Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Black Market at DRIP.


I went to DRIP, (8747 International Dr Ste. 102, Orlando, FL 32819) to sketch a one night only art event called The Black Market, which included, a dark art exhibit, fashion show and pop up boutique inspired by mystery, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, horror, black magic, and all things dark.

I focused my attention  on this incredible display of designer high heal shoes. They are perfect for any gal or guy who wants to gain a solid foot in height. Some of the heels were elegant as if built at the turn of the century by Louis Eiffel himself. Other were ferocious as if for a Mad Max apocalyptic world.

The proprietor of this set up had his custom built beach buggy parked outside. He had several baby squirrels in a fur hat that he was keeping warm. If one shivered he would pick it up in his cupped hands and bow in it to raise its temperature. He let me hold one and it was incredibly delicate. The squirrels had been blown from their nest by the hurricane force winds of Irma.

His assistant wore black stocking with many holes torn in them along with spiky shoulder pads and a jet black g-string. She could ring up sails on her iPhone using square and she was busy with sales. So many stopped to browse, that it was difficult to see everything on the table at the same time. I pieced together the puzzle all night long. There were performances in the other room, but I stayed on task. The entire evening was a fun blend of dark goth, leather and steam punk inventiveness. If you wanted something truly different for the holiday's this would have been your best bet.

Other Featured Exhibitors:
Art Exhibit curated by Carl Jordan
Retromended Vintage Fashion Shop
Carmine Oddities Boutique
Shibari Demo (Knot Tying) by Carmine Oddities Boutique
Tarot Card Readings
Coffee Shop of Horrors
Live Make-Up Demonstrations
Dead Snow Cocktail and Rogue Dead Guy Ale
TnT Paranormal Investigators will be running an EVP listening station.
Hand Crafted Costume Pieces for the spooky season!

These themed DRIP art events come up fairly often each year and they are always fun and unexpected.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for Novemvber 25th and 26th.

Saturday November 25, 2017
9AM to 5 PM - Free. Cocoa Beach Art Show 2017 (Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931) The Cocoa Beach Art Show is back! Returning to Downtown Cocoa Beach Saturday, November 25th, and Sunday, November 26th.

7 PM to 9 PM Saturday and Sunday. Opera Wars. (The Abbey 100 S. Eola Drive Orlando, FL 32801.) Opera del Sol and Space Coast Symphony Orchestra present Opera Wars and invites audiences to venture where no opera has gone before. Set in outer space, Opera Wars is an intergalactic adventure of love and war set to some of opera’s most treasured compositions. Step aboard the I.S.S. del Sol, as their Space Cruise Director welcomes one and all to their Pre-Launch Experience, where audiences will have the opportunity to interact with the Space Crew. In partnership with 'Farm and Haus', they invite you to eat, drink, and as they blast off, enjoy some of opera's most exciting selections presented with their musical partners The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, including Figaro's Aria, Summertime, Ride of the Valkyries, Habanera, Nessum Dorma, and many more. The future of opera is bright!!

9 PM to 11 PM. 3rd Annual Amateur Contest and Holiday Kickoff! (The Venue 511 Virginia Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803.) Cheer on your favorite amateur contestants in the 3rd annual competition and kick off the season in style with the Cuties! Sponsored by Premier Couples Superstore who always have a bit of naughty with their nice!

Sunday November 26, 2017
Noon to 6 PM - $15 to play. D and D: The Pit Of Amnesia. (Gods and Monsters, 5421 International Dr, Orlando, Florida 32819)  Introducing a brand new D and D campaign created by game master Jess! You awaken, in complete darkness, not remembering who or what you are, surrounded by others in the same predicament! Armed with the weapons you found scattered around you, it's now your mission to get out of this cave and find civilization! And hopefully find any memories you might have lost in the dark. In this D and D campaign, you get to experience a different format of game play, where players have to start with mostly vacant character sheets and fill them out as they play the game!

Recommended for those who've experienced a D and D campaign at least once or twice before. The fee to play will cover a completed character sheet and a print of the character art at the end of the game, as well as pizza and a soda. All participants are encouraged to bring their own dice, but dice can be supplied to any players who do not have them. If you wish to purchase your own set, there will also be a 15% discount off all gaming products and off snacks for all participants.  Please be sure to send them a message or stop in store to get your name on the list for this adventure and get instructions on how to pay through Pay Pal. This adventure will be limited to six players at a time.

