The world of arts and culture is such a dynamic and evolving place that it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with the latest art news and events.
New concerts, exhibitions, and shows keep popping up, sometimes for a very short time, and if you distract yourself for a moment, you could miss out on some great events.
But with the art industry thriving and with exciting new events happening left and center, how can art lovers stay abreast of the latest developments?
The simple answer is to turn on your computer and go online. Indeed, there are various resources on the internet for art and culture enthusiasts who want to stay informed about all the latest developments.
The internet has truly revolutionized the art industry, and is now the first destination for artists looking to promote their events. It’s also a fantastic way for art lovers to keep their finger on the pulse.
A large number of websites offer the latest industry news and updates on new events, with many offering custom art calendars to keep you connected to the areas you are most interested in.
Many such sites allow you to sign up for daily, weekly, or monthly newsletters that provide details of concerts and exhibitions in your area, and sometimes offer exclusive offers and information on ticket prices.
In addition, certain sites give you the opportunity to sign up for text message updates about the latest events. This is great if you find yourself on the loose end and need some instant inspiration on which gallery or event to go to.
Social networking websites are also fantastic platforms. By ‘making friends’ with your favorite art venues and venues, you can stay up-to-date on all the latest events, including lesser-known ones that you may not have heard of before.
Podcasts are also an excellent tool, and many places are now using this as a way to talk face-to-face with their clients. For art lovers, podcasts are great because they are usually free to download, updated regularly, and provide all sorts of interesting information about the Latest News and Art Events in the burgeoning arts industry.
How to Use Art to Illustrate Your Blog and Website
Your words may sing like a song, but you still need to use art to illustrate your blog and website. A picture is worth a thousand words, so you must have at least one image to get the visual juice from your readers. Why use hard to get photos when you can use fine art?
It takes time and talent to shoot your own photos! If you use photos from other people, you will run into copyright issues, even if you try to do it right. You can be sued. Also, there are bad credit issues and clumsiness that spoils the visual flow of your articles.
I tried public domain photos, but often they are old fashioned and make articles look out of date. The public domain requires and a difficult search process and you can never be sure that your rights to use it are secure.
Finally I found the right solution. We have an online art gallery since 1991, so I am no stranger to the art of drawing. My wife is an artist and I am a sculptor, and we also promote other artists.
Unless your blog or website is about breaking news, art can provide more fun images to illustrate your talking points than sharp-edged photos.
Most artists will be flattered by your request to use their artwork, especially if you make the image clickable so viewers can buy it if they find it interesting. All you have to do is use your favorite search engine to find what suits you. Find art about your keyword subject.
Millions of potential images will appear. There will be a small lag time when you contact the artist and he or she responds, but the extra views added to your blog will be worth the trouble. Choose an image you like and contact the artist for permission to use it in your article in exchange for a link.
My blog took me to another level after I started using art instead of photos. Now there’s consistency and class that wasn’t there before. Once I found the right source, I had a huge library of images to choose from, an instant search feature, and permission to use them almost instantly.