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"Virtual Galleries: Unlimited Advantages for Patrons and Artists"
1999-07-24 until 1999-07-24
the Living Artist Gallery
Tacoma, WA, USA United States of America

“Online Art Auctions are becoming an alternate and viable way for artists to sell their works” says G. L. Handon, a Tacoma, WA area artist and owner of the Living Artist Gallery. The Living Artist Gallery is a virtual art gallery featuring the works of living artists (world-wide) in various stages of their career development. “We were bricks and mortar for awhile, but with rents being what they are it became price prohibitive to maintain.” Since going online the gallery has generated more interest and has reached artists and patrons on an international scale. This past year has been spent mostly in developing their Web presence and structure. “Even with minimal advertising, we have made a few sales of original artworks and specialty items.” According to Ms. Handon the newest feature, the Online Art Auction is what people are most interested in. She goes on to say “Patrons are getting the art they want at a price they can afford from some of the best artists around today.” From consumer comments, the ‘no pressure’ sales model (unlike traditional galleries) and the variety of work offered has been what attracts them to this site. Ms. Handon has already sold three (3) of her own works through the Auction and this feature has only been online for 2 months.

When asked why the name the Living Artist Gallery, Ms. Handon responded: “It’s important to support living artists in order for our cultures to survive. Without artists there would be very little historically accurate accounts of our life and times. Simply, I felt the name should reflect the purpose.” Feel free to visit http://www.LivingArtistGallery.com for your future art needs. If you are an artist and would like more information about submitting your works, visit the site at: http://www.livingartistgallery.com. Look around and explore the areas that interest you. You should then email glhandon@livingartistgallery.com with your proposal or for information on how to submit a portfolio. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may request information by phoning (206) 706-2629. Be specific in your request.

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