Many thanks to all of you who are not only taking care of your own business, but also willing to donate your time to improve conditions for everyone at the nation's juried fine art fairs. I appreciate all the input I've received from so many of you.
If you are interested in this topic, please listen to it here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/artfairs/2012/07/05/buysell-what-art-f...
Between the three of us speaking (Carroll Swayze, an art fair artist for over 40 years, Carolyn Edlund who has spent her entire career in creating and administrating in the arts and myself, who didn't get involved until I was 40 years old but am trying to make up for lost time) we have over 100 years of experience in the business. Amazing!
A quickie look at where you can find more information about protecting the shows from buy/sell and places to go to look for more:
- NAIA - (National Association of Independent Artists) has an FAQ page where you can read what many show directors do to combat buy/sell at their events.
- Alibaba.com - a global trade website where you can query suspected imported goods
- Manta.com - a resource where you can find information about corporations large and small, e.g., # of employees, Dun and Bradstreet ratings, etc.
- Take a look at an excellent prospectus that keeps buy/sell out of the Buyers Market of American Craft
- All businesses must be registered in the states where they are headquartered, so if you go to a .gov for any state you can track down details on that business.
My thanks to glass blower Tom Michael who unearthed this information for me. Where to find it in Michigan: http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/bcs_corp/sr_corp.asp. He also and tipped me off on the "glow in the dark jelly fish paperweights" at Alibaba.com
- Thanks to the lawyers who were willing to talk to me on July 4 for their opinions about the legal issues. The opinion is that the handling of buy/sell at each event is pretty much up to the individual jurisdiction of that show and as many of you have said all along it is up to the show to enforce -- but you'll find lots of tips for what artists can do to help the process along.
- Consensus best advice: "boots on the ground", visit art fairs, keep your eyes open, know your neighbors, don't jump to conclusions but know what is out there