www.giftedrepublic.com connects visitors to unique Canadian art and crafts

    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - March 1, 2008 marks the launch of
www.giftedrepublic.com . A virtual living art show, www.giftedrepublic.com
connects visitors to unique Canadian art and crafts all day, every day. Tia
Kingston, Nancy Storey and Cristina De Caprio are partners in this online
venture. "We are launching this site," say the partners, "to give artists a
unique opportunity for exposure to a larger audience than local arts and craft
shows will bring. Because there is no cost for artists listing with
www.giftedrepublic.com , it will work to free artists' creativity for art
instead of the 'business of art'."
    Each season, people from communities across Canada flock to local art and
craft shows to admire works created by neighbourhood artists. But these are
not everyday events. Now, through www.giftedrepublic.com consumers can connect
with beautiful works of Canadian art at any time purely for personal enjoyment
or to purchase a unique gift and have it sent, gift-wrapped, directly to a
friend or loved one.
    www.giftedrepublic.com will provide Canadian artists -- painters,
sculptors, musicians, writers, potters, jewelers and more - with unprecedented
opportunities to reach out to consumers, retailers, event planners, funding
organizations etc. across the nation -- a potential watershed for artists
marketing their work!
    According to Tia Kingston, "Our very human need is to connect with
others, to share information and form communities of interest, yet so much of
what we do in our world isolates us from one another. Globalization and mass
production have made it more difficult to make this connection.
Giftedrepublic.com will help close the gap, allowing the Web to bring us
    Nancy Storey and Cristina De Caprio, add, "Canadians are tired of
foreign-made, indistinguishable, mass-produced goods. Our site offers
beautiful, affordable hand-crafted items made by Canadian artists. Launching
giftedrepublic.com and enabling Canadians of every socio-economic background
to experience art by browsing, shopping and learning is very satisfying. Even
now, before we are open for business on March 1st, visitors to our site are
spending over 9 minutes per visit browsing."
    The partners expect to grow the site over the coming year to incorporate
the artistry of food and other lifestyle features including pilates and yoga
to benefit its artist membership. They say, "Developing www.giftedrepublic.com
and overseeing its stewardship is like a hugely satisfying intellectual puzzle
for us and is, essentially, philanthropic in nature. We are all really excited
about this and feel blessed to have such talented artists align with us. We
want to be national champions of Canadian art, artists and consumers."

    About Giftedrepublic.com -

    www.giftedrepublic.com , is an online community of artists, suppliers and
retailers united to meet common economic, social and cultural needs and
aspirations through an interactive national program.
    GiftedRepublic.com, on behalf of its artist membership, will offer a
multi-faceted curriculum of educational, entertainment and recreational
opportunities targeting consumers who are looking for ways to connect with
others who share the same interests as well as opportunities to support
artists and artisans through purchase of quality art and crafts.

For further information:

For further information: Tia Kingston, Director, Communications, (416)
476-9343, tkingston@giftedrepublic.com

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