Art & Technology
I once made fast friends with a kid in my neighborhood and thought we'd be the best of buddies by the end of summer. But just when I was getting around to asking my parents if we could have a sleep-over, their family up and moved! Disappeared. Vanished. Poof. Well, history often repeats itself and today I found out it has. I have been abandoned by my newest BFF ArtQuiver.com.
It was only a few months ago that I found ArtQuiver's advertisement on Facebook. The site was sleek, vibrant and featured dozens of inspiring artists with paintings for sale. I loved the clever way in which each painting was displayed against the white walls of their virtual gallery. I looked forward to visiting the site again and again to peruse through the artists.
I attempted to link ArtQuiver.com to this blog in hopes that other folks could see this unique and innovative site. But the site is defunct. Gone. Kaput. ????
(such a beautiful and engaging website...gone, gone, gone)
Just as quickly as they made a big splash on the scene, they just as quickly dried up. This March ArtQuiver closed its online gallery. They seemed to have a pretty good business model. Artists would submit sample work to the site. If accepted ArtQuiver would include them in their online gallery. If the artist sold work through the site, ArtQuiver would get a significant percentage of the profits. I can only speculate that the economy hit them hard just like so many other businesses. I found a blog post by the brother of ArtQuiver's founder Matt Schenck encouraging people to patronize the site back in 2009. Also, artists all over the web were raving about the site with many artists reporting successful sales through the site. It seems that they made a big impact upon launching in 2009, and just couldn't sustain the momentum. But that of course, is just speculation. Art Quiver was an excellent idea. Perhaps, it would have blossomed into something lovely in mover favorable economic times. In a bit of wishful thinking, I hoping that maybe it will even come back.
I emailed the site to find out what happened, and will update you if I get any answers. It's too bad, I was really loving that site. Welp, back to the playground...