artists sought, digital gallery & tools, artists toolbox

Submissions sought for first fall arts festival exhibition

http://portcitydaily.com/2015/07/19/submissions-sought-for-first-fall-arts-festival-exhibition

Painters and sketchers take note: The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center wants to see your work.

The downtown center is accepting submissions of the two-dimensional variety now through Sept. 30 for the first annual ARTfall Juried Art Show and Sale, set for Oct. 14-18. The inaugural event is held as part of the ARTblast Festival, a local celebration of the performing and visual arts at various locations in downtown Wilmington.

Visitors to ARTblast will be able to view the exhibition from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day during the festival. An artists’ reception and awards presentation is slated for 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 15.

The Hannah Block center is seeking original artwork completed within the last two years, with preference given to artists from the Lower Cape Fear area.

Selections are made by a review panel, which will consider up to five digital images of works. Artists can also submit resumes, exhibit history and website addresses to aid in the selection process. Works must be suitable for viewing by the general public.

At the time of installation, each chosen artist will be responsible for completing a consignment agreement with a member of the arts center staff and provide a complete inventory of works. Hannah Block will collect 20 percent on all sales during the exhibition.

Click here for more information or to download complete submission guidelines, application and exhibition details.

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Ascribe.io Looks To Revolutionize Digital Art

https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/intellectual-property-ascribe-io-looks-revolutionize-digital-art/

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Ascribe.io believes your digital content is worth something, and that banks and other financial institutions should see such work as collateral. Such a paradigm shift could change the global economy as we know it, and Ascribe.io is on the front lines. 

Ascribe.io is working to help usher art into the digital age with blockchain-based authentication for digital projects. The company has been in production since February 2015, beta since fall 2014, and alpha since late 2013.

The startup has been working closely with artists, galleries, museums, conferences and others in the art ecosystem. Artists have used the Ascribe platform in various ways. MAK Vienna, a 150 year-old art institution, purchased a piece of blockchain-ascribed digital art by artist Harm van den Dorpel.

Artists have used Ascribe.io to try to re-imagine the true potential of digital art: Bitforms NYC sold ascribed digital work by artist Jonathan Monaghan. Cointemporary is an online art gallery that has also sold blockchain-ascribed digital art for bitcoins. The artwork featured by that website is by artists Valentin Ruhry, Harm van den Dorpel and Dan Periovschi, among others. The Berlin Art Prize saw 349 artists ascribe 598 art works to the block chain.

Ascribe’s open-sourced ownership protocol can be viewed here. The company employs in-house art experts and copyright lawyers. The firm supports the basics of supporting, registering and transferring ownership, as well as the essential ownership actions such as consignment and loans. Indeed, the first blockchain secured digital art ownership swap was with Ascribe.

 “We love how people are finding new ways to use the Ascribe platform.  It makes sense that people will want to transfer, swap and share digital property,” Bruce Pon, founder and CEO at ascribe GmbH, tells CCN.

Ascribe.io recently made a seed funding announcement with top investors Earlybird (Germany), Digital Currency Group (USA) and Freelands Ventures (UK).  Earlybird is Germany’s premiere VC, and  Digital Currency Group has invested in over 50 bitcoin startups around the globe. Ascribe plans to use the funding to continue winning over users and building out their platform, and has released a white paper on ownership using the blockchain with one of the original architects of the internet, David Holtzman. Holtzman ran the DNS of the late 1990’s.

“We use the blockchain as a notary to timestamp the registration of a file or digital asset,” Pon tells CCN. “The blockchain supports copyright practices by giving immutable proof of the existence of a digital work the moment it’s ascribed on our platform.”

“We think that it should be easier for creators to license and commercialize their digital IP,” he adds. “There’s a huge amount of latent value in digital content that is waiting to be unlocked. More and more value is moving digital – and we are all becoming creators – so it’s important to solve.”

Ascribe.io would love to see digital marketplaces spring up to give creators more options to market and sell their work.  The Ascribe.io team also believes creators should be able to define unique editions to create digital scarcity and incentivize buyers to pay for authentic content.

“We’d love to have banks and insurance companies to consider digital IP as an asset class, that can be banked and used as collateral,” Pon says.

We think that anyone should be able to do this, not just big corporations with teams of lawyers.

Chris Messina posted about Ascribe.io on Product Hunt. Many companies are using Product Hunt as a launchpad, including rapper Snoop Dogg. “Investors use it to look for promising companies, and consumers look for interesting products there – so it’s nice to be profiled and to finish in the top 10 for that day,” Pon says. Pon has interesting insights into recent Adobe stock news regarding sales channels in Photoshop.

It opens up the concept that you can conceive, design and then sell your intellectual property directly out of the software,” he tells CCN. “I think Adobe is prescient in seeing that intellectual property can be more effectively commercialized if creators are given the tools and channels to do it. Ascribe is complimentary. If we can integrate into Adobe’s software, we can also support the IP registration, handle the license management and give visibility on where it gets used.”

Not only has the Ascribe.io team looked to solve this problem. For example, entrepreneur and artist Stephan Vogler’s novel block chain technology inspired license seeks to create a system of rights to copyrighted works in digital form.

“Copyright is frustratingly localized, yet we live in a digital world where ideas are global and spread at the speed of light,” Pon says.  “Ideas can be perfectly copied and instantaneously transmitted – and copyright hasn’t kept up.  We need to give creators more tools to globally register, set license terms and gain visibility on their intellectual property.” Ultimately, the point is to put money in the pockets of the content creators.

