July 2012 Newsletter
Written by Sid Bailey
Edited by Joan Smith
Sorting the order of your galleries is now as easy as dragging and dropping. Just go to the Galleries section of your Control Panel, click on a gallery, and you can move the entire gallery rectangle up or down to place it where it where you want. Or you can use the up/down arrows. A third option is to enter the sort order number in the little box box below the arrows.
The images can also be sorted in the same way. Click on the Edit button beneath your galleries, and then set your image order with a simple click-and-drag.
We want to make your site management as easy as we can. This becomes critical as we add features, To help, we have, In the past month, added Express and Advanced Setup overlays that show on the left side of the screen when you click on the Express or Advanced setup buttons. We are continuing to fine tune these setup help instructionals, and would be grateful for your comments or suggestions. Let Eric know what your experience has been.
Because of the redundancy created by these new setup overlays , Artspan will no longer be sending out the Easy Steps emails. A revised complete Easy Steps guide can be found in the How-To section of your Control Panel. All other documentation has been or will be updated to reflect the new enhancements
Those of you with Artspan email will know we had some downtime the last two days. This was due to very serious storms in northern Virginia where our email servers are located. We have other things besides email at the same location but we have redundancy elsewhere, so only the email was affected. Our tech lead worked non-stop to get the email working again.
The servers are hosted by Amazon. You can see a news item on this event here . A lot of major websites were affected, including Netflix (no movies!), Instagram and Pinterest.
Lark Jewelry & Beading has announced a call for entries for a new 500 Series gallery book of handmade contemporary jewelry from Lark Books: Showcase 500 Necklaces. You have until August 1, 2012 to submit your entry.
Lark has converted to using an online entry system; entries are now online only, through a portal provided by Juried Art Services. Visit this link for the informational prospectus and to enter..
Robert Site's fascination with art began at age six, when his parents handed him, instead of the standard package of crayons and a coloring book, charcoal paper and a charcoal set. While growing up in a small Ohio town set the foundation for his future career, it was his travels in Europe that provided the inspiration for his current work. Read more here.
One of the prices we pay for being on the Internet and for the accessibility this provides is that we can also be contacted by scammers.
Here are the two steps to observe when you are contacted by someone saying they are interested in buying a work:
1. Get the buyer's full contact information and verify.
2. NEVER do anything until the funds clear your account. This is not the same thing as being credited to your account. A bank can accept a bad check and credit that amount to your account. When the check is found to be bad, your account is debited. It can take a week or so for a check to clear. You can also ask your bank to verify that the check is good. But make sure the person doing this understands what they are doing. We have heard of an instance where a teller said a check was good without really verifying it.
Here are a couple of warning signs: poor written English (these scams generally originate in places like Nigeria) and the use of the term "my shipping agent." As in, " I will send you cheque which include money to give my shipping agent. Please pay him when you receive the cheque." That is where the scam lies. It has not changed in the last dozen years.
Here is a link to the section in the Forum concering scam attempts. A good place to look for information.
Danielle draws the inspiration for her work from the natural world: sea, sky, and landscapes. Reflecting the diversity and amorphousness of her subject matter, she experiments with all mediums. As she explains in her artist statement, "Astounding atmospheric qualities enrich the sublime in nature and it is this that I intend to simplify and capture."
With a strong educational background centered mostly in New York, it comes as no surprise that her list of awards and honors is staggering, and future opportunities potentially boundless. As Danielle herself relates, "There is a story in the landscape which I am curious to uncover. However, as in all great mysteries, I am deliberate in not giving away the ending."
Brian takes the objects and places with which he is confronted and captures them in order to tell the visual story of his innermost self and the way he interprets the world around him. Black and white vistas and frozen moments are then released to the world in archival prints.
"The majority of my work", Brian explains, "is thematic, a story being told or a concept being explained without the use of the written language. I have also discovered that in addition to producing a beautiful image, it is the state of being creative that provides the joyfulness of being an artist."
His photography can be found primarily in exhibition in Pittsburgh, PA.
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