Any artist currently on Facebook has to be aware of the mud slinging going on concerning Art Collector Maine and its sister businesses. The hot topic has gotten hotter as of today, with a certain art writer stooping as low as I've ever seen him go by choosing derogatory terms fit for a biker bar.
He has quite a following, too, sort of evenly split male to female. One female who is not his true follower and not even an artist or gallery owner put her two cents worth in today as well.
This person is experienced in business ethics and came right out and said that she had yet to see any intentional wrong doing in the said hoorah. I believe that things have gotten out of hand, that those on either side are making arguments out of whole cloth, and that it will take an attorney or two to iron out what is really going on.
Personally, I like Jack Leonardi and his colleagues. I have never been treated in anything other than a respectful, honest and kindly way by them. In fact, I have learned from them, profited by associating with them, and enjoyed myself at their events. Even though I am a gallery director/curator, they have never approached me about advertising in their magazines; a thing I would definitely do if the budget allowed for it.
When Jack Leonardi gets around to having his say, I'll bet it will be a decent, well thought out explanation of how he does business, why he does it the way he does, and what we can expect in the future. I'm looking forward to that.