As technology becomes more and more available, the world seems to be getting smaller and smaller. At Imagekind, weâ€™re particularly grateful for this phenomenon as we get to enjoy different styles of art from lots of different countries around the globe, that otherwise might never be seen.
Juliana Maz, Bogota, Columbia
Dion van Huyssteen, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Ibrahim Lujaz, Maldive Islands
For a person interested in economics, there is another very intriguing thing going on here. Out of curiosity, we looked into the Per Capita GDPs of several of the countries that some of our foreign artists are selling from.
Colombia â€“ $8,600 annually
(2006 CIA estimate)
Maldives- $8,249 annually
(2004 IMF estimate)
South Africa – $13,300 annually
(2006 CIA estimate)
USA – $44,000 annually
(2006 CIA estimate)
Letâ€™s say that an Internet consumer strolls along looking to decorate their new apartment. They buy a few pieces of framed art from Imagekind, delivering, letâ€™s say $150 to the artist. To someone in the United States, thatâ€™s a couple nice nights on the town. To an artist living in Bogota, that same $150 is a monthâ€™s rent on their apartment or art studio. Now, thatâ€™s pretty neat.
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Were you lucky enough to catch a view with your own two eyes, or maybe even set up the tripod for a timed exposure? The eclipse in March of this year inspired quite a few unique perspectives. What kind of work do you think we’ll see captured from the last 24 hours?
Luna by Photo Graham
Phases of a Total Lunar Eclipse by Michael Menefee
If you didn’t happen to stay up late, or get up early, or live in a viewable region, you can catch shots from viewers all over the world on Flickr, videos on YouTube, and a some well produced views of all sorts here.
So if you were inspired and have created something new for Imagekind, leave us a comment and let us know!
Don’t tell anyone, but there is a whole world of art goings-on outside of Imagekind. Heck, one of own team members just had a smash of a gallery show exhibited this last month, and we all celebrated her closing on Friday. But you know what? Most of us didn’t even know about it until a few days before! OK, so we give in, tell everyone.
Self-promotion can take many forms, from wildly creative, to numbingly mundane – but all very necessary for success in a creative endeavor. Some artist shy away from self-promotion all together, running away from an artist’s ego, but it’s likely that most members selling on Imagekind already know it’s value. Someone once said that art has three requirements: intention, a moment in time, and an audience. Many have debated those contentious points, but it’s pretty hard to argue with that last one.
We’ve often wanted to feature more announcements from our members, but have received a surprising lack of notices, so we thought now might be a good time to put out the call again. Send us your events! Tell us about your gallery opening, your book being published, your coverage on the local news! If it’s interesting and about an Imagekind member or their work – we want it in our inbox, and we want it early! We’ll put together a collection every week or so (assuming we get some responses) and feature all the happenings right here in our blog. Just post our forum under “Member Artist Brags and Events”, or go ahead and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure it gets into the right hands!
But that’s not all, as long as you’re telling the world, don’t forget that your member profile is a great place to keep events updated. We have some truly amazing artist here at Imagekind, and we look forward to sharing more and more about them with the growing numbers of art fans that look toward us for something new!
We consider Imagekind a rapidly growing community within itself, giving artists of all stripes tools to meet others with similar styles and creative interests. You can find new fans for your work, get inspired by others, and learn about the business of art with other’s trying to revolutionize the way artists represent themselves. Heck, we even have a pretty happening Forum.
However, we’re still pretty young, and we realize there have been plenty of other artist based social communities around for a while – we’ve even featured a few in these digital pages. And then there are the big two – the one’s who put “Social Networking” on the map, ant least the virtual map. MySpace, and Facebook – you know what they are, but do you know how useful they are for artists? And can you find Imagekind and it’s friend’s network on these sites?
Back in June Imagekind announced a non-profit giveaway to brighten up a charity in need that we called the Art Inspires Non-profit Makeover. Our blog post and press release on the subject made it far and wide, and the event happened to get this 15 seconds of fame (literally) on the popular local talk show Northwest Afternoon. Here’s the clip, with Imagekind’s President, Kevin Saliba, front and center:
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Imagekind on NW Afternoon
We got a huge response, and after sorting through a bundle of applications we selected a very worthy winner, out of many very worthy candidates. We chose to sponsor a terrific Seattle charity called FareStart. They have a wonderful mission:
FareStart provides a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry.
And, though their restaurant has a gorgeous interior, all the classroom walls were bare, and ready for a little artistic inspiration. Continue reading for some shots of the big reveal as Imagekind gets to work for this worthy cause.