Q What is jlsART ?
A jlsART is a virtual gallery. In other words, it is an idea. There are no premises, no specific address, except for the domain name, which belongs to an individual who has had the idea of this site. Those who want to know more about the man can ask questions individually or look at the whois. The purpose of this specific gallery is to enable anyone who has created something to publish it on the net at low cost and high quality. JlsART does not want to be involved in sales, therefore no commission or percentage is requested when the artists sell their works to their clients.
Q Will you help me selling my works ?
A The purpose of jlsART is to promote creativity and make the artists known. If you sell, that's your bonus. Your artist page, and, above all, your pictures will be decisive in the customers' choice. Therefore it is of utmost importance that the pictures be of good quality. We will offer the visitors some tricks to enhance your pictures, such as the possibility to change the background color. This dramatically changes the aspect of the pictures. The site is built so that you will be able to display the price for each work and when a buyer wishes to acquire your work, he will be able to send you an email requesting your final price including packing and transportation. You will deal directly with your buyer. On a purely commercial aspect, we have found an escrow company which will be a guaranty for both buyer and seller to safely close their transactions.
We shall also put information about packing and transportation of art objects on the site.
Q Who can be member?
A Anyone who has as a valid and preferably individual email address.
Q Why do you insist on the email address?
A Because it is our unique way of communicating. We do not require any other information about you, because we feel that anyone is entitled to one's own privacy. Of course you are free to state your address and telephone number and other identifying criteria, but email is the only effective way for us to communicate.
We also recommend you to open either a private email box at a place like Yahoo or Hotmail.
If you use your ISP's email, then we recommend that you open another email box or that you use remailers like Bigfoot. The advantage of remailers is that it spares you a lot of headache when you change your ISP. For us at jlsART it is of vital importance that your email address be as stable as possible, because if you change your email address and forget to update accordingly at our site, we cannot find you anymore. Not only us, but the potential buyers or surfers who wish to join you.
Q Do I have to pay for membership?
A Yes. The basic tariff is 10$ per month . If you pay on a yearly basis you will get 2 months rebate, so you pay only 100$ for a yearly subscription. You can also pay monthly. No rebate whatsoever will be granted for monthly subscribees.
Q Are there other rebates ?
A Yes. If you renew your subscription on due time, the next year you will be granted 10% rebate. So you start with 100$, next year you will pay only 90$, the year after 81$ and so forth. However the rebate cannot be inferior to 50% of the basic tariff. So the minimum you will pay,after a few years, if the basic tariff has not changed meanwhile, would theoretically be 50$.
There is another kind of rebate, if you are member of a community, a club, a school, which aim is related to art or artisanate business, and if at least five members of that community subscribe to jlsART, then a 10% rebate will be granted.
Q What happens if I don't renew my fees in time?
A We shall send you emails to warn you about the renewal time. If you fail to pay, you will be given a grace period for helping you settling. If you do not pay during the grace period, your portfolio will not be available to public for another period of time. After a while, if you still don't pay, your portfolio will be erased. Aebates will be cancelled in case of delay in renewal.
Q What if I paid for a whole year and I want to quit after 4 months for example?
A You will have to write us an email requesting for quitting. If you quit during the first year, you will lose the two months rebate and we will charge 20$ for cancellation fees. In such an event you would be reimbursed 40$. After one year, there will be no reimbursement.
Q What do I get for my money ?
A You get the opportunity to display and sell your works on the internet at a very low price. You are given the opportunity to be known throughout the world, because your name will appear on search engines. You will be able to sell your works at your own price, without any commission. You have the equivalent of a private site without having to invest into knowledge and time. We also think that it is an advantage for you to be together with other artists, usually people who browse within a gallery don't stay only at one artist's portfolio. Your pictures will be arranged in a nice-looking and friendly way and you will be able to maintain them by yourself, interactively. You will also be able to present yourself on a personal artist page and attract potential buyers and spectators. Later we will give you an opportunity to print your portfolio in PDF mode on your home printer, which will make it look very professional.
We encourage you to stay with us by practicing a policy of low prices and fidelity rebates because time plays in your favor, people will know where to find you if you stick to your internet place. In the long run, it is a major investment to the way to fame and success.
Q How do I pay ?
A The recommended way to pay is to do it through Paypal. You can easily open an account and make small payments. For those who cannot pay through Paypal , the matter will be individually dealt with.
Q Do you accept credit cards ?
Q What must I do to join?
A You must have an email address - it is important for us to be able to communicate with you !
You will be requested to pay a 10$ amount for setup fees, which will be reimbursed if you stay with us. If you renounce continuing, this sum will not be reimbursed.
After we receive this advance, you will be given an artist identification and you will be able to build your portfolio.
Q How do I build my portfolio? I know nothing about this !
A You don't have to know anything. You will be guided by our on-line interactive programs and you will always be able to ask us questions through email. You will also progressively see how your portfolio develops and at the end you will decide when to make it available to public.
Q How will you manage with my pictures? I cannot scan them.
A Of course it will be handier if you had scanned pictures or digital photos. If nobody around you can do the scanning, you can send the pictures to our address and we will do the job for you. It will cost you 2$ per picture.
Q I have my own pictures on my computer. How will you take them?
A You send them to the email address we will provide you with. We prefer you to send all of your portfolio altogether. However you are free to send pictures later on.
Q I don't know how to make thumbnails. How can you manage?
A We have special programs which build thumbnails from the pictures you will send us. Both thumbnails and pictures will be put at your disposal and you will be able to write the details about each picture, like dimensions, technique used, comments, price, availability, etc. It is not necessary to have all the pictures ready for publishing your portfolio. You can start with a few and complete at your own pace. You can add, remove, replace, change prices, availability at your convenience.
Q How can I be sure that no one else interferes in my portfolio?
A You are the only one to have access to your portfolio. You will be given an artist identification by email. This identification will never appear on the site. Furthermore you will be requested to write a password for having access to your portfolio. This password will be maintained by you only.
Q What if I forgot my artist identification or my password?
A On the artist login window, this matter will be dealt with.
Q Can I also exhibit at other galleries?
A Yes, you are absolutely free to exhibit wherever you like.
Q I can introduce you to other artists. Shall I get something from this?
A Yes. We encourage artists to introduce other artists. We shall pay you a 20$ reward for each artist who will register as a result of your recommendation. Artists belonging to a group registered at jlsART cannot benefit of the 20$ reward for introducing an artist belonging to the same or other registered group. Rewards are only granted to artists who have duly paid their fees. The rewards are payable after the new artist has paid 100$. Payments will be exclusively made through Paypal.