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You’re Invited to our Holiday Art Bazaar on Sat. Dec 5th

f<em>or more info and to see samples from all 15 artists, click the card image above</em>

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with so many events this week, but still want to get out, see fabulous art and maybe even do a little holiday shopping…you will definitely want to visit our One-Night-Only, Holiday Art Bazaar on Sat, Dec. 5th at the Mutiny Hotel in Coconut Grove, Florida.

The Bazaar starts at 6 and runs until 9 pm. Arrive early, enjoy complimentary champagne and chocolates, meet the artists, see original paintings and prints, sculpture, designer handbags, custom made jewelry, reiki demonstrations, and much more…all created by the following local and international artists:

Shari Beffingham, Leo Casino, Debra Cortese, Laura Cerwinske, Karen Deilke, Pauline Goldsmith, Carol Haggiag, Atena Komar, Monique Lassooij, Maria Napoles, Irina Patterson, Valentina Ramos, Maui Reple,  Fevi Reyes, Eileen Seitz, Harry van Gestel.

The Mutiny Hotel is presenting this event as part of their Pure Imagination program in conjunction with the monthly Coconut Grove Art Stroll. You can also enjoy poolside cocktails and even stay for dinner at Atchana’s East/West Kitchen, located right on the premises and just a few steps from the Holiday Art Bazaar!

To see samples from all of the artists visit this blog post and our Holiday Art Bazaar event page on Facebook.

Where else can you enjoy complimentary champagne and chocolates, hear great live jazz, wrap up your holiday shopping with delightfully unique art gifts and not have to pay an admission charge?

Mark you calendar right now for Saturday night, December 5th and join us at The Mutiny Hotel, 2951 S.Bayshore Dr, Coconut Grove, FL 33133.

Many of the artists will have special offers available only during this event!

For example: I’ll be showing my line of handbags and, for this event only, when you BUY ONE bag at the regular price of $130. you can get a 2nd bag at 50% off! Click here to preview Cortese Design Bags.

Holiday Art Bazaar: FREE Admission. Valet parking ($8.00 – a bargain most anywhere in Miami!)

Just posted Pauline’s Painting News in the comments below. Here’s an image from one of the cards Pauline will have at the show. Package of 4 amazing botanical images @10. Great Stocking Stuffers!

Tropical Botanic Art Greeting Cards - Goldsmith Galleries

Tropical Botanic Art Greeting Cards - Goldsmith Galleries

Balloon Art 102 with Irina Patterson

My second balloon art lesson with Irina on a beautiful Saturday morning at Einsteins in Coral Gables.

Jenna and her friends seem to be enjoying balloon art as well!

Sabrina with charicature balloon dogs of Tony and Chris

Sabrina with charicature balloon dogs of Tony and Chris

Eric and Brandon dropped by to say hello and got right into Balloon Dogs too!

Eric and Brandon dropped by to say hello and got right into Balloon Dogs too!

James, Jenna, Jeffrey and John making Balloon Dogs!

James, Jenna, Jeffrey and John making Balloon Dogs!

Irina’s Art Entertainment business will bring smiles to any event! Here’s the link to see more of her work and book a facepainter, balloon artist, fortune teller and other characters for your party: http://mylifeandart.typepad.com
and it may even be me that paints your face or twists a few crazy balloon characters for you 😉

Refresh Miami over 200 attend at Doubletree Hotel, Coconut Grove

Attended my first Refresh Miami event tonight at the Doubletree Hotel in Coconut Grove, FL. Over 200 people attended and it was standing room packed as the event began with a welcome from Angelique Swann, DoubleTree Director of Marketing introduced Alex de Carvahallo and Brian Breslin, Refresh Miami founders. Next up was a a gentleman from Comcast with exciting news about incredible upload speeds, then on to the first presenter, Murray Izenwasser.

I’d heard Murray recently at a South Florida Women in Communications meeting and tonight, he had an entirely new presentation, Murray’s Rant, complete with a live poll that he demonstrated by having those with mobile devices post as we watched the results in real time. He also shared facts and timelines on the ever increasing speed of technological advances. Did you know the Beatles Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Album was the first ever to have been completely written for that media? Up until that time, for about 89 years, albums were compilations of previously existing songs. 

Next up was Davide Di Cillo ( GetAppsDone ) and his presentation on iPhone apps had some astounding numbers in terms of iPhones in use, number of apps downloaded and the window of opportunity when introducing a new app.

A couple of intense hours of information overload, a great view from the 20th floor of the DoubleTree Hotel overlooking the Coconut Grove shoreline and marinas, so many people I already know and many more to meet at next Refresh Miami

If you’re at all interested in Twitter, Facebook, blogging, web building, code writing, apps, social media, marketing, design, technology, etc. check out Refresh Miami. The energy level, of so many people doing work they love, is electrifying!

Don Chile Grand Opening Pics, Coral Gables, FL

It was standing room only and right out to the sidewalks at Don Chile’s Grand Opening on Wednesday night in Coral Gables. Marilyn, Paul and I walked just two blocks to get here so no complaints about location and there seems to be plenty of parking on this end of the Ponce as well. I thoroughly enjoyed a sampler Pisco Cilantro Sour and will definitely be back for lunch or dinner.

Even though this gentleman was mixing and pouring drink samples like crazy and he was kind enough to not only pose at my request, but did so with a smile! I didn’t get his name, but he, or someone, will post it in a comment so we all know who to ask for at Don Chile.

A few of the very reasonably priced To Go Menu items:
APPETIZERS:
Quesadilla Ranchera – flour tortilla filled with grilled steak, bacon, onion, tomato, cilantro and melted jack cheese, served with sour cream and guacamole – $9.95 

SALADS:
Ensalada Rosario – crispy romain hearts, avocado, tomato, corn, green onions, cilantro, tossed with homemade avocado dressing with grilled chicken – $8.99

SOUPS: $5.50
MAIN COURSES:
Camarones a la Diabla – sauteed shrimp with peppers and onions, served with rice – $14.50
Pato Castellano – duck breast sauteed in delicate pine nuts and walnuts with dry smoked peppers sauce and served with spicy mash potato and corn $13.99

Carne a la tampiquena – a tender cut grilled steak, topped with poblano strips and cream and served with one enchilada, rice and beans – $16.95

DESSERTS: Homemade Caramel Custard, Cake Tres Leches, Chocolate Cake
Don Chile is located at 1915 Ponce de Leon (across from Office Max) in Coral Gables. Phone: 305-461-1566. Mon-Wed 11 am to 9 pm, Thurs-Sat 11 am to 11pm. Closed Sunday.

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