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Ariyah April is on the board of the Durham Art Guild, and the chair of the Member Services Committee.

Legal knowledge can often elude artists. Questions abound, from the technical (“How do I copyright?”) to the inevitable (“What happens to all the art I’ve made or collected when I pass on?”). Attorneys can be a true resource for gaining clarity, but they aren’t always at hand.

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Durham Art Guild is hosting the “Legal Aspects of Art: Copyright and Estate Planning for Artists” presentation to help shed light. NC-based attorneys Mavis Gragg and Vedia Jones-Richardson will speak on the ins-and-outs of copyright law and managing an artist’s estate. If you’re an artist or an art collector curious about intellectual property and artist’s estate planning, this event is for you! After their presentations, Gragg and Jones-Richardson will answer your questions.

This two-hour, lawyer-led presentation costs $5 for non-DAG members and a suggested donation of $3 for DAG members. Take advantage of capturing this detailed information at this discounted price by registering here.

About the speakers

Mavis Gragg is an attorney, art collector and art enthusiast based in Durham. A solo legal practitioner dealing with death and dirt, Mavis loves to mediate conversation between art and the art consumer. She believes this allows her to champion making art accessible and relatable to her community. Mavis got her start as a mediator of art in 2012 when she became a volunteer docent at the prestigious Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Now, she enjoys hosting art salons in the Bull City and visiting galleries. Gragg also serves as a member of the CAMnow advisory board at Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh and a member of the Triangle Artworks + Law Committee.

Vedia Jones-Richardson is a principal attorney at Olive & Olive PA and heads the Trademark/Copyright Practice Group. She specializes in trademark, copyright, technology, marketing/promotions, entertainment and arts law. Jones-Richardson helps businesses and creatives to establish, protect and capitalize on their creative works. She earned a BFA in Design at Howard University in 1978 and a JD at Georgetown University Law Center in 1982.

About DAG’s “The WORK of Art” series

“Legal Aspects of Art” is the second program in “The WORK of Art,” a 2017-18 series of professional development events for artists trying to make a living from their art. “The WORK of Art” series is hosted by the Durham Art Guild’s Member Services Committee, bringing expert-led content to DAG members and the greater arts communities. Learn more about the Durham Art Guild.

Event details

“Legal Aspects of Art: Copyright and Estate Planning for Artists” Presentation with Attorneys Mavis Gragg and Vedia Jones-Richardson¬†

Time: 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 25
Location: The SunTrust Gallery at the Durham Art Guild at 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701
Price: $5 for non-DAG members; suggested donation of $3 for DAG members
Register here
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