Jo M. Orise – Art Update, June 7 – June 10, 2018

You are invited!
I am displaying my work at the Annual Festival of Art.
Location: Senior College-Belfast at the University of ME, Hutchinson Center

See you there!

Thursday, June 7, 6:00 – 8:00 PM Opening Night Reception and First Viewing (see below).

Meet the artists, join us for the refreshments, enjoy the entertainment.

Afterwards, visit me at my Orise Studio/Gallery, Owls Head, ME to view my latest work. Contact me for appointment. Open most weekends. Hours: Appointment or Perchance.

🎨 Jo

Jo M. Orise Art Update for August and September 2013

Blue Fog with Gulls, watercolor by Jo M. Orise

Good news! I sold four paintings at the Aldermere Farm Art Show and Sale event, August 10, 2013! The Aldermere Show is a one-day, once-a-year event. My first showing with the Farm. Proceeds from the show are shared with the Farm, which is a non-profit organization. Always glad to help.

More good news, I am now displaying work for sale at the Brown Bag Cafe, Rockland, Maine  for the month of August, and will be there for the month of September as well! Come visit! Take a painting home and enjoy your new window to an artist’s vision.

Presently, I am working on a few compositions in my brain and can’t wait to grab a pencil and brush.

Visit my virtual art gallery .

Be happy. Love your neighbor. Remember YOU are someone’s neighbor too.

Smile in your mirror every day.

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Jo M. Orise Art Update for August 2013

After completing the July One-Man-Show, I was invited to join the August group show at the The Brown Bag Restaurant / Cafe, 606 Main Street, Rockland, ME. So come by again and take a peek, you may still have a chance to grab a painting for your home. AND, grab a sandwich or some of their great muffins, pies or bread. They have the absolute best baker and terrific chef. Tell them I said so.

I have a One-Man-Show for the month of August at The Highland Coffee House, Thomaston, ME. Sixteen works, a combination of originals and prints are on display. This is another great Coffee House—I only hang around really great places that offer ambiance and super food—for my delicate stomach and all. Wonderful coffee, pastries, sandwiches and lots of super entertainment. Shawn, the owner, offers weekly and artistic events from music to poetry, to benefit events. Come visit.

If you can’t make it, then visit my virtual gallery to see what I’ve been doing most of my life.

Leave a comment. Love to get feedback.

Is This Another Scam Come My Way? Maybe Not. Or… .


Received an e-mail with an amazing offer!

“Dear Jo. M. Orise,

I’m the webmaster of, the largest “Open Community” Fine Art Wiki Project in the world. We receive millions of visitors monthly. Our database of Fine Art images and articles is in the millions and we continue to grow daily. We are a nonprofit organization. This is your opportunity to take part in our project.

I visited your website earlier today and wanted to congratulate you on a creating a well presented and informative site. I would like to add a link to your website from and wanted to know if you would be kind enough to link back to us.

Adding a link from to your website will greatly increase your Search Engine Ranking in Google, Yahoo, Bing and other websites. A link from our site to your site will mean that your site will ranked HIGHER on these search engine results pages which will translate to more visitors and better exposure.

If you are interested let us know, and I will get back to you with the exact link information that we would like you to use. Please also let me know what description you would like us to use when we link back to you.

Looking forward to hear from you,


Your e-mail ID is taken in person directly via visiting your website online. Please reply to this e-mail if you are not the right person to receive this e-mail message or if you have received this e-mail by default.”

Well, let me come down a notch—it sounded pretty good. Maybe it is a legitimate offer.

But why did it look strange? The e-mail—all text based. No graphics. From Wikipedia? In today’s world of social interaction, there are usually graphics, pictures—something to look at.  As I read, I found a typo. Not very professional. There is a spell check and grammar check in all publishing software, and even in e-mail/web-mail software. Why hadn’t they been used? Is this another scam come my way?

The signature? Victoria,, Webmaster.

Only a first name, Victoria. Victoria who? The Webmaster? Why would a webmaster write this note? Why not the Art Coordinator, or other such title? Webmasters create websites. Perhaps Wikipedia’s Wikigallery is on a very LOW budget. Somehow, I don’t seem to believe that.

“… Our database of Fine Art images and articles is in the millions and we continue to grow daily…”

Why would I want to be ‘buried’ in a million+ swarm of artist? For me—I have no patience browsing. One million+ options to choose from sounds oppressive. I’d lose my bearings and throw up. Sorry. :-(

What prospective client has that much time to shop for artwork? Easier to take a holiday and make the gallery circuit in a quaint art community somewhere on the globe, or better yet, go to an interesting artist’s web-page and talk to them. That has a personal touch. :-)

After an initial reading, I set the e-mail aside. A few days later I entered Victoria’s signature and company name at . Well, well. What do you know? It was been reported as a possible SCAM in 2011. I never heard of it until now. So is it really a scam?

