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  • “10th Anniversary” Online Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for a..
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  • 15th Solo Art Series – Online Solo Art Exhibition Opportunity

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 15th “Solo Art Series”..
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  • Urgent issue of The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: URGENT ISSUE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE DIFFUSION OF USEFUL..
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  • 2020 Social Distancing Exhibition

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    $1,000 in Artist Prizes. We know, you’re stuck at home. While many are stocking..
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  • 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Call for Art - 5th Annual Animal Kingdom Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Animal Kingdom online art competition. For..
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  • Call for Art - Still Life Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 14th Quarterly Art Competition – Still Life. For..
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  • 2 ARTIST/ 2 PERSPECTIVES

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The workshop offers an opportunity to have access to two outstanding painters who..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    $4500 in Awards - The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites..
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  • Beacon Original Art Spring Show & Sale

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Annual spring 2-day art show and sale with different artists in attendance each..
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  • Nooks & Crannies Outdoor Art Festival: Call to Artists

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Okotoks Culture seeks proposals from artists to create temporary public art installations in..
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  • BORDERS - ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS BORDERS | Venice July-Nov 2020 ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival Deadline:..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    April 4/5 2020. Learn how to quickly develop rich colour and surface in..
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  • $550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers

    Location: , NY

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: CANVAS International Art Fair

    Location: London, UK,

    CANVAS International Art Fair THE LINE Gallery, London | May 07 – October 30,..
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  • 27th Lemonville Group of Artists Show and Sale

    Location: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

    Please join The Lemonville Group of Artists for their 27th Annual Art Show..
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  • “Sensuality” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline April 30, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: A glance, touch, dance, flower, scent or piece of chocolate can..
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  • Artwork Shipping Scam

    Location: , AB

    This week an artist on our site was corresponding via email with an..
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  • Geoff Farnsworth: Colour Worker

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Join the Niagara Pumphouse for the opening reception for the exhibition entitled, “Geoff..
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  • Call for Entries: Art at the Pumphouse

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is now accepting applications for participation in Art..
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  • Exaltation : Niagara Pumphouse Instructors' Exhibition

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Niagara Pumphouse is proud to host the Instructors’ Exhibition as its first show..
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  • Art, Wine, Interior Design Show

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Art, Wine, Interior Design Show! Exhibitor opportunities for Visual artists, Interior Designers and Wineries. Finding..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Land and Sky - 2 Artist/2 Perspectives

    Location: Windsor, ON

    PAINTING WORKSHOP AT SHO ART STUDIOS APRIL 3rd 4th and 5th 2020..
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  • Love At First Sight

    Location: Regina, SK

    Love At First Sight / Regina Art Collective members: Dave Gedjos / DeLee Grant..
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  • In Other Words

    Location: Regina, SK

    In Other Words / Regina Art Collective members: Nikki Jacquin / Derek Olson / Mark..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Black & White Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Black & White online art..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020 Venice | April 09 – May..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY 2020

    Location: London,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY – MIXING CULTURES ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition THE..
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  • Appreciation of the Arts

    Location: London, ON

    Three day art and music event to recognize local artists in London, Ontario...
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  • Call to Artists - 2020 Sooke Fine Arts Show

    Location: Sooke, BC

    Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to the 2020 Sooke Fine..
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  • ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) 2020

    Location: Brussels,

    ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) is back on October 15-18, 2020 for its 14th..
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  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
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  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
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Should you join Artists in Canada? Part 1

By Paul Constable, Director March 19, 2013

This conversation started like most on our website, with a question – wondering what their login was as they are listed on the site and want to make a few text changes. (Membership is required to make your own changes) I felt this true conversation also sheds light on many artists expectations when they get another large art website to handle their artwork prints and promise to expose and share royalties (or is it exploit) their art to the world. It is an ongoing conversation, so tune in over the next 2 posts.

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Hello,

On my master sheet of passwords and usernames, I do not have my login info for this site. Thank you very much in advance.

Regards,

David Howells

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Hi David,

It is good to know you have a master sheet, so many of our artists try to remember all their passwords or they have one for everything. Not good. Anyway, you don't have a password as you need to be a paid member to access your promotional copy and images that run on the site. As you can see below, rates are even affordable for artists. If this does not interest you, just send me your changes and I will have them made for you.

Membership Details

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Hi Paul,

Thank you for the reply and information about membership.  I am presently with four different sites (and have been for many years) and have only received one commission and two print sales (total) as a result of all sites. As I am about to 'get back in the ring' with leading galleries, and this will most likely mean pulling everything about me from the web, even direct contact information about me on my own site, everything is on hold.

Best Wishes,

David

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Hi David,

Sometimes you need to circle the wagons. Sorry to hear your website dreams didn't amount to lots of sales. This has happened to many artists, but they also realize that there are other reasons to have a web presence. Exposure (I know an artist can die of it) to Art Galleries, Curators, writers looking to do articles, control your information people see, etc. Choosing your website directories is important as if you are on too many it may belittle your product perception by viewers. Example, if you make a high end product you don't sell it at Walmart, Zellers etc. I am sure you will figure it out. AIC has been here since 2000 with just under 1million page views a month. We have over 7000 Canadian artists listed and a growing newsletter that is diversified in its audience from Canada, USA, Europe and Asia.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Paul Constable, Director

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Hi Paul,

The internet is a strange creature. Artists know the importance of self-promotion and many are investing great amounts of time on a variety of sites. I could write a book on the politics of what is going on in different sites for artists trying to 'position themselves' better (making themselves come up sooner in a search within any given site). I don't know what to think about the sites with the greatest traffic as they usually have the greatest amounts of artists. As many of the sites are free, anyone with the ability to apply paint to a canvas, can post their work. This clutters sites, complicated searches for anyone looking for 'good' art and further complicates the public's general understanding of art. These sites can't be juried, due to their nature. Even pay sites don't solve that, they often only reflect who has the money to promote their work, which, in many cases are professionals with a 'day job' happy to promte themselves as artists. Having seen everything I've seen, I certainly don't profess to have any answers. I think you are spot on about being public perception and being on too many websites. If an artist is on a site like the Saatchi Gallery in England, their names will come up faster in Google (across the board) simply due to the way search engines work and the sheer traffic that Saatchi's website gets; the number is staggeringly high. They actually have a running count of daily visitors, broken down by nation....an estimated 50 million hits per day. http://www.artnewsblog.com/2007/11/saatchi-gallery-online.htm I appreciate the stats provided and, should I try and go it alone without the galleries, will explore AIC in depth. Representation by leading galleries certainly comes with clear price tags and limitations.

Thanks very much!

Cheers,

David


David Howells Website

Image: Bottom of the Garden, 24 x 36, oil on canvas

PART 2 -– CONVERSATION TO BE CONTINUED ......NEXT POST.

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