A reader sent this in “Gallery 212, Wynwood, Miami Florida
I walked into the gallery last spring to see if they were looking at new artists work. I was told they were but here was the deal. It costs $900 a month to hang work on the walls. But in November and December during Art Basel Basel, the price is $3,200 a month. The gallery is located on the corner of 24th Street and 2nd Avenue. The main drag through Wynwood to all the fairs is Miami Avenue. 2nd Avenue is two long block or four shorter blocks west of Miami Ave. It’s not even on the main drag. Was told that during Basel they get thousands going through the gallery.”
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A reader submitted this, “Sarah Merrick curated a show a couple of years ago (in Newark, New Jersey) in which she did not returned two of my paintings. I have attempted repeatedly to get them back and but she does not respond to my attempts. I have been told by one other participating artist that she did not return his painting as well.”
A reader sent this in, please add to this if you have experience here
“I’ve been working with many galleries for years and have had amazingly wonderful experiences. Most treat their artists very well. It isn’t easy being a gallery owner with all the expenses and difficulties.
Having said that, I would not deal with Canada House Gallery in Banff Alberta, after being treated in a very unfair manner in my opinion. I say this with a heavy heart because I would never say anything bad about a gallery unless I felt that I have been deeply wronged.”
An artist sent this in, any other comments? “Artisan Direct. Never deal with these people, especially Jayson Samuels. He’s an ex con who changed his name because he was convicted of fraud. You pay big time upfront for the exhibition, and the work might not even be displayed. After I asked for my work back, he lied and said he didn’t have it. I had to get a lawyer- the art came back but some pieces were damaged.”
A reader sent in this comment, please add if you have had experience here “We have had several artists complain about Caprice Horn Gallery, Berlin, Germany. She had sold art and not paid the artists. She had damaged art and not paid for repairs. She had blamed theft of images but did not pay the artist the insurance money. In one instance she had the wall painted with the art hung and ended up with white paint splatter on the prints and did not pay for repairs. She shipped work back to the USA and did not pack properly so all the art was damaged. Several artists had sued her but unless you are a German citizen you will not receive anything from the German courts but the attorneys sure get paid to loose.
Beware of this woman and gallery.”
This is a letter I received, please add to the comments if you know this gallery of have more information. This is one letter that came in about them “about a dozen of my colleagues have been in touch with them (Debut Contemporary) as they have a lot of agents lurking around (I think artists are offered discounts if they bring people in) and several of them are suing the owners or thinking of suing them. Their true offer is quite well camouflaged unfortunately. I was told there was a fee of £400 when I met them years ago, which I thought sounded reasonable considering their low commission (20%). It turned out to be £400/week for a “test period” of 3 months 🙂 so I put their emails in the bin. They kept emailing me for about 6 more months.
This gallery was run by Scott Shane of Woodland Hills, CA. It was first called the Visual Arts Gallery and then changed its name to Totally Artistic, Inc. Scott (aka Shane) had a contract drawn up that each artist who paid for a membership, were required to donate a piece of their art to the organization so that Shane could use it to represent them and market their art. When the organization went under about 4 years later, Shane kept all of the art work and never returned it to the artists. He used it to decorate his home in Big Bear and his place in Woodland Hills. Unfortunately, many of the artists were never informed of this and are only now finding out that their work was stolen and the statute of limitations has expired.