Check out this link from written by Laurie, April 5, 2011:

Here is another link: 

But, that is only two opinions. I didn’t find any other signals of scam, which is a relief in a way. It’s Wikipedia we are talking about here!

To calm my nerves, I went to the mountain – at the very bottom right of the page there is a link Art resources and it does bring you to a large selection of artists. Some are WOW! others are heh? Looks legit. But like I said, I have no patience for such a plethora of links to so many people/galleries. It’s a nice place to visit but… .

Will I ever join. Hmmm. Don’t know. Dramamine anyone? :-(

Always check out the ‘stuff’ friends send. The Internet is NOT the book of rules or the bible. It is fallible—very, very fallible. Think about the writer: who, why, when. If it sounds too good to be true—IT IS! But this one? I think it is okay. What do you think?

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Scammer If I Ever Saw One!

Image of Owls Head Light Station in Owls Head,...
This is NOT my painting. Image of Owls Head Light Station in Owls Head, Maine, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I received an e-mail first thing this morning.
Michael Silverberg []
Monday 6/4/2012 1:16 AM
Good day to you over there, My name is Micheal Silverberg I’m from phoenix and my eyes caught this particular work(Owls Head Light), i will like to have it for my new apartment this month.please let me know if the piece is available, if yes let me have the detailed price and more information about it. i will be waiting to read from you.Regards.

I’ve sold artwork over the Internet before, but this didn’t seem okay.

Michael has a problem in spelling his name correctly more than once. So, which is it Mike?

Grammar is not very good either. Salutation? A bit strange.

So I do what I always do. Contemplate, then act—what can I find out about Michael Silverberg at

Any search engine will do. I got lots of information about Michael who has an alias was well.

Kathleen McMahon, artist, has done a terrific job as an Anti-Scam Samurai. Visit her website and check out the long list of names scammers use. This is only a partial list.

If you get an e-mail and it doesn’t seem right, go with your intuition and do some research. It will pay off.

As a former computer science teacher, I developed an Internet Safety curriculum where I taught my students to question what they saw and read on the Internet. Compare what is said on one site with another. Check your sources. What is their motive? Are there lots of spelling and grammar errors. If it sounds too good to be true? Then it usually is.

Go to

So how do you protect yourself and report those nasty scammers?

Here are some tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber-fraud as seen on

  • Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
  • Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
  • Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Scan the attachments for viruses if possible.
  • Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
  • Always compare the link in the e-mail with the link to which you are directed and determine if they match and will lead you to a legitimate site.
  • Log directly onto the official website for the business identified in the e-mail, instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited e-mail. If the e-mail appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer, or other company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact information.
  • Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the e-mail to verify if the e-mail is genuine.
  • If you are asked to act quickly, or there is an emergency, it may be a scam. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly.
  • Verify any requests for personal information from any business or financial institution by contacting them using the main contact information.
  • Remember if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
To receive the latest information about cyber-scams, sign up for e-mail alerts on this website. If you have received a scam e-mail, please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at

Check this: :

How to Report a Spam, Scams and Abusive Use of Email Accounts and Hosted Websites

If you have received spams and scams that are coming from a Yahoo, Hotmail, AIM, Excite, Gmail or other public or free email account, you can report it to the provider to have them shut that account down.  Here are the addresses -just forward the email to the appropriate address with the subject “Abusive use of account”:

Email providers

Website hosti
ng providers

Be on the lookout at all times. Protect yourself, your family and friends.
Hope this helps. Leave a comment.

PS:I’m back with an update. I forwarded the e-mail to GMail’s link (as seen above) at 12:04 AM and got a robotic response at 12:05 AM.

GMail provided me with a choice of forms to fill out. It was neat, quick and easy.

You will need the message header so they can track them down.

  • GMail has instructions on how to find the header. 
  • In Microsoft Outlook, I found the header when I opened the message and clicked on View/Options and the Internet Header was there. 
  1. Click within the header report in that window
  2. Press CTRL + A to select all
  3. Press CTRL + C to copy and close the window. 
  4. Click in the form where the Message Header is needed
  5. Press CTRL + V to paste what you copied from Microsoft Outlook.

So DON’t delete the scammer’s e-mail until you have reported the villain to the proper reporting bureau. That is crucial if you want the scammer gone.

Click on the ‘comment’ link below. Share your experience with scam e-mail.

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