Silver Linings: Online Art

It’s been tough to find a bright side to the current state of the world, but here’s one to consider: it’s easier than ever to browse art online. 

I was happy to see this for a show application to the Society of Canadian Artists, and even happier to see that I’d been accepted. Many local galleries in Seattle have added online options, including another show I have a physical piece in, at Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA).

But as I went online, connecting with friends, and checking on the state of the world, I found more and more art. Here’s a lovely post from artist Joanne Mattera, who put out a call to artists for shows we couldn’t see in person. She calls it The Corona Sidestep. Venturing further afield, I found the annual show for the Royal Scottish Academy, in its 194th year (!!) and completely online for the first time ever. A little closer to home, a show I aspire to being in some day, the Left Coast Annual at Sanchez Art Center in California, was able to pivot to an online show too, with wonderful results. 

Maybe, with more of us working online than expected, this is a new normal. Several art sites, like my perennial favorite, redbubble, offer purchase options, but one site has gone even further, with digital editions. I love this concept, and have bought a few editions for myself. I’m even trying it out as a platform — get in touch if you’d like an invitation to a private view of my first piece!

Chime in!