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Artists Beware - NO art fair at Orchard Lake, MI, June 26-27

This is to bring attention to artists and all in the art show trade industry of
Sunshine Artist in which the June 2010 publication posted an Event Listing for “Art on the Lake, Orchard Lake, Michigan” in which the Information is
Misleading and Not True for an event that was supposed to take place end of June, 2010, and has been cancelled. (I did not notice the listing previously in SA, which means the listing was placed “last minute”.)

This promoter, Great Lakes Art Group (John LaCroix of Royal Oak, MI) is trying to take advantage of the Event that Hot Works, LLC, has built over the past 8 years. Everyone needs to know that THIS IS NOT THE SAME SHOW. LaCroix’s listing claims estimated public attendance 8,000 (source: past years) - which is not correct. In addition, how can LaCroix say 268 applications last year when he has no idea of the event’s previous history nor has he ever had anything to do with our Original Orchard Lake Fine Art Show™ that used to be held at that location (Orchard Lake St. Mary's Schools) the previous seven years?

For everyone’s information, in 2010 Hot Works has moved the event to a new & improved location in the heart of West Bloomfield.
Hot Works has worked very hard to build the show and our reputation with the Artists and then someone from out of the blue attempts to play off of this? The
Orchard Lake Fine Art Show™ has been produced by
Hot Works, LLC since its inception and has been voted in
Sunshine Artists Top 100 Fine Art Shows in the Country the last 3 years in a row and last year, made
Art Fair Source Book's Top 100.

Also, this promoter claims 9 years at this site when he has NEVER done the Event before; therefore a 60% return of what? Zero? I guess so since the event is not happening. This hurts a Show like ours both with false listings and artist’s livelihood. I'm curious as to what Event/s he ever promoted in the past, if any.

A Promoter who takes another Art Show Director's information to benefit his Show should have a "Buyer Beware" Flag posted on his head. Actions such as this hurt Hot Works reputation, and other Art Show Promoters, and Artists, when they use a similar name and use others' statistics (worse yet, which are incorrect). Unfortunately, many do not realize the hard work and financial investment events are to produce and this is not the first time artists and the trade has seen this happen. Artists: Buyer Beware of this Promoter. If he is misleading with this listing - what else is he doing that is fraudulent and misleading. I hope he did not take anyone's money. If he did and doesn't return it he will have the shortest lived career in Art Show History.

Patty Narozny
Show Producer
Orchard Lake Fine Art Show

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Comment by Suzi Sidock on June 21, 2010 at 1:59pm
I am so new to this venue and find this information disturbing and very helpful. Honor among artists???? Shame on them!!
Comment by Connie Mettler on June 22, 2010 at 10:21am
The West Bloomfield Hot Works Show is on July 30-August 1, on Powers Road between 14 Mile & 15 Mile just off of Orchard Lake. Here's the web link:
Comment by Barry Bernstein on June 22, 2010 at 6:48pm
I'm amazed that someone would stoop so low as to scam artists out of their money. Clearly, John LaCroix intent was solely to take peoples money with no intention of putting on a show. Hopefully, no one got burned and I wonder if this person could be prosecuted. It may be worth a complaint to the Attorney General.

I've done Patty's Orchard Lake show in the past and was pleasantly surprised at the way it was run and the quality and sophistication of the clientele. I know that moving the show a couple of miles south on Orchard Lake Rd was intended to improve the show and increase attendance. Traffic on Orchard Lake Rd is always heavy and the people of the area love art fairs. Patty and company do a great job. They actually are concerned with the artists and make a maximum effort to make things comfortable. The only reason why I am not doing it, is because it is the same weekend as Art on The Rocks which is right in front of my studio in Marquette, MI.


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