From: Southern Oregon
If you have a moment, I'd love if you could share with me what it is about EBSQ that works best for you. I want to kick off my work by really understanding the benefit that EBSQ offers to its community members. There will be plenty of time later for critiques, of course! But I'd like to start off by understanding what EBSQ is doing right.
Welcome, Anne. We could use a web technology advisor - after all, the web is the vehicle through which we all connect here! I have been with EBSQ since 2001, and I think what works best for me here is the community aspect. I live in a very rural location (and I don't plan on changing that) so it's nice to connect with a variety of artsy people without having to travel to a larger city to do so. And by "connect", I mean look at a huge variety of art, get hints, tips, advice, and just chat with fellow artists on a casual level... Just plain "networking".
I first discovered ebsq as a key word in auction titles. I was just beginning to list my own art on eBay and I wondered what the key word was all about. "What is this ebsq?" I asked myself. I visited the web site, asked how to join, and here I am, the rest is history.
I, too, once won "member's choice" for a show that was sponsored by MisterArt. That was a long time ago, before we had patrons! The $100 gift certificate was fantastic. I bought a whole slew of acrylic paint supplies. I have also won (in the past) a cash prize for a juried show. Those of us who won split the total entry fee "purse"... something like that. I love the accolades, but I would enter even if there was no cash incentive. It's good exposure and just plain fun.
I didn't come here and I ain't leavin'. --Willie Nelson