The Clarion List: international rated and reviewed database of art service providers
BACK WHEN DINOSAURS WALKED THE EARTH, ONE HAD TO FLIP THROUGH PAGES AND PAGES OF LISTINGS OF LOCAL BUSINESSES IN SEARCH OF AN EXPERIENCED, PROFESSIONAL AND FAIRLY PRICED SERVICE ART SERVICE PROVIDER. OF COURSE TODAY, THE INTERNET OFFERS A MORE EFFICIENT AND USEFUL RESOURCE BUT UNTIL THE CLARION LIST WAS FOUNDED, HOWEVER, ONLY A PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION OR REFERENCE COULD DETERMINE THE QUALITY OF SERVICE.
THE CLARION LIST IS AN INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY FOR 23 ART RELATED SERVICES RANGING FROM ART LAWYERS AND ACCOUNTANTS TO ART INSTALLERS AND FRAMERS, FROM RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION EXPERTS TO APPS FOR ART COLLECTION MANAGEMENT AND, BEST OF ALL, THE PROVIDERS ARE RATED AND REVIEWED BY ITS CLIENTS!THE DIRECTORY, TO DATE, INCLUDES REVIEWS OF OVER 4,000 BUSINESSES IN 29 EUROPEAN CITIES AS WELL AS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS FOR USERS:
SEARCH: OUR COMPREHENSIVE DATABASE OF RATED AND REVIEWS LISTINGS FOR FREE
REFINE: RESULTS BY CATEGORY, SUBCATEGORY, # OF EMPLOYEES, YEARS IN BUSINESS
READ REVIEWS: SEE WHAT COLLEAGUES AND CLIENTS, PAST AND PRESENT, ARE SAYING
JOIN THE COMMUNITY: CREATE A PROFILE TO WRITE REVIEWS AND BOOKMARK LISTINGS
DOWNLOAD THE APP: FREE GPS-ENABLED iOS LETS YOU SEARCH FOR ART GALLERIES, CONSULTANTS, STORAGE COMPANIES WHEN YOU ARE ON THE GO
HATS OFF TO GAIA BANOVICH AND JESSICA PAINDIRIS FOR TAKING A BRILLIANT IDEA, OBTAINING START-UP FUNDING AND EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF THE COMPANY SO IMPRESSIVELY IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.
TODAY, THE LRFA BLOG CONTINUES ITS CONVERSATION WITH CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, JESSICA PAINDIRIS, ABOUT THE CLARION LIST’S FUTURE PLANS.
JESSICA, HOW DO YOU PLAN TO EXPAND THE CLARION LIST? DO YOU ANTICIPATE AN INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY IN THE FUTURE?
In August, we landed our directory to Europe, adding 50% more listings! We plan continue to grow our database beyond Europe as well, to create a truly global resource for a the global art collector.
AS YOU EXPAND, HOW WILL YOU MAINTAIN “QUALITY CONTROL” MONITORING THE ART SERVICE PROVIDERS AND CONTINUE TO HAVE THE DIRECTORY UP TO DATE AND RELIABLE?
Our team periodically reaches out to our listed companies to ensure they are still in business. As for quality-control, we encourage all collectors and art professionals to share reviews once they have done business with a company on our list. We are creating a global community to pool shared information.
AS THE LIST EXPANDS, WILL YOU BE ADDING ADDITIONAL RESOURCES IN OTHER CITIES IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE LIST TO GROW BUT MAINTAIN ITS QUALITY? HOW DO YOU PLAN TO DO THIS?
Because we are an online business, at the moment we are able to serve all business needs out of our NYC headquarters. However, we are always interested in finding local, brand ambassadors to help us in remote markets!
Our hope is for The Clarion List to become a truly global resource of information sharing for the art community, with active participation by collectors, artists and professionals alike. We hope to add many more features for networking and collaborating in the future to better serve our audience.
Thank you Leslie very much for this wonderful interview and your help spreading the word about The Clarion List! I encourage all your readers to bookmark us at wwww.clarionlist.com and sign-up for our monthly newsletter about art services http://eepurl.com/bePKFf
THANK YOU JESSICA!
THE LRFA BLOG IS DELIGHTED TO INTRODUCE ART DEALER AND CURATOR, MEREDITH HARPER IN OUR NEXT SERIES OF POSTS. MEREDITH’S PROFESSIONAL HISTORY COVERS A WIDE BUT ALWAYS IMPRESSIVE RANGE OF EXPERIENCES THAT INCLUDE AUCTION, GALLERY, PRIVATE DEALER AND CURATORIAL POSITIONS. FOR ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN THE ARTS, MEREDITH PROVIDES VALUABLE INSIGHT INTO THE SCOPE OF PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE IN THE ART OF BUSINESS IN THE ARTS.
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