Noon to 1 PM - Free. Yoga. Lake Eola Park near the Red Gazebo. Bring your own mat.

Noon to 3 PM - Donation. Music at the Casa. (Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) Harpist Catherine Way. Members of the public are invited to visit the historic home museum on a Sunday afternoon from 12 to 3 pm, listen to live music and take a tour of the museum and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio by trained docents.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Debbie Does Dallas at the Parliament House.


Debbie Does Dallas, directed by Adam McCabe, choreographed by Michelle Alagna, and with
musical direction by Tim Evanicki, takes a cult classic porn film and turns it into a tongue-in-cheek musical. For some light-hearted sassy fun, this is a show perfectly suited to play at the Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House (410 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida 32805).

The show is the coming-of-age story of an all-American small-town sweetheart named Debbie Benton (Takara Lee Anderson). She is the captain of her high-school cheerleading team, but she dreams of making it to the big time by becoming a Texas Cowgirl Cheerleader. When Debbie receives a letter telling her she has qualified for the professional squad, the only thing that stands between her and the realization of her dream is bus fare to the big city of Dallas.

Debbie enlists her teammates, Lisa (Ale Martinez), Roberta (Sarah O), Donna (Jasha Vaughn) and Tammy (Katie Ford), to get jobs after school and on weekends to help pay for her trip to Dallas. The girls form a company called Teen Services and get jobs, but they quickly realize minimum-wage jobs just don't pay enough. Luckily, Debbie's boss, Mr. Greenfelt, has an idea how the girls can raise enough money in time. Debbie tells the girls about Mr. Greenfelt's idea, and they all agree to try their hands at "little favors" performed with enthusiasm by "good girls."

If the girls "work hard for the money" through sex, sweat and tears, could they manage to raise enough money for Debbie to realize her dream and make it to Dallas? Also starring Tripp Karhh and Jonathan Speagle playing multiple roles in frantic quick-change madness, Debbie Does Dallas is a wild time at the theater.
Having never seen the cult classic film, we decided to watch the film the same evening after seeing the show. The intricate plot is followed to the letter, but the endless sex scenes are replaced by many black out scene changes and some fun musical numbers. The romp in the locker room shower was well choreographed with towels hiding the sweet bits as the actors and actresses exposed themselves to each other. All the cheer leaders did have an orgy scene that played out behind a back lit sheet that allowed the audience to imagine what the shadows implied. The funniest moment came when Debbie relents and accepts $10 cash to expose herself to her boss. He offers a bit more, and each time she goes off into her Disney style "I have a Dream" song. It was truly laugh out loud funny.
By the time you read this, Debbie will have sadly retired her pom poms. Upcoming shows at the Footlight Theater are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 pm and 12 am.  Additionally, A T-Dance Revue Show is in the Disco on Sundays at 7 pm.

Mark Your Calendar. On December 1st - December 30th,  The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told  by Paul Rutnick and directed by Tommy Wooten will hit the Footlight stage. A stage manager, (Beth Marshall), headset and prompt book at hand, brings the house lights to half, then dark, and cues the creation of the world. Throughout the play, she’s in control of everything. In other words, she’s either God, or she thinks she is. Act One recounts the major episodes of the Old Testament, only with a twist: Instead of Adam and Eve, our lead characters are Adam (Brett McMahon)  and Steve (Jerry Jobe), and Jane (Shanel Sparr) and Mabel (Camilla Camillo), a lesbian couple with whom they decide to start civilization (procreation proves to be a provocative challenge). Act One covers the Garden of Eden, an ark, a visit with a highly rambunctious Pharaoh and finally even the Nativity. Along the way, Mabel and Adam invent God, but Jane and Steve are skeptical. This brings about the flood, during which Steve has a brief affair with a rhinoceros and invents infidelity. No longer blissful, Adam and Steve break up only to be reunited as two of the wise men at the Nativity.