People need to see that for everything they make – a photo, a song, an article – easier copyright and licensing can open up new ways to earn money.

The answer to unlocking this potential is to decentralize, according to Pon, who believes that Bitcoin will rewrite daily life for people all across the globe.  Decentralization opens up so many opportunities to rethink the way we register intellectual property, process payments, store private data, and run our governments,” Pon opines.

“It’s an innovation that allows us to simplify transactions across borders but at the same time has the flexibility to handle complex contracts and conditions.  It’s an elegant solution that is going to bring massive changes to our society,” Pon says. Ascribe.io’s goal for the future is to spread the word and let people know that they can claim and control their intellectual property.

“There’s a lot of work to be done,” he adds.

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Today’s apps gone free: Inspire Pro, Swing Tale, Save the Pencil 2 and more

http://appadvice.com/appnn/2015/07/todays-apps-gone-free-inspire-pro-swing-tale-save-the-pencil-2-and-more

Draw out your creative side, make the world bloom again, and help HB the pencil save his friends with today’s collection of apps and games.

All app prices are subject to change at any time and without notice regardless of stated free duration. Price changes are solely under the control of the developers.

iPhone:

ScrollIt: display scrolling messages with emoticons ($1.99 → Free, 989.6 KB): Get your message across without speaking a word with ScrollIt. It’s great for those who want to say something when no one can hear you.

ScrollIt can be practical, but it can also be a lot of fun thanks to Emoji support. You’re able to pepper every kind of Emoji into your message text and have it displayed on your big, beautiful iPhone 6 screen. The speed of the scroll and the color of the text can be adjusted via sliders. The app also includes message history, and three message shapes to choose from.

ScrollIt: display scrolling messages with emoticons is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 3906 ratings.

Inspire — Paint, Draw & Sketch ($4.99 → Free, 226.9 MB): This art creation app makes you feel as if you’re drawing, sketching, and painting on a real canvas. It’s for artists who need a canvas with them wherever they go.

You’re able to utilize 70 high quality brushes and tools, which are divided into seven sets: Oil Paint, Airbrushes, Basic Shapes, Graphite Pencils, Wax Crayons, Chalk, and Markers. Each can be used as a wet or dry brush, and each can be customized with different pressure, size, opacity, space, and scatter settings. Canvases can consist of three different sizes. You’re even able to record your every brush stroke and have them all played back to you or your audience. The list of features goes on and on.

Inspire — Paint, Draw & Sketch is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 61 ratings.

Swing Tale ($0.99 → Free, 40.6 MB): Make the world bloom again in Swing Tale. It’s for those who enjoy physics puzzlers like Cut the Rope.

Escape to the wondrous world of Swing Tale. The trees and plants are all watching and waiting for you to help them bloom again. To do so, tap on the targets to latch onto them with your tentacles, and swing through the air to collect the stars and land on the hidden flowers. Your tentacles can latch onto multiple targets at once, and you can detach with a swipe. The game includes 100 levels, customizable characters, and iCloud support.

Swing Tale is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 13 ratings.

Universal:

Save The Pencil 2 ($2.99 → Free, 36.4 MB): Help HB and his friends take on the evil stationery in Save the Pencil 2. It’s for fans of logic puzzles.

You get to play as HB the pencil once again, and your job is to connect all of the dots in each level while avoiding your enemies. To move from dot to dot, just tap on the one you want to go to. Keep in mind that you must touch all of the blue dots before you can finish on the red. Collect all of the stars in each level while completing them as fast as possible to earn big points. The game includes 75 levels, unlockable characters and power-ups, iCloud integration, and achievements and leaderboards via Game Center.

Save The Pencil 2 is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 45 ratings.

iPad:

iColorama – Image Editor and Brushes Painter ($2.99 → Free, 334.5 MB): Edit and enhance your photos with all kinds of filters and effects with this photography app. It’s perfect for AppsGoneFree users that prefer to do their photo editing on their iPads.

This photography is absolutely loaded with content. You’re able to apply filters and effects to specific areas of your photo by adding masks, or you can choose from the more than 100 presets to make quick work of it. iColoroma also includes more than 400 brushes to utilize, and a detailed how-to guide that will allow you to take advantage of its many features.

iColorama – Image Editor and Brushes Painter is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 645 ratings.

Inspire Pro — Paint, Draw & Sketch ($9.99 → Free, 199.3 MB): This art creation app makes you feel as if you’re drawing, sketching, and painting on a real canvas. It’s for artists who need a canvas with them wherever they go.

You’re able to utilize 70 high quality brushes and tools, which are divided into seven sets: Oil Paint, Airbrushes, Basic Shapes, Graphite Pencils, Wax Crayons, Chalk, and Markers. Each can be used as a wet or dry brush, and each can be customized with different pressure, size, opacity, space, and scatter settings. Canvases can consist of three different sizes. You’re even able to record your every brush stroke and have them all played back to you or your audience. The list of features goes on and on.

Inspire Pro — Paint, Draw & Sketch is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 80 ratings.

That concludes today’s issue of Apps Gone Free. If you like staying on top of these daily deals, don’t forget to check out our free AppsGoneFree app. It provides all the deals each day, and even an archive of past deals that are still active.

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  • It must have at least a three-star average rating at the time it goes free.
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