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The Business of Art Licensing – A Workshop For Artists

If you’re an artist in the Miami area and would like to know more about the business of licensing your art, you may be interested in a workshop that I’ll be presenting in Coconut Grove and on Miami Beach titled: The Business of Art Licensing – A Workshop For Artists.

Sweet Sprouts -garden art by Debra Cortese

A bit of background information:

In 2009, I facilitated the highly successful 8 week  ‘Art Marketing Salon‘ based on the book, “I’d Rather Be In The Studio.” by art business coach, Alyson B. Stanfield.  Over two dozen people (artists, curators, and agents) participated in the Art Salons which culminated with an outstanding Summer Salon Art Exhibit and Fashion Show on June 6, 2009 at the Windisch-Hunt Fine Art Gallery in Coconut Grove, FL.

As the Art Marketing Salon was coming to an end, we briefly touched on the subject of art licensing and about half of the artists said they would be interested in learning more about this topic. Since this is a subject dear to my heart and work, I made a verbal commitment to the group and myself to develop an art licensing workshop. After months and months of reading, researching, and networking, I realized one workshop would not even come close to covering the subject. So now, 14 months later, I’m putting the final touches on the first three workshops which will begin later this month starting with the introductory session: The Business of Art Licensing – A Workshop For Artists. I’m offering the introductory session at $15 per person because I want artists to have enough information to decide if art licensing is something they want to pursue. The progressive sessions will explore key topics more thoroughly with specific research and creative assignments to help each artist move forward and create a portfolio of work specifically geared to the business of licensing art on a variety of consumer products.

The material I’ll be presenting is based on my personal experience and a good portion is based on the work of artist Tara Reed and her Art Licensing Info business. I’ve been following Tara for over 2 years and highly recommend that any artist interested in learning more about licensing your art follow her blog and listen in on her free, Ask Calls where she conducts live interviews with many of the top selling licensed artists in the country.

Tara Reed Paul Brent

Tara Reed interview with artist Paul Brent

She’s interviewed Paul Brent, Mary Engelbreit, Jill Seale, Suzanne Cruise, many others and many more are coming up.  In addition, Tara has been creating and licensing her own whimiscal art for over six years and regularly attends the Surtex and Art Licensing Expo trade shows where the majority of art licensing connections and contracts are made every year.

If you’re an artist in the Miami area and would like to know more about the business of licensing your art, here is the link to full details on “The Business of Art Licensing – A Workshop For Artists” which will be presented in two locations, one on Miami Beach and another in Coconut Grove, Florida.

If you are not able to attend the workshops and want access to some of the most informative and useful information available on how to get started in art licensing, I highly recommend Tara’s eBook, “How to Get Started in Art Licensing”.

NOTE: I may earn a commission on products that you purchase from following a link that I recommend and I only recommend products or services that I personally use and believe in. This is another way for an independent artist/entrepreneur to earn money and continue doing the kinds of work you love. It’s also a good topic for another workshop 😉

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

still painting for Breakfast with the Artist at Foccacia, Coconut Grove Sat morning 10 am!

second stage of  painting (1 of 3 canvasses). still wonder what it will look like finished!

Annamaria Windisch-Hunt asked me about a month ago if I’d be interested in doing a Breakfast with The Artist exhibit at Foccacia in Coconut Grove, Florida. Being the eternal optimist of course I said yes, and so here I am, writing when I should be painting… but realize I have to let YOU know about this, otherwise I’ll be having breakfast alone!!!

This is one of three paintings I’m working on (as soon as I finish this post). The canvasses are already at what I call stage 2 of progress. Only 3 more to go so I will be finished by Friday afternoon in time to hang the show 😉

It’s a cozy, intimate space and Annamaria (curator for Foccacia and Windisch-Hunt Fine Art Gallery) suggested that abstracts are suited to this particular venue. I knew I had sketched an organic, nature shaped series just a ‘short’ while ago and they were hanging in my studio waiting for me to pick up a brush! Well, turned out a short time was just over 3 years ago! How the heck does that happen?!

I’ll be showing 3 of a series of 16 paintings. Had to wait until I’m actually in the flow of creating these to know what I’d call them. The first 3 feel representative of parallel dimensions, other planes of reality and imagination. Organic shapes – figures that I’ve doodled for as long as I can remember. For me, there is something elemental in these shapes. I can not stop drawing them. It’s a primal, unconscious expression, coming from beyond (perhaps another dimension?). They soothe my body, still my mind and I can feel the lightness of my soul when I’m painting them.

Join me for Breakfast with the Artist this Saturday, May 8th at 10 am at Focaccia Rustica,  3111 Grand Avenue  Coconut Grove, Florida and hopefully my paintings will extend this stress releasing energy to you as well!

Secret Art Festival in Coconut Grove?

