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One Night ONLY, Holiday Art Bazaar at The Mutiny Hotel, Coconut Grove, FL

Today I’m confirming the artists (names and images further down in this post) who will be part of our Holiday ‘Art’ Bazaar at The Mutiny Hotel on December 5th in Coconut Grove, Florida.
For one-night-only, you can shop, enjoy complimentary champagne and chocolates, listen to live jazz by Leo Casino, and purchase unique, original art, jewelry, sculpture, fine art prints, cards, handbags, and more ‘art’ gifts created by professional artists, designers, and craftspeople of South Florida, Latin America, and the Netherlands – all in one place!

Leo Casino

Leo Casino


On the first Saturday of every month, Coconut Grove hosts an ever-changing, stimulating, and more often than not, surprising (I always love when the people of Hare Krishna parade through the galleries and share their joyful music and energy!) Art Stroll.

December promises to be one of the best ever because, after all, Art Basel Miami is in town and… ART IS EVERYWHERE!!! So much that it’s almost a bit overwhelming, especially if you try to see it all and attend every event.

This year, you’ll have the option of taking a leisurely Art Break. Join us at the Holiday Art Bazaar, sip complimentary champagne, enjoy luscious chocolates and get some (or all) of your holiday shopping done at the same time, in the same place!


The Arts continue to thrive in historic Coconut Grove, and the once-infamous (I’ve heard many eyebrow-raising stories!) Mutiny Hotel now draws a new kind of attention to itself, every first Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The bright swatch of coral that is The Mutiny Hotel and the intensely blue South Florida sky offer the perfect backdrop for the colorful and thought-provoking works of South Florida’s artists.

Join us on Dec. 5th, 2009 for an exclusive,
ONE-NIGHT-ONLY, Holiday Art Bazaar!

This is your chance to see some of the most creative works of this select group of artists in a casual setting, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine pours, champagne and chocolates. Jazz musician, Leo Casino will be entertaining us in his impressive and incomparable style.

Enjoy Poolside Cocktails and Dinner… before or after Art!

Atchana’s East/West Kitchen is a sophisticated hideaway located on the ground level of The Mutiny Hotel. Open to the public and hotel guests, this unique dining establishment serves a sumptuous array of fresh, authentic Asian dishes, along with American Classics such as New York Strip Steak and Snapper Filets.
Enjoy dinner and/or cocktails in the intimate wood-paneled 45-seat indoor dining room, or outdoors, next to the poolside waterfall.

You can see many of the artists and their work here and,
on our HOLIDAY ART BAZAAR facebook event page at:


Monique Lassooij http://monique-lassooij.blogspot.com

Monique will be donating a percentage of her sales to Pelican Harbor Seabird Station

Laura Cerwinske

Eileen Seitz

Karen Deilke

Maui Reple
GAIA gallery of art – Amsterdam, Foundation Mercurius communication through Art

Pauline Goldsmith – Botanical Watercolor Paintings, Prints, Cards

Valentina Ramos

Shari Bellingham
Artisan Jewelry handcrafted with glass lampwork, pearls, sterling and semi-precious stones

Fevi Reyes- Jewelry

Debra Cortese – Cortese Design Bags

Paniram Wellness Institute Reiki Master, Maria Napoles

Check back here soon to see more of the art and artists that are participating in this exclusive, ONE NIGHT ONLY event and be sure to mark Saturday, December 5th on your calendar right now! The Mutiny Hotel has valet parking at a very reasonable $8,  and we’ll have more than a few surprises for ‘Holiday Art Bazaar’ guests! Admission is FREE!

Contact me at: debra@debracortese if you have any questions about Holiday Art Bazaar.

Info for Gift Guides – Trend setting Bags for Nature Lovers

Cortese Design bags are more than fashionable, they can energize you! Designer, Debra Cortese says, “When you carry one of my Nature’s Energy Design bags, and consciously tune in to the vibration of the plant that is at the core of the design, you can virtually ‘feel’ the positive, magical energy of nature.” She explains that every element of nature emits a unique vibration or energy field. When you are in nature and truly focusing your attention of a flower, (how the light plays on the petals, the gentle swaying in a breeze, the interaction of a tiny, hovering bee coating his little bee legs in pollen) you’re able to connect with the vibration of that flower, that bee, and that moment in time. This is an excellent, natural way to enhance, stimulate or soothe your own energy.

The Design Process

Cortese Designs are a visual transference of Nature’s Energy. Debra tells us “The design for each bag is intentionally created to share the energy that I experience when I am tuning in to a particular plant or flower. I begin by photgraphing a plant that is emitting positive vibrations. (Poison Ivy would not be a plant I’d choose for sharing any energy!) Next, I choose one of the photos that visually shares the strongest sense of that energy and use it as the basis for my design. I then go into the flow of the creative process, and using a range of digital painting tools and a sequence of custom techniques, I work the image until I achieve a visual presentation that most effectively transfers the vibrational energy of that plant, flower, creature or environment.”

Cortese Design Bags are available online at: www.debracortese.com, and at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida where they sell an exclusive, custom designed line of Cortese bags.

Custom Designs for Businesses, Organizations, Fundraisers
Debra’s focus is on growing the Cortese line with additional fashion and home decor products and through licensing her designs with businesses and organizations that share a vision to increase awareness of our magical environment. She enjoys creating custom designs and collaborating on projects that promote positive, joyful vibrations in the world, and is particularly fond of projects that benefit the environment, animals and children.

Bag images and links at: https://www.debracortese.com/CorteseDesigns_PR_GiftGuides.html

photo: Paul Andre Photography
model: Diane Mooney

Win a Cortese Design “Angel Trumpets” Laptop Bag in my September Bag of the Month drawing

I’ll announce the winner right here on the blog on October 5th (or as soon as I can confirm the contact info for the winner). NOTE: still waiting for confirmation from August’s winner before I can officially announce!

Your bag will be shipped on the day we confirm your info and is scheduled to arrive within 10 days.  NOTE: Shipping charges are included to addressses in contintental USA

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
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

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