An Edmonton based website is helping put Albertan artists directly in touch with prospective customers, not to mention other artists. The site, http://www.supportlocalart.com, allows artists of any medium to sign up for free, post a biography as well as a gallery of 10 of their favourite pieces. The site’s mission is to “create a network of fine artists supporting themselves and each other through the promotion of a united online gallery.”
It presents buyers with an easy to search, fun to browse, colourfully unprecedented selection of quality artwork at artist set pieces.
The purpose of the site is to raise awareness of local artists and create direct contact between them and buyers. Whether the pieces are for sale is up to the artist, but the most important thing is to increase exposure to their works.
Several activities are available are available on the site including jigsaw puzzles you can download of original art as well as free desktop images.
Artists who wish to get involved are to e-mail four images of original art which will be peer juries. More details are available in the FAQ section of the site.