Schenectady, NY (PRWEB) August 11, 2006
Local artists and fine crafters are asked to submit their artwork for acceptance to Arttowngifts.com (http://www.arttowngifts.com). The new site combines both shopping and tourism into one online destination by selling the works of art and fine crafts created by artists from featured art towns across the United States and Canada. The site offers a broad collection of unique gifts, regional art, and other items originating from the featured communities in a website format that replicates a visit to a small art town.
A travel guide for the featured towns highlights each community’s recreation, tourist attractions, activities and art scene. Artists’ Studios include a narrative about each artist and specifics regarding their art work. A convenient menu system makes it convenient for viewers to find the information or works of art they desire.
Joseph Few and his founding team members have been planning and constructing the site for almost two years. He says, “We are attracting new talents every day and want to provide truly unique offerings not found in other places.” There is no charge for artists to apply. All types of artists, crafters, artisans and trades people are invited. “If it is made in the town or surrounding area, then we are interested since we will also sell other products originating in the towns such as regional food and spa products. We will be featuring these gift packs on our site to make it easy for shoppers to order something they found in a town and would love to buy again or for those who would love to try something new,” he explained.
Residents, tourists and others can recommend artists and also post photos of the town and surrounding areas and relate their experiences about towns on the site. They can also recommend towns for inclusion. Those interested should visit the website at http://www.arttowngifts.com or call 877 278-8696.
President and founder Joseph Few explains the concept, “these unique one of kind products can only be found on rare occasions during vacations or weekend shopping trips. Arttowngifts.com presents these coveted hand crafted works of art to the worldwide marketplace.” The concept for the website was born out of his love of the small resort towns he lived in during his college years. “I wanted to create a business that would make it easier for talented artists and others who live in the towns to make a living,” Few states.
Over the last two years he traveled across the US to select towns and learn the best way to serve both artisans and shoppers. With the knowledge gained, he designed Arttowngifts.com to bring the two groups together. “With a selection of works of art by local artists, our site will make it easy for customers to find these much-desired, hard-to-find items when they can not get to the town. At the same time, we will provide a broader audience for the local artists who often find it difficult to sell their products.” Towns were selected for inclusion from actual visits to the towns and a variety of articles and books written on the subject of the best towns in North American.
Arttowngifts.com is owned by Specialty Village, Inc. which is based in Sandpoint, ID. The company plans to start a community of sites and venues to promote the featured towns.