DARIEN NEWS REVIEW
Thursday, August 21, 2008
AreaArtist.com A New Resource for
Artists and Collectors in Fairfield County
Fairfield County has a thriving art community, unfortunately it isn’t always visible. According to the National Endowment for the Arts’ recently released “Artists in the Workforce” report, the Stamford/ Norwalk metropolitan area is among the Top Ten areas in the percentage of artists in the labor force. Unfortunately many of our fine artists have difficulty getting their work seen. An artist in Stamford, CT, has devised a solution. AreaArtist.com takes a unique approach to promoting the work of artists in Fairfield and Westchester Counties.
After serving on the Board of both the Stamford Art Association and The Mamaroneck Artists Guild and as an Advisory Member of the Greenwich Art Society, Peg Benison saw the challenges artists and arts organizations faced in promoting their work and shows on their own. It occurred to her that if artists joined together on the web, just as they do when they have open studios, they could better promote their work. This was the spark that started AreaArtist.com.
AreaArtist.com, is unique because it concentrates on local artists and local arts venues. The website is designed to enhance participation in the local art scene and make it easier to view and purchase fine art. By focusing on artists right in our own neighborhoods, viewers can easily find out what is happening in the local art scene, attend an art opening or arrange a studio visit to see the actual artwork before purchasing. AreaArtist.com is designed to help the many artists in Fairfield and Westchester Counties receive the recognition their work deserves.
After being accepted by the AreaArtist.com jury, artists can show their work and list their upcoming shows on the web site. They can also find out about art organizations and upcoming opportunities to show their work. New artists are being added regularly. The site currently displays work form artists in Darien, Greenwich, Norwalk, Old Greenwich, Riverside, Silvermine, Stamford and Stratford.
Collectors and art lovers locate artists and preview their work, then find out where their work is showing, increasing the traffic to local venues, area arts organizations and gallery spaces.
They can also contact the artist directly to arrange a private viewing or commission a piece.
Area Artist is the premier place to find talented local artists in Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. By displaying work from only the best local artists, selected by our jury, the Area Artist website is your connection to enhanced participation in the local art scene, making it easier to view and purchase fine art.
For more information go to AreaArtist.com