On Sunday, March 14th, for my very first time, I’ll have my art and handbags in one of the most festive and friendliest art events in South Florida. I’ll join fellow GroveHouse Artists and 60 or so others, plus several bands (think live music/dancing in the streets), and all of the residents along a two block stretch in Coconut Grove called Gifford Lane for the 12th annual art event that resonates with Old Grove artsy-ness 😉 The  show starts at noon and ends at 5pm. It’s daylight savings time, so set that clock ahead on Saturday night and on Sunday around noon, head over to Coconut Grove and ‘do’ the  Gifford Lane Art Stroll! Be sure to stop by and say hello!
Last Year’s Event – slideshow from Rosie and Phil Brown:

Click here for another slide show from previous Gifford Lane Art Stroll
on Coconut Grove Grapevine


I’ll have Greeting Cards, Paintings, Prints and Handbags
on display with very special Gifford Lane Art Stroll prices!

Official event Press Release from Gifford Lane Artist, Trina Collins:

Coconut Grove’s Secret Art Festival:
Gifford Lane Art Stroll
Reappears for 12th Year of
Misbehavin’ Under the Trees

March 8, 2010, Coconut Grove, FL

It’s the Grove the way the Grove once was. Like an exotic bloom that flowers but once a year, the wild blossom unfolds its petals once more: the twelfth annual celebration of the original Gifford Lane Art Stroll will burst into color and lilting music along one usually sleepy little block of Gifford Lane between Oak and Day Avenues (3200 block) on Sunday, March 14th from 12 noon to five o’clock.

The event features more than sixty visual artists displaying their works on the fences and in the front yards along the cute little lane, including a number of the finest artists in the region.

Sculpture, portraits, tile mosaics, large abstract paintings, photography, mixed media, and jewelry, as well as several specific art forms that have no name will be displayed along the shady lane n the informal tropical setting.

The Art Stroll has long established a strong reputation for first rate art that sells at amazingly affordable prices.  Unlike some other street festivals, the Stroll is known among the artist community as a place where artists really come to sell and people come to buy.  Artists line up to get in this show.  All sorts of folks show up: people from the next block, celebrities from the Beach, well-known City politicians, sports stars, and now people from out of state are showing up for what is called one cool art party.

Some neighbors open their homes to perfect strangers who want to just hang out and chat or maybe use the rest room or discuss Obama’s health plan.

This is one amazing place to buy tropical art and tuck it under your arm, but it is an even more remarkable place to just chill, sip endless glasses of intoxicating cucumber punch, or eat grilled shrimp on big skewers, have home cooked burgers, and participate in long leisurely political or philosophical conversations with absolute strangers, and then do some mean dancing in the street, and then dance a little more.

The live music is nonstop all afternoon and the tunes are sweet, sweeter, and sweetest.  In addition to the Coconut Grove Juggling Exchange, there will also be a number of  popular local bands appearing, including: Blue Man Grove in their first headliner gig at the Stroll, and also the Coffee House Gypsies.   Additionally, several other well-known area groups are expected to drop by and jam.  There is plenty of casual street dancing as the party progresses.  Live music, old style.

The nearly legendary little Art Stroll continues a Grove tradition of wild and crazy artists who defy convention to bring people together in the magical clearing under the trees.  More than a decade ago, a half-dozen active artists lived on this block of Gifford.  They started the tradition. Most of them have now moved away but a hearty band of neighbors—several dozen strong–meet frequently to carry on this most unlikely of all arts festivals.

Almost the only way you are going to hear about the Gifford Lane Art Stroll is by word of mouth—they don’t advertise and each year thousands of people attend over the course of the afternoon.  People who knew the Grove decades ago swear this is the closest thing you’re ever going to experience that looks and feels just exactly like the old Grove the way it was.

“We only have the Art Stroll one afternoon a year,” says founder Trina Collins, “but we now have residents who have purchased homes on the block because of the Art Stroll.  It is all done by resident volunteers.  In the months of January through March we have potluck suppers with 25 or thirty folks in people’s homes and have some amazing food and planning sessions.  It is really quite remarkable how this little festival has brought so many diverse neighbors together.  We all know each other as a result of this.  It has made us a community.  The Gifford Lane Art Stroll is a real friendly afternoon in Coconut Grove.  Everybody should come out and buy some art and have some cucumber punch.”

Once again, all of the participating artists at the Art Stroll will be giving a percentage of their sales to two Grove charities—this percentage will be added to contributions made by the public and neighbors living on the block.  The two benefiting Grove charities are the St. Stephen’s AIDS Ministry and the St. Alban’s Day Care Center in the Village West.  Each year, the Art Stroll donates 100% of the proceeds to the charities.  Last year more than $4,000 cash was donated.  More than $30,000 has been contributed to Grove charities since the Art Stroll began.

The Gifford Lane Art Stroll promises to be a good hearted afternoon of delights under the leafy canopy on Sunday, March 14 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.  Be sure to be there.

For further information contact: Trina Collins  (305) 445-9698

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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

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