So, I received an email on Friday, regarding Agora Gallery, located in the Chelsea Art District, NYC, which, after mentioning they found my work on Zenfolio, a wonderful lady by the name of Alexandra Cespedes answered a few questions I had after thoroughly reading through the email and the website. This gallery seems to be one which searches for new talent, and does offer a large amount of services, at a hefty fee of ~3850.00 for the first year (base level) of representation.
So, I decided to do some research on the gallery itself....Oh boy... This has been an absolute nitemare as far as this goes. There are so many bad posts and information on them, claiming various problems/claims to it being a "Vanity Gallery" and so forth. So, I dig a bit more, and find that they have Better Business Bureau accreditation since 2010 (a great deal of the complaints seem to be pre 2010, for reference) with an A+ rating, and zero complaints against it. I am at a bit of a loss, as while there's all this information stating over and over again about how they don't follow through with their agreements (one instance) and people claiming they don't do the amount of legwork they advertise doing and so forth, I then find a cool article on CBS listing Agora Gallery as one of the top six NYC Best Contemporary Gallery, dated... 25 August 2012! So with all the bad that's been floating around, here's a spec of the diamond in the rough.
So what's to believe at this point?
I am considering looking at a list of all the NYC galleries and seeing what ones, if any are accepting portfolio submissions, as, well it can't hurt. What's the worst, I'll get a handful of rejection letters? Can't say I didn't try at that point, and it's certainly not going to make me give up.
Cheers, till next time!