January 2012 Newsletter
Written by Sid Bailey
Edited by Joan Smith
Artspan will be ringing in the New Year with some new developments.
We are finalizing a complete migration to a cloud-server platform, a major technical undertaking that will significantly enhance functionality and pave the way for some fantastic new features over the next year. One feature we are especially excited about is the development of a site-wide sales platform for prints-on-demand, which will allow buyers to purchase pieces from multiple artists in one transaction, allowing for easier, one-stop shopping.
Purchases aren’t the only thing that will be made easier in the year ahead. Artspan’s simpler image upload interface will make creating your sites even more effortless than before.
Artspan recently expanded into Europe with the recent launch of artspan.co.uk, and early this year a German language Artspan, Artspan.de, will launch. This will not only make Artspan's services more accessible to European artists, but will give our North American artists a bigger presence in other markets.
This leap year, while everyone else looks forward to an extra day in February, Artspan members can look forward to something even better. Throughout the month of January, any member who refers someone to Artspan will receive not just one, but two months free for each referral. Just make sure they use your referal ID # (located on your Control Panel) or full name when they sign up. Do they need a little convincing? Go to the Join Us page to get the rundown on the many ways Artspan does more for less!
An interesting blog post on Doodlers Anonymous recommends a clever way to utilize the free iPhone app Instagram, which allows users to take pictures and share them instantly with followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. The writer's been using the feature to snap photos of favorite art finds and share them in streams on the blog. For anyone who's yet to tackle the blog feature on your Artspan site, this idea may very well offer the perfect loophole. (continue reading here…)
Imagine if Warner Bros. decided to make a movie about Salvador Dali, hired Ed Wood to direct, and then stuffed the cast with maniacal cartoon villains and quirky femmes fatales, and you might begin to get an idea of the paintings of Erik Alos. The Los Angeles-based former graffiti artist agreed to answer a few questions about his life and work.
(read interview here…)
So maybe you got a little too enthusiastic when it came to following interesting users. Now, you visit your profile and find that, while you're following 1,000 accounts, you only have about 500 followers. Maybe you're afraid this makes you look like a Spammer, or maybe you just really like symmetry. But for whatever reason, if this unbalanced equation starts to bother you, there's an easy way to avoid looking like a compulsive Follower. (continue reading here…)
As mentioned at the top, Artspan's tech team has worked tirelessly over the past month to complete the server migration. Over the past week we've learned that some of you have encountered problems during this process. Please be assured that we've worked hard to make this as seamless as possible, and that any issues you've encountered should be resolved as of this writing. But remember you can to contact us at email@example.com if you have continued questions or concerns!
Elizabeth Rhoads Read
Fiber Arts and Sculpture
Elizabeth works in several media and increasingly in three dimensions. Drawn toward basic materials which include "paper, used fabric and abject items," her art reflects her commitment to the environment. She often intersperses minute details into larger forms, using texture, tone, and contrast to express intensity of emotion.
She has participated in juried and invitational shows with her large fiber wall hangings and paper sculptures. Elizabeth has been involved with public art projects, and her work can be found in a number of private and corporate collections in the United States.
Drawing, Painting, and Mixed Media
Julian is prolific, and his work can run from the playful to a somewhat dark commentary on our contemporary spiritual state. As to the latter, in his words,
“Corruption is everywhere, dominating society by dementing social settings. Molding into and forming people of all types. Even rare beauty is segmented and flawed with corrupted logic, observation, reasoning, judgment.... forming realities of absolute distorted information.”
He is a resident of Belgium and his work has been shown widely in Europe and in the United States.
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