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Online Art Community Artist Become (ArtistBe.com) Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
More Than 500 Independent Artists From Around the World Joined overstockArt.com’s Social Commerce Venture in its First Year
Artist Become is an online platform providing tools and resources to enable emerging and established artists to showcase and sell their artwork and connect with the global art community. In its first year, more than 500 independent artists from around the world were signed to the community.
The online community is the latest venture of overstockArt.com, the go-to source on the web for purchasing art reproduction oil paintings. “Our commitment to art and the art world started with overstockArt.com, we wanted to branch out and give art lovers around the world a chance to find the next great artists of our generation,”
Artist Become provides a unique means for emerging artists to be discovered, and to assist established professionals in finding new clients without relying on agents. Fellow artists and art lovers can connect and communicate with other community members, comment and rate each other's artwork and become fans of other members. The site utilizes the latest in social networking features such as sharing via Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. Artwork found on the site can be purchased as an original piece of art directly from the artist, or as museum-quality fine art prints. Fine art prints come in a variety of sizes; pricing is dictated by the individual artists. Since the site’s launch, many new features have been added including a new custom frame shop application.
“I don’t think artists are aware of the power of utilizing a tool like Artist Become,” said Sasson. “Our online community provides artists with a much larger market than they would find in small galleries, dependent on foot traffic. Our audience is the global art community and our member artists have a chance to get their work in front of the eyes of millions of potential art buyers online.”
Sasson says the company’s goals for the year ahead are two-fold: to expand technology and keep growing the community. The online community plans on doing both in part by further interlacing with the social realm to make the site more integrated in the current social networks and interactions of its members.
In addition to expanding its reach in the social media realm, Sasson says they plan on adapting overstockArt.com’
“This technology has revolutionized the way people purchase wall art online,” he explained. “It will give our member artists the unique ability to make purchasing their artwork online a personalized and interactive experience.”
Since its launch, Artist Become has successfully engaged the global art community, member artist’s hail from the company’s Wichita, Kan. headquarters throughout the United States, to Canada; Poland; Vietnam; Germany; and England; to name a few places. There is no cost to join and members can sell their art without commission fees. Artists receive royalties for every canvas reproduction sold. New members can join at any time, and sign up by contacting www.ArtistBe.com.
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