Fairfield, Iowa-September 12, 2006-ArtSelect, the world’s leading online customer frame shop and art gallery, today announced a partnership with First Book, an international nonprofit whose mission is to provide children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Through the alliance, ArtSelect will donate 20 percent of the proceeds from sales on their Web site directly to First Book.

By clicking on the ‘Shop for Support’ link at www.FirstBook.org, art lovers can access a complete online art gallery and custom frame shop-designed and supported by ArtSelect-and with their purchases help bring the joy of reading to children in need.

“We are grateful to ArtSelect for supporting our efforts to get books into the hands of the children who need them the most,” says Kyle Zimmer, President of First Book. “The donation generated by the sales on their site will help spread the magic of reading to children in communities all over the country.”

This is the first charitable partnership for ArtSelect, who is providing all back-end services for the gallery, including custom matting and framing, manufacturing, inventory tracking, online checkout options, and free shipping. Visitors to www.FirstBook.org need simply to click on the ‘Shop for Support’ link under the Quick Links section, and then choose the ArtSelect logo to connect to the specially branded art gallery. Art lovers can choose from a wide selection of affordable, high-quality prints on the site.

ArtSelect, a subsidiary of a21 Group, helps established retailers offer fine art at reasonable prices, with partnership arrangements such as drop-shipments, private labels, or integrated shopping carts. Responsible for all site and merchandise support, ArtSelect ensures a positive shopping experience for customers from browsing to checkout. The easy-to-navigate site lets shoppers choose their own prints, frames, and mats, or select from an array of designer recommendations and pre-framed, QuickShip items. Overall, the process is easy, efficient, and enjoyable-with beautiful results.

“We are delighted to help First Book with their goal to provide books to children in underserved communities around the country,” says Jerry Oliver, ArtSelect General Manager. “Art and literacy go hand-in-hand as uplifting and inspiring forms of creative expression. We encourage all supporters of these arts to visit the First Book gallery, and support this worthy cause.”

About First Book

First Book is an international nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Through hundreds of local Advisory Boards, the First Book National Book Bank, and the First Book Marketplace, the organization provides an ongoing supply of new books to children participating in community-based mentoring, tutoring, and family literacy programs. First Book has provided more than 46 million new books to children in need in thousands of communities nationwide. For more information about First Book, please visit www.FirstBook.org or call 866-393-1222.

About ArtSelect, Inc.

ArtSelect (www.ArtSelect.com) provides a complete online custom frame shop and art gallery of fine art prints, photos, and mirrors for designers and consumers in the art marketplace. ArtSelect is a subsidiary of a21 Group, (www.a21Group.com) a leading online digital content marketplace for the professional creative community. Through SuperStock (www.Superstock.com; www.Superstock.co.uk; and www.PureStockx.com), Ingram Publishing (www.IngramPublishing.com), and ArtSelect (www.ArtSelect.com), a21 delivers high quality images, art framing, and exceptional customer service.


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