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A Thank You Gift for Blog Readers


Happy Holidays and Wishes for Peace, Success and Joy in the coming year!

Since shelter pets (lost, abandoned, abused, orphaned furry, finned, feathered and scaly ones…did I miss any?)
are always on my mind, I’m hoping you will not only download a copy of this calendar, but share it with your family and friends as well.

Each month features a different Calendar Dog, real pets that have found new homes through Miami-Dade Animal Services Adopt A Shelter Pet program, PLUS each page also has a ‘dog tip’ or info for new or even long-time pet owners.

Just click (or double click) on this link, or on the image of HAPPY below to download the high res (3mb) printable pdf version of my 2010 Adopt A Shelter Dog Calendar.
NOTE: this is a 3 mb  pdf file. Depending on your connection speed it may take a few minutes to load. If you have any problems opening the calendar, check to be sure you have a current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader which is a free download from: www.adobe.com. If you still have trouble, please notify me via email at: debra@debracortese
and I will send the e-calendar to your email.

To purchase the large format, 17 ” wide, Wall Calendar see Option 1 at the bottom of this page.

OPTION 1:
To buy the beautiful, printed, 17″ wide Wall Calendar
click here*

*50% of profits on these calendars, and all products in my
Art For The Animals CafePress Shop
will be donated to the Miami-Dade Animal Shelter to help shelter pets find new homes

visit my main webpage at: www.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

Animal Shelter has critical overload – needs volunteer help now

 

Shelter dogs (and cats) need your help!

Shelter dogs (and cats) need your help!

 

 

As much as I’d rather just post about art and all the good things that are happening, our furry friends are in crisis. Just received the following message and there are more animals in the shelter today than ever.

MESSAGE FROM ANIMAL SERVICES June 2, 2009

* Our average intake is 2500-3500 but for the month of May, 4000 animals were admitted 

* The greatest number of animals at any given time in the shelter was 467, but today we housing 565 animals 

* We ran out of cages and are now putting together hurricane crates 

* Please help us (even an hour or two will help) spot clean in B, C and adoptions and assist adopters-we are drowning, short staffed and really need help asap-this is  a crisis! 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
VOLUNTEER
If you are not a volunteer and would like to become one, please attend
our next orientation. No need to RSVP. Orientations are held at:
Miami-Dade Animal Services 7401 NW 74 St, Miami, FL 33166. If you are
already a volunteer, no need to email me your schedule, just show up.
Thanks!

JUNE 2009
Thursday, June 4, 5 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 10 – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 11, 5 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 18, 5 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, 10 – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 25, 5 – 7 p.m.

ADOPT

Help us spread the word about 4 things: 1- Adopting a shelter pet, 2-
Educating owners about putting identification on their pet (microchip,
rabies tag, id tag) 3- Volunteering, 4- Making a donation (disinfectable
toys, financial donation online or at shelter)

Thanks!
Aileen Sanchez
Volunteer & Mobile Adoption Liaison
Miami Dade Animal Services
www.miamidade.gov/animals <http://www.miamidade.gov/animals> 
Direct: 305-805-1778
Cell:     305-877-5458
Fax:     305-805-1619
7401 NW 74 St, Miami, FL 33166

29 Miami artists participating in Art Marketing Salon

 NO ARTIST IS AN ISLAND

MANO & Cuqui in front of the first phase of MANOs series Blood Lines.

MANO & Cuqui in front of the first phase of MANO’s new series Blood Lines.


Mano Fine Art

Coconut Grove, Florida, April 2009, Renaissance poet John Donne wrote, “No man is an island.” This famous line illustrates humanity’s need to connect with one another and artists are no exception to that truism, says art-marketing consultant Alyson B. Stanfield. Yet convincing artists of the benefits of reaching out and tapping into the collective energy to be found with other artists can be challenging.

“In general, artists prefer to be alone,” says Stanfield. “They can be resistant to getting out of their studios, meeting other artists and people in general. Yet those who do these things have an easier time selling their work.”

