In a May 31 post I mentioned that I had left a gallery which was actually doing a respectable job for me... usually moving the larger pieces. I hemmed and hawed about how I just had too many balls in the air and needed to cut back. Well... anyone reading between the lines would know that you don't squeeze out a good selling gallery unless there's more to the story... and this is it:
I picked up my work, checked off my inventory but somehow missed noticing one large painting was missing. Got home, did a recount and discovered the error. Sent a humble email taking all the blame (my usual approach, it's gotta be MY fault!) They wrote back that it was actually out on approval and they would let me know the result.
Five (5 - FIVE) months later I emailed them again as to the whereabouts of the painting. Turn around email... the check is being sent today.
This has been the normal routine... seldom did I ever get a check that I didn't have to ask or remind them about. The first year started out great, but later, although sales stayed steady, the response didn't. I understand how the economy is, I understand bills to be paid. But... BUT! A gallery that isn't paying it's artists looks like a gallery in trouble to me! BTDT! The thing to do is to get the hell out of there before the squeeze hits.
These people are as nice as any I've ever met in the gallery business... I hate that things may be getting tight for them... but I also wonder if the problem wouldn't be the same even in a good economy. If so... there's a lack of respect being shown for their artists and there's no excuse for that!