Act Two jumps to modern day Manhattan. Adam and Steve are together again, and Steve is HIV positive. It’s Christmas Eve, and Jane is nine months pregnant even though she always thought of herself as the butch one. The two women want to marry and want Adam and Steve to join them in the ceremony. A wheelchair-bound, Jewish lesbian Rabbi from cable access TV arrives to officiate. The ceremony is interrupted as Jane gives birth, and Steve confides to Adam that his medication isn’t working and that he’ll probably not survive much longer. Bound by their long life together, and the miracle of birth they’ve just witnessed, the two men comfort each other even though they know their remaining time together will be short. It sounds like some existential fun for the holidays.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Bobby Mills remembers June 12, 2016.

Bobby Mills moved to Orlando in 2000 from New Mexico. He was the general manager at Pulse Nightclub. Pulse was his life, though he was not at work on the evening of June 12, 2016. He had trouble getting to sleep that night. He woke to the sound of a neighbor pounding on his door. He noticed security alerts on his phone. There has been fights and bomb threats at Pulse before. The neighbor sat him down and insisted he watch the TV.

He felt numb when he realized what was happening. He felt personally attacked. He had to be strong. A friend called, she was hysterical. The next 15 hours were a marathon of checking to see if loved ones were safe. He called and texted everyone he knew. He recalled another friend who had been there's voice being strange, a dull monotone. Altogether, Bobby knew five of the victims of the mass shooting personally.

He wished he was there that night to help, but also thankful he wasn't. Had he been there he feels he would have died, probably being shot first. A bartender told him about rolling under the bar where the dishes are washed. It is gross and sticky down there by the end of any night. When he went to the Lake Eola Vigil, he was angry. He saw a news reporter interviewing a girl who claimed she worked at Pulse. He called her out on air. He knows everyone who worked there. She was just seeking some lime light.

After some time, Barbara Poma, the nightclub owner, allowed the staff to return to Pulse. At around 9AM, 30 employees went inside to see Pulse one last time. He walked towards the back of the now stripped down club. Nothing remained. The walls had been removed to the bare studs. Even the tile had been chiseled up because of the mess. He had worked in the white room. When he saw it, his heart tensed up, that was his worst day. He had to go outside for 15 minutes to get some air. Then he returned inside and walked behind the bar before standing on the stage to look around at the worst of the damage.

Today, the smell of dead flowers always brings back horrible memories. Some Pulse staff have started hosting events at The Abbey. They have hosted Latin Nights there. He went once but felt spooked. The wide open glass windows would allow for an easy drive-by massacre.

As Bobby works to heal, he mentioned he feels that he was put on this earth to be wildly inappropriate, to get a smile from the people around him. He has gotten a new job in real estate. He cherishes life and wants to live it to the fullest.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sunshine State of Mind with Adam Ware.


Dr. Adam Ware, the Orange County Regional History Center historian and research librarian gave a talk titled "Sunshine State of Mind" as the final installment of the Joseph L. Brechner series of lectures at the Orlando Public Library (100 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32801). “The media” often refers to the news or entertainment media. But even an idea can be a medium – an idea, for instance, of a sunny paradise where any plant will grow, any idea will succeed, or any dream can be realized. Through real estate ads, citrus-crate labels, souvenirs, and shuttle launches, the idea of Florida has moved people to travel, to invest, to relax, and to persevere. In this program, Ware discussed the varied ways the Sunshine State operates in American feeling and memory, from “the Italy of America” to “Florida Man.” He discussed the materials that evoke and invent our image of Florida and the pioneers and entrepreneurs who mobilized the concept of Florida to change the course of the state’s history.

This was an insightful and entertaining talk that spanned several hundred years of our perceptions of what Florida is and could be. His talk began with a long dissertation about how media affect our perceptions of a place. As Marshall McLuhan stated, "The medium is the message." When Adam began digging into Florida's early history things really got interesting. Early explorers hoped for gold or slaves. For hundreds of years Spanish settlers attempted to set up colonies in Florida. Most of these colonies failed. The few who survived and returned to Europe described Florida as a desolate wasteland, a hell on earth that they never wanted to see again.

The first name for Orange County was Mosquito County. There probably isn't a worse name ever imagined for a place. Who would ever move to Mosquito County? It took railroad tycoons and developers to finally tame the land. But convincing people to move here was always a word game. Find the right word and you can change peoples' perceptions.  It wasn't until the 1970s that Florida became "The Sunshine State." Dr. Phillips changed the perception of orange juice, making it a staple of any breakfast, and making Florida Orange Juice more desirable than any other juice in the American mind.

