What The Wine Walk Merchants Are Saying

There is a web discussion over on the Artwalk web site (link pgartwalk.com dead) where you can read the merchant’s comments:

Robert Lewis
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Also, this money goes to support the Artwalk and you can say so to the patron. They can pay more if they want to, also.

Tessuti Zoo
Saturday, September 01, 2007
We find that a lot of folks come as couples or more. To charge more than $2 per person for 2-buck-chuck equivalent wine is a bit of an inconvenience to people who we hope will be current and future customers. As much as we want to support the chamber, let’s not make cost an issue where people will be having ill feelings if they want to buy some cheap wine.

Robert Lewis
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Actually, no one ever said anything about cheap wine. It’s up to you what you serve and it’s up to them whether they want to buy or not.

Robert Lewis
Sunday, September 02, 2007
I will have better quality wine this time because I agree that 2buckchuck might not go over. I think the patrons will understand it is for the support of the event too.
Also, if the fee is a around $4 to $5 or more we will raise more money and be able to eventually eliminate our participation fee.

Tessuti Zoo
Thursday, September 06, 2007
We’d certainly not like to be in the position of charging any more than a couple of dollars per person regardless of the cost of the wine.

Randall
Thursday, September 06, 2007
We also offer a compliment of foods. Little yummy bites, and so that all costs money as well. But $2 or $4 bucks of an evening of free wine is a great deal. People should be thankful, and if they are rude ingrate we will throw them out on their arses!! 🙂

studio lolo
Thursday, September 06, 2007
I don’t want to ask my patrons for more than $2, however. Besides, none of them are going to be prepared the first time around. Not everyone has their purses or wallets with them when they do the art walk.

Grand Avenue Art Works!
Thursday, September 06, 2007
I just had a conversation with Michele Roberson, the owner, and she feels very uncomfortable that we are in a sense nickel and dimeing our patrons.

This will be the last Art Walk that Grand Avenue Art Works! will actively participate in. It seems like far too much work, and not nearly enough fun.

Robert Lewis
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Cash, check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, etc.

Robert Lewis
Thursday, September 06, 2007
And, of course, you don’t have to serve wine at all.

Patti Reilly (BellaCosa Studio)
Thursday, September 06, 2007
People also have the option of choosing NOT to drink wine – or going some place else where they’ll be charged $7 or $8 for a glass of wine (and No Art!)

Robert Lewis
Friday, September 07, 2007
We can poll the public this way, giving them the website location. Although, I don’t know why we should poll the public. It’s confusing for us, won’t we just confuse the public more? I prefer NOT to poll the public.

The Loft
Friday, September 07, 2007
nothing too fancy nor too cheap, for we would like to make some profit that can work for us.

Lysakov Art Company
Saturday, September 08, 2007
I have no problem charging for wine, especaily if it keeps away the regular “cheese eaters” with strong body oder who don’t intend to ever buy anything and are only there for the free food and wine, although it is difficult to judge

Robert Lewis
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Last comment from me on this subject: if you serve wine you must charge. That’s the law. Break it at your own risk. I don’t care.
For those who plan to serve wine and not break the law, it is only a matter of what to charge. I recommend it be $2 per glass, the same amount the Art Center charges. No stickers to purchase, no tickets. Just $2 per glass of wine.
The poll yielded 50% in favor of $2, 33% in favor of $6, and 16% Other. Since the Other remains an unknown, let’s go with $2 per glass.

Lysakov Art Company
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Ok, we will charge $2 per glass after all. We will have pretty good wine so it’s a good deal, and I think if we just expain that we must charge to be in agreement with the law then people will understand, or they don’t have to buy any wine, they can just enjoy art and maybe music and some snacks. SO it’s pretty simple.

Grand Avenue Art Works!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
What the hey, you guys. Police, Sheriff and ABC on the scene. Very tawdry in my opinion. I had my most fun painting at Lisa’s. Luckily “skin” is not a controlled substance.

Tessuti Zoo
Friday, November 09, 2007
The Website is promoting the next ArtWalk as Dec. 14, instead of November 9. And the maps and press page still say September. This is confusing for those who visit the site. And do we need this wine debate still here for the public to see?

Artie
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Call Moe and ask for a refund.
It is interesting to read all you gallery owners fuss over the wine thing.

T. Kincaid
Sunday, November 18, 2007
The last time I read the comments page, it had onlly been updated to Sept 8. I deleted my comments at the time that I realized that this “forum” was open for the general public to read. Totally unprofessional to post what I thought were comments shared with other galleries trying to sort out the restrictions, illegalities, etc., of trying to conduct business in an adult, hospitable manner. As for asking Moe for a refund, perhaps it might be better to ask him what became of the press releases, advertising other than in the PG Bulletin, and banners that only appear on 2 galleries.
Best of luck, T. K.

What The Wine Walk Merchants Are Saying (pgartwalk.com link dead)