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Also hilarious? The photo Elger did end up using is called Adriana’s Pandora Box, featuring Adriana sitting on a box, but in such a way that it’s an entirely different box that grabs our attention.
Adriana loves it, of course, and when she finds out it already sold, she can’t stop herself from making a couple of bad jokes about how awesome the subject of the piece must be if it sold so quickly. I don’t know about that. This guy named Picasa made this picture once about a town called Guitarnica that sold crazy well and it had like, a bunch of dead people and horses in it… See? I can make bad jokes, too, Adriana – doesn’t feel good, huh?
The other ladies have been invited to see the portrait, as well, and Karent and Lea are the first to arrive. Lea makes a couple of bad jokes about airbrushing, and it looks like Adriana is less than pleased about that. But it’s Karent who really gets under her skin, getting all up in Elger’s grill about doing a group shot (which he, of course, has ZERO problem with), and generally not letting the situation be all about Adriana. Lea interviews that the whole sitch is awkward and that art is Adriana’s thing, so everyone should just let it be Adriana’s thing. To wit, she leaves, and Karent and Adriana roam around the rest of the fair. Karent, who noticed Lea’s backhanded complimenting, mentions it to Adriana, but Adriana cuts her off immediately, explaining that she and Lea have been friends for seven years, that their sons are good friends and that’s that. To her credit, Karent doesn’t push the issue, which I respect, but Adriana interviews that the dentist and her teeth come on way too strong sometimes. I don’t know, I’m no great fan of Karent’s, but Lea’s a bitch. If I saw her making jokes about airbrushing and comparing a “tasteful” shoot to Playboy, I might raise an eyebrow.
The ladies move on to a kinetic art…area, and Adriana starts gushing about how it’s the work of the artist who actually pioneered the movement, and how big a fan of his she is. Karent, though polite, is CLEARLY out of her element. She makes jokes about motion sickness, smiles and nods and generally behaves like I do at art galleries – lots of walking around and “mmmm”ing. Then, the dealer reveals that the artist, who is notoriously reclusive, is actually present! Calloo callay! Adriana can’t contain her excitement, and literally gets down on her knees calling the guy “master” when they meet. It’s all a little sycophantic, but if you’d all seen the way I behave around anyone who’s ever guest starred on ANY “Star Trek” series (of which there are FIVE), you’d understand why I’m not gonna rip Adriana to shreds over it. When you’re excited, you’re excited.