News Release for Immediate Release
Contact: Kathy Fox Weinberg
Sent to: ARAC, Springboard for the Arts, WTIP, Cook County News Herald, Northern Wilds
North Shore Artists League Goes Online
The impact of Covid-19 has been felt by the North Shore Artists League on both their ability to meet and the cancellation of art show opportunities and sales potential. In response, the League took on two projects: 1) to meet online via Zoom and 2) to bring up a website so members could connect, have pop-up art shows and online sales.
The League met with Linda Jurek, Executive Director, of Visit Cook County and secured promotion into Greater Minnesota - but the League needed to manage their own directory of information. A website seemed the obvious solution. “In the time of Covid, “Plan B’s” are critical to any business”, says Kathy Fox Weinberg, founding member of the League. “Knowing this, we broadened the website to include an Online Gallery and Shop for special events”. Several of the juried artists and guest artists for Fall Art Along the Lake Open Studio 2020 are already placing their art into the online gallery as some studios either can’t be open or for personal health reasons. Fox had received emergency funds from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and from Springboard for the Arts and decided to commit the funds to both a Zoom account for League use and to the software to build out a multi-function website. “It’s been a big task in a short amount of time”, says Fox, “but we are now ready for prime-time!” Fox notes, “Any member can now have choices to sell online as well as promote their own art website or the galleries that represent them”. The website is also a great communication tool for League members.
Future vision for the website includes sales of art, pop-up shows and fund raisers for the community, as well as online shows synchronized to live art gallery shows. We also want to support the hobbyist or seasonal artist where managing their own website may not be necessary.
Visitors and local residents are encouraged to visit the The North Shore Artists League website at www.northshoreartistsleague.org. Fox says, “You may just find that gift or art piece you have been looking for.”
The Art Along the Lake Online Gallery may be found at:
The North Shore Artists League,“by artists for artists”, was organized in January, 2019. The League currently represents over 65 artists and galleries who are inspired by Lake Superior, her geography and the culture of the North Shore Communities. The mission of the League is to bring artists together with each other and with opportunities to inspire, create, learn and engage with this special place in which they create. Self-declared artists of all fine art mediums and levels of experience who live in Cook and Lake Counties, The Grand Portage Ojibwe, and our Canadian friends are welcome. For more information visit the website at www.northshoreartistsleague.org.