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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!

Mother’s Day SALE new Art Deco Flamingo Bags


Just listed these new Art Deco 7 Flamingo Designs and there’s not much time to get them delivered by Mother’s Day, but you can always give Mom a gift certificate and she can choose her own 😉
Mother’s Day SALE includes one Casual Tote Bag and a matching clutch purse for the price of the Tote Bag alone! Available in Flamingo Pinks, Tropical Greens and Mango, or Miami Blues.
Click on the image or here for more info and to order your bags today!
If you prefer to order by phone, call me at: 305.298.2023
Please share this with everyone who has a Mom 🙂

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

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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