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The Help Japan Challenge

The next DPW Painting Challenge, beginning at 1 pm CST on Saturday March 19th, will be dedicated to raising money to help the people of Japan. Our own Keiko Tanabe, who has family in Japan, will host the challenge.
Each artist who enters a painting in the challenge will agree to donate the proceeds of its sale to an organization providing aid to Japan. All entries will be auctioned, and to avoid sending 9% of the total raised to eBay, we will use a brand new feature of Daily Paintworks - DPW Auctions, which will be without charge for the participating artists.

Information for the Buyer

When does it begin?
The challenge will begin at 1 pm CST on Saturday March 19th.
When will it end?
This challenge, as with all DPW Challenges, will not have an ending. Artists and buyers can participate at any time after the challenge begins.
How do I buy a painting?
All paintings will be sold through DPW Auctions, which will end at 9pm CST, 7 days from the time of the painting's submission.
How do I bid?
Bidding is easy! Simply go to the challenge page by clicking on the Challenges link in the navigation bar under the DPW logo at the top of each page. Then click on the Help Japan Challenge image at the top of the challenges page.
Next, click the painting on which you want to bid, then, in the pop-up that opens, click the Buy this painting link, and you will be taken to the painting's auction page.
Registration as a buyer, so you can bid, is quick. We only need your name, email address, and a username and password. No worries - we will never share your email and we will only use it to notify you when you place a bid, are outbidded, or have won an auction.
You can register by clicking on the buyer registration link at the top of each page, or log in by clicking the buyer login to the left of it.
Or, you can simply place a bid, at which time you can login or register.
DPW Auctions are friendlier auctions:
No more last second bidding
Online auctions, which end at a fixed time, can cause anxiety and end in dissapointment when you lose the auction to someone who was simply able to outbid you by $1 in the very last second. DPW Auctions auto-extend themselves to five minutes when any bid is placed within the last five minutes of the auction's end. This means the auction ends only when there is no more bidding in the last five minutes. This approach allows the bidder who wants the painting the most to buy it without out any sense of panic.
No more frantic clicking of the refresh button
A DPW Auction page will automatically update itself to show the latest bidding during the last 10 minutes of an auction. There is no need to click the refresh button, simply sit back and watch the timer count down the seconds remaining and be alerted if anyone outbids you.
How do I pay when I win?
Upon winning, you will receive an email with payment instructions. When you win an auction, payment will be between you and the artist and not involve DPW. In most cases you will be able to pay through the artist's PayPal account. And, if allowed by the artist, you may be able to pay by check, as well.
How does my money help Japan?
Each artist will be responsible for sending your payment, minus shipping & handling, expenses, and any PayPal fees, to an organization aiding Japan of the artist's choice.

Information for the Artist

Who can participate?
As with all DPW Challenges, anyone and everyone can participate. You do not need to be a member of Daily Paintworks or even a daily painter. Neither are there any limitations on media - all 2D media are welcome. Normally, pre-existing work cannot be submitted to a DPW Challenge. In this case, however, the challenge is to help the people of Japan and so all work is welcomed.
When does it begin?
The challenge will be posted to the site at 1 pm CST on Saturday March 19th, at which time it will be simple to submit an entry.
How do I submit an entry?
Once the challenge has been posted, simply click on the Challenges link in the navigation bar under the DPW logo, which will take you to the page listing the challenges. The Help Japan Challenge will be at or near the top. Clicking on the The Help Japan Challenge image or title will take you to the challenge page where you can view the challenge, see the current entries, and submit your own by clicking on the Submit to the challenge link to the right of the challenge image. Click here to see an existing challenge, as an example.
When will it end?
This challenge, as with all DPW Challenges, will not have an ending. Artists can participate at any time and any number of times they wish.
How does it work?
By participating in the challenge, the artist agrees that their entry will be for sale and that they will donate the proceeds of the sale, minus shipping & handling, expenses, and fees, to an organization providing aid to Japan of the artist's choice. For convenience, we will make available a list of several available organizations.
Each artist will be able to set their starting price, however all auctions will end at 9 pm CST, 7 days from the date of submission. The actual purchase of the paintings will occur directly between the artist and the buyer and not through the Daily Paintworks website.
Each artist can choose, when submitting their challenge entry, to provide the buyer the option to purchase the painting through the artist's PayPal account, if they have one, and/or to allow the buyer to email them to either arrange to pay by check or by another method.
Each artist will be able to specify a fixed domestic and international shipping and handling fee, which will be added to the sale price. Further they will be able to specify in which region they live (USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, etc.) and to which region they are willing to sell. Each artist will be responsible for calculating and adding any required sales tax. This can be set up in PayPal, as described here. All auctions will be auto-relisted up to three times if the painting does not sell.
We look forward to your participation and are grateful for the opportunity to help raise money to help the people of Japan.
Please spread the word!
Contact David with any questions.
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