I consigned some of my work to a local gallery that had a good
reputation. The owner and I signed a consignment agreement where I
was to be paid within 45 days of a sale (after the opportunity to
return the item had expired). I received email notification of my
sales in Feb. for which I should have been paid $135 by mid-April.
Unannounced to employees and artists, the gallery closed at the end
of March. I retrieved all my unsold work but have still not been
paid for my Feb. sales. Repeated emails and phone calls to the
owners have produced a few apologies and one promise to be paid in
June after the sale of some store fixtures but still nothing from
them. Obviously it could have been much worse for me: I got my work
back and am only out $135 but I’m wondering what possible next steps
I can take to try to get paid. Also, is there anything I can do in
future consignment deals that will help to ensure that I get paid
for my sales in the event of the gallery closing?