• Ann Marie Coolick

The past few weeks I've been leading a group of artists in response to mistreatment by a company overseas. Many of us hadn't been paid in 6 months up to a year, we were never paid without asking first, and our payments were suspiciously similar and low. I was tired of dealing with this company, so I asked them to send me my final payments and remove all of my artwork from their site. I feel like it was fair to simply part ways. However, they continued ignoring me. I attempted to reach out through their website, to their payment and business departments, through instagram, and facebook. Nothing was working. Eventually, I reached out to my fellow artist friends around the world and they were going through the exact same thing!! How is it possible that someone could take advantage of artists like this!! We continued reaching out through our little web of artists friends and everyone concurred. The best way to deal with this was to come together as a group and demand regular payouts, honest and prompt responses to our queries, and removal of our work from their site as desired. See our first email below.

It didn't take long to get a reply, and in fact overnight I was paid for four months of overdue sales. I was satisfied, and the CEO Pankaj stated that they were having financial difficulties and that was the only reason for delayed payments. However, none of the other artists were paid. It took near public exposure on an Instagram post of mine and a few stories to get a few more artists paid. As a businessperson myself, there is no excuse for not paying artists when there is a royalty-based system in place. They are receiving the bulk of payments, and our commission payout for this particular company is a mere 10%. Withholding payouts in such small amounts isn't something that will prevent a ship from sinking.

The worst story is truly an example of fraud and copyright infringement. An artist commonly known as "Freeminds" had asked multiple times for Daily Objects to remove her work from their site. However, they simply removed her name from the products and sometimes even changed the titles, probably in hopes that it would be difficult for her to find her work on the site. She repeatedly asked for them to take it down, and each time they replied that they were working on it and they need two days. This was not a mistake, this was a deliberate action taken with at least 29 of her pieces. Below is her piece "Moon Cat" with her name removed. Also below is a screen capture of Daily Object's financial department lead Priyanka fraudulently confirming to "Freeminds" that they did in in fact remove her work.

"Moon Cat"

I believe that if we continue to reach out to other artists partnered with Daily Objects, that each one will have the same stories to tell. I absolutely hate posting publicly about this, but it's about protecting artists and making sure that no one else is taken advantage of. I am asking again for Daily Objects to completely remove my work from their website, pay all artists for past sales, ensure royalties are transparent, and remove the work of any artists who wishes to terminate their contract. Any legal eagles out there familiar with international copyright laws and fraudulent arts-related activity who may wish to take this further?

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  • Ann Marie Coolick

Updated: Feb 6, 2019

I'm excited to announce an opportunity to hopefully bring joy and light into the lives of those who need it most. I occasionally like to do a giveaway to thank my loyal supporters, but in the past, the winners have always been randomly selected. I kept thinking about those who didn't win, and those who may have truly needed it the most. Art can bring so much courage, optimism, and peace to those struggling, so with that sentiment I've decided to offer a giveaway for one custom commissioned 20"x20" painting.There is one catch, you cannot apply for this gift yourself, you have to be nominated by someone. This in turn will be a surprise from the applicant to the nominee. The application form is attached here and is due February 15th. Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks as always for your love and support!!

-Ann Marie

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  • Ann Marie Coolick

Art and food have always been the best of friends. Food has been gracing award-winning canvases for centuries and Michelin-Star restaurants have plates worthy of museums. Keeping with the creative tradition, Buttercream Bakeshop's Tiffany MacIsaac and Alexandra Mudry-Till have launched a new series, Art on Cake, to give way to the artistry of pastry and painting while collaborating with local artists and raising money for charity. I'm super excited that I'll be the first featured artist to collaborate with Buttercream on this playful project!

I will be creating three unique, edible art pieces (cakes!) in collaboration with Buttercream and they will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting Project Create, which provides arts education and creative space to children and youth experiencing homelessness and poverty in Washington, D.C. The bidding is now open here (starting bid $100) and will close Friday July 20th at 6pm. Winners will be able to select their preferred flavor of cake and the cake will serve at least 22-24. Learn more about the kids of Project Create in this wonderful video below.

Buttercream's cakes are known for fantastical and innovative designs, often hand painted or sculpted with 3-D elements. It is the perfect complement to my heavily textured, frosting-like painting style. My three cakes will be inspired by my polka daub, cherry blossom, and hydrangea paintings. I will use custom cake knives similar to my painting knives to decorate these cakes in my signature style.

I hope you'll join us in raising money for this important creative charity for local DC kids! Remember, bidding closes at 6pm this Friday! Submit your bids here!

*My work is currently on display and available for purchase in Buttercream’s shop for the duration of the auction.


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