"No good deed will go unpunished" should be the title of this blog today.
I gave Marcos, the artist, an opportunity that most artists would dream of having: to make his work known nationally in the USA.
I supported him fully for two months, gave him room and board, had him staying with me and my family in my house, took him everywhere with me, introduced him to all my clients and friends. The only thing he needed to do was paint!
When he first arrived at my home, I explained to him the concept I had for the art show, which was to honor the key people who made Miami the great city that it is today.
Beginning with the founder of Miami, Julia Tuttle, a visionary woman that in her days was able to see the potential Miami had. She founded it, and then went on to convince the railroad magnate, Henry Flagler, to bring his railroad all the way south to Miami. What a woman she was!
No wonder Miami is so beautiful and special! It is one of the very few cities in the US founded by a woman!
I then went on to choose other key people that developed Miami, and others that came later and embraced Miami as their home, adding spice and culture to this city. The show was titled "Miami Celebrities," and I commissioned 37 portraits of exponents in the areas of development (such as Craig Robins and Ugo Colombo), philanthropists (like Phil Frost and Lea Black), entertainers (Gloria Estefan and Enrique Iglesias), athletes (Dwyane Wade and Alonzo Mourning), etc.
Initially Marcos said he need to get a few days to rest from his travels, so he took some time off and enjoyed my pool and hospitality. He even invited some of his friends over my place. This went on for three weeks, and then I finally began to ask him when would he begin painting. Every time I inquired about it, he would respond he had plenty of time, and I did not need to control him or tell him what to do. So, I let him take his time, trusting that he would deliver all 37 paintings at the scheduled time, which was about ten days before the opening night. Two weeks before the event I asked how many paintings he had ready, and he said, "None!" Wow!
I just read your blog. I still stand by my previous post but I must say that I am sorry you had so much stress surrounding Marcos and his commissioned work. No Bueno. :(
I shouldn't think you would consider Larsa to be worthy of being on your gallery wall after reading her nasty blog. She is really a piece of work! You are clearly well educated & sharp witted, unlike many of your castmates. Your explanation of gallery events makes sense - I wish it had been explained on the show.
Not Fair!!!!! You disrespected an artist. Just because he doesn't have money to own his galary, you cannot treat him like s***. That is the difference between and America and rest of the world. American's will never do what you did.
You don't really have to explain your decision on how you handled your art show. Someone stepping on the painting was as bad as Christy crashing the gala.
Listen, I totally agree with you! He didn't deliver what he promised to, everything looked wonderful. The only thing is....nobody wants to hear excuses on why they are an hour and a half late for lunch. Either you can make it, or you can't.
Oh my goodness! Learning even more of your struggle with this artist is quite surprising. No wonder you were under so much stress. We all have those - 'What not to do the next time' - learning experiences.
Not a huge deal that you forgot your child was getting out of school early, I think all of us mothers have done this or something like at some point in our children's lives, do not feel bad.
I cannot believe you showed up to your lunch 1.5 hours late! That is the rudest thing ever. I cannot believe the gals waited for you. Especially after hearing you were having your makeup done and didn't like it so made her re-do it? Really? While people were waiting for you! Who do you think you are? You think your time is more valuable than theirs? You may leave your husband or boyfriend waiting but not your very busy friends! THEN YOU GO LATE TO YOUR OWN EVENT and you called Cristy rude for leaving early? She probably spent more time there than you! You should have been early to "greet" your guests - I am overblown by how inconsiderate and self absorbed you are. Good Luck to you.
Oh so Machiavellian of you in handling Marco...
However, don't ever lose your cool in the process!!!
has the Enrique Iglesias portrait been sold? If not I would love to buy it. How can I get more info?
Has the portrait of Enrique Iglesias been sold? If not I would like to buy it. I'm being serious. How can I inquire about a purchase?
I feel I must start with how distasteful and class-less you looked by having another artist "showcase" himself during Marcos' showing. And it got even worse for you as you tried to justify it. I must simply end by saying, at first, your arrogance and impression of yourself was entertaining enough. But the fact that you do not have the looks to compete with the beautiful women of Miami leaves us with the sad reality that your delusion fuels your perception. And now you are just a "snooze-fest" on Thursday nights. You would be devastated if you saw the group of hot people I watch with and heard what they had to say about your pitiful failure to convince them otherwise...Embarassing.
I love that you have a gallery. I hate the way you disrespected the artist. Yes, he appears to have abused your hospitality, but there are other ways to deal with that. What you did was inexcusable. As for Lasra, in America we have a saying: pretty is as pretty does. She may be attractive, but I don't feel she merits a place in your next exhibition. Her behavior is ugly.
You were right to have a Plan B.
Maybe the infantile Marcos will stop thinking he's the center of the universe and not behave so badly the next time someone hands him a huge platform to sell his art.
The only thing you have to clean up is your incredibly rude tardiness. As a reformed latenick, I worked in therapy on many issues and lateness came up. What is says to the people waiting for you is that your time is more valuable then theirs and that you don't value them.
