Sunbelt American Made Artist Canvas vs Asian-made Discount Canvases + the Winner of Our Canvas Give-away!

Sunbelt Canvases with packaging

Yesterday UPS delivered a box from Sunbelt containing two sample 12 x 16 inch canvases.  What I noticed right away was the weightiness of each canvas — the substantial good quality canvas stretched over wide wood stretcher bars, with consistent super tight flat corner folds. Consistent corners are always something I look for.  I noted the labels (pictured above) listing the materials—cotton canvas, acrylic titanium white primer, precision squared.

I  removed the clear plastic wrap on the canvases and examined the white primer coats. I noted right away that the tooth of the canvas was visible and present and the finish matte. This is important!

Do you use Asian-made discount canvases? Check the corners, the wood frames, and the labels on Asian discount canvases before you buy. Is the primer matte or glossy and slick. Usually  labels do not mention materials used. Why is this important?

Did you know that lots of artists have had issues with the primer coating on those super discount canvases made in Asia (Vietnam, China, etc)?  In fact, many artists who use an Asian discount canvas will first take the canvas outdoors, spray it down with a garden hose to give it a good soak and then give the canvas surface a good scrub with a hard bristle brush to remove the primer!  The extra labor off scrubbing off the primer and the mess and extra expense of applying a coat of gesso makes that bargain canvas much less of a bargain. Why scrub off the primer? Because acrylic paint doesn’t stick to the primer on some discount Asian canvases! There have even been reports of entire paintings peeling right off of Asian-made discount canvases!

If you are an artist in the US it makes sense to buy American made canvases such as stretched canvas sold my Sunbelt—the canvas is consistent high quality,  the corners tightly wrapped, the coat of white primer is a titanium white acrylic with a matte finish, as it should be, and the wood stretcher bars wide to prevent warping.

Many artists have noticed the low retail price list on the Sunbelt site and made them their source of supply for canvases, wood panels and silkscreens.

Thanks to all who tweeted and sent our promotional canvas give-away blog post to Facebook!

 Winner of our Canvas Give-Away

Seven artists left comments on our blog post making them eligible to win. We assigned each artist a number 1-7 then put the numbers 1-7 into a hat, and then (without looking) drew out a number. The winner # 1  Brenda O.  We’ve given Brenda O’s mailing address to the people at Sunbelt canvas so they can ship the 16 x 20 inch gallery wrap canvas to her.

Advertisements

How This Scam Targeting Artists Works

There are many variations on similar scams targeting artists. Many artists wonder how these sorts of scam works. Even owners of large artist sites have been asking how the scam works. Well, an artist named Judy played the scam out far enough to get a check and explains the scam below:

“There is an Art Scam that is going around that you need to be aware of. I know because I’m currently in correspondence with the scammer who calls herself/himself “Gretta White”.
I received an email from “Gretta” saying, “Hope this message finds you well. I saw these creative works on your website and I will like you to get back with more details if they are still available for purchase.” She then proceeds to give me the titles of 2 of my art pieces. I wrote back with details of the pieces. She then writes back and asks what inspired me to make the pieces.
In following emails, she tells me that she is expecting her first child and that she and her husband are currently moving from New Jersey to London. Then she says she’s in Cancun for her sister’s wedding. Then she was in the hospital in Cancun because she almost had a miscarriage. Of course I wrote back to say how sorry I was that she was ill and I’m glad she’s feeling better.
Then she wants my address so her husband can send me a check and she can notify her “cartage company” so they could arrange the pick up of my work.
I suddenly had a feeling that I needed to learn more about Gretta White so I googled her name. There she was under “Gretta White Art Scam”. The person calling herself/himself “Gretta White” supposedly has her husband send the artist a check with an over-payment of thousands of dollars. She then says her husband made a mistake and included the shipping charge so would the artist please go ahead and deposit the check in their own bank and Western Union the over-payment back to her husband. Of course the check is fake but it takes the bank a while to find out. In the meantime the artist has just sent real money to Gretta’s husband.
I now have the check that Gretta’s husband sent me. The check is $2,000.00 more than the price of my art. I received an email from Gretta today asking me to go ahead and deposit the check and she’ll tell me where to send the Western Union.
The check was sent by a Fred Stellato in Bethlehem, PA. (Gretta told me they lived in New Jersey.) The check is from OMICS Publishing Group in Westlake, Los Angeles, CA.  I plan to keep it as a souvenir.
PLEASE BE AWARE OF SCAMS LIKE THIS, WHETHER IT’S UNDER GRETTA WHITE OR CARMEN GONZALEZ, OR WHAT OTHER NAME THEY THINK OF.”