I've toyed with the concept of virtual exhibitions for a few months and it is available is several forms of software at varying levels of sophistication and pricing. Its a step up from static websites or blogs, going from two dimension to three dimension views.
VirtualGallery.com is a meeting point for art buyers and sellers; we play a mediating role to facilitate the purchase and sale of works through a system that guarantees:I'm starting with Virtual Gallery for a trial to see how a virtual gallery performs and what interest it garners. The gallery performs as a three dimensional room or rooms, depending on how many pieces are displayed, with art on all walls which can be viewed as the mouse (viewer) turns right or left.
- A reliable environment for both parties.
- The authenticity of the works on sale.
- The opportunity to return them.
Closer views of the art can be seen by clicking on a piece, as well as information about the piece, pricing, etc. The software works as a cross between a website and a gallery , with a commission paid on sales and future development into on demand printing being researched by the organizers. The commission rate for the free version is 20%. If you buy the package, it drops to 10% with more options available.
There is an option to link updates and events to Facebook or Twitter and to have an opening event for the gallery. I haven't really looked at the sales option for this trial, as I'm not sure if I want to go this route in this environment or not yet.
I'm using some of my gyotaku and fish paintings for this gallery view. If you take a peek at the virtual gallery, I'd love to know what you think about the concept and how you think it compares to blogs, websites and online gallery options for potential exposure and sales of art.
Jeanette Jobson Fine Art - The Gyotaku Project