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Another great Miami weekend filled with music, scandalous stories & art!

MUSIC, DANCE, SCANDALS, MYSTERY & 100 YEARS of HISTORY

Many of you know that in addition to creating art, presenting art business workshops, and designing handbags,  I’ve also been working with Arts at St Johns on design and marketing projects. One in particular took on a life of its own, went through several incarnations and a year of intense work by teams of people. That project, “Miami Beach – the MUSICAL”, premieres this weekend at Arts at St Johns’ home theatre (also the sanctuary in St. John’s Methodist Church) at 4760 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach, FL . Performances start at 8 pm on Friday, Oct 1 and Saturday, Oct 2 and there’s a matinee on Sunday, Oct 3 at 3 pm. Tickets are $25  at the door, but I strongly suggest you order in advance to save $5 and to be sure you have a seat!
$20 tickets online at www.miamibeachthemusical.com

Also as I’m writing this, just listened to WLRN’s Under the Sun program as Alicia Zuckerman interiews Miami Beach – the MUSICAL Director, David Kingery, along with Wendy Unger and Leo Casino (both have stories & cameo appearances in the show).

This all original production is directed by David Kingery, who has incorporated historical research by Dr. Carol Hoffman-Guzman, dozens of real stories from WISH YOU WERE HERE – the history of Miami Beach Facebook pages and so much more  into an entertaining and poignant story, complete with original music by South Florida composers Andrew Sargent, David Cohen and lyricist,

On October 1, 2 & 3, 2010, the Arts at St Johns presents the World Premiere of this all-original musical production at their theater (also the sanctuary in St. John’s Methodist Church) at 4760 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach, FL .
Performances start at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday night and there is a matinee on Sunday at 3 pm.

Tickets are $25  at the door, and $20 online at www.miamibeachthemusical.com

and of course… the ART!

Time for me to get back to work!
Finishing a new series of mixed media paintings for my ‘wall’ as  GroveHouse Artist of the Month. Opening reception is Saturday night at 7pm (so I’ll be in Grove Sat. night to meet you and share the ‘blues’ – sneak peak of art progress posted below) and we also have a new ‘RED & GREEN’ grid show opening that night plus the fabulous art of dozens of GroveHouse Artists!

Hope to see you at GroveHouse Art on Saturday, or at Miami Beach – the MUSICAL on Fri or Sun!

Morning Glory Blues mixed media by Debra Cortese - still working on this!

figure drawing – live in Coconut Grove

cortese drawing no 6

cortese drawing no 6

Attended my first drawing class in ages last night. What a great opportunity to get back to basics in terms of artistic skills, get away from the computer-electronic pencils, brushes, biz and more (often wonder just how much the buzzing, jumping electrons affect me physically and mentally).
The opportunity to sketch with fellow artists, classical music playing in the background, just letting my hand and eye determine the transference of the light and shadows on the model into a pencil image on paper. Delightful, refreshing and highly recommended to any artist.
Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm at Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts in Coconut Grove.

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Miami Art Event

Another ‘good news’, art happening in Miami. I love anything where kids, animals and the environment get positive attention and encouragement. There really are a lot of people helping people and sharing great energy!
See Video here.

Check out Social Miami where hundreds of organizations, businesses and individuals are getting out and making a positive difference!
Here’s the link to Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
and one for the Knight Foundation
ARTISTS (visual, performance, musicians, writers, all… be sure to learn more about the grant opportunities of Knight Foundation, a highly respected organization with a long history of supporting the arts and journalism.

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