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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!

Art Deco 7 Flamingos in Pink, Ocean Blues or Tropical Greens/Fruity Orange

Here are my newest designs!
Art Deco 7 Flamingos Pink Casual Tote Bag and matching Clutch Purse(click image for larger view and scroll down to see this design in Ocean Blues or Tropical Greens and Fruity Orange)

And just in time to donate a matching set of the Art Deco Pink Flamingo Casual Tote Bag and Clutch Purse for the Silent Auction of my favorite non-profit arts organization, the Arts at St Johns. In case you haven’t heard (and if so it may be my fault, since I’m working for ASJ in the marketing/pr/design department) they are KICKING OFF their biggest project ever, the History of Miami Beach. This includes concerts, workshops, play readings, art exhibits, the Annual Talent Quest, Divine Debris and Glorious Trash, Common Roots and….it culminates on October 1, 2 and 3 with the premiere of an all-original production, Miami Beach – the MUSICAL! Artistic Director, David Kingery and Creative Consultant/Artist/Author, Deborah Weed are creating and producing the Musical. Carol Hoffman-Guzman, Founding Director of ASJ has been interviewing people for months in person, and on Facebook. There are over 1200 fans for the Miami Beach stories on Facebook and more people are contributing their stories every day!

The KICK-OFF Party is tomorrow night, Thursday, April 22nd at the newly renovated Art Deco Welcome Center on South Beach. (1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. That’s right at the intersection of Ocean Drive and 10th Street).
There’s always a parking challenge on the beach, so below is a list of parking lots and garages within walking distance of the Art Deco Welcome Center:

Here is a list of parking lots and garage locations on South Beach and a clickable map of 1001 Ocean Drive:

South Pointe Park
South Pointe Drive & Ocean Drive
Washington & Commerce
1st Street & Washington Avenue
4th Street & Alton Road
7th Street & Collins Avenue – Garage
11th Street& Jefferson Avenue
5th Street & Michigan Ave(Softball Lot)
6th Street & Meridian Avenue
9th Street & Washington Avenue
10th Street & Washington Avenue
6th Street & Collins Avenue
10th Street & Collins Ave
12th Street & Drexel Avenue – Garage
13th Street & Collins Avenue – West Side
13th Street & Collins Avenue – Garage

Art Deco 7 Flamingos in Ocean Blues and Tropical Greens/Fruity Oranges:
Art Deco 7 Flamingos Design in Ocean Blues on Casual Tote and Clutch Art Deco 7 Flamingos Design in Tropical Green/Fruity Orange on Casual Tote bag and Clutch
The Art Deco 7 Flamingo Design Bags will be available online very soon. If you can not wait, please email me at: cortesedesigns@debracortese.com, or call 305.298.2023 and you can be one of the first to own them 😉

Here are the TOP 6 Reasons to attend the KICK-OFF PARTY tomorrow night!

I hope to see you there!

The History of Miami Beach Project KICK-OFF Party April 22 at Art Deco Welcome Center

Did you get the tickets and the costumes? I can’t wait to see the live preview of
Miami Beach – the MUSICAL at the KICK-OFF Party for Arts at St Johns
History of Miami Beach Project.
There will be decadent delights from different decades
(made by Val of Sandbar Lounge with organic veggies from The Market Company)
plus drinks made with organic Prairie Vodka.
I can’t wait to play the Miami Beach Trivia games by Seth Bramson
(hope you’ve read his books about Miami Beach ;-), oh, and there’s
a Celebrity Look-alike contest and I heard something about Magic Sand Bag Treasures.
Wonder what they are?
A Silent Auction too with all kinds of art, vintage jewelry, Marlins tickets, super
Gold’s Gym memberships, Cortese Design Bags
(heard Debra created an Art Deco and Flamingos design  just for this event!),
Miami Food Tour, Art Deco Pillows by Dorit Norgaard, Paintings by Rosie Brown,
Pauline Goldsmith, Elizabet Chacon, an Arts & Business Council of Miami membership,
a Biscayne Nature Center membership, Jewelry by Deborah Ruggiero,
vintage pink glass bowl, vintage vase, incredible handcrafted masks by Barbara Donachy
and more items coming in every day!
Better get YOUR Tickets today!
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: www.artsatstjohns.com or call 305.613.2325

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!

Art, Music, Poetry and Fashion SUMMER SALON success story!

The pictures say it all! Read more on

Fashion show (and the Krishnas) took over the gallery on Coconut Grove Grapevine


Fabulous to see all of these photos first thing this am… slept in today after all the excitement of this Summer Salon event. Want to Thank EVERYONE that helped make this such an exciting and successful evening: Annamaria and Fred Hunt of Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts, Neat Stuff Helps Kids, all of the artists and friends who worked behind the scenes sending invitations and blogging, and cleaning, tagging, contributing in so many ways; Deb Starbuck for preparing refreshments, serving wine, and food with Jenna, Paula and others; and most of all moral support throughout.

Kudos to MODE lifestyle magazine president, Alexander Michaels, the models, hair and makeup artists, stylists (Kathleen and Heather), designers: Nathaniel Grant, Miriam Carnase-Olivia Lucas line, Deborah Majen Designs, Jennifer Trujillo, Sandy Edie and MODE vp, Frank Capella; the photographers, videographer, Nick (Friend of MODE) for petal sweeping ;-), James Heredia, freelance photographer (and ipod music for fashion show), Jenna Samuel, Valentina Ramos, Pauline Goldsmith, Lynda Wellens, Elizabet Chacon, Rosie Brown, Deborah Weed, Adriana Dominguez-Tio, Paula Lancaster, Nedra Goldhoff, Deborah Starbuck, Lynda LaRocca, Sandy Edie, Jonathan Rose, Donald Calhoun, Celia Reigle, Angelika Rothkegel, Jennifer Trujillo, Cucui Beguiristain, MANO, Trina Collins, Roberta Rand, Gerard F. Wade, Irina Patterson, Monique Lassooij…and very special thanks to Zip Robertson for his delightful music, easy-going cooperation and flexibility, as well as Rob Moore and Juan for adding to the music mix; and of course, Hare Krishna for their unique musical contribution and showing up at exactly the right time to make our event so Grove-y!

I’m sure there are many others whose names I have not included, but thank you all, and ‘Grape’ as well for your excellent coverage of Summer Salon and all things Coconut Grove.

SEE PHOTOS ONLINE AT COCONUT GROVE GRAPEVINE


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