An online art gallery is a unique business concept – find local (or national or even international) artists to display their art on website for sale. You can hold virtual events where members can view art before the general public and provide a process to sell the art to customers.
Launching the online art gallery will allow artists to offer a selective collection of signed oil paintings for sale. By exhibiting professional artists from all over the world, you will save time of the clients from visiting galleries AND enable them to reach artists they would have never seen.
The online art gallery allows customers to view and buy from an impressive collection of artworks. You can allow them to buy fine artwork in a variety of categories including abstract, landscape, still life, impressionism, watercolor, animal, decorative, religious, surrealism, expressionism, or modern.
Another potential money maker for the artists is providing a service to put their artwork on t-shirts, coffee mugs, mousepads, canvas bags, and other promotional products. This enables the artist to expand their market and earn income from a variety of streams. Your online art gallery is the perfect place to sell these personalized art products.
How do I get started?
First, you will need access to high quality artists and artwork. Start by networking in your local art community and then work out from there. You will need to acquire the right to show their artwork on your site and act as an agent – the nice thing about starting a gallery is that you do not need to purchase the artwork up front, you only have to enable the transaction and then take a percentage of the sale as a commission.
Second, you will require the services of a web developer to create an ecommerce site for your art gallery. You will need to be able to show the art – protect the images from download – and offer the ability for customers to purchase the art.
You may want to expand your potential customer base by offering hand painted reproductions of famous artwork. These can be purchased from a number of high production art houses worldwide.
Finally, you will need to develop your logistics to properly package and ship the art.
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