Saper Galleries, an art gallery in Downtown East Lansing, has listed all its 1,500 works of art—by 150 artists from 15 countries—on its website, organized by artist name, for a user-friendly consumer experience. Owner Joe Saper says that it has taken years to list everything.
"We started some time ago, but now actively, on really a daily basis, we are adding more and more to our website. We're also engaging with social media to share with people new additions to the gallery as they arrive, which happens every single week," Saper says.
Saper and his team have been on the forefront for many years, he says, using technology to share his inventory with consumers, not only in his community, but throughout the world.
"We package and ship the works out that day, so they can be received literally tomorrow, anywhere in the world, and we do that continually every single week from visitors throughout the country and beyond," Saper smiles.
Now, especially considering the rules and regulations regarding COVID-19 safety, art-lovers can view pieces from the comfort of their own homes. On sapergalleries.com, one can search by artist, find descriptions and sizes of each piece of art and now also ask questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"So, if you're at home and it's past midnight and you have a question about a work of art, just hit the live chat link and you'll be chatting with someone, and it very well likely will be me, still up at that hour, adding works of art to our website," Saper says. "We'll answer questions immediately that way or by email."
The inventory at Saper Galleries has been hand-selected by Joe Saper himself, and there are a large number of works for sale that are well under $100, he says. One can also find local artists on the Michigan Collection page of the website, which features at least a dozen artists within an hour or so drive from the gallery.
"Our focus is on quality—works of art that people really would enjoy displaying in their own home. We don't buy someone just because of their name," Saper says. "We only acquire works of art by people who create works of art that I'd enjoy having in my own home."
The driving force for this art collector is to make his consumers' experience as efficient and enjoyable as possible, whether the art is for the consumers themselves or a gift for a friend or loved one this holiday season.
"We're trying to be as responsive as we can to what a consumer would want, and if a consumer is at the computer at the early hours of the morning, then we want to be there for them so that when others are waking up, we're packaging a work of art and we're running it to a local carrier to get it to your home, and, if desired, we'll put it in our car and drive it to your front porch," Saper says.
Although the art is online, Saper says one can still safely visit the physical gallery Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The parking for the gallery is free.
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