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Peacock Promenade Saturday in Coconut Grove

Peacock Reflections
archival print by Debra Cortese  is now on display at GroveHouse Artists.

I mentioned in previous post (see below) that the Peacock Casual Tote and matching Clutch Purse would be ready for the launch party this Saturday.  I really lucked out because this is my designated week for the window easel and of course just had to frame a Peacock Reflection design 😉
Here’s the rundown on the Peacock Launch Party: (I ran into Heather Bettner just as I finished placing the art and bags in the gallery and she was delivering the cards for the event. Perfect timing!)

The Coconut Grove Peacock Tour 2010
Saturday, May 29th 5pm to 11 pm
Shoppes at Mayfair Promenade
(along Grand Ave, just before Mary Street)
Coconut Grove, Florida 33133
All of the wonderful, painted, 7 foot tall Peacocks by artists Fred Hunt, Andra Ruggeri, Pablo Cano, Ed King, Erika King, Lebo, Eileen Seitz, Romero Britto, Dan Bondroff, Nancy Martini, Meme Ferre, St. Stephen’s, Sauma, Sylvia Modica, Gina Hubler and George Rodez will be on display before they go out on the streets for the summer.
Check  Coconut Grove Grapevine , Martini Eco Artist and One Ear Society blogs for peacock painting photos and videos. The Peacock Tour website is: www.coconutgrovepeacocktour.com
and you can call: 305.775.0113 for more info about this (and future) creative community projects.

There will be Live Music by Fire Brigade, Dancing with DJ Boogieman George, Catering by Potions in Motion and Fresh Market.

Hope to see you dancing on the streets in the Grove this Saturday night! Be sure to stop in at GroveHouse Artists and say hello 🙂

Cortese Design Peacock Casual Tote Bags & matching clutch Purse are available online at:
https://www.debracortese.com/peacockbags.html
or call 305.298.2023

A beautiful day in nature unless you were the turtle

Shark Valley April 2010 Blue Heron detail -photo: Debra Cortese

Finally got around to taking a few hours away from my cave (home office/studio) and went biking with friends in Shark Valley in Florida’s Everglades. Shark Valley has a wide, paved 15 mile loop through some of the most spectacular river of grass that you can find in the Everglades. It is home and mating and nesting grounds to all kinds of birds, reptiles, plants, flowers, trees, butterfiles, bees, turtles, and I’m sure more that I’ve yet to see.
My friends were focused on getting endorphins revved up and I knew I was there to breathe in as much of nature’s energy as I could take and get as many photos as possible. Consequently, in the time they rode the 15 mile loop and circled back to find me (I baked cupcakes and they were in my car, reassurance that my friends would not abandon me, considering their fondness for cupcakes;-) I had only progressed to mile marker 4. But, I had over a hundred shots. Absolutely entrancing to me to feel the sun on my face, hear the bird calls, what sounded like 20 pound bull frogs and see so many beautiful creatures in their natural habitat (although I always think how tame they are and it must be because they are accustomed to seeing humans on a daily basis).

Shark Valley Everglades "turtle about to be dinner" - photo: Debra Cortese

I got to see, and photograph, woodstorks up much closer than I’d ever seen them before. Wasn’t really sure what they were at first. Looked like ancient creatures, big, bearded birds. And lots of herons or that’s what I’m calling them until I do a bit more research. I’m including a detail of one blue heron and will be posting full, edited images within a few weeks. But, the end of the day was definitely the ultimate photo op…. I stopped for one last picture (or 7 or more) of some birds starting to nest in a tree very near to the parking lots. There was a very large alligator below the birds and near the edge of the path so I started to shoot a picture of the gator and after the first click, I heard a LOUD CRUNCH SLAP sound and while my mouth was dropping open kept shooting as the gator chomped down on a very large turtle. This all happened in just a few seconds. Think I’m still a bit shaky from being so close and witnessing what I usually only see on nature tv shows. I was shooting with a new to me, but very old camera, so the quality is not what I’d hoped for but these certainly show the action.

Shark Valley Everglades "Turtle Bite 1" - photo: Debra Cortese

Shark Valley Everglades "Turtle Bite 2" - photo: Debra Cortese

Shark Valley Everglades "Turtle Dinner" - photo: Debra Cortese

Do visit our incredible nature areas, national parks, and preserves, but please remember, even though the alligators appear to be tame or friendly looking, they are wild, free creatures and are very capable of snapping a big turtle into pieces with one swift chomp!

Shark Valley Everglades "Thistle, Bees and Nature's Energy" -photo: Debra Cortese

 

UPDATE: You can now share this story and photos on your wall!
“Turtle’s Bad Day” is available in an open edition, signed, archival print.
Matted size is 18 x 24″.  Price:  $90.00




$90.00
shipped flat in sturdy packaging.
Insured.

A Thank You Gift for Blog Readers


Happy Holidays and Wishes for Peace, Success and Joy in the coming year!

