Several years ago, I had a solo show at a local gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the opening reception, one painting was purchased. According to the contract, I was to have received payment within thirty days. It was beyond thirty days and I contacted the gallery to receive my check. The director/owner told me she didn’t have it. She had invested the money back into the gallery. I threatened a suit in small claims court. She stated she still would not have the money. To shorten the story, she began sending me $20 a month. A year later, I finally did receive the entire amount, and it was years later before the she would share the purchaser’s information with me. That gentleman and his wife have since become loyal collectors.
More recently, I was verbally and with a hand shake promised a solo show at another local gallery for the month of October. I had not received a contract or vital information needed for the event. I sent the director a text. No response. I called and left a voice mail… no response. A second call resulted in the same… I left a voice mail and again no response. I have since given up and I will be blackballing that gallery.
As Artists, we deserve better. We deserve to be respected. Help is on the way!
I recently came across a website through an email from Brainard Carrey where we can not only share our horror stories, but can also search potential galleries or juried calls for submission for legitimacy. As more Artists learn of this resource, the data will grow. It will be a useful resource here in the United States as well as Worldwide. I encourage you to review and share on this site: http://www.howsmydealing.com.