Fred Parker on tue 19 jun 07
Has this happened to anyone else? Should I expect it from galleries?
Last week, I was with the family on vacation on the Georgia coast 20 miles
or so from Savannah. Before leaving I called a gallery I visited recently
(Gallery 440 on Bull Street) to see if they might be interested in
carrying some of my work. They are one of the very few galleries I have
found in Savannah with ceramics. I spoke with the gallery manager, who
seemed knowledgeable, serious and in control -- not just a
After we talked about the kinds of things I make for a few minutes,
conveying my website URL etc. she said they were definitely interested,
and she set up an appointment for me to come in with some of my work to
meet with her and the gallery owner. I gave her my cell number in case
anything changed and told her I would be in town that week only, but did
not live there. We agreed on a day and time, and I packed several pieces
for the trip.
On the day of the meeting I drove the 20-plus miles from where we were to
downtown Savannah in the rain, unloaded my pottery and lugged it to the
gallery where I found, guess what, no owner and no gallery manager.
Instead, the owner's non-artist husband who "came in to open up" was
there. According to him, he knew little about art, nothing about pottery
and also nothing about my appointment. "Something came up" he said, and
the others would not be there. I could leave a few pieces if I wished.
They would look them over when they got around to it. No phone call. No
message saying my stuff on the internet looks like crap and they want
nothing to do with it. No "screw you" note. They just didn't show up for
My question: is this something to expect grom galleries? I'm still pretty
new at this, but I was brought up to render a modicum of courtesy and
respect even to salespeople hawking products I had no interest in ever
owning. This, in my opinion, is nothing short of arrogance. Even a
potter deserves better. If they were alive and not in critical care
somewhere, it seems they could at least have called and cancelled.
Thanks for listening. I needed to vent.
Just wondering if
We were scheduled to come back home the next day. There was no way I was
going to pack the car then drive into Savannah to unpack it to load
whatever they decided they did not want.
Mike Gordon on fri 22 jun 07
Fred, Most galleries are not that rude and irresponsible. Consider the
event a good omen. They would have screwed you sooner or later. Try
another gallery and try not to let this one bum you out. Mike Gordon
On Jun 19, 2007, at 1:11 PM, Fred Parker wrote:
> Has this happened to anyone else? Should I expect it from galleries?
> My question: is this something to expect grom galleries? I'm still
> new at this, but I was brought up to render a modicum of courtesy and
> respect even to salespeople hawking products I had no interest in ever
> owning. This, in my opinion, is nothing short of arrogance. Even a
> potter deserves better. If they were alive and not in critical care
> somewhere, it seems they could at least have called and cancelled.
> Thanks for listening. I needed to vent.
> Fred Parker
> Just wondering if
> We were scheduled to come back home the next day. There was no way I
> going to pack the car then drive into Savannah to unpack it to load
> whatever they decided they did not want.
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