To help artists grow beyond that resistance and as part of her ongoing mission to give back to the creative community she loves, Stanfield created Art Biz Connection at artbizconnection.com, a Web site offering a downloadable program free of charge that takes the stimulus found in group process and puts it to practical use. On the site Stanfield encourages artists to use a structured nine-meeting program in which they design their own marketing plans in a safe, group-centered environment.

Stanfield likens the groups to the salons of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, lively gatherings where ideas were exchanged among artists and writers. Some of the more famous salons, such at the one led by Gertrude Stein, went on to nourish influential visual and literary artists like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

Calling the groups “salons” in deference to the artistic tradition of meeting and sharing ideas is intentional says Stanfield. “No other word has the same connotation. Exciting things have happened throughout history when artists join forces and use their connections and communities as building blocks to share ideas.”

To give Art Biz Connection salons impetus and structure, Stanfield urges artists to gather on a regular basis and download each portion of the nine-meeting plan from the Web site. While the process methodically covers the formation of a comprehensive marketing plan, there is a real bonus in developing a bond with an empathetic support group capable of providing advice, motivation and pushing the boundaries of creative thought.Â

Stanfield launched the program in June of 2005 and reports, as of January 2006, more than 50 salons across the U.S., Canada are already organized and meeting, with more forming every day. It has even reach across the Atlantic, with a recent salon starting up in the United Kingdom.

South Miami artist, Debra Cortese, who specializes in Nature’s Energy art and design, is facilitating this art salon because she was so impressed after taking Alyson’s art business course online last year. “I’ve wanted to put this together ever since I learned that Alyson offered this marketing salon for free to art groups and it’s taken me over a year, but I’m very excited. We have over 16 artists registered and I can just feel the creative energy and ideas already!”

 

Angel, Gnome and Tomatoes, photopainting by Debra Cortese

Angel, Gnome and Tomatoes, photopainting by Debra Cortese

Annamaria Windisch-Hunt, of Windisch-Hunt Fine Art in Coconut Grove is hosting the salons. Cortese tells us ” Annamaria was instrumental in getting me to commit to this project. She had also read Alyson’s book “I’d Rather Be In The Studio” and when she offered the gallery space to the group, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

Blue Show entry at Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts

Blue Show entry at Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts

Stanfield envisions an ever-widening circle of salons crisscrossing the nation, creating incubators for artists and most of all ensuring that no artist is left to face daunting endeavors alone. “I want artists to know they are part of a larger community of artists with a strong, proud history. If salon participants stick with this program, by the last meeting they’ll have a viable marketing plan and a roadmap for success,” says Stanfield. “And if they decide to keep meeting after that, the potential is limitless.” Â

Stanfield, based in Golden, Colorado, is the president of Stanfield Art Associates, Inc., an art-marketing consulting firm. As an artists’ advocate and coach, she helps artists promote themselves and build their businesses through classes, workshops, publications, individual consultations, and a free weekly newsletter. Her newsletter has more than 2,000 subscribers and in the past three years more than 800 artists have attended her lectures, classes, and workshops. Her clients come from every state except North Dakota and span the globe, hailing from Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Ireland. Prior to starting her own business, Stanfield worked for ten years as a curator and educator in art museums. She writes regularly about art for publications such as American Craft and Sculptural Pursuit.

For more information and an online media kit, go to www.artbizconnection.com/mediakit.

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Irina Patterson, Balloon Artist, Coconut Grove, FL

Mangifera sp. - Red Mangos  botanical painting by Pauline Goldsmith

Mangifera sp. – Red Mangos botanical painting by Pauline Goldsmith

 

Pauline Goldsmith, Tropical Botanic Artist

Pauline Goldsmith, Tropical Botanic Artist

 

Natures Energy handbags, art and me (Debra Cortese) at Miami Beach Botanical Gardens Taste of the Garden event

Nature’s Energy handbags, art and me (Debra Cortese) at Miami Beach Botanical Garden’s Taste of the Garden event

Handcrafted Jewelry by Jennifer

Handcrafted Jewelry by Jennifer

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