There is a Twitter account called Florida Man that just posts news stories that begin with, "Florida man..." My favorite being, "Florida man tosses an alligator through a Wendy's drive through window." The man was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, illegal possession of an alligator and petty theft. He is also banned from all Wendy's and not allowed to come in contact with animals except for the family dog. Another that I just ran across is, "Florida man pissed that AT and T trucks are parked outside his house, shoots out their tires." I dropped AT and T because of their piss poor costumer service, so this news item didn't surprise me. Or, "Florida man claims dog shot girlfriend as she slept." Such strange stories are a daily occurrence, leading to Adam's favorite tag line and former state slogan, "Florida, you don't know the half of it."


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fawn Goldstein, former VIP Hostess at Pulse.

Fawn Goldstein was a VIP Hostess at Pulse on the evening of June 12, 2016. She had been working in the nightlife industry since she was 18 years old. She worked at Pulse for 5 years and the people that worked there were like her family.

Fawn remembered that it was last call and she had just one table to settle up with the bill. On this Saturday it was Latin Night and it was very packed, everyone was dancing and having a good time. There were the regulars but she also remembered a large birthday party group in which one individual was handicapped. Luckily that group left before things got bad.

Shots rang out. She wondered if they were part of the DJ mix but people started screaming. Fawn ran to the back of the kitchen and hid in a pile of CO2 canisters. People ran into the room she was in and up a ladder. She  decided to follow. She slipped off her shoes when she climbed the ladder. They shut and locked the door as the shots kept going. She and two other men hid under the metal and wooden desks. She had left her phone down stairs. The shots would go and then stop. They tried to stay quite. The gunman must be looking for them.

When the police finally arrived hours later, they knocked on the door and she opened it to find an assault riffle pointed at her. The police escorted her across the dance floor to the exit. She saw the aftermath, and tried to not look at the faces. She finally broke down when she got out of the club. Outside the dancer Milan gave her his red shoes since hers had been left behind, he also gave her somebody's phone so she could call loved ones.

Everyone was brought to police headquarters for questioning. 10 AM the next morning she was released with no phone. She went to a friend's apartment. Fawn is going to school, training to be a school counselor. Part of that training is in emergency response, bringing up questions such as, "What do you do if there is a shooter at the school?" In some ways that background helped in the months to follow. Memories of what she saw as she walked across that dance floor are hard to erase. For two or three days, she couldn't go to school. She lost a dear friend. The media hounded her, and she avoided them. She works at the Abbey now once a week with other members of the Pulse family who host events there. Love must conquer hate.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Base around the World Body Paint Art Showcase.

The Base Around the World Body Paint Showcase was held at DRIP (8747 International Drive Suite 102, Orlando, FL.) This showcase is one of the few places in the world where guests can witness a body painting event of this magnitude. Pam Schwartz and I arrived early so I could sketch the amazing models when they were just beginning to be painted. It is fun to sketch as they turn into creative living canvases. Each body paint show is centered around a theme. Each model this evening became a different country or exotic port of call.

Over a dozen body paint artists' works could only be seen for several fleeting moments of artistic completion at the end of the evening. Music was provided by Dub Masters. Besides the body painters, artists also had tables to sell their wares.                                                                       

I focused on the models in front of a paint splattered rainbow of color that had the saying, “What Color Are Your?”  One model was being painted all the golden colors of the Savannah with a large lion face being painted on her butt.  The other model was being painted with green flames and a Chinese dragon wrapped around her torso.  

The Orlando community of body painters spent years gathering in bars or homes to practice and exhibit their art. Mandi Ilene Schiff founded BASE Orlando in an effort to reach out to a wider audience and produce events as a complete art show.  Now three years later the showcases keep getting better. It is always a sketch opportunity like none other.

Mark your Calendar. The next BASE showcase is going to be a black light extravaganza held November 30th starting at 8 PM at DRIP (8747 International Drive, Orlando, Fl). I am excited to see the glowing colors in the dark. 



Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Drum Schtick was a 50 hour drumming marathon.

