One of the biggest benefits of EBSQ Membership (at least according to our members) is our monthly exhibits. They’re great for extra exposure, stretching your creative muscles, and on many occasions, winning stuff (which is always nice!) This year, we have 37 opportunities to compete with your art. Because January is a month of resolutions, we’re challenging you to commit to participating in 12 exhibits in 2012.
To be part of our 12 in ’12, we ask that you sign your name in the comments below and let us know which 12 shows you want to commit to in 2012. (I’ll be doing the same, because frankly, I need to get off my butt and make more art. )
We normally try to have our new exhibit calendar announced each December, but things got a bit hectic, maybe there was a bit of eggnog involved, and suddenly it was January 2012. Oops! But fear not, we have your art itches covered through the end of this calendar year, or at least, until the Zombie Apocalypse ends the calendar year a week early.
If you’ve been around EBSQ for a while, you may know that Cyber Monday typically equals our Annual Half-Price Permanent Account Sale. We’d like to think that’s a pretty sweet deal (pay once and you’re done for this kind of professional portfolio space is pretty unheard of). But we know, in this sour economy, and most especially after Black Friday when everyone and their mother is competing for what’s left in your wallet, that a permanent account isn’t always doable. Heck, for some of you, our regular membership dues almost don’t feel doable. 2011 has flat out been a Very. Hard. Year.
What we propose is something rather radical. We keep offering you the same great service as always,but at the rates that were available a decade ago.That’s right: for 4-days only, we’re rolling back EBSQ memberships to 2002 prices!
And the awesome thing is *everyone* is eligible for this special deal, including current EBSQ members who might be paying higher rates. We welcome you to take this opportunity to roll into our lowest grandfathered rate as our holiday gift to you, and as thanks for sticking with EBSQ.
So consider giving the gift of art this holiday season; either for a worthy artist on your list, or for yourself. Watching the nightly news has become very depressing. We think the world needs more art. And artists.
Amie Gillingham on behalf of Team EBSQ
PS Click here to start saving! But remember, the sale ends on 1 December 2011!
It may seem strange that an online community website is asking for your support today. But I hope you’ll hear me out.
EBSQ Self Representing Artists was established in 2000 by California artist John Seed as a community of artists who sold their work on eBay. The whole mysterious “EBSQ” moniker is derived from e-Basquiats and was created as a way for art buyers to find original artists amid a sea of cheap foreign reproductions and sweat-shop copiests. So our original mission was, and is, to support individual artists who wanted to sell their work directly to art lovers.
In 2001, my husband and I bought the rights to EBSQ from John when poor health made his continuation with the group impossible (no worries, he’s ok now!). As a painter, I was already a member and heavily involved in the group, and my husband Bill, as a computer programmer, saw a ton of potential to take EBSQ from being a club to being a serious portal for both artists and art collectors. 10 years later, yes, we’re still a Mom-and-Pop, dedicated to helping artists get the visibility and online toolset they need to compete in a world where the competition from cheap reproductions and sweat-shop copiests has gotten even worse.
We know there are a lot of choices for art portfolio sites out there in 2011. We know there are a lot of excellent free choices available now, as well as paid services that often offer more bells and whistles than we can. But we do hope you’ll consider us as one of the baskets for your eggs, so to speak. We’re dedicated to service with a personal touch that many of our larger competitors simply cannot match. We answer our own email, we spend a lot of time just generally hanging out with our customers online (and occasionally offline!), and we’re constantly striving to make sure your art gets seen and your voices get heard.