I have had
four pieces of my artwork stolen BY the Art Factory in Paterson, NJ. I,
and the other members of Confluence, participated in that gallery's Sept. -
Nov. 2013, International Textile Exhibition. There was a lot of strange
behavior going on like no proper opening, almost no Facebook or website
postings of the show, and then we were told that the whole thing had come down
several weeks early. But they did not return the work until my co-curator
(Inga Buell) and I called and emailed numerous times. At that point they
sloppily wrapped the work NOT in our original packing materials and sent back
most of it. Several pieces came with damaged frames, etc. But
three of my mixed media embroideries and one textile lamination have never been
returned to me. We have called and emailed countless times since Nov. 16,
the purported closing date. They do not respond at all and I have filed
a police report, not an easy task in another state from the one in which I
live, and am also filing a complaint with the NJ Attorney General's Office.
This has been excruciatingly painful and I therefore want to warn any
and all artists NOT to show their work at the Art Factory. The owners are
David J. Garsia and Donata Anna Garsia.
This is an as yet unfinished piece that I started in the Sue Cavanaugh workshop I took in Ohio a couple of months ago. She taught us, and showed us, her amazing 3D shibori quilts. I stitched and tied and dye painted then ripped the whole thing into pieces. Now I'm in the process of stitching it to a ground fabric and starting to embroider it. Off to get more creamy white silk threads.