SOURCE: Artfest International, Inc.

September 16, 2008 10:59 ET

Artfest International, Inc. Launches Global Social Art Network Rivaling MySpace and YouTube

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - September 16, 2008) - Artfest International, Inc. (OTCBB: ARTI) announced today the launch of its proprietary global social network In its ongoing effort to develop multiple avenues that bring artists and art enthusiasts together, Artfest has now launched the world's first web-based social network dedicated to art in all its forms. MyArtfest will allow independent artists from all over the world to directly present their creations to art enthusiasts. The art community now has a unique venue to both exchange ideas and to buy and sell works of art and associated services. Unlike other social networks, MyArtfest is focused solely on the global art community. Artfest International expects to generate revenues with MyArtfest through the sale of advertising and marketing space and the collection of fees on art sold through the site. The Company also maintains other lines of business including The ArtChannel and ArtChannel Galleries.

Artfest CEO Edward Vakser stated, "We are excited to launch our social network for artists and art lovers. Our platform is one of the most distinctive pieces of our business. It truly is a huge leap forward in our efforts to re-create the way people view, buy and sell art. MyArtfest is a truly global art community that not only provides links to information, but more importantly, links between people. All things creative will now be available worldwide through the MyArtfest community."

How to Get Started

MyArtfest is easy to use and membership is free. To get started, visit and create a profile. Next, simply invite friends and customers to join your network. The only cost to users is when a creation is sold. Similar to Ebay, a small seller's fee will be applied to all sales transactions.

MyArtfest: Robust and Scalable, Similar to MySpace, Facebook and YouTube

MyArtfest uses Web 2.0 technology and is built on the same "blue dragon" platform as other well-known social networks, such as MySpace, Facebook and YouTube. MyArtfest supports both still images and video and has been developed to scale easily to support global growth of the network.

More about Artfest International, Inc.

Artfest International was founded in 2002 and began publicly trading this year. The company was created as a venue for artists, art enthusiasts and investors to buy and sell all forms of art.

Mr. Vakser added, "The launching of should encourage everyone to take a closer look at our company. As we expand, we will continue to update our community with company developments."

To learn more about Artfest and to be added to the Company's email database to receive updates, please call 214-556-5915 or email

About Artfest International, Inc. (

Artfest International, Inc. (OTCBB: ARTI) connects artists, investors, decorators, designers, private collectors and galleries and prints, markets, and sells limited edition, signed, and numbered fine art and collectibles. It also provides a range of multi-cultural programming, including artist documentaries, live paintings, artist collections, artist interviews, live concerts, and other art centric content. In addition, the company showcases new artists, special exhibits, and celebrity events in various markets in the United States and internationally. It serves various industries of arts, antiques, collectibles, and luxury goods. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Addison, Texas. Artfest subsidiaries are ArtChannel, Inc., and Art Channel Galleries, Inc.

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