At ArtiGras in Jupiter this weekend a woman came up to my booth and said that she would give me 750 for a piece marked at 1000 then told me to think about it and she would come back after dealing with another artist.
She stated that she and her sister have been buying art all weekend and have done their part in supporting the arts. Maybe by squeezing every artists for every dime, she thinks she is supporting the arts.
She came back and said what do you think of my offer. I said that I would give her a 15 percent discount but she didn't think that was enough and began to tell me that she is on the board of the West Virginia Coalition for the Arts and I should be thankful that she would take my piece back to WV and tell others about it. She also would not pay the sales tax. I said no thank you and she began to talk to me like I should be so lucky that she liked my work. She claimed to be a shrewd negotiator but would not come up on her price. and I did not come down on mine . We should not be giving our work away just to make a sale.
I asked her if she paid full price for every dress or clothes at a department store and she said oh no I never pay full price. I asked if she pays full price for groceries or bargains with the grocer too.
For someone who is supposed to be an advocate for the arts all she does is rip artists off from charging a fair market value for their art. I told her she should be ashamed of her self for treating artists that way as an advocate.
She walked away. at 5:20 when the show closed at 5 and did not have any 2d art in here hands. Bye Bye, See ya, don't let the gate hit you on the way out.