Originally Posted by realsculpt
CONTRACTS!!!! solve alot of problems, there are some great books at B&N, amazon, ect on contracts for artists, and doing business as an artist in the art section, sometimes with cdrom of contracts. If someone wont sign a contract its usually because they are dishonest. if your contract says net 30 then they have to pay you in 30 days or you can sue them, and unfortunatly sometimes you have to. Plus you could always ask for your money loudly at one of thier open nights like a 1st thursday or 3rd tues whatever they do.
[Unfortunately, having a contract isn't the same as having cash in hand. Ex-gallery owners can disappear with your art and your funds, and finding them, suing them, and collecting a judgement from them can be more hassle and expense than it's worth, especially if, as is often the case, they don't have any money any more.
Yes, a directory of reputable galleries might help, but even reputable ones can fall on hard times, and the artists are generally the last to find out, or to get paid off. And for "emerging" artists, the most likely galleries to take on their work are the least reputable. You can find out about bad galleries on various sites on the web, but by the time you do, it's generally too late...]