I just submitted my entry for the 2015 Art on Nepessing Art Walk and Art Fair. I participated in the art walk the past two years and think this is a great event for our little downtown. Last year I had some additional artwork for sale in the main art tent during the 2-day art festival and actually sold a few. So this year I am going to make the leap to setting up my own booth - eek! - there's always a bit of anxiety with every "first", but I feel ready to give it a try.
This year I am donating an acrylic painting based on a photograph I found online by Ron Perkins. I didn't know the photographer's name when I made the painting. Then after it was finished I got involved in an online discussion on copyright. The general consensus was that using photos from the internet for study and practice is fine but if you intend to sell the finished piece you need the photographer's permission - especially of they make money off their photos. So I tracked down the photographer using google image search and sent him a message asking for permission to use his artwork.
That was about a month ago. No reply. So now what do I do? I could keep the painting ... but gawd, I am starting to accumulate quite an inventory and really need to get rid of some. I could give it as a gift to someone ... or, it could be my contribution for this year's art walk. All the pieces in the art walk get auctioned off at the end of art festival. So there will be money made from it, but it won't go to me, it will go to the Center for the Arts which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. It seems like a good solution.