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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.

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

SUMMER SALON, a visual feast of art in Coconut Grove

‘Summer Salon’ Opening Reception, June 6th, 7-10 pm at Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts, Coconut Grove, FL
Join the Miami Art Marketing Salon artists for an opening reception that features a collective
exhibition of over 24 artists on Saturday, June 6th from 7 to 10 pm at the
Windisch-Hunt Fine Art Gallery, 2911 Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove, FL. 
Live music, performance art (poetry, designer balloonist, fashion show), a feast of visual art and a few fabulous surprises! 
Read more about the Miami Art Marketing Salon (based on ArtBiz Coach, Alyson Stanfield’s free online course) and the participating artists at: https://debracortese.com/?p=568
The SUMMER SALON art exhibition runs throughout the month of June.

“I’d Rather Be In The Studio”
Marketing & Business for ARTISTS by Alyson Stanfield

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Miami Artists Empower Each Other to Overcome Art Market Slump


Miami Art Marketing Salon, an eclectic group of more than 20 artists, gather weekly for support at Windisch-Hunt Fine Art in Coconut Grove.

Coconut Grove, FL, April 27, 2009 “ The Art Market is not immune to recession. The Mei Moses Art Index that tracks pricing in the art market, is down 35% for the first quarter of 2009. Many Miami galleries are closing their doors.

But adversity breeds creativity and… leaders. To keep going, Miami artist Debra Cortese launched Miami Art Marketing Salon this month, a biz education and support group for local artists.

The idea was born last year when Cortese, whose trademark is Nature’s Energy art, took an online art business course by ArtBiz coach, Alyson Stanfield.

Stanfield, an author of I’d Rather Be In The Studio, the artist’s no-excuse guide to self-promotion, designed a concept of a “marketing salon” that offers a blueprint for artists to form a local support group.

The nine-meeting program plan can be downloaded from Stanfield’s website, artbizconnection.com, free of charge.

April 7, the day Cortese launched the Miami Art Markting Salon, more than 20 artists showed up at Windisch-Hunt Fine Art Gallery in Coconut Grove. Annamaria Windisch-Hunt, the gallery owner and artist herself, is happy to host this creative group.

Cortese facilitates the salon using the free nine-meeting program plan developed by Alyson Stanfield. The program covers how to set goals, define your art, assess and improve sales opportunities and other important art business topics.

Balloon Artist, Irina Patterson, spotted Cortese’s post about the Miami Art Salon on Twitter and joined. Debra is a perfect example of a leader who turns an adversity into an advantage, Patterson said. If it wouldn’t be for her own desire to succeed, these local artists would probably never meet face-to-face. And what an amazing group this is!

More about the Miami Art Marketing Salon and the artists:



More about Alyson Stanfield & Stanfield Art Associates, art marketing consulting firm:





Debra Cortese

MIAMI ART SALON members and their art

On April 7, 2009, South Florida artists gathered at Windisch-Hunt Fine Art Gallery in Coconut Grove for the first Miami Art Marketing Salon. This is a nine session course with materials provided free of charge by Alyson Stanfield, Art Biz Coach and author of I’d Rather Be In The Studio, the artist’s no-excuse guide to self-promotion.

South Miami artist and handbag designer, Debra Cortese had participated in one of Stanfield’s online marketing courses and was so impressed with the material that she made the commitment to facilitate this course for fellow artists that are interested in promoting their work and careers. You can read more about the Art Salon in the following blog posts:
*Free Art Marketing Salon for Miami area artists
*Art, Business and Astrology
*29 Miami artists participating in Art Marketing Salon
and at

The Miami Art Salon was filled to capacity on the first day and is no longer accepting registrations for this term, however, Cortese is already planning another Art Marketing Salon sometime in the fall of 2009, and she is putting together the outline for an Art Licensing workshop. To be notified of either, SEND AN EMAIL to artmarketing@debracortese.com or Sign up HERE to receive announcements and her monthly newsletter.

The Artists of the first MIAMI ART MARKETING SALON and links to their work:

Deborah Starbuck, muralist/art instructor


Rosie Brown, artist

Pauline A Goldsmith, artist/entrepreneur

Elizabet Chacon, artist



Jennifer Trujillo, clay artist/jewelry designer



Jonathan Rose, Cultural Correspondent,
writer/poet/attorney/art afficionado


Valentina Ramos, artist



Celia Reigle, artist

Donald Calhoun, artist/photographer


Deborah Weed,


Lynda Wellens, watercolor/batik/digital art


Mosaic Peacock Urn

Adriana Dominguez-Tio, mosaicist


Irina Patterson, balloon artist


Angelika Rothkegel, artist


Nedra Goldhoff, artist/photographer
Nedra Goldhoff portfolio


Monique Lassooij, artist


Annamaria Windisch-Hunt, artist/gallery owner
Art Marketing Salon Host
One Ear Society Blog


Paula Lancaster, art afficionado/entrepreneur

Roberta Y. Rand, artist/research specialist

Trina Collins, artistÂ


Gerard F. Wade, art afficionado/entrepreneur/poetÂ


Cuqui Beguiristain, art curator/afficionado



Lynda LaRocca, photographer/artist/author


Sandy Edie, artist/fashion designerÂ


Debra Cortese, artist/handbag designer

Art, Business and Astrology

Seems I’ve been even busier than usual. The Art Marketing Salon will have our 3rd workshop tonight at the Windisch-Hunt Fine Art Gallery in Coconut Grove. Last week, we had 20 artists participating, and this week I expect a full house because everyone is back in town.
Collective energy and ideas have been flowing and from the emails and calls I receive throughout the week, I know this project is stirring up all kinds of collaborations and new actions for every artist that is participating.

2nd workshop of Miami Art Salon members at Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts in Coconut Grove, Florida

2nd workshop of Miami Art Salon members at Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts in Coconut Grove, Florida

As I stated when first announcing that I’d facilitate this 9 week, Art Marketing Course as provided by Alyson Stanfield, my personal goals are to develop a portfolio and web presence for my Nature’s Energy series art. Thus far, this includes food art: Mango and Tomato, just completed the first stage of Bromeliad art in conjunction with the Bromeliad Society of South Florida, I have the Native Plant Series to work on in the next 2 months that will debut with Arts at St. Johns for their Plants Without Borders program and, I’m also creating an astrological nature’s art series that will premiere on my line of Cortese Design handbags. No wonder I’m feeling busier than usual 😉

Below is a sample of the Custom art/design work for the Bromeliad Society of South Florida:

click image to see more Bromeliad art on products

click image to see more Bromeliad art on products

AND…here’s a short excerpt (read more at MAY 2009 link) from Eric Francis’ Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for May 2009:

“Allow the world to take on a transparent quality; see through the unnecessary, torturous maze of ego and remember that each of us is capable of expressing who we came here to be. Certainly you are feeling this potential, and it’s more than spring in the air. We each get there differently. In the immortal words of the Grateful Dead, “Some rise, some fall and some climb to get to Terrapin.”

DEBRA CORTESE.COM Nature’s Energy Photopaintings
My CafePress Shop Nature’s Energy Designs and more on Journals, Shirts, Hats, Cards, Magnets.


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