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Our New Seattle Art Forums Are LIVE!

by Joe McDonald on January 29, 2012

Art ForumsWe’re excited to announce that our new Art Forums are up and running! We’ve completely rebuilt the art forums and we’d like to invite you to check them out. There’s still work to do and the content is pretty thin right now, but we think they are a huge improvement over the old ones. Most of the forums are open to everyone but you must be registered to post & reply to topics.

Please note, that even if you were a registered user of the old forums, you will still need to re-register in our new system.

Forum Features

  • Community posts – calls for artists, art competitions & contests, our exclusive art & artist requests
  • Classifieds – art space available, help wanted & needed
  • Member Lounge – site feedback, support, and frequently asked questions

And we’re working hard to add more topics & content!

Join the Art Forums

New Seattle Art Forums


The New Blog is Live

by Joe McDonald on September 19, 2008

Welcome to the new home of the Blog.

This blog has been on my to-do list for quite a while, so I’m excited to finally get it launched. I don’t need to tell you that blogs are everywhere… in fact I personally own or maintain… (let me count)… over 7 blogs! So I’m very familiar with the strengths of having a blog. I’ve been creating and coding blogs for years. So why, you ask, hasn’t had an official blog before now? Good question… already has an arts calendar and art forums for information, but I just haven’t had the time to launch a completely new Blog. was first launched in 1999… that’s an eternity in Internet years and, unfortunately, the site suffers from aging, stagnant code. The technology of web development has evolved so much over the last 8 years that it’s hard to keep up, even for a professional web developer like myself. So has been neglected off and on. That’s the honest answer to why this blog is just now launching.

But, I don’t want to turn this into a post on web technologies. I tried that a few months back with “Project” and that just didn’t work. I’ve decided to kill that blog over at Project and just focus my efforts on maintaining and improving the existing site and mission of – to connect the local art community with our local artists and just get the information out there!

(sidenote: if you’re not familiar with Project, it was a short-lived attempt at trying to discuss and document a complete re-build of from the ground up using new web technologies – it was way too ambitious for me to wrap my head around and it just stalled.)

So here we go… let’s get this party started. is probably going to eventually (hopefully sooner rather then later) replace the current Art Forums. A blog is much more suited to publishing information and engaging input, discussion and dialog from visitors. The forum is just clunky and hard to navigate.

The calendar will still have all of our date-specific events happening around town, but this blog will have more in-depth art related information, happenings and announcements that I feel are important to publish.

I know there are other Seattle Art Blogs and Art Sites out there but I don’t consider them competition… I stand by my original goal… to help local artists do what they love. That’s it. I hope you’ll consider taking a more active role in this site and join in on the conversation. I’ve been nurturing this site since 1999… back when artists needed to be sponsored by a gallery in order to be successful and when the Internet hardly had any resources for struggling artists. I hope somewhere along the way I’ve been able to help bridge that gap.

So thanks for stopping by and thanks for supporting the local Seattle Artists community.

Joe McDonald
Photographer, Founder of