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Kreativ Blogger Award – The Power of The Blogging

A Kreative Blogger award has recently been passed to me by fellow Miami artist, Rosie Brown and I’m honored that she chose me to receive it. I’m also delighted that it was presented to Rosie by Monique Lassooij. Both artists were participants in an 8 week long Art Marketing Salon* that I facilitated at the Windisch-Hunt Gallery in Coconut Grove, FL in 2009, and, in passing along this award, they are affirming the value of social media marketing as one of the most effective marketing tools around today: blogging!

Since I’ve become a bit of an information addict, I couldn’t do this without a little background research. I quickly found reference to the original ‘Kreativ Blogger’ post and requirements for nominated Kreativ Bloggers. I believe they have been edited and abbreviated over time and cyberspace.

Kreativ Blogger originated in May 2008 in a post by Huldas Verden as noted by Clay Garden author in this April 2009 post:
“Finally I found that it was started in Norway by a blogger named Huldas Verden.”

When the Clay Garden post was written in April 2009, the author’s Google search came up with 712 entries for Kreativ Blogger.
When I searched today, Feb 28, 2010 for ‘Kreative Blogger’ awards, Google comes up with 23,200,000 entries! Hence, the power of blogging!

Here are the requirements that I found, and am passing on to 7 fellow Kreativ Bloggers (names and links to blogs at the end of this post):

The Kreativ Blogger award comes with the following requirements:
1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link the person who has nominated you for the award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

Seven things about me that may be of interest:

1. I’ve always loved nature and art and just knew this was my path in life.

2. I did, and still question, my choice of life experiences and have finally come to terms with accepting that whatever happens, as long as I pay attention and learn something, I can move forward.

3. I’ve been married 3 times – divorced twice and widowed. I have two amazing daughters that I’m very proud of. My third husband died when my youngest daughter was 4. I’ve been a single mom for the last 14 years and must say, I really don’t enjoy being the responsible adult all of the time.

4. Self sufficiency is admirable and it gets the job done, but the ability to ask for help and help others empowers everyone.

5. Travel is now high on my to do list. My youngest daughter will graduate high school this year and she has plans for college so the timing is right for me to go on my walk-about. Thus far, I’ve only been out of the USA to Canada. Mountains, lakes, rivers, oceans, deserts and cities all around the planet are out there, full of fabulous nature creations that I’ve yet to see and can’t wait to photograph!

6. You really do teach best that which you need to learn, and actions do speak louder than words.

7. I truly believe there is magic (healing, restorative power) in the energy of nature and that is what I hope to share with my art.

Sample of my nature’s energy photo-digital art: “South Beached Man-O-War Reflection”

MY KREATIV BLOGGER NOMINATIONS ARE:

Alyson B. Stanfield http://www.artbizblog.com/
Tara Reed http://artlicensingblog.com/
Eric Francis http://www.planetwaves.net
James Echols http://www.soulofmiami.org/
Tom Falco http://coconutgrovegrapevine.blogspot.com/
Heather Allard http://www.themogulmom.com/
Catrien Ross http://www.energydoorways.com/category/blog/

* Art Marketing Salon is a group or community, guided, do-it-yourself workshop with all materials provided by Alyson B. Stanfield, Art Biz Coach. I highly recommend Alyson’s book, “I’d Rather Be In the Studio” and signing up for her newsletters which are full of valuable marketing information for artists and business people alike.

NOTE: I only recommend products or services that I have experience with, believe in and support. When you click on a link in this blog and make a purchase, I will receive a referral commission. This is one of the ways an artist can earn a little extra income and support her family!

Fashion Accessory Designers at River of Art Showcase, Epic River Lounge

Just wanted to share a few photos of the fashion accessories and the
designers from Tuesday night’s event with Life is Art/Creative Connections
at the Epic Hotel’s River Lounge in Downtown Miami.

Fashion Accessory Designers at River of Art Showcase 8.11.09

Fashion Accessory Designers at River of Art Showcase August 11th at Miami's Epic Hotel, River Lounge during Life is Art/Creative Connection event.

PinUp Vixen Brown Betty and her one-of-a-kind hair accessories

PinUp Vixen Brown Betty and her one-of-a-kind hair accessories

Cindy & Gissi Jimenez
Gi and Pindo, The newspaper Jewelry Collection

Me with my display of Cortese Design Bags at River Lounge

Me (Debra Cortese) with my display of Cortese Design Bags at Epic River Lounge

You can see many more photos (including the artists and Adriana’s clothing line)
at Carlos Miller’s facebook photo album at: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=95263&id=647684635,
and article at: http://www.miamibeach411.com/news/index.php?/news/comments/life-is-art1/ 

Thank you to Bobby Brandt and the staff at Epic River Lounge,
and James Echols, Annette Pickert and everyone at Life Is Art
Creative Connections for putting together this fabulous art and fashion event.

