First I would like to thank all of you for being willing to explore the potential of this artist community. Personally, I searched for every possible tool I could devise to help artists, whether it be a job board catered to our needs, community articles, and even a podcast all with the focus of educating artists on the business of art. Unfortunately, this endeavor has been extremely time consuming and now expensive. The platform I use (Ning.com) is now going to charge us $250 dollars a year. In 2010, we made $100 from the job board. I was hoping that between the various avenues of incidental revenue I could cover the cost of running the site. With the price increase that is not the case.
Unless, we can come up with another $150 dollars BeYourArt.com will have to close it doors. Since I don’t have the time to maintain the site and keep deleting mass influx of sex/dating profiles, this might be for the best. Again thank you all for what you have put into this great community. This has been an invaluable experience for me and I’ve learned an immensely about what it takes to run such a site, but more importantly I come to love all your art and your individual passion to share it.
The provider Ning.com doesn’t list when the BeYourArt.com will come up for renewal. I’m waiting to hear back from them. I’ll keep you all posted as to the closing date. Please send an questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you all again and good luck on your artistic endeavors.
Creator of BeYourArt.com
Posted by Judah Mahay, Creator of BeYourArt.com on July 24, 2011
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It has been some time since we’ve posted an Artcast, but we plan on getting them rolling again. This clip by Judah Mahay and John Sleek takes a different tack. They discuss the craft of writing per an article they plan on co-authoring, which will be published come May. This breaks our tradition of having Art Notes about articles, but in a sense this keeps to the them, even though the article hasn’t been published yet.
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Posted by Judah Mahay, Creator of BeYourArt.com on April 13, 2010
2nd Place Winner of the 2009 Be Your Art Writing Competition. Co-published with the North Shoreian Magazine, February 2010.
By Anna Katsavos
It smells of a scavenger hunt, each of us waiting for the cue, each of us ready to pounce. We take our positions, sit up straight, and smile, all of us flashing our biggest, toothy grins. Forty-five dollars poorer, we’re gathered in a swanky city club, sitting at our designated tables, each of us perched on her seat, emitting vibes that beg, “Pick me, pick me.” This eight-minute speed-dating, a bizarre, rate-a-mate version of musical chairs, is already more than I can handle. It’s worse than I had imagined, worse than that school-yard feeling of waiting to be chosen.
Ding! Ding! Every eight minutes, Ding! Ding! I mean come on–eight minutes? It takes me longer than that to pick out bottled water. Read the full post »
Posted by Judah Mahay, Creator of BeYourArt.com on February 24, 2010