At the most I'm 10-15 minutes late and I call when I'm running late. The other day, I was stuck in a meeting and did not have the person I was meeting's cell phone #. I spent the first few minutes apologizing profusely instead of making excuses. I was really upset because I was 30 minutes late. She was fine but it took me a few minutes to recover.
Don't communicate your indifference to others time or company by being late.
YOu shouldn't have kept the whole art gallery waiting for you for so long, that's very unprofessional. And you shouldn't disrespect your artist of the night---I bet you didn't sell many painting after you highlighted the other artist. Are you sure you know what you're doing???
I think you missed the point. He had ample time to complete his work before the show. She had every right to bring in another artist. It is her galary.
First off, your event appeared to be grand. Thank you for writing in your blog, what really was going on and had gone on.
To bad that loud mouth jerk at your event, didn't think enough of his artist friend to put him up in Miami, instead of having him leeching off of you and yours. On top of that, he didn't produce what he said he would...YUCK. Lose him from your address book for sure.
Uh, do you live in America? I'm an American, and I am very well aware that Americans aren't exactly known for their civility by the "rest of the world".
Adriana you did the right thing by having a plan B.I know that artist can sometimes be eccentric but Marcos took advantage of your kindess.I hope you never trust him again.
I cannot understand what your job is ? If your artist that you have scheduled for an exhibit is not able to produce, you should either find him someone who can supplement his exhibit, accept a smaller showing or cancel. You watched the entire situation come to play and then got "stressed". Your artist was never going to make the number of pieces and you knew that. Why did you do nothing about it ?
When you are managing work done by others, you need to actually manage and have alternate plans. Why did you not help with the installation of the exhibits ? If I have a deadline that is not being respected, I make sure I have a plan to resolve the issue. You knew months and weeks before the event that things were not getting done but maybe that was your first exhibit.
He was totally wrong. He had 3 months and you committed 37 pieces and he did not produce. Plus he procrastinated big time. You should've never had to deal with that Tommy guy. He's the one who started all the drama. He should've kept his big mouth shut. So ridiculous. But sometimes that's how it is dealing with "those" guys. Be careful who you help from now on.....
I know it was your show and your gallery, but you were dead wrong to bring in another artist. Macros was wrong, no doubt, but why get down in the gutter with him. It was like you were in high school, 2 wrongs DO NOT make a right. You are soooooo much better than that. You are definitely 1 of the classiest ladies on the show. So, learn by your mistake and move on.
If you know it takes you longer than normal to do your hair why not start i don't know 2 hrs earlier ? you were late to the lincheon over and hr and to your event because of your hair and makeup? not a valid excuse 1 day things can go wrong but everytime? plan ahead dedicate 4 hrs to your hair and makeup/ just saying ? dont be rude to your friends, tastefully late does not apply to this nothing tasteful about making people wait 2 hrs !
Not fair to you that the artist couldn't deliver the paintings that he promised! and his friend trying to embarrass you in front of everybody come on! He deserved to be thrown out. I don't know how the art business works I just don't see it as a big deal that the French artist did the happening. I saw it as when big music artist have concerts and they have openers for them. Mr Marin was the main artist, the main attraction and you gave him an excellent opportunity to show his works without having to invest any money, just his talent. I like you a lot! You are so real! A strong hard working womant
The way you are portraying yourself on TV so far, is disappointing. Being late all the time, for friends and work, to your OWN ART GALA, Seriously? because of a makeup? It is so improper. Marcus paintings were fantastic, despite the fact that he did not delivered all the pieces that he was supposed to, you did not have to treat him the way you did. It was rude and it looked really bad. On top of that, you, the owner of the gallery, invite another painter to give a little preview of his art on somebody else’s opening night without telling him and make a scene, it’s unacceptable. Get yourself together lady. It does not look good for you.
By the way, people do not know what is going on behind the scenes. Are you going to explain every episode on your blog?
I did not blame you for wanting to have a "plan B" for the show. BUT I don't think you should have blindsided Marcos. I agree he took advantage of you. He was not professional. But neither were you ... you don't backstab someone like you did Marcos. I think having Yves do that performance as a preview of things to come was smart of you ... but why make it a surprise? You should have set an area for that "happening" ... roped it off. That way no one would have been able to step on it. You had a piece of art in the middle of the room for crying out loud. That is just plane silly and not respectful of the art. If you would have roped the area off it would have been like you framed it. As for you being so late ... there is NO excuse for that at all. You critisize Marcos for his lack of professionalism yet you totally disrespected your own show and all those you claim you intended to honor.
Awww. That was sweet of you to say about Larsa. I like that you don't put your fellow castmates down ;)
I agree. If you arrived to a show at your own art gallery 10 minutes before it was supposed to be over on the invitation, why were you upset that Cristy and Larsa left? That's not a big deal considering they were there for so long. Plus, "happenings" usually involve audience participation, so Marco's friend's reaction and stepping on the piece of work produced is what you should have expected. And, Marco's was right, you were behaving badly. You have to take some responsibility with your actions! Although it is very smart to make a portrait of Larsa because she would obviously buy the paining.