Sign up here to be elibible to win theCortese Designs Bag of the Month Giveaway

Art, Fashion, Music, Fire Dancing at Epic River Lounge

 

Miami River to Bay view from Epic Hotel - photo: Debra Cortese

Miami River to Bay view from Epic Hotel - photo: Debra Cortese

 

Tomorrow night from 6 to 11 pm join Miami artists, fashion designers, gallerists, and fellow art lovers at the River Lounge at Epic. River Lounge, right on the north shore of the Miami River faces the historic Miami Circle, overlooks the Brickell drawbridge and offers an exclusive closeup view of the river to the bay.

There’s still time to RSVP at Life Is Art Creative Connections River of Art Showcase.

I’ll be showing my line of Cortese Design Bags along with Vanessa da Rocha Swimwear, Adriana Pitic’s line of clothing, Fashion View Miami Cindy Jimenez’s Recyled Jewelry, and Brown Betty Hair Pieces!

Miami Artists, Carla Fache, Carson Case, Ross Ford, and R.E. SANCHEZ will also be there showing their work…

AND, that’s not all. James Echols and Annette Pikert of Life is Art have not only connected all of these fashion designers and artists for this unique, one night event at the chic River Lounge at Epic (270 Biscayne Boulevard Way overlooking the bay in downtown Miami)…There is also Music by DJ Soozin with a special surprise guest!?!…Live performances by Jillian the Fire Dancer and Nestor on the drums…and a complimentary cocktail with your RSVP here!

Make that reservation now while this link is right in front of you and be sure to say hello and drop your card in the “Win A Cortese Design ~ Bag of the Month Giveaway!”

Winner will be notified by email and/or phone and published on this blog, ideally with a photo of you and your new bag! 

Looking south to Brickell from Epic Hotel - photo: Debra Cortese

Looking south to Brickell from Epic Hotel - photo: Debra Cortese

River Lounge is graciously donating a complimentary drink to everyone on the RSVP list.
They are also donating a portion of the proceeds to Life Is Art! This is much needed
revenue to help us continue to promote the Miami arts community. Be sure to say thanks to
the proprietor, Bobby Brandt, for all his support. We hope that you will come out and
bring ALL your friends so that we can make this a regular event!

The event is completely free, though contributions are gratefully accepted. Your support
helps Life Is Art/Creative Connections continue to help the arts community.

We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to expand your network and help
advance your artistic career. Full details and make your reservation here!

River Lounge review at thrillist.com

Cortese Design Bags
Debra Cortese Art and Designs for Licensing
Debra Cortese
contact me at: debra@debracortese.com

Fashion + Art at River of Art Showcase August 11th


Next Tuesday, August 11th I’ll be showing my line of Cortese Design Bags along with Vanessa da Rocha Swimwear, Adriana Pitic’s line of clothing, Cindy Jimenez’s Recyled Jewelry, and Brown Betty Hair Pieces!

Miami Artists, Carla Fache, Carson Case, Ross Ford, and R.E. SANCHEZ will also be there showing their work…

AND, that’s not all. James Echols and Annette Pikert of Life is Art have not only connected all of these fashion designers and artists for this unique, one night event at the chic River Lounge at Epic (270 Biscayne Boulevard Way overlooking the bay in downtown Miami)…There is also Music by DJ Soozin with a special surprise guest!?!…Live performances by Jillian the Fire Dancer and Nestor on the drums…and a complimentary cocktail with your RSVP here!

Make that reservation now while this link is right in front of you and be sure to say hello and drop your card in the “Win A Cortese Design ~ Bag of the Month Giveaway!”
Winner will be notified by email and/or phone and published on this blog, ideally with a photo of you and your new bag!

Cortese Design Banana Leaf Reflections Tote Bag

Cortese Design Banana Leaf Reflections Tote Bag

Life Is Art invites EVERYONE: artists of all disciplines, art professionals, art
collectors, and all art fans to come to our networker for the arts community! Creative
Connections
is a chance to meet artists, gallerists, dealers, collectors, and art fans to
discuss issues facing the arts community in Miami, network, pass out business cards, and
just have fun! This month we are hosted by River Lounge on Brickell!

River Lounge is graciously donating a complimentary drink to everyone on the RSVP list.
They are also donating a portion of the proceeds to Life Is Art! This is much needed
revenue to help us continue to promote the Miami arts community. Be sure to say thanks to
the proprietor, Bobby Brandt, for all his support. We hope that you will come out and
bring ALL your friends so that we can make this a regular event!

The event is completely free, though contributions are gratefully accepted. Your support
helps us continue to help the arts community.

We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to expand your network and help
advance your artistic career. Full details and make your reservation here!

River Lounge review at thrillist.com

Cortese Design Bags
Debra Cortese Art and Designs for Licensing
Debra Cortese
contact me at: debra@debracortese.com

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