Thursday, July 31, 2008

Inuit Art Gallery Website On Apple Mac

So far, our Inuit art gallery website has been managed on our new Apple Mac for over a month now and we hope things look okay.  We are able to make updates rapidly now but now totally sure how the website looks on various monitors with Internet Explorer on Windows.  The only time I'm able to see our website through Internet Explorer on Windows is the occasional visit at the local library.  Apple Mac uses a different operating system which we love right now but we are aware that only a small percentage of the market is on it.  Our Inuit art gallery website looks great on the Mac Safari operating system as well as Firefox.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Inukshuk As A Birthday Gift For Mom

Yesterday, a customer ordered an Inuit inukshuk as a birthday gift for his mother.  What a nice present to give!  Of course, our Inuit inukshuk sculptures are each unique and one of a kind art pieces hand made by an Inuit carver from the Canadian Arctic region.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Toronto Toastmasters Clubs

When Free Spirit Gallery was based in Montreal, we had some business from local Toastmasters members since they received the added service of personal delivery.  Now that we are in the Toronto area and I'm affiliated with the local Toronto Toastmasters clubs, the same free personal delivery service is extended to Toronto area Toastmasters members.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sasquatch Carving On Its Way

The custom carving of a Sasquatch by Cody Mathias has been picked up by FedEx and is on its way to our gallery for inspection.  This is exciting news since we hardly ever see such a carving.  Stay tuned as it will definitely be added to our section of custom artwork for everyone to see.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Welcome To Mississauga Toastmasters Clubs Readers

I would just like to welcome members of my local Mississauga Toastmasters clubs who are visiting this blog and its affiliated Inuit art gallery website for the first time.  Feel free to browse around since there is a lot of information articles, videos and artwork at the gallery.  Also, feel free to comment on any of the blog posts here.  Don't forget to also get access to our free ebooks on Native art by signing up at the top right of this blog page.

image mississauga toastmasters club inuit art gallery  

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sasquatch Carving Coming Soon

Master carver Cody Mathias apparently has completed his custom Sasquatch carving done in the Northwest Indian art style.  This was a special commissioned piece requested by one of our customers.  It has taken several months for Cody to finally complete this piece so everyone is eager to see the results.  I am now arranging it to be shipped to us here at the Northwest Indian art gallery for inspection and some photos before shipping it out to the customer.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Polar Bears and Inukshuks

A local customer buying a retirement gift for an American colleague asked what would be the best type of Inuit sculpture for this purpose, especially if the intent was to give a uniquely Canadian gift.  I told him that the most popular Inuit sculptures recently for this type of gift, especially for a non-Canadian, are polar bears and inukshuks.  Polar bears of course are the top symbols of Canada and recently, the inukshuk has been following behind probably due to the 2010 Olympics mascot.  Other types of Inuit sculptures are nice too but they are probably best for recipients who already have an Inuit art collection.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New Sasquatch Native Indian Carving Coming

I spoke to Cody Mathias yesterday and he's currently planning out the colors for painting his new Sasquatch Native Indian carving.  He should be finished sometime this week.  This is one of the latest custom art projects that he's doing for us.  The Sasquatch of course is the legendary, mythical (or real) creature that is considered to be the North American equivalent to the abominable snowman.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Will Not Likely Carry Any Native Tribal Art Over $500

One Northwest Native Tribal artist contacted me over the weekend to see if I'm interested in buying his pieces for our Native Tribal art gallery.  His pieces are quite large projects such as masks and totem poles worth a few thousand dollars.  One of the realities of an online only art gallery such as ours is that our online customer base is unlikely to purchase a very high end piece of Native Tribal art solely online without first seeing it in person.  So with the exception of the odd Native Tribal mask, we will likely not carry any Native Tribal art over $500.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Native American Indian Art Videos Can Be Used

I received a request from a university student yesterday asking me if he could use one of my Native American Indian art videos he found on YouTube for a school project.  I will reply to him that he can certainly use any of our videos as long as the clip is kept intact in its entirety.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Australia Also Apologizes to Its Indigenous People

Looks like Canada is not the only country that made a formal apology to its indigenous people when Prime Minister Harper made that historic apology in the Canadian parliament recently.  Australia did the same thing when its Prime Minister Rudd also apologized to Australian Aborigines, that country's indigenous people for crimes and injustices committed against them throughout Australia's history.  Hopefully, both indigenous peoples of both countries can now move forward along with their respective governments to correct what needs to be corrected.  The indigenous art of both countries is awesome and is a huge part of each nations identities.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

African Tribal Masks At Local Festival

We have a multicultural festival called Carrassauga here each spring and I attended for the first time in several years.  One of the African pavilions had a booth with African arts and crafts including a few African tribal masks.  They were okay in quality but not nearly as striking as some of the ones I've seen elsewhere.  For online sources of some really nice looking ones, see African Tribal Masks.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Free Native American Indian Art Book

Our free Native American Indian art book is always available when one subscribes to our free monthly newsletter which announces new articles, videos and Native American Indian artwork at Free Spirit Gallery.   If you want to see a more detailed description of this book, see Free Native American Indian Art Book for a list of topics contained.


Monday, July 14, 2008

Only One Northwest Coast Native Art Salmon Left

Since we shipped out a Northwest Coast Native art salmon carving by Gary Baker out to Alaska last week, there is only one other similar piece left at our online Native art gallery.  Check it out at Northwest Coast Native art salmon carvings

northwest coast native art salmon carvings  

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Annie Pootoogook TV Special

I just saw this on the TV listings. Tomorrow night on the Bravo channel at 8:30 pm, there is a 30 minute special on Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook, one of Canada's top artists.  Hope all of you Inuit art fans can catch it.

