Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wisconsin Portal Scam

I’ve recently been contacted by a scam artist and feel I should share this story with my fellow artists. Long story short: 1. “They”, from New York City, wanted to buy one of my sculptures off the “Portal Wisconsin” website, last Saturday, asked about price. 2. They replied to the price and said I should mark it sold immediately. They were just getting a job promotion and life was messy, the promotion included an out-of-town move, asked for my name, address, and phone number so they could contact me. 3. They informed me that they would send a check to cover the cost of the art and they wanted me to take the excess money, from the check, to pay a shipper who would be picking the sculpture up from me. 4. I replied that they should just send a check and I’ll ship the piece to them. They replied “no” because of all the moving they were doing. 5. A check came on Friday for $2000. I was to cash it “IMMEDIATELY” and take the cost of the sculpture out, then “IMMEDIATELY” send the rest of the money to their “shipper”, some character in California. HA!!!! Stop the music!!!!!
The check was from Pittsburg, some sort of children's foundation and it was sent to me from Puerto Rico. The senders name was someone I never heard of. My banker examined the check, found it was printed on a ink-jet printer like we all have, including the endorsement name that no one could read (regular bank checks are printed with regular printing presses, leaves different characteristics). I contacted the detective squad of the sheriffs department following my trip to the bank (no, I did not “cash the check”). I am now on record regarding this attempted scam. I have broken off all contact with these sorry individuals. To cement the fact that this is a fraud, the Wisconsin Arts Board sent me an email warning me of scam artists using names off the Portal Wisconsin website – too late, I’ve already been there and didn’t get scammed to boot. So, anyone getting such messages should be aware, if they don’t want the art shipped by you directly to their home it’s likely they don’t want your art, all they want is the money they will try and fleece off of you.
Ah the art world, what an exciting place, isn’t it??
Respectfully, Pat Plunkett, Visual Artist

The worst of news.....

Dear Fellow Artists:

September of 2012 will be my last month with the Wisconsin Visual Artists Guild. I will assist with the fundraiser in October, but will not be available for the October meeting. I'm afraid that other obligations in my life have consumed much of my time and energy and I cannot continue to take part in the responsibilities of the guild as I have in the past.

The WVAG members have been a terrific source of inspiration to me and I have been so very fortunate to call many of you my friends. The future might bring me a sane moment or two so that I might be able to continue my craft and show in upcoming shows, but for the immediate future, the WVAG needs someone to jump in and take up the position I have held. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

Monthly mailings
Mailings to new and existing members
Run the monthly meetings
Make the sales at the clinic on demand
Wrangle the file box

You may reach me at 715-297-0858 or email me at should you have any questions for me.

God bless.

Chandra Witter

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sharon Rotz Gallery Show

You are invited

Fine Art Fiber

Saturday, September 15 - October 6, 2012
Nicolet Art Gallery
Nicolet College
Rhinelander, WI

Five artists are highlighted in this rich exhibit of fine art quilts and beadwork. Featured are Pat Gaska, Louise Schotz, Gale Wilcox, Pat Kumicich
and Sharon Rotz.

Greet the artists at the Opening
Saturday, September 15th
5-7 pm

The Fine Art Fiber Fair is
Saturday, October 6
10 am - 4 pm.
Meet and interact with the fiber artists as they present live demonstrations.
This event is free and open to the public.
See you there.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Woodson News

Woodson Art Museum

This Weekend's Wow @ the Woodson
Saturday & Sunday, September 8-9
Three-part Debut of 2012 Birds in Art and
Owen J. Gromme exhibition in New Building Addition
Part of Wausau's Artrageous Weekend

The Museum offers extended hours:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, September 8
10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, September 9
during "Birds in Art" opening weekend, part of
Wausau's Artrageous Weekend.
More than 70 of the 125 Birds in Art artists from throughout the world will be at the Museum Saturday morning, September 8, to meet visitors and sign catalogues, and about a dozen artists will demonstrate painting, drawing, and woodcarving during Artists in Action, 9:15 a.m. - Noon, in the sculpture garden.
Among those included in the 2012 exhibition are seven Wisconsin artists, thirty-three international artists from fourteen different countries, nineteen first-time Birds in Art artists, and nineteen artists who have been named Master Artists during previous Birds in Art exhibitions.
Opening day of this year's 37th annual Birds in Art exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum on Saturday, September 8, also marks the debut of an Owen J. Gromme painting collection in the Museum's new building addition.
Gromme, the celebrated Wisconsin artist (1896-1991) who is considered the "father of Birds in Art, " organized the Woodson Art Museum's inaugural exhibition in 1976, so the Museum is a fitting permanent home for a collection of his most significant work.
The forty-three paintings were commissioned in 1965 by Marshall & Ilsley Bank for its then-new Milwaukee building and given to the Museum in 2011 by BMO Harris Bank. The international reputation of Birds in Art, the Museum's flagship exhibition, was key to BMO Harris Bank's decision to donate the paintings to the Museum that Gromme helped launch nearly four decades ago.
Owen J. Gromme: An Enduring Legacy, comprising the forty-three paintings and a re-creation of his Briggsville, Wisconsin studio, debuts in a new gallery in the Museum's 9,000-square-foot addition that also includes enhanced visitor amenities such as a large elevator and restrooms, and much-needed storage space. The new gallery more than doubles the Museum's space to display artwork from its permanent collection, which will allow more Museum treasures to be on view year round.

In the Sculpture Garden
Repurposed Paper Sculpture
Sculptor-in-residence Steven Siegel has named his Woodson Art Museum sculpture "Let's fan out." In mid-May 2011, Siegel directed the creation of a gently curing wall made of repurposed paper that will grace the sculpture garden for about two years, weathering to resemble an exposed hillside comprising layers of ancient rock. This acclaimed artist is interested in how his biodegradable sculptures visually impact their surroundings and how they change over time. A corps of volunteers and Museum staff helped Siegel create the sculpture from more than 24,000 tons of donated paper.
Drop by during regular Museum hours (Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm; Saturday & Sunday, Noon-5pm) to see "Let's fan out."

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