Peter Ives, Esq., Santa Fe City Councilor and Senior Counsel for The Trust for Public Land:

Thank you Talia Kosh and Lawyers for the Arts for hosting with the City’s Community Gallery the panel discussion on best practices in the Artist Gallery Relationship. Having a panel composed of an artist, an artist representative, gallery owners, a museum representative, and a lawyer, brought a richness and perspective to the discussion which is often lacking. Having such an extensive knowledge and experience base, combined with active participation from the audience, made the conversation good and the two hours fly by. All, including the panelists, came away better informed and appreciating the complexities of these relationships. Among my take-aways from the evening were the continued relevance of the gallery to the art market and to artists who engage in a gallery relationship that benefits both parties. Also, I had a sense that galleries truly appreciate working with artists that have a good business sense, and that artists truly appreciate working with galleries that believe passionately in the art created by the artists showing in the galleries. It was a wonderful evening.

Samantha Paige Furgason, ARTWORKinternational’s founder:

Thank you for including me as a panelist for the New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts sponsored discussion on The Art of the Dealer: Best Practices for the Modern Gallery/Artist Agreements. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The panelists were diverse in their backgrounds, engaged, educated and outspoken. A perfect melting pot. Participation from the audience was passionate. Having a forum for my thoughts and opinions is always welcome! As well, I came away with new knowledge that will benefit my company and my clients. Should the NMLA request my participation in the future, I will be there, with bells on!

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