You said that bad word! (Howard Alan) What an a.....e!
I had a big run in with him a few years ago and, as a result,
have never done any of his shows. He has some very prestigious
ones here in Florida which would be nice to do - but not if I
have to put up with him.
I was doing the Cocoa Village Fine Art Show at the time (and,
incidentally, won a 2nd ribbon and check in the same show for my
category) when Howard Alan came up to my booth (before I got the
ribbon). He looked my stuff over and chatted a few minutes,
telling me that I was pre-juried for his Los Olas show in Ft.
Lauderdale. He advised me to send my check and some photos to
his office marked to his personal attention, and he would see
that I was accepted. Well, after doing all that - I was turned
down. So I called him long distance to remind him of who I was
and that we had talked, and he told me to resend and he would
watch out for it. So I did. Refused again. When I called again,
he told me that his wife had refused me as my work wasn't up to
their standards. I finished up out the postage, the prints (they
never returned them), and $16.00 in long distance.
I later learned that his wife did some kind of schlok bead
jewelry and didn't like having new jewelers in their shows. I
used to do beading myself before I got a torch. Over the years,
mine had developed into the all knotted, one-of-a-kind
off-center pieces incorporating a hand made or cast piece as a
focus. Lots of weaving with multiple strands. But I understand
hers is straight strung stuff with almost no artistry. I don't
bead any more but that's only because I felt I had exhausted the
medium for me and wanted to move on to new things.
I've been hearing stories all over the circuit about these
people and that working with them is a political experience. As
far as jewelry is concerned, I've learned that they have a core
group they work with and that's all they want to know. Their
core group is not made up of the finest jewelers but the ones
they find acceptable based on some criterion of their own.
Sorry you had such a negative experience with them. I didn't
know they were that big up North.
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