Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

P. Buckley Moss sued for damage to her own painting

ST. PETERSBURG — A well-known local artist is being sued over damage to one of her own paintings, valued at $50,000.

Christine Herrmann, owner of Sweet Divas Chocolates, 400 Beach Drive NE, is suing Patricia Buckley Moss, known as the artist P. Buckley Moss and owner of the now-closed P. Buckley Moss Gallery, for negligence after termites infested a Moss painting owned by Herrmann. The painting was on display in the artist's gallery, according to the suit.

Herrmann consigned her 1985 original Moss watercolor, the Golden Couple, to the Finn Gallery of P. Buckley Moss, 190 Fourth Ave. NE, in December 2012. The consignment agreement posted the price of the art at $30,000.

In April 2013, Moss, who owned the building, evicted the Finn Gallery and changed the locks. Shortly after, Moss went to Sweet Divas Chocolates across the street to let Herrmann know that Finn was no longer associated with the gallery, according to the suit.

Moss also said Herrmann's painting was "grossly underpriced" by the Finn Gallery and told her it was at least worth $50,000 and that she would set up the painting in a special place in her gallery.

Later, Herrmann would periodically walk over to the gallery to inspect her painting. According to the suit, nothing appeared out of the ordinary.

In June, the gallery's curator, Bonnie-Lou Binnig, told Herrmann the air-conditioning was not working for several days while she was on vacation. Two days later, Binnig had bad news for Herrmann.

Herrmann went to the gallery to discover bugs crawling between the glass and the canvas of the painting and noticed debris accumulated inside the bottom of the frame. A pest control company confirmed the bugs were dry-wood termites, which had eaten through the canvas, leaving visible pinholes, some in the focal points of the painting.

Herrmann made numerous demands for Moss to pay for the damaged painting, but Moss refused.

Moss, who sold the gallery in July, Herrmann and their respective lawyers declined to comment.

Todd Burchard, an owner of Burchard Galleries in St. Petersburg who does not personally know Moss or Herrmann, has been auctioneering antiques and fine art for 30 years. He said the damage is irreparable, and the watercolor might drop as much as 30 percent in value.

"If you're going to take on consignment and work for somebody, you should be responsible for that item," he said.

Colleen Wright can be reached at cwright@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8913. You can follow @Colleen_Wright on Twitter..

P. Buckley Moss sued for damage to her own painting 03/07/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 7, 2014 1:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays morning after: Wilson Ramos showing glimpses of what's possible in 2018

    Blogs

    The real payoff for the Rays signing C Wilson Ramos last off-season will come in 2018, when he can play a full season fully recovered from right knee surgery.

    And Ramos is giving the Rays a pretty good glimpse of what that can be like.

    In Friday's 8-3 win over the Orioles, he hit a grand slam - …

  2. Buccaneers-Vikings Scouting Report: Watching Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen

    Bucs

    No matter how much film we study, no matter how much data we parse, we just don't know how an NFL season will unfold.

  3. Pinellas construction licensing board needs to be fixed. But how?

    Local Government

    LARGO –– Everyone agrees that the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board needs to be reformed. But no one agrees on how to do it.

    Rodney Fischer, former executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Rodney, at a February meeting. His management of the agency was criticized by an inspector general's report. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  4. Sue Carlton: Job or family when a hurricane's coming — a very Florida conundrum

    Hurricanes

    It must seem as foreign to Northerners as shoveling snow is to those of us raised in the Sunshine State: The very-Florida conundrum of having to choose between work and family — between paycheck and personal safety — when a hurricane comes.

    A hurricane helps the rest of us acknowledge the police officers, paramedics, hospital personnel, public works employees and others who stay on the job despite the storm. 
  5. After Tampa concert, Arcade Fire members party, preach politics at Crowbar

    Blogs

    After waiting more than a decade for Arcade Fire’s first appearance in Tampa, fans didn’t have to wait long for their second.

    DJ Windows 98, a.k.a. singer Win Butler of Arcade Fire, performed at a "Disco Town Hall" at Crowbar following the band's concert at the USF Sun Dome on Sept. 22, 2017.