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Why join Artists For Conservation?

You gain instant credibility as an artist for having been accepted as a member of our established, not-for-profit, limited-membership group. Further you are indicating to the world that you are concerned about the need to conserve the natural environment for future generations.

All AFC members can get their own professionally designed, personal Web site up and running quickly, easily and for very little cost (about the same cost as a single classified ad in one issue of a magazine). 

Each and every AFC personal Web site has many features found only on custom sites that, if produced independently, would cost many thousands of dollars. As a group, we gain access to these features since we all share development costs.

Thousands of new home pages are going up on the Web every day, and unless specifically sought after, personal home pages tend to get overlooked. Artists with similar interests need to become accessible and visible to potential clients in a structured fashion - and use the advantages of the power of numbers. This trend toward users relying on large associated theme sites is clearly where the Internet is headed. Lonely sites – those not connected in some way with a common purpose - will be lost like needles in the proverbial haystack. The resulting AFC super site can then be marketed directly to corporations and individuals interested in purchasing such artwork.

What constitutes a Nature Artist?

A Nature Artist, in the context of this site, is any visual artist who artistically represents nature in either two or three dimensions.

Two-dimensional artwork may include, but is not limited to, the following media: acrylic, batik, charcoal, colored pencil, egg tempera, etching, gouache, ink, lithograph, mixed, oil, pastel, pencil, photography, scratchboard, watercolor and woodblock print.

Three-dimensional artwork may include, but is not limited to, the following media: ceramic, clay (natural), clay (synthetic), founded (bronze, etc.), mixed, paper, stone, welded/brazed metal, wood (natural finish), and wood (painted).
 

What will my Web site look like?

An AFC membership entitles you to a very complete, state-of-the-art, personal Web site comprised of a home page with images of your artwork plus a brief artist's statement, a second page with up to 1000-word biographical essay, your portrait, awards, and contact information, a third page with up to 100 samples of your artwork. As well, you will have seven other pages to expand on your artwork and how visitors can learn more about you, including pages on Commissions, the Creative Process, Studio, Gallleries, News letter sign-up, Events Calendar, Guestbook and Links.   As an option you may upgrade to an E-Commerce feature that allows you to make credit card sales of your artwork.  See the description and costs by going to “Join us” on the home page.

Look at my personal page to see all the site functions that are available. See:           www.natureartists.com/whitingj.htm

 

What are the costs of the alternatives?

For a home page produced independently and equivalent to the one being offered, you could easily expect to pay several thousand dollars US. In order to maintain this page, you would then have to pay to have your site updated or expanded which can cost at least several hundred dollars US per year. You would also have to own a reasonably modern computer. With Artists For Conservation, you will have a full-featured home page and permanent Internet home page address, for use on all your print materials. As well you will be able to keep your site up-to-date without having to learn any programming. You are able to update and maintain your own site using the user-friendly Artist's Content Management Tools. It is an incredibly easy, straightforward tool to use; if you know how to get to this section, you will be able to update your own site.

How can this site be so inexpensive?

We are taking a fundamentally different approach than existing sites. We think long term. We want a very large and loyal following (34 of the original 37 members are still members of the Group after over five years) and we intend to continue to earn that loyalty by offering real value for money. Because artists generally want the same information and features on their site we are able to use the same professional looking homepage for all members without having to reinvent it each time for each artist. We consider the short term as a time for investment so in the end we can realize our vision of a truly useful and influential forum for nature artists. Together we are building a truly magnificent and perhaps historic vehicle for promoting nature and the artists whose passion is to depict it.

Some statistics: Of the approximate 50,000 strong readership of Wildlife Art Magazine (one of the foremost in the business of Wildlife Art) 58% had personal computers in their household, as of January 1996). That is approximately twice the national average (roughly 50% of people were on-line as of summer 1997.) 81% of Wildlife Art Magazine readers stated that they planned to buy art in the next year. The average household income of the readership was $74,796 US. These are potential buyers already browsing the internet, just one portion of the market for WNAG members to sell their art to. 

What if I cannot, or do not wish to, maintain my site myself?

We can get your site up and running and updated for you at a nominal cost. The initial set-up of your site including the text of your biography, contact information and the uploading of your portrait and 5 images is $35. For the expanded package the cost would be $50 plus $7 for each image avove 10. Addition scanning and uploading of images is at $7 per image. Text changes are done for $20 per session of 1/2 hour or less. Contact information is changed at no cost. You may send us the material by regular mail or email. We find images scanned from a regular snapshot work very well for the quality required on your site - slides are fine too. Your bio should be submitted typed and on a plain sheet of white paper so we can scan it as well.

Will my work be marketed?

