Hey artists and art fans – it’s become that time of the year when you can find great work showcased traditionally through art and craft fairs, and other summer events, walking through booths and galleries to explore what’s new and grab up some local work. Though our Seattle days start looking pretty gorgeous after the solstice, the rainy winter gave us some time to come up with a few novel ideas for showcasing our great Member Artists on Imagekind.
We are happy to announce one that made it off the drawing board, the first ever Washington State Online Art Walk, hosted by Imagekind.Â We decided, after much thought, to give this kind of event it’s trial run in our own backyard.Â The art walk will feature over 100 emerging and established artists from across Washington State, starting today and continuing through Sunday, August 18th, and is running in conjunction with our Non-Profit Makeover contest.
We love the idea of creating more new venues for artist to showcase their work, and modeling our community after the real world activities all working artists have proven engaging.Â So take this chance to get to know some of the influences and styles that permeate and shape Washington artists and their work.Â You can even take something home with you – but you don’t have to carry it around all day!
There is a pretty clever and interesting post over on the COLOURlovers blog about the inspiration of color on the major historical artists, as well as how their choices still inspire us today. Check out the neat interactive article they put together, using their websites main feature – creating palettes – to showcase just how useful it can be when considering design.
Sounds like a great way to consider what your hanging on your walls when matching decor. If you have a room that fits the palettes those Colour Lovers have put together, well you know right where to grab the art to match!
Take a look at the prints for some the other artists they showcase, including:
The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso
Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol
The Scream by Edvard Munch
Did you know there is a neat way to discover a wide range of standout work on Imagekind that has been hand-picked to catch your eyeballs and make you think? There is, and we call it our Curator’s Picks. These are located in our Shop section, under both Member Art, and Museum Art. They usually showcase a collection of different styles based on changing themes – which we tend to put a little editorial effort toward, so we thought we’d up the ante and make these sets a bit more interactive.
Thus the Curator’s Picks Contest is born!
Here’s how it works:
- The contest is based around the Curators Picks for Member Art only right now. You can view those in our Shop section of the site, under the sub-section Member Art.
- These picks are put together with a common theme in mind – your job is to guess that theme, or get as close as possible! These themes are usually a bit more detailed than they might first appear, for example, here is the current set:
- The theme for the above collection isn’t as simple as “music”, or even “musical instruments”. This set is “closeup musical instrument photography with shadows“. Not all themes will be this intricate , but they will definitely contain more than one trait – which you will find clues to in the image subjects, and their titles, and even how the collection as a whole goes together.
- When you think you’ve got the right answer, go to the Imagekind Forum and join the corresponding discussion under the category Contest – Curator’s Picks. There you can post your best guess…
- But! That’s not quite everything! In addition to your best guess for the theme, you also need to go out and find another work of art on Imagekind that fits in the theme, and post that link along with your guess!
- The winner is the first member with the closest guess. You can feel free to talk all about the contest or the set, but you can only make 1 official entry for each time. You can edit that entry too, but that will reset your entry time – so make those guesses count!
- Sound fun? We hope so, because the winner will get a promo good for $25 off on any Imagekind order!
Each time the sets change you’ve got a new chance to win, so keep your eye out! The first set that is eligible for the contest will be going up today!
This post is not exactly related to art and photography but it does pertain to how we built Imagekind.Â For whatever reason, I get a lot of emails from start-up entreprenuers each week asking for tips as to how Imagekind was able to raise VC money with relative ease. These are only my thoughts in no particular order based on my own opinions. I hope some of this is helpful for you if youâ€™re looking to get your own company funded [Click for rest of post on Curious Office]
As you probably already know, Imagekind is all about the artists that use our service to fulfill a part of their artistic endeavors that they may never have been able to do until now. We started the company with a focus toward providing what was lacking in this industry, and making what was already available leagues better, and we are continually holding up those ideals and working hard to make them a reality.
One thing that might not be apparent yet is that we have the same enthusiasm about changing the way people buy art too. We know that the great and diverse work on Imagekind may have for the first time been made available for many styles – especially at a quality worth putting on your walls, and at a price you can afford – finally creating a bevy of new choices for art appreciators of all stripes. It’s not just about selling art, it’s about owning art. Imagekind is about celebrating creativity and making it available in a palpable form, for anyone. Because art is important. It lets us explore and reflect in a way that only this visual medium can. Art inspires.
That’s why we are announcing a new contest to share that inspiration with those who provide it for so many others in a whole different way – Washington State’s wonderful Non-Profit organizations. To the winner, Imagekind will donate up to eight digitally printed, museum-quality framed works of art out of a selection of emerging artists from Washington State being showcased in the our first Online Art Walk event – something we haven’t quite spilled the beans on yet, but details will be coming soon. In addition, accredited staging professional Kari Takacs, owner of Curtain Call, will work with the winning nonprofit to select and professionally stage their art work.
All Western Washington nonprofits located throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are eligible to apply for the art makeover between June 14th and July 13th at:
A reveal on August 9th will feature the before and after images of the room selected for a makeover by the winning nonprofit.
Today’s Featured Artist on Imagekind is PixoPopKids, a.k.a. designer Ali Sabet. In his time outside of running his full-service firm Sabet designs, and the Character Design based social site Mojizu, Ali has undertaken a massive experiment in betterment and self reflection that he calls his 90 day life transformation.
Inspired by a book called “The 4 Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris, Ali has challenged himself to create a self-sustaining business that would generate passive income, and lose 60 lbs in the process – within 90 days. He is basing the start of this endeavor around PixoPop, using Imagekind to automate the process. You can follow his near daily entries on a dedicated blog detailing the ups and downs of working it all out, and the emotional strain of conceptualizing such a project within his normal routine. Be sure to check out his very first post where he lays out the challenge.
Best of luck with your journey Ali, and here’s to the forthcoming “proof of concept” with Imagekind. I strongly everyone to browse the PixoPop world and get something truly special for someone young – or young at heart!
Skye Walker Bear by Ali Sabet
Imagekind member and local (to us, anyway) artist Mike Cressy will be having a gallery opening here in Seattle,Â on Saturday June 9th, at the Laura Frost Fine Art Gallery in the Ballard neighborhood.Â This coincides with the monthly Ballard Art Walk, and by gosh you couldn’t ask for nicer weather this time of year, both wonderful excuses to check out one of our favorite artists work in the real world.
BearBoys by Mike Cressy
Mike will be showing some of his latest acrylic paintings along with a series of recent prints.Â We definitely encourage anybody who can make it to go – maybe we’ll even see you there ourselves!
The Laura Frost Fine Art Gallery is located at 5801 14th Ave. NW – in Ballard;Â If you can’t make it, I assume the show will be running for some time, and you can always get some of Mike’s work right here.