[image-2]Last we checked in with Charleston gallery owner Rebekah Jacob, we learned several artists who claimed that they lost work during business dealings with her were able to recover some of their missing work. These revelations came soon after City Paper reporter Dustin Waters investigated claims of nonpayment against Jacob by at least four artists.
Well Jacob is reportedly back, now selling art in South Florida at Miami Art Week. In a story published today by the Miami New Times, Jacob tells the alt-weekly that she has not read the City Paper story about her entitled “Artful Dodger,” and dismisses allegations of nonpayment against her as being part of a “smear campaign.” She told the New Times, “It’s irrelevant to what I do.”
New Times reporter Stefanie Fernandez says Jacob’s new offerings focus on Latin American artists, particularly those from Cuba. Asked why she shifted from selling local Charleston and American artists, Jacob partly blamed the environment in her hometown, where she now maintains a gallery on John Street. “Certainly, Charleston has something to do with it. It’s not a progressive market.”
Since the City Paper story was published, a number of people contacted the City Paper with claims similar to the ones laid out in the article. Just a week after the story was published, an Aug. 22 hearing was held, where a magistrate judge approved the decision to allow all interested parties to reclaim their property from Jacob’s former gallery at 54 Broad St. One local woodworker, Justin Herrington of Born Again Heartwoods, received the furniture he’d been missing since they’d been abandoned at the Broad Street gallery, and photographer Ben Nixon was also able to recover 21 of his pieces.[content-1]While artists were reunited with some of their works, Jacob continued to operate as usual at her latest gallery space, located at 49 John St. The Rebekah Jacob Gallery has changed names, now operating under the name Rebekah Jacob Gallery & Vedado Gallery. The gallery consistently sends out emails with new inventory and upcoming shows; City Paper‘s calendar desk received one most recently two days ago. [content-2]