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Art Heist

Hello everyone,

First and foremost I wanted to thank everyone who has stood up for us on this message board. I didn't realize there was any feedback or I would have commented sooner. We have full documentation, albeit not an official contract, along with witnesses who stand behind us, so I believe this matter will be resolved in the near future. In all honestly we have much more pressing projects on our plate that are currently occupying our time.

I did want to clear a few things up since I've noticed Save the Cape's representative continues to misrepresent the facts. Will donated the painting to be auctioned off and we agreed that we would split the profits. However, we in no way ever specified an amount we expected to receive from the auction. An auction is an auction - there's no way to assume that an item will even sell. The $500 number is what Will offered to sell both the painting and the full rights to the image of the painting since no auction, or plans for an auction, had been made in over one calendar year since Will created the work. Historically Will has always maintained the rights to his imagery with every sale, so this would have been the first time he sold said rights. In fact, Mike Rice asked Will what the value of the painting would be during their discussion on Saturday, March 21, 2012 and Will told him that a small commission of that size would fetch $800. So he essentially offered to sell it for 62.5% of the value along with the full rights to the image. During this conversation Will also told Mike Rice that he would be much more willing to work with the organization if they would issue an apology to us. We then received an email on Monday morning that said specifically "We'll presume that a fundraiser was held and that someone purchased the painting for $500, the amount you specified as the value in an e-mail. So we'll pay you half, as you expected. $250." At this point I responded that I was insulted by the offer. First and foremost we didn't want a phony auction. We always wished to help the organization and not hurt them. Will and I felt we made a very fair offer to Save the Cape and felt again that they were trying to get as much as possible for as little as possible. We feel win or lose, that it is very important to stand up for artists who are continually mistreated by those who are more legally savvy. The real issue in this matter is how you treat people.

I think it's best for me to stop there as I do not wish to continue this dispute on the message board. I will say one last thing in response to Save the Cape's facebook post that we have an "obvious need for money". This was never about money and we are not in obvious need. We do however believe that treating others fairly in this world and maintaining your integrity in all situations is just common sense.

Lauren Puckett

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