We promote and sell local art by Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands artists. Artists receive 80% of sales. Register for a free account here so you can be notified as soon as our new art app is ready. The artfinds.me app will be a total game-changer, making you and your 2d/3d art and art events/experiences easy to find in real-time.

How does artfinds.me work?

Our primary goal is to connect your locally produced art with the millions of tourists who visit here every year. (We will also promote your work to Island-based art lovers and beauty brokers, including architects, interior designers and realtors.)

It all starts with you registering for an account.

We are currently transitioning from a website to a custom geolocation app. You’ll be able to showcase your art, art events, art studio hours and more on the app, and it’s dead simple to use. More details coming soon.

You’ll also be able to sell originals and prints through the app, and receive 80% of net revenues of each sale. To sell prints, you’ll be asked to upload a high-quality, professionally photographed image of your artwork. We’ve partnered with professional art photographers on the Island, so get in touch to find the one nearest you.

We’ve partnered with The Print Lab here in Victoria to produce high quality art prints/reproductions on fine art paper and canvas. Owner Terry Zlot systematically reviews each high-quality image to make sure it meets his exacting specifications. 

 

 

Who is behind artfinds.me?

First and foremost we are local art makers and art lovers.

artfinds.me is built by, for and because of local artists. Our vision is to get more art into more people’s lives in more ways, and we’re driven to create the conditions that enable artists to thrive on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. 

Our power-packed team includes visual artists, app framework developers, strategic tourism marketing experts, digital/print advertising and search engine optimization specialists. We all work for Taiji Brand Group – a leading Island marketing and communications company, with over 30 years of experience.

Visual artist Jenny Farkas is the founder of artfinds.me. And for the past 20 years she has also been the Content Director at Taiji.

We have partnered with The Print Lab for our art reproductions. Owner Terry Zlot has over 20 years of printing experience in the photographic and art production markets. Not only will your prints be produced right here in Victoria, but every print will be of the highest standard.

We also collaborate with Island tourism associations and tourism providers, arts councils and art schools.

Questions? Email Jenny at [email protected]

Why partner with us?

The benefits of partnership:

  1. Our process is smart and simple – Our new app is free and we’ve kept your workload to a minimum. Your only jobs are: create great art and art events and upload the details to the easy-to-use app. 
  2. Our commitment to local artists and art is deep – We’re local artists just like you, so we understand your desire to spend more time creating, and less time on self-promotion. Our goal is more recognition for your work, and more revenue in your bank.
  3. In fact, we’re committed to ‘buy local’ in all that we do – We only work with locally made producers and products (Island, BC and/or Canadian-made).
  4. Our market research is compelling – We’ve studied the habits of tourists and have created a product that meets their holiday and spending habits.
  5. Our partnership structure is reasonable and mutually beneficial – As an art partner, you receive 80% of net sales of your original art or art prints, and become a shareholder in the company! More details coming soon about the share structure. 
  6. Our art prints are of consistent high-quality – The Print Lab is an outstanding art reproducer with over 20 years of experience.
  7. Our future is bright – Our app will embed art into everyday experiences. The app will know where you are, not who you are, and will use real-time streaming data to reveal all the art around you. 

Questions? Email Jenny at [email protected]

What kind of art is accepted?

Our new app will accept all kinds of art and art events, in addition to our earlier focus on place-inspired art.

In other words, you can upload any and all kinds of artworks, and – if some of them can be geotagged to a source of inspiration that is a bonus!

Questions? Email Jenny at [email protected]

 

What is the approval process?

To qualify to use the art app you have to be an artist living and working on Vancouver Island and/or the coastal area (Gulf Islands, Discovery Islands). Once you complete the easy registration process, you’ll be asked to upload photos of your works. Send us your contact info so we can notify you once the app is ready.

We apply a ‘light curation’ process to the art we showcase on the app, guided by the Caroll Taiji, Creative Director at Taiji Brand Group. Taiji is the marketing team for artfinds.me.

We reserve the right to request a better quality image of your works, or to not showcase your art for other reasons. For example, we may choose not to promote artworks about winter in the summer, or artwork that is deemed to be not-on-par with the quality of work already showing on the app. 

Questions? Email Jenny at [email protected]

Image quality guidelines for prints + help with digitizing

We are partnering with professional art photographers across the Island to help you digitize your artworks. Get in touch with Jenny to book a photoshoot at [email protected]

IMAGE QUALITY GUIDELINES
Our art reproduction partner Terry Zlot is a master, and our prints are of exceptionally high quality. And everything falls apart if the image you give us of your art isn’t good. We accept images produced from a camera or scanner. See tips, below.

Doing it yourself? Please take care to follow our Image Quality & Submission StandardsHere is a fantastic video of Terry explaining how to digitize a large piece of 2d art (scroll down to very bottom of page). This video was funded by the Canada Council For the Arts, and formed part of a digital literacy project spearheaded by the Arts Council of Ladysmith and District in the summer of 2019.

 

How will you promote my art to tourists?

The whole gang at Taiji Brand Group is prepped to work on the tourism marketing strategy. Our focus right now is building up our gallery of artists. Then we will switch to full-on marketing mode in time for the start of the 2020 tourist season. So please spread the word today to all your creative friends! 

We will also be giving artists the option of showcasing their original artworks ‘on the ground’ – in pop-up galleries at local hotels, airbnbs, wineries and other tourism-related businesses. Interested? Or have a tourism business to recommend for this program? Email Jenny at [email protected]

What if I am represented by a gallery?

We recommend you consult with your gallery to see if it possible to reach a financial arrangement that suits both of you. We’ll do our part by contributing half of our 20% commission to your gallery. 

Our terms of service, and your copyright and privacy protection.

By registering for a free account you agree to the following terms.

All artwork appearing on artfinds.me remains the property of the artist who created and uploaded it. 

High-resolution files of your artwork are stored on our protected servers and are only accessed through secure encrypted connections. Low-resolution images of your artwork are used in our online gallery, to prevent image theft and/or copyright infringement.

By showcasing your artwork on our website, you are giving artfinds.me the right to sell originals or reproductions of your artwork. You get paid when your originals or art prints sell. You also give us the right, from time to time, to use images of your artwork for marketing purposes. As much as possible you will be credited in this marketing. The exception would be situation where the image is too small to allow us to assign credit.

More details coming soon. The artist copyright protection agreement is being developed by a Victoria law firm right now.

The information we collect from you during the registration process (e.g. address, website) is for internal use only (allows us to confirm you are not spam and also allows us to communicate with you via our e-newsletter from time to time). Your personal information is stored on our encrypted server, and will never be shared with any third parties. The information you provide about your art (e.g. title, description, location tags) will be used for marketing and promotion purposes. 

Questions? Email Jenny at [email protected]

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