Re: Have I Got A Non-Fiction Story To Tell!!! ... Part Three

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Posted by Elaine on October 04, 1999 at 11:14:53:

In Reply to: Re: Have I Got A Non-Fiction Story To Tell!!! ... Part Two posted by Elaine on October 04, 1999 at 09:45:56:

"Tainoblood/Karen", if you are out there, please contact me. I am interested in discussing a defunct web site with you.
Thank you.

~Moving On~

For those unfamiliar with the art world, it is standard practice for galleries & art reps to receive between 20 & 30% from all sales. It is also standard practice for the artist to pay all cost involved in promotional materials such as photographs, portfolios, etc.

We'll return to this point later.

Meanwhile, we go back to '97. Following the "energia" troubles, we did contact Eric Schweig's agent, Deidre Sam, in regards to some questions we had & to inquire whether or not he would be interested in an interview.

Deidre Sam replied, answering our queries & discussed our web site.

December 9, 1997

"It's really something to see this web site still functioning on behalf of
both the event and the movie..

Good luck with it."

-Deidre Sam

December 9, 1997

"Eric is very busy carving (I have seen his work and it is exquisite..may
end up in a swank museum!)"
- Deidre Sam

Positive, positive! How simple & straightforward things were at this time. This was the first time I heard anything about Eric's carvings.

In response to the reference, I sent back an e-mail on January 4, 1998 asking if Eric might be interested in selling his art through our web site.

Why did I do this? I like art & have an appreciation for the work & effort one puts into art. It is THAT simple.

I was not aware of the claims being made to many, many people that Elizabeth was the one who "suggested" to Deidre & Eric that he market his masks on our site until more than a year later. Along with that completely false claim, she was telling anyone who would listen that we somehow "wronged" her & failed to give her credit. This is TOTAL bull sh*t. She had nothing whatsoever to do with the masks, with Eric, or with our arrangement. Nada.

Believe it or not, this was the seed which was to grow into a frenzied hatred of us, Mohican Press - Elaine & Rich, among many *fans.* This was the story she put out there.

Amazing ...

January 6, 1998

I spoke with Eric and he is interested in working with you on this!! I'll give it a shot at sending the picture to you.
Please let me know if you recieve it."

- Deidre Sam

January 7, 1998

"He says he'll call you tomorrow about 10:00 his time 1:00 this OK?

- Deidre Sam

P.S....I'm very happy, this is the only thing he's been interested in for a long time, this is very good."

- Deidre Sam

January 8, 1998

"Anyhow, I just spoke to Eric, and we both agreed that you guys would be best and we would keep it "excluive" [sic] to you.

It is my personal feeling that your web page is one done for the love of it, and I think it will be easier for all concerned to just give out your web site #."

-Deidre Sam

So far, so good. On this understanding, we proceeded to put together a nice, professional, informative presentation of Eric's art. Since we had assurance that no one else would be permitted to simply cull what they wished from our site, we felt comfortable putting time, money, & LOTS of effort into the Eric Schweig Gallery which WE CREATED.

At this time, there was virtually nothing on the Internet about Eric Schweig. Our Gallery & subsequent interview brought about a lot of positive publicity for Eric & renewed interest in his careers. Yes .... this was good. And we remain proud of this even today.

From day one, we have done right by Eric Schweig.

Following our announcement that we'd be selling Eric's masks on our web site, Elizabeth posted a message ...

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