sorry if this has been posted before.
An art gallery would like to show my artwork. They have shown my stuff before, but now they would like to do some advertising, which is all quite normal for a one-man show – It is a business, after all, and they wish to attract buyers. They also wish to make postcards to be mailed to their mailing list. I’m not worried about the mailing list, just the newspaper advertisement. I’m not confident that the gallery will be willing to host the show without advertising as it’s a poor business decision for them.
Obviously I’d like to do the show. It’s my real interest, and being a teacher pays the bills and provides the visa. I’d hate to think that there’s no room to settle into what I really enjoy doing while in this country.
On the other hand, I’m very hesitant about placing an advertisement in a newspaper featuring my name and face, as it’s a direct statement, in print, to immigration: Hey, look! A foreigner!
So, what can be done?
If it is impossible to make this a legal venture, how serious an offense is this? If I’m caught, will I be deported, given a fine, or what? The gallery commonly shows foreign artwork but they’ve never had a foreign artist who was living in the country at the time of the opening.
Thanks in advance.