Her hunch is correct. I have indeed had many questions like this one over the years.
I was hoping you could give me your ever honest opinion of the email below. This lady has been emailing me, and I would never respond without getting your opinion first (my favorite and most respected art instructor ever!). I have done some searching on the web, chat rooms tend to think it is a scam, the actual website doesn’t seem “scammy” though. Although, I do find it hard to believe that they are really interested in my work (there’s not much posted on my website) – so my realistic side comes out and says – they just want your money.
My hunch is that you’ve had other students in this same scenario? Could you find time in your super crazy busy day to give me your thoughts? I would really appreciate them!
You’re the best,
Thanks so much!
Thank you for contacting me. I am honored to be a source of inspiration and insight for you.
The email that you received is not unlike many of the emails I myself have received over the span of my art career. In fact, I received a similar email from the same gallery back in 2011!
The following is my honest opinion regarding gallery representation of this type:
If I had all the funds in the world, I would have accepted all such invitations that come my way. I think it's a great way to add to your portfolio, add professionalism to your roster, travel, make connections and boost your "I really am an artist" self-esteem.
That said, I have declined all invitations thus far because:
Honestly, I don't think that there is a wrong choice here.
If you decide to go ahead, I would encourage you to do a few things first:
I hope this helps and good luck!
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