That guy Tom was ridiculous, and so was Marco. Their sense of entitlement was hilarious. Like you said, you gave him an opportunity, he blew it, it was nice of you to even allow him to go forward with the partial show after he didn't deliver. What kind of artist takes a gallery show so lightly and disrespects the owner like that? And when he didn't deliver, he what, expected you to feature a half empty space and blank walls instead of having a backup plan? Ridiculous.
If I were you I would've broken out in hives too. I was stressed just watching it. I can't believe that man was so disrespectiful in taking complete advantage of your generosity and not even delivering the work. I don't know much about the art world, but I think he crossed the line of professionalism way before you alledgedly did.
Being late is selfish and rude. You send the message that your time is more valuable than others. If I were at that lunch I would have left. I live in Miami and while this is a generalization, the hispanic culture is generally late when showing up to appointments, meetings, lunches, etc. It's rude and it's common civility that if one makes a specific time to meet than you meet at that time.
What...that is the difference between America and the rest of the world. Really you want to go there? It's her gallery and she was clear about her expectations from the beginning. The artist did not meet his commitment and that was very disrespectful on his part.
Many Americans would do the same if they were in her shoes. I would have hired another artist and gave him the boot before the showing.
I love the dress you wore to the luncheon, who is the designer? Also, who designed the dress you wore during the art gallery scene, the black, off the shoulder dress?
Seems to me you got a taste of your medicine...you seem to like to keep people waiting for you and Marco kept you waiting. How much hair and makeup do you need to look good...whats under all that goop. Keep it real girl. I know where you are from looks are important, but here in the USA we uphold higher standards, like being considerate of people's time.
Your tardiness is so disrespectful. It is as if you are saying you are the most important and no elses time matters. Please fix this. It is not cute at ALL.
adriana dont listen to negative comments, just try to be on time thats not polite, me and my friends really like you good look
I am a Controller for a multinational US company with offices in BZ people are always late in Brazil I was sock they show up for meetings two hours late like nothing happen. Drove me insane, food is good, the driving insane.
Erica Jamison certainly seems as if she was somehow personally injured in the gallery fiasco that was, is, and hopefully will never be again. Everyone has a "Marco" come into their lives if they have a good heart and are fairly good natured. She opened her HOME to him. She opened her HOME to his friends! She did this with 2 full months notice that he was to comply with providing her with 37 portraits if individuals she chose. That's a contract people. HE did not follow through on his part. She owes him nothing. He owes her an apology and to show some remorse as well as gratitude. Who she DOES owe is to her friends, clients and guests for her rude selfish behavior when it comes to her continuing failures for being on time. It is very unattractive to be so insensitive to others. But that is the ONLY thing unattractive about Adriana!!
Adriana, in Miami everyone is always late...me included, but you are abusive with your tardiness. An hour and half late to your own lunch? Who knows how late you were to your own gallery show. It's super rude. I understand because I am always late too, but 30 minutes is the max! We are not in Brasil. I had a brunch at my house not too long ago and my Brazilian friend showed up 2 hrs late.....when everyone was already leaving! ....and then, she presumed that I had nothing else to do that day but to entertain her for the following hour. Sorry but that is just bizarre!
Also, Larsa does not deserve a painting as the show was about Miami people....she is from Chicago and lives in Broward.....sorry but she can keep dreaming!
ps- I love how you applaud Miami, kudos for that!
I think that your idea of bringing another artist to your gallery was genius. You are a business woman and there should always be a plan B. It was your reputation on the line and nevertheless it is your gallery. Macros did not live up to his contract, therefore you had every right to make sure your name was not tarnished. With that said, I wanted to comment on the Larsa and Christies's comment about your fiancé, and how you should kick him to the curb because of his outburst. While I don't condone anyone being verbally disrespectful to anyone, I did understand his frustration. Listen to your heart. I much rather you take advice from a woman who has a head on her shoulder , Alexia. And please, Larsa does not deserve a painting in your gallery- she is just to full of herself. Continued success with your art gallery. And by the way, don't listen to the dumb comments that the mean girl club, Christie & Larsa, have to say about you. They are clearly intimidated by a woman like you who is completely and beautifully comfortable in her own skin.
As a proud brazilian woman I think you should watch your actions better. Whatever you show to the viewers will reflect in what they think about us, brazilians and our beloved Brazil. So please Adriana, do your best and "arraza!!!" beijinhos
Adriana, so nice to watch you. I like your accent, sense of style and attitude. You and Lea just rock! Keep it up girl. I think you also have a good business mind and good instint. Although Larsa is beautiful, I have to agree that something about her isnt trustworthy, and as for Christy, what she did to Lea was classless and wrong. Love you girl, keep it up!
Adriana, You handle yourself like a true business woman. I am so proud to be a Brazilian. You are representing very well. What is the name of your Gallery so I can make some purchases. Ruth
Adriana, #1. beig late to an event that you are hosting is never flaterig. You set the grounds for the way your artists will be. Like for like. #2. I thought you said on the show you commissioned 32? HMM.... #3. Is this not fredricks house you keep calling yours. He was kind enought to house the artist in HIS HOME. Fredrick your boyfriend-sometime Fiance! #4. I think the gallarey also belong to your partner RAPHAEL!
Keep it real, and your DRAMA out!