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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Another Art Scam

If you have any type of an online profile, you will receive a lot of email scams ranging from lottery wins to multimillion dollar inheritances from people to whom you are not even related.  If you are an artist, you will receive even more email scams (see prior posts on the topic).

These scams are always easy to spot and while the atrocious spelling has improved in some of them, it should take you no more than a minute or two of internet research to identify these scams.

Here is one I received today and my response. And how did I analyze this email?

1.) There is no business in Seattle called Neptune Green Light Store.
2.) There is no one named Linda Kurtz who works in this field.
3.) The email address does not turn up in any web searches.
4.) They do not identify the art works they want and refer to them as "products."
5.) They want you to ship to some unidentified customer in another country.
6.) They want you to work with their unidentified "personal" shipping agent.
7.) The phone number is not connected to a business.

-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Kurtz. <>
Sent: Sat, Oct 20, 2012 2:59 pm
Subject: Inquiry.

Hi! Sales,

How are you doing today! I'm interested in purchasing some of your
products but firstly i want to
make an inquiry if you can ship directly to Australia,

1. Do you accept credit card      Yes / No   ( Answer )
2. What type of card do you accept
3. Do you ship to New Zealand      Yes / No  ( Answer )

3) Can you work hand in hand with my client freight personal shipping
agent? so they can Pickup the
products directly from your location down to my client address in
Australia  Yes / No   ( Answer )

I will await your reply,

Thank you.

Linda Kurtz.

Neptune Green Light Store.
532 First Avenue South,
Seattle, WA 98104. USA
Phone # (425) 606-5459
Fax # (425) 606-7581

Hi Linda:

Thanks for your inquiry. Can you tell me why there is no listing for
your store in Seattle? And according to my research in the Better
Business Bureau database, there is no listing for you or your business.
Also, your email does not exist.

Perhaps you need to try the scam somewhere else.


Anna Maria, Sales Dept.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

How Capitalism Can Save Art

The Wall Street Journal has a great article by Camille Paglia.

"Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s."

Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Call for Submissions: Arlington, VA artists (2 D)

I am thrilled to be co-jurying the Arlington County Adult Education Program's 2nd Annual Juried show.  It is open to 2 D works only and you must be a county resident. The top prize is $100. The deadline is September 14, 2012.

Click here for the entry details.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Everyone is Creative!

Here is a video from CNN explaining how every person is creative.

Click here to watch the video.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Church Recycles Tornado Damaged Stained Glass Windows

June 27, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CDT
The Tuscaloosa News

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The EF4 tornado that swept through Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, caused damage to many churches in the city.
Covenant Presbyterian Church on Hargrove Road was not spared. The damage the tornado caused has been more difficult to repair than expected.
The church's sanctuary sustained heavy damage that was easily fixable. What has been difficult to repair is the half a million dollars in damage to the church's pipe organ and stained glass windows.
Susan Benke, co-chair of Covenant's building and grounds committee, said the church has to fly in experts from Canada to fix the gigantic pipe organ because few people have the expertise.
Rush Watson, also co-chair of the buildings and grounds committee for the church, said repairing the church's stained glass windows also takes a specialized hand. The stained glass windows were made of faceted glass 1-inch thick that is difficult to procure, he said. The design of the church's stained glass, more than 50 years old, was also unique and hard to replicate.
After interviewing four different companies, church officials found a company in Lubbock, Texas, that could do the job.
"A mission group in Texas told us that Berg Studios could do all kinds of stained glass work," Benke said. "We wanted someone closer by, so we tried local companies, but found out that they didn't have the experience or the expertise doing faceted stained glass.
"So we called Berg, flew them in for a talk and found out that they had the experience and the skills," she said.
Berg started installing faceted stained glass windows in the church on June 23.
Amy Weh, co-owner of Berg Studios, said installing the stained glass windows has been challenging for several reasons.
"On a scale of 1 to 10, the difficulty of this job is about an eight," Weh said.
Some of the more than 20 colors used in the church's original windows can't be duplicated because they don't exist anymore, Weh said, such as a tan streaked with red.
Constructing new windows to resemble the originals has been like putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle.
"I only had a picture to go off of," Weh said. "There's about 20 different colors in this design and each piece varies in size.
"I had to take the photos of the old stained glass windows and scale them up. I drew the original stained glass windows on graph paper and had to number each piece and the color of it. Then I laid out all the pieces like a giant puzzle."
Weh was also asked to use pieces of the broken stained glass in the new windows.
"The church members took great care to collect the broken glass and Berg worked with us to re-use it," Watson said. "There's an emotional, sentimental element about using the same glass."
Weh said about 90 percent of the new windows are made of glass recycled from the old windows.
"Recycling it actually saved them a lot of money," she said.
Watson didn't give the exact cost of the project, but said that insurance and donations covered the cost.
The new windows are expected to be completed by Saturday.
Benke said she's very pleased with the project so far.
"It looks fabulous," she said. "It looks wonderful. The technique they use to do it today is better than it used to be."
Watson said more light is filtered through the new stained glass windows than the old. He said the church will begin worshipping in the new sanctuary in August.

