I had a visit from a lady named Kim a short while back and she asked me to have a look at a website called MyArtPlot.com
Ever inquisitive, I decided to pay them a visit and see what it was all about. The first thing to note is that the site is still in its infancy (and still in Beta) but the people behind it do seem to have put a lot of thought into what they believe so many artists and lovers would like to see. The idea of an online community connecting artists and art lovers, to enable a free flow of information, critique and discussion plus a marketplace for people to sell/buy original artwork, is not a new one, and whether MyArtPlot will succeed will depend on a great number of factors.
The first thing in their favour is that the site is free to join which will encourage many people to sign up. The site itself seems pretty user friendly and its design is reasonable, if not really stunning. Navigation and page loading is fast and it’s pretty easy for potential buyers to find whatever interests them – always a plus when online art galleries are so often crammed to overflowing with thousands of artists offering work in a multitude of disciplines.
The mission statement of MyArtPlot is to combat elitism in the art world. This is an admirable aim and their optimism and enthusiasm comes across quite clearly in their introductions. You can sign up as a Social, Professional or Commercial member (all levels are free) and if you do decide to sell your work through the site, they make the process as painless as possible for sellers. They will take care of credit card payments etc. and although I haven’t delved into their payment structure too deeply, the seller will pay a commision to them for each sale.
If you are looking for your first online sales avenue or want to expand your presence online to another virtual gallery you may well want to give them a try. There is now a great deal of competition out there for these types of sites but as there is no upfront cost to artists this one could well be worth a try. The site also provides a platform for members to blog, give and receive reviews, and interract with the entire community of artists and hopefully art buyers.
In view of my already overstretched commitments I haven’t signed up myself, but if you want to know more pay MyArtPlot a visit and see for yourself what the site can do for you.
I wish the community and its creators every success in their venture.