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UYp Periscope sets its sights on twentysomething buyers.

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The Up Periscope Gallery wants to prove that original art isn't just for old millionaires anymore. "I want to get people my age and younger to buy legitimate art, rather than buying a poster at Target," says Tony Trunzo, the gallery's 31-year-old founder. "We're investing in these beautiful cars, clothing, and stuff that'll soon be gone. Hardly anything is timeless anymore — but art is."

Up Periscope's first exhibit features 12 abstract works by Oberlin artist Fabio, whose affordable mixed-media pieces top out at about $600. That's quite a bargain, says Trunzo. "You walk in a gallery, and there's a $1,600 painting," he says. "Who's going to buy it? I can't afford that." Each month, Trunzo plans to exhibit new works by local artists. "Some people run up $70 bar tabs," he says. "Why not spend $150 to buy a piece of art? Then get a 12-pack on the way home."
Fri., Sept. 8, 7 p.m.

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