Online Art Community Has Offline Presence
The online art community myartspace.com now has an offline presence in Palo Alto, California. The NYAXE Gallery had its grand opening on February 26th. The gallery, located at 818 Emerson St., is operated by Catherine McCormack-Skiba, the CEO, founder and Creative Director of the Catmacart Corporation. Mrs. McCormack-Skiba founded myartspace.com and its eCommerce site nyaxe.com. Twenty four artists from the myartspace.com community were represented at the gallery during the grand opening. McCormack-Skiba has stated that the NYAXE Gallery will continue to feature artists from the myartspace.com community in order to bridge the gap between the physical and online art world.
This is not the first time that Catherine McCormack-Skiba has bridged the physical and online art world with her social art sites which are designed for artists, collectors, and gallerists. In 2008 myartspace.com was a sponsor for the Bridge Art Fair in Miami, Florida. The myartspace.com team unveiled nyaxe.com at Bridge Art Fair Wynwood with a press reception in an elaborate media lounge designed with the guidance of McCormack-Skiba. This is relatively new territory for online art communities to explore. Only a few social art sites have been accepted into contemporary art fairs.
Catherine McCormack-Skiba’s influence does not stop with brick & mortar representation and art fairs. In 2008 myartspace.com introduced an art scholarship program for art students worldwide. The free to enter art scholarship competition involves $16,000 cash prizes split between three undergraduate winners and three graduate winners. McCormack-Skiba has stated that she will continue to look for innovative ways to connect her art sites and community members to the physical art world.
The current NYAXE Gallery represented artists can be viewed at, www.myartspace.com/nyaxegallery/winners.