OUR NEW IDENTITY
JULY 24 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
Craft Ontario Gallery, 990 Queen Street West, Toronto
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 24, 6 - 9pm
ART OF THE BOOK 2013
Executive Director, Emma Quin explains what the new identity means for the organization.
Retail Manager, Yusun Ha talks about the Craft Ontario Shop. Contemporary Canadian craft all year round.
A retail show
Legally, Canadian citizens cannot conduct work activities, such as retailing to consumers, on US soil without a valid visa.
A) If you are committed and want to be able to sell directly to customers from within the US, one option is expanding your business into the US-- search for the L visa in our visa options list. If you are not a fully established artist or company, it is recommended to start exporting through agents, galleries, wholesale accounts, or online sales and shipping.
B) Find an agent through a show. On a rare occasion, shows in the US want Canadians enough that they will provide you with an American agent to sell for you; however, this method is still up to interpretation by border officials. You can potentially get turned away if they consider what you are doing "work". If you go this route, you still cannot handle cash, or assist with sales. You can be there to answer questions. Work is shipped in so proper entry into the US is made, and relevant duties or taxes can be applied, if required.
C) You say no to the show. If you feel you are putting yourself or your reputation in jeopardy, it is okay to say no and focus on other activities.