Since shelter pets (lost, abandoned, abused, orphaned furry, finned, feathered and scaly ones…did I miss any?)
are always on my mind, I’m hoping you will not only download a copy of this calendar, but share it with your family and friends as well.

Each month features a different Calendar Dog, real pets that have found new homes through Miami-Dade Animal Services Adopt A Shelter Pet program, PLUS each page also has a ‘dog tip’ or info for new or even long-time pet owners.

Just click (or double click) on this link, or on the image of HAPPY below to download the high res (3mb) printable pdf version of my 2010 Adopt A Shelter Dog Calendar.
NOTE: this is a 3 mb  pdf file. Depending on your connection speed it may take a few minutes to load. If you have any problems opening the calendar, check to be sure you have a current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader which is a free download from: www.adobe.com. If you still have trouble, please notify me via email at: debra@debracortese
and I will send the e-calendar to your email.

To purchase the large format, 17 ” wide, Wall Calendar see Option 1 at the bottom of this page.

OPTION 1:
To buy the beautiful, printed, 17″ wide Wall Calendar
click here*

*50% of profits on these calendars, and all products in my
Art For The Animals CafePress Shop
will be donated to the Miami-Dade Animal Shelter to help shelter pets find new homes

visit my main webpage at: www.debracortese.com

Animal Shelter has critical overload – needs volunteer help now

 

Shelter dogs (and cats) need your help!

Shelter dogs (and cats) need your help!

 

 

As much as I’d rather just post about art and all the good things that are happening, our furry friends are in crisis. Just received the following message and there are more animals in the shelter today than ever.

MESSAGE FROM ANIMAL SERVICES June 2, 2009

* Our average intake is 2500-3500 but for the month of May, 4000 animals were admitted 

* The greatest number of animals at any given time in the shelter was 467, but today we housing 565 animals 

* We ran out of cages and are now putting together hurricane crates 

* Please help us (even an hour or two will help) spot clean in B, C and adoptions and assist adopters-we are drowning, short staffed and really need help asap-this is  a crisis! 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
VOLUNTEER
If you are not a volunteer and would like to become one, please attend
our next orientation. No need to RSVP. Orientations are held at:
Miami-Dade Animal Services 7401 NW 74 St, Miami, FL 33166. If you are
already a volunteer, no need to email me your schedule, just show up.
Thanks!

JUNE 2009
Thursday, June 4, 5 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 10 – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 11, 5 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 18, 5 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, 10 – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 25, 5 – 7 p.m.

ADOPT

Help us spread the word about 4 things: 1- Adopting a shelter pet, 2-
Educating owners about putting identification on their pet (microchip,
rabies tag, id tag) 3- Volunteering, 4- Making a donation (disinfectable
toys, financial donation online or at shelter)

Thanks!
Aileen Sanchez
Volunteer & Mobile Adoption Liaison
Miami Dade Animal Services
www.miamidade.gov/animals <http://www.miamidade.gov/animals> 
Direct: 305-805-1778
Cell:     305-877-5458
Fax:     305-805-1619
7401 NW 74 St, Miami, FL 33166

Shelter Dog Zimba is waiting for you to take her home!

Zimba would love to be your newest family member!

Zimba would love to be your newest family member!


Zimba – a really affectionate dog who deserves a home where she
can make her person the center of her universe.
Take Zimba home for the holidays and know that you have done
a wonderful thing for a gentle soul.
She’s waiting for you!

ZIMBA #1115548
Miami-Dade Animal Shelter
Volunteer & Mobile Adoption Liaison
www.miamidade.gov/animals
Direct: 305-805-1778
7401 NW 74 St, Miami, FL 33166

click image to see all 12 months


There are literally thousands of animals lost or abandoned in Miami-Dade every year. Many of them are injured and need critical medical care. All of them need caring, loving families. Animal Services, the dozens of animal rescue organizations, veterinarians and individuals all over South Florida (and the world) are working to educate people and help as many of our furry, feathered, scaled friends (little angels in my opinion) as possible. This all takes time, money and mountains of compassion, patience and education.

When you purchase any of the ‘Art For The Animals’ products, 50% of the profits are donated to helping animals (and the other 50% helps the artist pay her bills and keep creating new works to help even more animals!)

See all Art For The Animals products here and

Order your large format, 17 inch wide
2009 ‘Adopt A Shelter Dog’ Wall Calendar HERE

Give a gift that she will love!

This year, don’t wind up in the doghouse like this guy.

In the doghouse guy :-(

In the doghouse guy 🙁


Give her a Nature’s Energy Cortese Design Handbag
or a Gift Certificate to choose her own.
She’ll be showing it off and bragging about
what a wonderful, thoughtful guy you are 😉
Guys, dont let this happen to you!

Guys, don't let this happen to you!

(to my doggie friends, this is in no way suggesting anything negative about dogs.
Dogs are furry angels
!>

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