Art Appreciation for the Masses

Here is an app for all the refined art students heading back to school.  Art is an extremely vital part of the fabric of society. It keeps the world interesting, and can serve as a mirror for society to see itself. Without art, civilization would lack the foundation of culture and a critically important asset to both science and technology. Unfortunately, to the common individual the art world is very small and overly exclusive. The Artlery app aims to solve this problem. Their goal is to help anyone appreciate art.


Here is the basic rundown on Artlery’s approach. First off, there is an art gallery that works with artists to get their art listed within the app. They then setup something called an Initial Public Offering. This public offering is actually a gift from the artist to the community. This means that anyone with the app that is appreciating the piece, or anyone that is at least visiting the gallery, gets a percentage of the sale profit. This means you are not just a patron of the gallery, but also a stakeholder in the piece that is being sold. If it is re-sold later you can continue to make money off of it along with the artist.

The purpose of this app is not limited to profit though. Once youve appreciated that art piece, you can share it on Facebook and gain more appreciation points. This benefits the artist by allowing their work to be seen by people around the world on social media. Artlery has a number of early trials under way including a popup gallery at the Payne Mansion Hotel in downtown San Francisco. Artlery is available for free on iOS and Android devices. Head to their website for more information.

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