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DiscoveredArtists.com Considering the Idea of Offering “Rent-Able” Art in the Gallery

April 10, 2010

This one could go either way: it could be a terrific concept that benefits everyone, or it could be a miserable flop. Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained…

We are toying with the idea of creating an “Art for Rent” section in the DiscoveredArtists.com gallery. We have lots of detail to work out yet, but the idea has me feeling especially excited. With the pinch the entire art market has felt the past 18 months, as well as the pent-up need many consumers are feeling to get out there and buy again, the concept of offering “rent-able” art may be a timely solution.

The bottom line, before any of this can be realized, we need the blessing and participation of the artists and photographers currently associated with DiscoveredArtists.com. I plan to present the idea to our 150 or so artists later this coming week. They alone will dictate whether or not the concept moves forward.

Before that, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the idea. If you’re an artist, an art buyer, a designer or just a person with a strong opinion, I’d love to hear what you’ve got to say about the idea.

All comments are welcomed and appreciated.

Warm Regards,

-Brian

Brian Walker, Owner DiscoveredArtists.com

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2010 7:14 pm

    Brian,
    The idea of renting art is certainly a possible way – but please take in consideration that the transport cost will mostly determine the success.
    If Australian “buyers” rent pieces from Australian artists, that would be a possibilty – “American buyers” rent American art – that is possible too.

    Now to add another idea:

    How about installing a section for Fine Art Prints on
    Discoveredartists.com ?

    Prints are more low cost than even “renting” and there is not hassle about security, contracts, bonds etc.

    I intended to add some prints to discoveredartists but I really wouldn’t know where to place them.

    Please have a think about it. Thanks
    Peter

  2. April 10, 2010 7:27 pm

    Hi Brian

    After posting my last conribution I just read your message again and started to think:

    What about “rent and try” – for at least 3 month ?
    Make it “easier” for the customer to “not return” it?

    With the “money back guarantee” which says – you can return within 30 days – it’s mostly unlikely that the customer hangs it. So he will immediately pack it and send it back so that he is not too late.

    With “Try and rent” he will hang it – pay the 3 month plus transport and maybe get to love the piece, so that he will keep it.

    It’s just an idea – thanks for taking it on board.

    Peter

  3. April 12, 2010 8:39 pm

    I think for Giclées it’s a good idea, but the transportation costs and framing is a problem because you cant rent a Giclée rolled…

    I think DA must have a partner doing printing and framing.

    It’s only my opinion…

    If I can help DA I will do Brian.

    Nacho.

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