Sunday, June 5, 2016

Scams

You'd think that trying to scam artists would be very low on the totem pole ... but nooooo  ... I got this email last week
From:
Andrea Zak
z_andrea@hotmail.com

Subject:
invitation show

Message:
Hello,

I saw your work in the American Art Collector. We would like to invite you to show as a visiting artist at our gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Gallery Andrea is located in old town scottsdale a premier location for the arts.
Andrea
Gallery Andrea"
 
So I get right on the ball, firing off 5 emails to her this past week and then finally got a reply  asking me to sign off on the attached document and then we'd get down to details on the show they want to "give" me.  BUT within the document, I see this:
  
"Pricing:  The gallery will assist you in establishing art market prices for your art. The financial relationship for art sales: 50/50
Promotional Representation Fee: $900 for 3 months paid upon signing..  Renewal Representation is available."

"donotreply@fineartamerica.com

May 28 (8 days ago)


to me

 
Yeah, right.  Here is what the ArtBusiness.com website has to say about that:
 
"Most importantly, anytime you pay for exposure up front, you effectively reduce the incentive a gallery has to sell your art. It'll certainly be less than if you pay nothing and the only way they make their money is by selling your art-- like the large majority of galleries actually do. To repeat, in a traditional artist/gallery relationship, no money changes hands in advance of a show; the artist provides the art and the gallery provides the venue. That's how things work and don't let anybody tell you different. It's a partnership where each party takes on a comparable degree of investment and risk."
 
Shipping artwork is very expensive, which is why I've sworn off pursuing exhibits on the West Coast, unless I can just send a digital file.  

Here's a mixed media piece I'm currently working on


 
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