Individual collectors, galleries and publishing houses around the world are using the Internet increasingly, and this site provides a structured medium for them to "discover" your work. They will understandably be attracted to the organized nature of this site rather than the multiplicity of independent sites. You are a very important part of informing friends, prospects, galleries, other artists etc. of your site but we also have an aggressive magazine marketing program as well as a professional strategy to enhance our site’s standing in the major internet search engines.

We will also be issuing Press Releases on the site and doing regular newsletter mailings over the Internet.

How do I go about selling my artwork?
The Artists For Conservation Web site is not a broker of artwork. It is simply a medium in which your work can be found and you or your agent can be contacted. Provision is also made to sell your art directly to clients from your personal site using credit cards. We help you establish an account directly with PayPal (www.paypal.com) We accept no brokerage fee. You can link to any and all of the home pages of galleries that sell your work directly from your home page free of charge. How much work you display on this site is completely your choice just as is how you wish to be contacted. A hotlink to your existing e-mail address (if you already have one or eventually get one) can be installed free of charge at any time.
Can prints be made from the images on the website?

Color printouts can be produced by anyone with a color printer; however, although the images appear in acceptable color and resolution on the screen, they suffer a high loss of resolution and color quality when scanned for these purposes, rendering them useless for commercial purposes. We also indicate on your page that you are the copyright owner of all your images.

What is the advantage of having a home page on Worldwide Nature Artists as opposed to a separate personal one?

Perhaps the greatest advantage of the WNAG concept is the prestige associated with an elite group whose membership is by invitation only and based on quality of work. You will be eligible to use the member logo in all your emails and websites and can put the initials WNAG after your name.

As the WNAG, we can: 

  • Negotiate bulk advertising rates in magazines.
  • Feature individual members on the main group site.
  • Hold regular art shows and awards with different themes.
  • Issue press releases on the WNAG’s activities.
  • Send out newsletters that highlight member accomplishments and  events.
  • Build your own prospect list.
What if I want to design my own home page?
You can retain the standard site with us and we'll link it to an already existing home page free of charge. However, for very little expense you can have a beautiful full-featured personal site up and running quickly, establish a permanent internet address, and be accessible through the  Artists For Conservation index system to people who otherwise would not be exposed to your page. You will find that if you do not already have a major personal web site you will have to spend thousands of dollars to develop a comparable site and you will continue to be paying for any changes or updates.
Can I use a domain name that I have already registered (eg. www.myname.com)?

Yes, we will provide you with the link that will allow an Internet address such as www.JohnSmithArt.com to forward directly to your WNAG site.

 

What if I want to make changes to my site?

No problem...you need only use the password we provide to you with in order to go “behind the scenes” to update any of the text or images you have on your personal page at no cost and you need to do no programming. We will provide assistance if required but everyone is capable of making his or her own changes - it is that easy. If you found your way on the net to this question you are fully capable of updating your own WNAG site. You may make as many changes to your site as often as you wish. 

If you do not have access to a computer, scanner, or would really rather have us update your site we can do so,  send us the specific changes by mail or email and they will be made for a small administration fee. Each change to text, or group of changes to text will entail the same set fee of $20, so we recommend that you send multiple changes together, rather than sending changes individually.  We can scan your images and put them up on your site from a snapshot, brochure, or slide for a small scanning fee $7 per image.

What if I already have a home page or a friend has offered to make one for me?

You will still benefit by joining us. Membership in WNAG is more than just another Web page. Your membership in this international, prestigous organization provides a definite marketing advantage, and membership dues are very low - as little as the cost of a single classified ad in one magazine issue. As a member, you may add the letters WNAG after your name and place the WNAG membership logo on your site.

As we mentioned earlier, your existing home page will largely be useful only to people already searching for you specifically by name. There are just too many independent web pages out there on the Internet  to be stumbled on by any significant number of people. By joining the Worldwide Nature Artists Group, you can be easily located in a context of nature art. Most importantly, this is very inexpensive for the benefits. If you already have a home page, having a lead-in on Worldwide Nature Artists index will certainly attract many more people to your site.

What do I need to provide in order to join?
It is extremely easy to have your own home page up and running.   You can submit your application to join the Worldwide Nature Artists Group online through our submission form (click on the “Join Us” tab on the homepage), or through more conventional means i.e. send all necessary information by mail. If accepted, you will be contacted by email or post.
Who do I contact if I have questions or need help?
Most questions can be answered by the Frequently Asked Questions or by contacting artists on the site that you may know. However, we know there will be questions and we are pleased to answer them. You may contact Jeffrey Whiting by email at info@natureartists.com or phone us at 613-256-7300 (Eastern Standard Time )

 

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