Beware the art scam
I have just found out that an operation called Conservation and Wildlife Film Festival is planning to hold an event in Eureka on November 12-14 of this year and is soliciting entries on their website and Facebook page. This is a total scam.
The guy who runs it, Christopher Gervais, previously ripped off many wildlife painters and sculptors by collecting entry fees for wildlife art shows that either were cancelled or were totally mis-represented to the participants. Almost no one was refunded their money. Gervais just keeps it and threatens them with legal action if they pursue it, which scares everyone off.
It’s almost certain that any wildlife film maker who deals with him will have the same thing happen to them. There was apparently some kind of investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General, but no charges were filed, more’s the pity.
Now he’s back trying to do the same thing, only this time with film makers.
He saw my comments on the Julie Chapman blog listed below and made a threatening phone call to me, pretending to be someone else. He’s a nutjob, besides being a crook.
Here are some links to back up what I say:
He is also listed as Confirmed on the private Scam Advisory List which is compiled for the benefit of members of Artists for Conservation.
We do not need this guy mucking around in our neck of the woods. Please forward this on to whoever you feel should see it.
Contact me if you have any questions or need more information.