Click here to read the full story.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Japanese Tomb Found with Glass from the Roman Empire

The Huffington Post has a fascinating article on Roman glass beads being found in a Japanese tomb.

"They are one of the oldest multilayered glass products found in Japan, and very rare accessories that were believed to be made in the Roman Empire and sent to Japan," researcher Tomomi Tamura told AFP. "The gilt artifacts, which are 5 millimeters in diameter, contained traces of the chemical natron, which Roman craftsmen used to melt glass." "A natural salt, natron was also used by the Ancient Egyptians in the preparation of mummies."

Click here to read the full story.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Instructional Video on Bottle Cutting and Grinding

I had not checked Youtube for a while and recently came across this interesting video (hisglassworksinc) on bottle cutting and grinding. The artist cuts and grinds wine bottles and creates drinking glasses.  He uses a Covington 12 inch flat lap grinder for the grinding steps.

Click here to watch the video.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

"Sculpture and Design with Recycled Glass"

Just a short note to let everyone know that the book has been doing amazingly well and it is being sold all over the world! It was recently picked up by a trendy book store in a commercial district in Lagos, Nigeria.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Class on Becoming a Professional Artist: May 9th and May 16th

I am teaching another session of this class. We keep the class size small and personal so everyone has time to ask questions, etc.

May 9 and 16th 7-9 PM Washington Lee High School

Learn what it takes to become a professional artist and the do's and don't of preparing your professional resume. We will discuss how to properly enter juried shows, art licensing, proposals for book, agents, art grants and avoiding art scams. Leave with a solid overview of potential opportunities and career tracks.

Arl. Res. $49 Arl. Sr. $35 Non-Arl. Res. $65 Non-Arl. Res. Sr. $49

Sunday, February 26, 2012


I came across a post about artist scams on an artist blog site and the author seems to suggest playing out a scam is ok. The artist says she figured out the email she received was an artist scam but decided to play with this scammer.  She brags that she went as far as to accept the check but did not cash it and kept it as a "souvenir."

This is really an incredibly unwise action by this artist. Please note that no artist should be accepting anything from a scammer or giving out your personal address.  Do you really think law enforcement officials will believe your response that you were just "playing with a scammer" when you accepted that check?  DO NOT DO IT. You will look like you are a willing participant in this scam.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Do you have a favorite broken glass sculpture or glass vessel?

Did you know that most broken glass objects can be recast into a new sculpture, paperweights or decorative tile? A large percentage of my commissioned sculptures begin this way!  I love working with all the different types of glass.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Recent Commission: Orange Murano Glass

A recent art client had a favorite large orange Murano glass vessel that was damaged in a move.  They wanted a taller sculpture so I created a "Glass Flower Reborn" work.  I love the color orange and I think the sculpture turned out beautifully.

 It is 14 inches high at its tallest point. The glass was frosted on one side so I turned some of the pieces over to give the sculpture more depth. The orange color did not shift color during casting (a sign of a high quality glass).  I then used silver foil to give some added embellishment to the "flower."

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Here is an "Interesting" Email from an Art Scammer

I have not got one of these emails for a while.

Greetings/I Am willing To Purchasing artworks
From: Kate Bowen (

To: Undisclosed-recipients

I saw your artwork on   I need you to 
send me the list of the artworks you have for sell ,
wow!! beauty to behold,will add a
spark to my new apartment and am willing to purchase 
your artwork. My son and I will be moving into our new 
apartment next month.

I want you to please get back to me with the present 
condition,your location and your last price offer.
Kindly let me know how much you can
let go and send me pics.will take care pickup after 
get back
to me asap.

Easy clues as to why this is from a scammer.

1.) Undisclosed recipients?
2.) Does not use my name?
3.) Does not even know what type of art I do (no specifics).
4.) The link does not connect to the site (hover your cursor).
5.) When you hit reply, it goes to a different email address
6.) Terrible spelling, grammar, etc.

Yes, Kate, I would like to "add a spark to your apartment."  And I'll bring the matches!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Recycled Glass Bridge Will Welcome Olympic Athletes

By Julian Shea - 24th January, 2012       

The new pedestrian walkway and cycle bridge across the River Lea near the Athletes’ Village in east London features a swirling design using silver and coloured recycled glass. It was created by award-winning local artist Martin Richman, who calls the design 'One Whirl' and says it represents ‘the unravelling of the coiled energy that a competitor brings to an event’.

Richman, from Hackney, is a former student of St. Martin's College of Art who worked as a lighting designer for the likes of Pink Floyd before going on to study painting.

He was one of two artists selected from over 250 applications by the Olympic Delivery Authority to incorporate public art into the new bridges and underpasses being built in the Olympic Park around the stadium in Stratford.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Class on "Becoming a Professional Artist"

I am teaching a class again on "Becoming Professional Artist" for the Arlington Adult Education Program on January 26 and February 2th.

Learn what it takes to become a professional artist and the do's and don't of preparing your professional resume. We will discuss how to properly enter juried shows, art licensing, proposals for book, agents, art grants and avoiding art scams. Leave with a solid overview of potential opportunities and career tracks. Hours: 4.00

Click here for more details and to register.