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New Facebook Shopping App Available. Check it out!

Great news Facebook friends and fans!  The Shopping App on our Facebook page is now better than ever.  You can now browse through all of our images and purchase them as framed prints, canvas prints, metal prints, and even acrylic.   All without ever leaving Facebook!

The new app works with  multiple currencies, including: US Dollars, Canadian Dollars, British Pounds, Euros, Australian Dollars, and the Japanese Yen.

There is an improved search engine to allow you to search through our images based on keywords, titles, colors, sizes, orientation, and galleries.
The app will display perfectly on iPhones, Android phones, and tablets.
The checkout process occurs within Facebook. You never actually leave Facebook at any time. Try it and see for yourself our newest level of awesome.
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Frisky Squirrel : Facebook Boots Jerry Salazar

This squirrel with his tongue sticking out at the camera seems more amused by my presence than threatened

Happy Squirrel
Happy Squirrel

by it.   It could be said that the same attitude is happening with Jerry Salazar the now Facebook famous art critic of New York Magazine.

Mr. Salazar is a noted art critic in the New York art world and as his job suggests, he has found that there are many people whom are not looking out for his personal welfare.   His recent claim to fame is that he is now suspended from Facebook for complaints regarding his posting of some pornographic artworks. Well, that’s not quite fair really.

When one envisions the term pornographic a whole deluge of rather vulgar, profane, and even down right shocking images of naked bodies comes to mind. But that is not what happened.  Before I read the article from the New York Times about his inappropriate online behavior, I admit I expected to see the personal fall and end of a career for an established professional in his field.


What met my gaze was rather shocking, but not for the reasons you may think. The images he showed and published are mainly from medieval manuscripts, Egyptian tomb scenes and the now notoriously amorous ancient roman brothels. I became confused.


What is this? Has Facebook lost all sense of reason? A man who is a notorious member of the New York art scene gets sacked off Facebook because he posted pictures that are found in art history and archaeology books?   Really?

Digging a little deeper on Mr. Salazar’s twitter feed, I looked for the possible reason for Facebook’s issue. The fact that his Facebook account has experienced a mass outpouring of support from his fans to the point of one not really being able to get a grip on the truth behind the article did not help.  In any case, I went to Twitter and if Mr. Salazar’s twitter account is an indicative of what was originally discovered on his Facebook page I can understand why Facebook acted the way it did. Not all the pictures posted were necessarily ancient or even of historical context nor used in an educational context.

No, it seems Mr. Salazar did not use the pictures in a historical or educational manner but rather in a satirical commentary pointing fingers and ruffling feathers at the art establishment. Finally, someone got his or her underwear twisted and complained. Facebook investigated and bam. Suspension. Mr. Salazar has even admitted that some of the pictures even bothered him.  Why then post?

Now, it may seem that I’m condemning him and taking the side of Facebook. I’m not.  While it’s true I find some of the images used outside of the historical artistic context to be of a dubious taste, I also see the side of his fans who claim that whomever complained should have just unfollowed him and left it at that. While self-imposed censorship might be a suggestively wise move when it comes to artwork such as this, the use of corporate censorship is just not needed.

It is interesting to note that by creating his little commentaries and satiric uses of historical art to satisfy his own purpose he has, perhaps unwittingly, stepped into the realm of the satiric artist.   It is now his “work” and it’s meaning being criticized on a larger stage.   I imagine going from the critic to the critiqued must be a bitter pill to swallow.

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What’s the Facebook Copyright Notice Hoax?

With the sun slowly rising in the east to start a new day, this lonely booth is waiting for the typical daily beach crowd to come and rent their water toys. This shot reminds me of being on vacation, and part of the fun of vacation is being able to post pictures on Facebook to rub my friends nose… err, I mean share my experiences with them.

Truthfully, I have a lot of friends who post all sorts of pictures to Facebook. Usually, these shots are of a sentimental nature and not a financial one. Most typical vacation or family shots have absolutely no monetary value outside a close group of family and friends. Uncle George losing his dentures eating corn on the cob at the family picnic makes great family gossip, but there is little to any danger that it will sell at an art function.

However, about every 6 months or so I receive a new email from those friends warning me to put up a copyright notification letter on my Facebook page to protect myself from the corporate giant stealing my photos. My friends do mean well and I’m thrilled they think of my art and me when they see this letter, but they needn’t worry.   The letter reads:

“Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I state: at this date of November 27, 2014, in response to the new guidelines of Facebook, pursuant to articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data drawings, paintings, photos, video, texts etc.... published on my profile and my page. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times. 
 Those who read this text can do a copy/paste on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this statement, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and or its content. The actions mentioned above also apply to employees, students, agents and or other personnel under the direction of Facebook. 
 The content of my profile contains private information. The violation of my privacy is punishable by law (UCC 1-308 1-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).
 Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to publish a notice of this kind, or if they prefer, you can copy and paste this version.
 If you have not published this statement at least once, you tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in the profile update.”

That letter they are finding in their email box and sending my way, with good intentions, is merely a chain letter. if you were to follow those instructions nothing would happen.  Facebook can and will simply ignore it if they want to. You see, by using your account on Facebook, you’ve already legally permitted them to use any data you supply them. That’s right, you already gave them permission because of their terms of service.

No fear though, by copyright laws you still own the pictures. However, you automatically allow Facebook to use those pictures for free simply because you posted them on Facebook. How could they use them? Well, Facebook could look at Uncle George in the picture and decide to sell information to the dentures paste manufactures, dentures companies, or even dentists.   They also might be used in an ad campaign for Facebook featuring cobs of corn and broken dentures, but I seriously doubt it.

So why on earth would I, as an art business, bother posting my pictures to Facebook if they could use them without paying me anything?   Visit our post next Monday and I’ll let you in on a few tips.

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