Friday, July 11, 2008

FedEx Does Not Delivery To PO Box Numbers

Free Spirit Gallery usually uses FedEx for shipping our beautiful Eskimo art and Native Indian art within North America.  However, some customers have PO Boxes as shipping addresses and FedEx does not deliver to PO Box numbers as they require street addresses.  Sometimes in these cases, we ask these customers if there is a business address to deliver artwork to as businesses tend to be open during normal business hours which makes it easy for FedEx.

When PO Box numbers are the best addresses to use for certain customers because of remote locations, then we usually use the postal services rather than FedEx.  We state on our website that in such cases, a $20 surcharge may be applied for shipping since for most larger sized boxes containing our artwork, the postal services will have higher shipping rates than FedEx.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Aboriginal Art Gallery Website Up and Running Again

Our Canadian aboriginal art gallery website is up and running after having been down for almost a day yesterday.  Everything is working again so go ahead and explore all the articles, videos and artwork there.  The order system is also working as we have just processed one for an aboriginal art piece this morning.  Thanks for your patience.  

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Gallery Website Offline Today

The website for Free Spirit Gallery is offline today since we forgot to renew the domain name.  But things have been straightened up with our domain name registrar so hopefully our website and e-mail will be online again very soon.  Thanks for your patience.

Clint - Free Spirit Gallery

Canadian Aboriginal Art Is In

Another corporate retirement party scheduled for today with a last minute caller from yesterday asking if we could help with a quick gift.  Looks like Canadian aboriginal art is very in for retirement gifts as this corporate customer was looking for a suitable piece for a retiring colleague.

No problem as this company was located in downtown Toronto and I said that I would be able to deliver the next morning.  So this customer quickly ordered an Inukshuk sculpture which next to the polar bear, is becoming an icon of Canadian aboriginal art.  Everything went through as expected and I'm personally taking this piece into her office this morning several hours well ahead of the retirement party.  Another retirement gift success.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Native American Art Books Downloadable For Free

There are two Native American art books that are downloadable for free at the Free Spirit Gallery website.  One is on Northwest Native Indian art and the other on Eskimo Inuit art.  These are free gifts from the gallery for subscribers of the free monthly newsletter.  You too can get access to these by either visiting the Free Spirit Gallery website and look for the Native Art books section on many of its webpages or simply fill in the boxes at the top right of this blog.

Monday, July 07, 2008

New Colors For Inuit Art Native American Art Blog

We changed some of the colors for this Inuit art and Native American art blog over the weekend in order to make things easier to read, especially the links.  This is just one of the things that we are learning to do over time so that the overall experience for all of our blog visitors will be enhanced.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Custom Commissioned Canadian Aboriginal Art

Our last customer who received a custom commissioned Canadian aboriginal art carving from us expanded on her testimonial comments to us.  Kathy Routhier of Somerset, Manitoba had requested us to produce a Canadian aboriginal art piece in the Northwest Native style of a marbled murrellet bird as a graduation gift for her son.  This is what she wrote;

"My carving arrived this afternoon safe and sound. You are right, it is a wonderful piece. Clint, I wanted to say once again how much I appreciate all you have done in making this graduation gift possible.  You have been supportive and extremely helpful right from the beginning and always kept me informed which was greatly appreciated also.  Your business ethics are exemplary and Cody did a marvellous job.  I would not hesitate to refer anyone to your gallery.  I am thoroughly pleased and I know that my son is going to love it as much as I do."

Even though this project took several months for our master carver Cody Mathias to complete, it was worth the long wait.  We currently have two other custom projects on the go and similar to previous ones, they are taking a very long time to do.  But I expect that once they are done, the results will be just as amazing as the other special commissioned Canadian aboriginal art projects we have done so far.

See our other testimonials we received from happy customers from around the world.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Inuit Art During Pharmaceutical Sales Career

I recall during my former pharmaceutical sales career which involved visiting physicians, there were a few doctors who were obviously fans of Inuit art.  One in particular, had several Inuit art carvings on top of a shelf in his office.  I also traveled quite a bit and in some Canadian cities, got to visit some Inuit art galleries as well as Canadian First Nations art shops.  It was during my travels in pharmaceutical sales where I first got to see both Inuit art and Canadian First Nations art up close.

Inuit Art For England Britain and Rest of United Kingdom

Free Spirit Gallery has shipped Inuit art to customers in England Britain as well as other parts of the United Kingdom including Scotland over the years.  In fact, we just successfully shipped a loon piece carving to England Britain.  For such overseas shipping, there are different delivery options.  Although not free shipping as for our North American customers, we do offer subsidized shipping for our international customers.  See our two pager on general order information for Inuit art.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Possible For Northwest Indian Art Carvers To Teach?

One of our free monthly native art gallery newsletter subscribers asked if there were any classes in carving native art (he's non native).  I recall when I was visiting Vancouver, a few of the master carvers of Northwest Indian art were talking about one of their buddies teaching a carving class to non natives.  

I would also think that it might be possible for a master carving to take on a potential student for a day or two on a one to one training session as well, since they have all taught others in their own communities.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

New Domain For Bingorage

Eric Keast, a Native Canadian artist living up in Fort Frances, Ontario, has been operating a blog for some time.  He just secured the domain name to simplify things for his online presence.  He often puts up some interesting photos from his local surroundings in Fort Frances.  I use to travel to this beautiful area in northwestern Ontario a few times per year for business many years ago when I was working as a medical pharmaceutical sales representative.  So check Eric's site out.