We promote and sell local art about Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Artists get 80% of sales and it’s free to use.

Not yet approved?

We accept place-inspired art, meaning art that references the places, people and things around you that inspire your creative work. Please go to our intake site to submit samples of your work. 

Already approved?

Already received an invitation email from us? Register for a free account, and look for email confirmation within 24 hours. Please review our Terms of Service, below.

Ready to upload art?

Approved artists can login here to start uploading high-quality images of their work. We operate on a continuous intake basis, so please upload fresh pieces often!

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 showing us examples of your artwork if we don’t know you, or registering for an account if we do and we’ve sent you an email invitation.

Once you’re through the approval phase (more details below) you provide us with photographed or scanned images of your pieces, which we’ll showcase on our professionally created and well-promoted online art gallery.

If a customer is interested in one of your pieces, we’ll produce a high-quality print on fine art paper or canvas and send it to their door. You also have the option of selling your original.

You get 80% of net revenues of each sale and, ultimately, may well get the recognition and financial rewards that every local artist deserves. 

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, 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 artfindsme@gmail.com

Why partner with us?

The benefits of partnership:

  1. Our process is smart and simple – It is free to use, and we’ve kept your workload to a minimum. Your only jobs are: create great art, follow our image quality guidelines for photographing or scanning your work, and add location tags to your work when using our super-easy upload form on our site.
  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 art prints, and become a shareholder in the company! Information about print pricing and shares will be provided once you register.
  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 – After this summer’s tourist season, we will evaluate our collective success, report back to our art partners, and consider expanding our product offerings to original art and other art products (e.g. framed prints and merchandise).

Questions? Email Jenny at artfindsme@gmail.com

What kind of art is accepted?

We only accept place-inspired art. Why? Because you are incredible visual storytellers about Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Place-inspired art is work created from ideas, images or stories originating from your local environment. Place-inspired art captures your deep connection to your local natural and built surroundings. 

We accept art that references or is inspired by all aspects of our land, air and water, as well as people, rural and urban culture and lore.

And we accept all styles of art from abstract to hyper-realistic, and all 2d mediums including paint, watercolour, ink, encaustic, clay, and mixed media.

Once your art is approved, you will be asked to provide us high-quality images (photographs or scans) of your work.

You will also be required to indicate the approximate location (latitude, longitude) of the place that inspired your work, in order to allow art lovers to see these same places through your eyes. 

Questions? Email Jenny at artfindsme@gmail.com

 

What is the approval process?

If we DON’T know you and your work, please submit samples of your work using our intake page

If we DO know about your work, and have invited you to upload art, please register register for your free account today and make sure to read the Terms of Service, at the bottom of these FAQs.

Please note: We reserve the right to reject art if it doesn’t fit our “place-inspired” criteria, or request a better image if it doesn’t meet our Image Quality & Submission Standards. We also reserve the right to not to showcase your art, even though you have been accepted as an artist. For example, we won’t 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 site. We apply a ‘light curation’ process to the art we showcase on the site, guided by the Caroll Taiji, Creative Director at Taiji Brand Group. Taiji is the marketing team for artfinds.me.

Questions? Email Jenny at artfindsme@gmail.com

Image quality guidelines + $30/piece digitizing special!

We are partnering with professional art photographers across the Island to help you digitize your artworks. Get in touch with Jenny to book your $30/art piece photoshoot at artfindsme@gmail.com

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 Standards.  Here is a pretty technical video that gives you a sense of the lighting and overall set up required to get the best possible image.

 

How will you promote my art to tourists?

The whole gang at Taiji Brand Group is currently working the tourism marketing strategy. Between now and May 1, our focus is building up our gallery of artists. Then we will switch to full-on marketing mode in time for the start of the summer 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 artfindsme@gmail.com

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 The Print Lab‘s 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 reproduce 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 artfindsme@gmail.com

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