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Wine, Food and Art pairing (South Florida)

photo: Schnebly Winery
Just read the latest Schnebly Winery newsletter and they’ve included an article on the annual “Dinners in Paradise” at Gabrielle Marewski’s Paradise Farms. This is a lovely, local, organic farm that’s renowned among top Miami chefs for providing the best in microgreens, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, edible flowers and more.

This season Paradise Farms is donating 16 Ready to Grow garden beds to 16 public schools through The Education Fund for their Plant a Thousand Gardens Collaborative Nutrition Initiative.

photo: Paradise Farms/Miami Victory Gardens

Schnebly Winery provided the dry Avocado Wine and their signature Category 3 Hurricane Vino for the Common Roots art exhibition that I co-curated with Arts At St Johns and I’m a definite fan of the Avocado Wine… surprisingly similar to a delicate chablis!

Paradise Farms is normally a private space, but during the “Dinners In Paradise”, you have the opportunity to come in, take a tour, enjoy a delicious meal and help a charity all at the same time!

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ART?

It all relates. My art and custom designs are all about sharing the magic of nature’s energy. We are what we eat, drink and believe. There’s magic, memories, and balance in growing a garden, harvesting your very own vegetables and fruits and then preparing them and ideally, sharing a meal with friends and family. Bonus: here’s my Zingy Mango Salsa recipe!

Eric Francis’ Planet Waves Astrology Celebrating 10 years

I’ve been a fan of Planet Waves since I first read Eric’s astrology column in the Chronogram, an excellent paper then published in New Paltz, NY and I believe it is now based in Kingston and that Eric has also relocated there. (I also lived in that Hudson Valley area from ’98 -02 and still feel the energy of the mountains as a longing to return to some place or feeling, yet to be named)

Eric Francis Planet Waves Astrologer

Eric Francis Planet Waves Astrologer

At the time, I assumed he’d been writing it for many years so, today, when I received a planet waves message celebrating its 10th year, it all sort of melded. 1998 was a time of major personal change for me, and I’ve been following Planet Waves almost uninterrupted throughout the last 10 years. My subscription had lapsed in the past year, so much happening, I’m often on ‘reading’ overload, and there are so many other things that … wait, didn’t I just tell myself this morning how important it is to make time for the things I enjoy? I realized that the connection, information and insight that I receive from each Planet Waves article or astrology reading far outweighs the cost in time or money. So, today, I gave myself the gift of a renewed subscription to Planet Waves 🙂

Thank you Eric and everyone at Planet Waves for being part of and adding a unique perspective to my journey during the past 10 years. I’m enthusiastically looking forward to our future stories of hope, achievements, and living on our healthy, joyful planet. Sharing the Magic of Nature’s Energy….each in our own creative waves…

the PEACE ART project

Rainbow Women World Peace Energy by Debra Cortese

It’s been just over a year since I first thought about curating a Miami/NY ‘peace’ art project. I have notes and emails where I contacted a gallery owner/artist/curator in NY about collaborating on this project. Assume she was overbooked or not interested at the time. Then a friend(?) commented, ‘It’s already been done.’, so I put it aside, but over the past several months it keeps coming back in an increasingly persistent voice, “So what if it’s already been done and there are already many peace organizations. Ours is definitely not a very peaceful or harmonious world and a peace project needs to be ongoing for as long as it takes – until the energy shifts, until we do live in a peaceful world.”

The original vision to involve all art mediums – visual, written, performance, film, video, came to me after a second reading of “Alice Walker’s piece on ‘The Pause”. This writing includes a reference to our imbalanced energies and reposes the question, “..when will the women say stop?” which relates to ‘John Perkins’ writing of the Shuar viewpoint on balance and the male/female relationship to each other and to MotherEarth.

However, in focusing on ‘stopping’ something that is undesirable, that would be giving energy to the negative aspects and therefore perpetuating the exact opposite of what is truly desired. (reference: Abraham-Hicks, Law of Attraction, The Secret, Power of Positive Thinking, etc.). SO… the focus must be on the desired and intended feeling/energy of PEACE for all humans, creatures, plants, the air, the trees, all of Nature. In sharing the positive ‘PEACE artworks’ of artists from all over our world, we focus our collective attention and creativity on the energy of the intended message – PEACE. When we are viewing, reading, hearing, seeing PEACE, then that is the energy we expand!  The PEACE artworks emit and share magical, healing, transforming energy.

I now realize this project must be much bigger than my original vision. To collaborate with one or a few galleries and artists is not enough. This must be a worldwide project, involving as many organizations and individuals as have the interest and intent to share this energy!

So, here is my ‘CALL TO ARTISTS’, organizations, businesses, individuals, schools, to our world. Let’s renew and revive the positive energy of a peaceful planet. I’m asking for your ideas and your participation. As of this writing, the Peace project is just emerging from the thought phase, however, as Mike Dooley will surely confirm, Thoughts become Things.

Let this be the communication vehicle where we share our ideas and talents. The PEACE Project needs your ideas, your experience, organizational component, logistics, budgets, financing, exhibition venues – a worldwide plan…

I welcome your comments and promise to update the PEACE artworks project as it develops.

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