ArtsWave App delivers virtual exhibit

Art is all around us, or so goes the mantra behind iSpyArt, a mobile app that turns Cincinnati into a virtual exhibit of all things beautiful and strange.

As the ArtsWave sampler continues, more and more event-goers can discover the power of this free app that lets iPhone and Android snap photos of art in their worlds, then upload them to a web gallery that the general public can see and share via Facebook, Twitter and even the giant screen on Fountain Square.

“We're looking for those moment of serendipitous art,” says Rebecca Bromels, director of communications with ArtsWave.  We get photos of architecture, desk doodles, everything. It really expands everyone’s idea of what art is and how it enlivens the space.”

ArtsWave keeps the gallery interesting by commissioning a new show, asking contributors to send in photos based a on theme. The theme for February is heart of Cincinnati. Every Tuesday, ArtsWave polls their favorites picks and runs them on the LED screen at Fountain Square.

“We’re trying to support all kinds of art in all kinds of places,” says Bromels. “It's really important for people to be aware of art and to be on the lookout for art in their community.”

The app has attracted attention. Appolicious, a national site, wrote about its initial release and CityBeat named iSpyArt "Best Arts App."

“People find it fun. It’s a good time,” says Bromels. “People are looking for a little bit of happiness and iSpyArt a way of experiencing that.”

Do Good:

• Download: Download the iSpyArt app on your iPhone or Android today and start making art.

• Donate: Supports ArtsWave by helping them fund art projects in Greater Cincinnati. Donate here.

• Share: Follow ArtsWave on Twitter and Facebook.

By Ryan McLendon
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