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Alert to all artists
This is an alert to all artists.  Recently a number of major corporations have pressured various artists in an effort to require licensing for painting particular
subjects. These corporations include major automotive manufacturers, railroad companies, soft drink companies, breweries,   etc.  Research done by two
independent law firms has shown no legal precedent requiring fine artists to obtain a license to paint
any  trademark or copyrighted subject. In fact, a number of cases have been listed which support the artists right to create such subjects,  partially because
of * First Amendment rights *(U.S.A.).
In this widespread practice of intimidation, licensing representatives have appeared at shows, physically threatening artists, their art, theirdisplays and their
vehicles unless the artist sign a licensing agreement on the spot. Previous examples of licenses signed by artists have included a commitment fee of
several thousand dollars, a relinquishing of their reproduction rights, and a minimum payment of $2,500  quarterly (8 to 10 % of gross sales) which increases
with each new two year contract. An artist who doesn't meet the payment schedule is in  danger of losing his entire inventory when his license is revoked.
Other artists have recieved numerous threatening letters to cease and desist, all creation,  sales, and distribution of their art, whether it be original paintings
or limited edition prints.
It is important that artists with similar interests band together to protect our rights. If you're interested in supporting such a movement, please contact,
Gordon Drysdale at (705) 693-1317 or             See
"ARTISTS COALITION" LINK
drysdale@cyberbeach.net                       for membership list
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Wanted
1911 Packard
model 30
Phaeton
This was the very first new car in Sudbury, Ontario,
Canada.
It was owned by William Joseph Bell, a Sudbury
lumber baron and philanthropist. 2011 is  the 100th
Anniversary of this car and Sudbury's first new car.
We would like to find the original, believed to be in
Arizona, or explore the possibility of owning an
identical model.
Please contact Gordon Drysdale, if you have any helpful information.
Original painting  "The First Ride"
This painting depicts the arrival of the very first new car in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Purchased by William Bell,
it was a 1911 Packard Model 30 Phaeton. The house in the background "Belrock Mansion" belonged to the Bells
and overlooks Ramsey Lake. Bells chauffer was Percy Gardner who went on to own the longest operating
Chrysler dealership in Canadian history. Mrs. Katherine Bell is seated in the buggy while Frank Cochrane, a
former mayor of Sudbury and federal politician as well as business magnate, is also pictured with a few local
residents. Everything in the scene is accurate to 1911.
12" X 24" prints are now available at $150.each.
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