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June 2013

Contracts for Creatives

Understanding and managing sales and service agreements including commission, consignment and licensing.

Creatives (Fine Artists, craftspeople, designers, illustrations, performers and musicians) often encounter or enter into professional relationships that may require a contract or an agreement. From commissions, to working with galleries or shops, to working with clients or other business, creatives will learn how to understand their rights and how to best protect themselves.

Presenters included Zeke & Chelsea Callanan from Opticliff ESQ LLC, Arielle Walrath co-president of AIGA Maine / principal at Might & MainPortland Museum of Art Store manager Sally Struever and Patrick May from the Portland Music Foundation.

Resource Handout

Slide Presentation

Callanan Presentation

Opticliff Law - Handouts

Struever Handouts

Walrath Presentation

Walrath Handouts

May Handout

Video is available on  below and at our Vimeo:


Presenter Biographies


Chelsea Callanan, Trademark Attorney, works closely with small and growing businesses in all industries, primarily seeking to help brands find that sweet spot between shareability and legal protection.  She has over 100 trademarks in her portfolio of clients, a number that grows each week.



Ezekiel Callanan is a contracts attorney working for creative clientele since 2008.  His law firm Opticliff Law focuses on business and trademark law, and has a special niche related digital media professionals, including photographers, graphic designers, web designers/developers, film/video producers, and marketing firms, among many others.  Zeke's philosophy around contract law is: By making reasonable expectations transparent from the start, people can allow their working relationships to reach their fruitful potential.



Sally Struever (pronounced Streever) currently holds a dual position at the Portland Museum of Art. She started at the museum as the Manager of the PMA Store. Last Year she took on the additional responsibility of managing much of the design and marketing work of the museum. It is the retail aspect of her position that she will be focusing on in this conversation.

Before the PMA, Sally and her husband Peter Eiermann ran the East End craft and design boutique Eli Phant, and ran a design and design management company. Past experience also includes real estate, non-profit administration and a design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.



Arielle Walrath is one of two owners and principals at Might & Main, a branding and design firm here in Portland. Recently, Arielle took on the role of Co-President of the Maine chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design.

She been in business as a designer for almost 15 years. Before founding Might & Main, she worked as an instructional designer, co-owned a small web animation studio and has freelanced for 6 years both part and full time.



Patrick May is the president of the Portland Music Foundation a 501c3 founded in 2007.  The Portland Music Foundation exists to organize, support, educate and promote the unique and emerging music industry of Portland, Maine.  

An all-volunteer organization -- May's vision for the PMF is to cultivate Portland's music industry as a viable economic engine by providing musicians, music businesses and music FANS with information, resources and opportunities for growth and self-reliance. His main gig is at Skyline Music a national booking agency where he books Grammy Award winning acts like The Del McCoury Band, Victor Wooten, Rebirth Brass Band, and dozens more.

When he's not booking bands or organizing with the PMF, he can be found scoping out live music or playing bass with his Grateful Dead collective: Dead Sessions who gig around the northeast a few times a year.