845-887-3156 debra@debracortese.com

Buy Art & Make Many People Happy!

See work of all Summer Salon Artists here and here.

Information on how Neat Stuff 4 Kids brings joy
and confidence into the lives of children in need.

Summer Salon multi-media art exhibition ends next week,
so stop by Windisch-Hunt Fine Art gallery
at 2911 Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove, FL
and treat yourself or buy art for a friend.
You’ll be happy, your friend will be happy,
the gallery and artist will be happy,
Neat Stuff 4 Kids will be happy
and the children they get to help will be happy.

That’s a lot of happy people all sharing some great art and HAPPY ENERGY!

MODE magazine announces designers for Summer Salon fashion show

Coconut Groove, FL- Summer Salon is a collective mutli-media art exhibition that features unique and creative artwork by some of South Florida’s finest in the industry. The opening Summer Salon reception will be held on Saturday June 6, 2009 from 7-10pm.  This creative symposium will be held at the Windisch-Hunt Fine Art Gallery located at: 2911 Grand Avenue in Coconut grove, FL 33133. The event will feature artwork exhibitions by over eighteen talented artists, poetry readings by Jonathan Rose & Jerry Wade, live music by Zip Robertson, and an extravagant fashion show by Mode Lifestyle Magazine.
Alexander Michaels, President & Editor-In-Chief of Mode Lifestyle Magazine along with Vice President Frank Capella will present the Mode Models for the exciting fashion show. Designs are by Nathan Carter, Miriam Carnase – Olivia Lucas line, Deborah Majen Designs, Jennifer Trujillo, Sandy Edie, and Cortese Design Handbags.

A percentage of all art sales will benefit “Neat Stuff”, a non-profit agency who’s mission is to “provide free brand new clothing, shoes, accessories, and gifts to meet some basic needs of abused, neglected and other children in distress, allowing them to dress with pride and dignity, inspiring their self-worth.”  This amazing event will tie in South Florida’s wonderful culture by creating an artistic experience to all guests that attend.  Not only will there be live music, poetry, artwork, fashion, and networking but a great opportunity to get involved within your community and benefit the “Neat Stuff” charity.
Mode Lifestyle Magazine will also be hosting a model casting for this fashion show and for their new movie “In the Mode” at 5:00pm on June 6, 2009 at the Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts Gallery. MODE is looking for models/actresses with previous acting experience, must be 18+, female, 5′8”+, and catwalk experience.
The Summer Salon art exhibition will continue through the month of June. For additional information on this event please contact grovite1@mac.com. For additional information on “Neat Stuff” charity please visit www.neatstuffhelpkids.org.

For information on the casting or fashion show please visit www.modelifestylemagazine.com

Model, Diane Mooney poses on Lincoln Road with Cortese Designs Mango Blue Casual Totebag

Model, Diane Mooney poses on Lincoln Road with Cortese Designs "Mango Blue" Casual Totebag

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