Joe Barrouk from A Singular Creation
Joe Barrouk, the founder of A Singular Creation, shares his insights into why he does, what he does. He is passionate about art and providing tools, resources and a community to share those with others. A Singular Creation includes a place for “art contests and competitions, call for entries, juried art exhibitions, art events, art workshops and classes, art shows, fairs and festivals and other opportunities for artists and photographers. We also have several options for artists, galleries and art businesses to submit an art related announcement of any kind.” Continue reading to see what drives Joe and A Singular Creation to keep going.
Image: Dawn of the Trees by Carmen Cordelia
Why do you do this? Because I love art. That is the reason. Many people ask why I do what I do – why I spend so much time building a free site for artists with no plans of ever charging any fees. I tell them I do it because I can. I do it because someone should, because it needs to be done. Some other art sites out there ask me: Well how do you make money? My answer is: I don’t. This site is not about making money. It’s about building a community where artists can collaborate with other artists, get advice, learn, show their art, find opportunities, have fun and get to know other artists. That’s it. No strings. Don’t you wish everything could be that simple?
Image: Lady in Green by Skip Hunt
I started A Singular Creation a couple years ago with the intention of giving local artists exposure though my website. I was learning how to design websites at the time and really didn’t know much about it. I was just an artist with a pretty good sense of design. So I went for it. I posted ads on a bunch of websites looking for artists. The response was overwhelming. From there, the site grew. It started as a simple online gallery. I then added an art contest and opportunities list and newsletter… then the forums… then the community gallery… then the showdowns… and I’m not stopping there.
I get the occasional thanks by an artist who truly appreciates my effort and it really makes it all worth it. When you help someone or make a connection, something special happens… and that is what art and life is all about. It’s about creating. Whether it be creating emotions or physical things. That is why we are here.
So now that we know why we are here, the next important question is: Why do you do what you do? For most of us artists, it’s because we love to create. We love doing what we were put on the earth to do. Some of us do it for pure enjoyment and satisfaction. Others try to make a living from it. But I truly believe that if everyone could earn a living doing what they love to do, they would. Whatever your reasons, it is important to have support and the proper resources to help you. That is why some of us do what we do. To help others reach their goals with our services. Now it is up to you to choose wisely.
Image: Ukranian Grafitti [sic] by Kate Wilhelm
So if you asked me what sites I would recommend to an artist. I would tell you to try many and see what you like the best. I would say that it depended on what you were looking for in a site. Do you want to sell, learn, show, meet people, or all of the above? I would tell you to do your homework so that you don’t waste your time. I would tell you to listen to your peers who have experience. I am not saying this because I am affiliated with Imagekind, because I am not. I am writing this because I believe that Imagekind is a classy organization with their hearts in the right place. I believe that Imagekind offers artists a wonderful product, even for those who can not afford to pay for one. I definitely see Imagekind being around for a long time. They are good at doing what they do.
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