For the third year, artists, Janice Feist, Lynda Lynn,Pat Whittle and Wendie Donabie, present their ‘4’ Autumn Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28 at the Bala Bay Inn on Hwy 169 in Bala.
Offering a variety of styles and mediums (including acrylic, oil, watercolour, encaustic, ink, pastel and mixed media), the 4 artists, welcome visitors to the Bala Bay Inn September 27 & 28 from 10 am to 6 pm.
No matter your taste, the diversity of the artists ensures you will find a painting you will love
For more information please visit www.4paintersartshow.weebly.com or call 705-646-3663
Recently, I received an email from a stranger, out of the country, offering to purchase a number of my paintings. First Red Flag! Who buys one painting let alone five from an unknown artist, sight unseen, off a website. It seemed too good to be true and ultimately it was… The details of my experience are personal but I felt I needed to share my story to warn other artists.
I wrote back to the ‘buyer’ asking why they wanted my work and how they found me. It’s not as if I’m a world-famous artist! She said she found me through a tourism site in our area (plausible) and loved my work; she connected with them. All creative types hope for this kind of feedback on their work. The woman (might have been a man – who knows?) had all the right words to ease my concerns.
When she wanted to use her own shipping company and not a well-known one like UPS or FEDEX, I questioned her. Second Red Flag! She explained that she had used them before and trusted them to handle the paintings for her.
I checked out the shipper’s website. It was not very sophisticated but appeared to have a legitimate address and contact information. I even Google mapped the shipper’s address, a row house in England – not a commercial building. Third Red Flag! The shipping company offered me what could have been a legitimate reason for their location. They were moving their warehouse and using the residential address to continue to conduct their business.
The shipper provided a quote for packaging, shipping and insurance and requested payment by wire transfer, not credit card, addressed to an individual, not a company. Fourth Red Flag!
Then the buyer wanted to add another 3 paintings to her order. Fifth Red Flag! I woke up and Googled her address. It was non-existent. When I questioned her, she offered the excuse that she lived in a remote area which was another reason for using her shipper. That was the nail in her coffin. The address she had provided was in the middle of a the capital city of a European country.
During the last few stages of this drama, I did an internet search for ART SCAMS and found a blog by Artist, Kathleen McMahon called Stop Art Scams. In the comments from other artists, I found, both the name of my buyer and the shipper. They had all received similar email correspondence. I recommend you take a look at the blog.
To make the initial purchase, the buyer used a credit card which I now believe to be stolen.
When I realized I had been the victim of a scam, I reported the incident to the local Ontario Provincial Police detachment and the RCMP Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre; they found the email address for the shipper in their files.
I’m left a little embarrassed for not trusting my gut instinct and all the red flags! I believed I had asked all the right questions and protected myself and never expected to fall for such a scheme. How wrong I was!
Scammers may actually be near or far, any gender, any nationality, and relish the challenge of fooling a questioning, sophisticated, intelligent, selling artist.
What you can do
- Please protect yourself and your work. Only sell to people you have met and who have seen your work.
- Get full payment is advance of shipping (ensure all transactions have cleared your bank).
- Arrange your own shipping with a well-known and reliable company.
- If your buyer asks for any special concessions that seem odd, question them.
- If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.
The police confirmed my experience reflected a common pattern followed by scammers; the exact details may differ. Although these criminals are rarely tracked down and caught, let alone prosecuted for their crimes, we need to report all fraud incidents to the authorities. The more information they have, the better chance of reducing and stopping these crimes.
To report fraud:
In Canada: the provincial police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501
In USA: StopFraud.gov
© Wendie Donabie www.wendiedonabie.com
Huntsville Public Library
- My First Solo Exhibition!
A selection of 8 paintings are hanging between the stacks at Huntsville Library, 7 Minerva Street East, Huntsville, Ontario. Phone: 705-789-5232
Here is a list of the work in the show:
- 2014-15 Firmly Rooted – Stream of Consciousness
- 2014-11 Firmly Rooted – Gathering of Elders
- 2014-10 Watchman
- 2014-9 Firmly Rooted – Contentment
- 2014-8 Firmly Rooted – Morning Has Broken
- 2014-4 Woven Path
- 2013 -3 Firmly Rooted – Guardians of the Forest
- 2011-15 Muskoka River at Bracebridge Falls #1
The show runs to September 25. Click here for the price list of paintings in the show. To see images of the work on display at Huntsville Public Library, please visit my website at www.wendiedonabie.com
Please drop by the library if you are visiting Huntsville this summer or early fall!
Saturday, August 9, Manitoba Street (from Taylor Road to Ontario Street) in Bracebridge is closing to traffic for ART IN THE HEART 2014. Festival Hours are 9 am – 6 pm
You’ll find Carolyn Freedman and I at SOULL KREATIONS, Booth #4, by the clock tower building (Taylor Rd and Manitoba Street) as part of the Arts Festival. Our one-of-a-kind jewellery created from crystals, glass beads, a variety of semi precious stones and recycled materials, hand-made bookmarks, blank art cards and other unique items will be available.
If that name means anything to you, please visit the newest post at Flatoutbozo.(just click here). The blogger is a friend with project in mind
Wish, Hope, Dream
One-of-a kind creations from Pottery pieces donated by Johnathan Bullock, Medieval Pottery- Sale – August 2 & 3 in Gravenhurst, Ontairo
Here’s a few examples of what you will see at our booth
Saturday, July 5
Muskoka Furniture Arts & Crafts Show
195 Wellington Street, Bracebridge
Show hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Eleven Muskoka Artists, Entertainment, Food, MOOSE FM and Furniture deals at Muskoka Furniture!