantee new work for an approaching solo show. We parted ways. I couldn’t keep going on like that anymore. I wasn’t going to be able to survive much longer and something had to change.

Then, around Christmas 2006 on the eBay message boards, I read about a relatively new site. The site was Etsy, and there was a lot of buzz around it in the art community. Many questioned its viability. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose by giving it a try. Within two days of signing up I sold a $200.00 painting and was able to pay my utilities for the month. It was the first sign of hope I had in nearly two years. With that one single sale I realized it was possible. There was something to Etsy, and I needed to make it work.

The rest, as they say, is history :)



MY PARTNERSHIPS - I have partnered with Dianoche Designs of Colorado to offer you high quality home good products made ethically and responsibly in the United States. I have also partnered with Iprintfromhome.com, a local company in Kenmore, NY to provide archival, museum quality prints that will last a lifetime. I chose ArtofWhere.com to produce gorgeous, high quality small batch clothing out of Montreal, Canada. All of these companies I work closely with and represent the highest standards of quality, excellence, and ethical responsibility.

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Manufacturers
  • Dianoche Designs

    Lakewood, CO, United States

    Erik and Rachel Mathews of Dianoche Designs has licensed my images and I am proud to be able to offer my art on a variety of quality products for the home, all of which ethically made in the USA on demand! A portion of every sale is given to charity.

  • iPrintFromHome.com

    Kenmore, NY, United States

    Highest quality fine art giclees meant to stand the test of time mixing cutting edge technology with decades of experience! Made on demand, ethically, from professional printers in the bizz since 1979, just down the road in Kenmore, NY.

  • ArtofWhere

    Montreal, QC, Canada

    High quality clothing printed with my original artwork made with the motto "if you're going to do something, do it right." Each product is checked twice for quality before being promptly shipped! Produced ethically and on demand in Montreal, Canada!

  • Society6

    Santa Monica, CA, United States

    Society6 creates high quality products with my artwork printed on them on demand within the United States shipped straight to you!

Shop policies

Last updated on November 24, 2015
It means so much you've stopped by! I have been running Sagittarius Gallery since early 2003 and in that time have sold over 2000 paintings to patrons on 6 continents. I work hard to provide my patrons with a satisfying experience through purchasing my work online. I know it can be hard to purchase artwork without having seen it in person. If you would like more pictures of a piece please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll give you a 360 degree rundown of a piece you are interested in but unsure of.

I ship anywhere in the world and offer a wide range of shipping options to suit your individual needs, from First Class to Global Guaranteed! If you don't see your location represented in any given description please convo or email me at sagittariusgallery [!at] gmail.com and I will find out the shipping to your destination.

MY PARTNERSHIPS - I have partnered with Dianoche Designs of Colorado to offer you high quality home good products made ethically and responsibly in the United States. I have also partnered with Iprintfromhome.com, a local company in Kenmore, NY to provide archival, museum quality prints that will last a lifetime. I chose ArtofWhere.com to produce gorgeous, high quality small batch clothing out of Montreal, Canada. All of these companies I work closely with and represent the highest standards of quality, excellence, and ethical responsibility.

Thank you again for your interest in my work and I hope to be able to provide you that special piece for that special place!

~Aja

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
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I do offer payment in installments on original paintings priced 200.00 and above. Half of the item price is due upfront and the other half the next month. You get to choose which payment to tack shipping charges onto, the first or second (or I can divide the shipping in half and you can choose to pay equal portions on each installment). I'll send along a revised invoice if you choose to purchase a piece on an installment plan and you can pay the first installment through there, then the next month I'd send along an invoice for the remainder. Once the balance has been paid in full your painting gets shipped to you! Nice and simple :)

Please contact me at sagittariusgallery [!at] gmail.com prior to your purchase if interested!
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I will ship anywhere, but please note any customs, duty fees, or applicable taxes on international purchases are the sole responsibility of the purchaser.

I offer standard, First Class shipping on all international purchases unless otherwise noted in the description. You can see rates here - http://www.usps.com/prices/first-class-mail-international-prices.htm#G

I do offer Express shipping to get your package to you faster!

Express Fees - http://www.usps.com/prices/express-mail-international-prices.htm

And, I do offer the top of the line, fastest shipping method that guarantees your package to be to you by a certain date via Global Guaranteed Shipping -

Global Guaranteed fees - http://www.usps.com/prices/express-mail-international-prices.htm

Original artwork will not be taxed if sent to Canada or Mexico as outlined by NAFTA. Please be aware of customs information including any fees that may be incurred on your end that may pertain to your purchase before purchasing. You can find this information through your local post office or on the web. Also please be aware of any limitations on imports to your country. Every country varies. Thanks so much!


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Please note original paintings are generally listed as they come off the easel. The paint is very thick. I do say in each listing it will take some time to dry - if you are unsure about when a painting will be sent please convo me prior to your purchase so I can give you a definitive date on shipment.




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All original paintings are shipped via USPS Priority (for small paintings up to 9x12 and international shipments up to 24x30) and FedEX Ground for anything larger. Tracking and insurance are included in the shipping price you see in each listing.

Paintings are signed and dated on the front and back, then wrapped in plastic and taped to secure moisture from compromising the painting. Then a layer of bubble wrap is tightly wrapped around and taped. Another layer of bubble wrap is then wrapped around the first, bubble to bubble, creating a "pillow" that is extremely effective in securing the painting from damage. The pillow is then placed in a sturdy mirror box for shipment.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please contact me within (3) days of receipt if you wish to initiate a return. Returns are to be sent insured and in the same condition as received. Once received I will issue a refund for the purchase price minus shipping. Please note I will not refund shipping costs. If you are dissatisfied in any way with your purchase please email me and I will do my best to rectify the situation.I want my collectors to be happy with their purchase!!
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I retain all copyrights on all work seen here and sites around the net that feature my work. Images are not to be duplicated in any means without written consent from me, the artist. I am diligent in maintaining the integrity of my intellectual property and pursue all copyright violations to the fullest extent of the law.



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Please see the my shop main page directly underneath my feedback and click "Request a Custom Item" to read up on my commission prices and policies as well as of course, to request a custom piece created by me especially for you through alchemy!