I have a problem. A certain gallery director in my area, wants to link with me on linked in. Last month I overheard him making a major rant in the next room about me and some other club members, whose paintings he said would not sell. He said a lot of harsh things, even personal ones. I never let on that I overheard him. I don't want to link up with him. I feel that he is out to get us, he wants to drive us out of the club, out of art, out of town. I am afraid.
What should I do? Actually, I have now sold 97 paintings (including one in March).
i would go with franks idea, though i do wonder why he wasn't to link wit you. i don't much care for linked in and only signed on to find someone. even if they sell for you, it's never a good thing that anyone bad mouths you - it means they want to remove you from the competition by saying bad things, so your stuck with only them. so in some ways its really not a good thing. actually in any way. they need you as much as you need them.
I'm sorry you're having to deal with this, Martha. Life is too short to waste it on jerks and bullies.
It may be that he just let LinkedIn connect to his email contacts and auto-email everyone, vs sending a personal invitation deliberately just to you. I haven't played around in Linked In for a while, but I know they had something similar as part of their sign-up process once upon a time. You could either just ignore the invitation, or follow Frank's good advice. If you don't want to link up with him, don't. (He's not worth the hassle.)
In the meantime, keep creating new art and if you have some free time, learn more about how to market your art online. There is a lot of good advice here in the forums. No one else has a say in whether or not you are an artist, that is your calling and your decision only. He can't drive you out of art. If you fear your local opportunities may suffer, then work on building your own opportunities, connections and audience online - the world is a big place and out there he's just a small (and stinky) fish. YOU are the artist.
Thanks to all for your advice and kind words. Actually most of my sales were not in that gallery. I just go there because of my club. Really, he is scary and he knows it. I think that I will just ignore his linked in request.