As part of Art in Odd Places, Brian Feldman performed at a drum kit in front of City Hall for 50 hours straight. Of course, part of that performance included eating and sleeping on the drums. I had signed up to volunteer on Saturday at 7 PM so I returned for a second sketch. The idea behind volunteers was that they would be sure the live stream camera was safe and answer any questions from passers by.

Pam Schwartz walked with me to the location along with Sprout, her scraggly-haired pup. Orange Avenue was a buzz as the clubs geared up for the weekend night of debauchery. Sprout was excited to discover all the new smells. I sat much closer to the percussive noise this time around. Brian told me that earlier in the day a huge gust of wind had lifted up the entire tent and dashed it against the flag poles to his left. Jeremy Seghers has a video of the incident. Brian's camera was covered with a plastic bag to protect it from the rain so it didn't catch a thing.

A mom and her son stopped to listen. The young boy wanted to perform and Brian let him sit down and start drumming. This Tom Sawyering allowed Brian a chance to get up and stretch his legs. The mom sat with Pam and told her all about each of her pet cats.

Brian now resides in Washington DC. I let him know that I would be sketching in DC the next day. He suggested I see an exhibit of moving light displays called Lumia by Thomas Wilfred (1889–1968). These mesmerizing displays all predate the digital age and are created by translucent objects and refracted light that display ever-changing colored forms against a black background. They resemble Aurora Borealis, but are more complex and ever-changing. One display had just a slight gap in the side which allowed a glimpse of the inner mechanical workings.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 18th and 19th.

Saturday November 18, 2017
11 AM to 1 PM $10. Soul Fitness Session. Elar Institute 736 Boardman St, Orlando, FL 32804.
We've learned that in order to keep things in optimal working order, maintenance is required. Cars get gas and oil changes. Our bodies need nutritious food and exercise regularly. What about the emotional and spiritual parts of us?
Other than venting to a friend occasionally how can we process and clear the daily challenges we face? It's typical for us to stuff down emotions that are uncomfortable or numb with one or more of the many options available to us - alcohol, media, shopping, eating, etc. There's nothing wrong with these activities on their own, but when used to numb ourselves, the result is life feels heavy and often overwhelming. Or even worse, life becomes bland and insipid.
Soul Fitness is an opportunity to free yourself from the weight of the emotions, stress and worries that are a normal part of life. Consider this fitness for your soul - leaving you strong, clear-headed and energized. Like any other fitness regimen, making it a part of your life on a regular basis will keep you there.

Each session will:
- Increase your emotional intelligence
- Provide you with new tools for self-care
- Unite you with others who are seeking to live life fully

Currently Sessions Are:
Monday Evenings: 7pm to 8pm
Saturday Mornings: 11am to 12pm

To register, visit:
http://elarinstitute.org/soul-fitness

Pricing Options:
Single Session: $10
2 Sessions Per Month: $15
Unlimited Sessions Per Month: $45


 6 PM to 10 PM Free. Jingle Eve 2017! Ivanhoe Village. Celebrate the Orlando launch of the Holiday Season! Iconic & annual Jingle Eve...Santa, carolers, bands, food trucks, Pop Up shops, VIP concert and the best Wine Stroll in Orlando by Tim's Wine. Want more...check here for updates! Event proceeds benefit Ivanhoe Village Main Street.

6 PM to 2AM ARTundressed - South Florida's Sexiest Art Event is coming to Orlando.  DRIP, 8747 International Dr Ste. 102, Orlando, FL 32819.
ARTUNDRESSED ORLANDO :: THE INTRODUCTION ARTundressed introduces its world renowned exhibition to the city of Orlando with a great selection of creative, sensual, thought-provoking work of art. The show is recognized and appreciated for it’s engaging aspects in exhibiting beautiful artworks that captivate the erogenous mind, but also incorporate interacting ideas that connect the audience both mentally and physically. We encourage our audience to get in the spirit of sensuality and express themselves with sexy, alluring and provocative fashion. Our entertainment and music crew will tantalize and tickle your sensual soul!
ART SELECTION Although the atmosphere at ARTundressed circles around interaction with ideas and concepts that engage its attending audience, one of the most important aspects of the festival focuses greatly on the art selection process. ARTundressed attracts and exhibits skilled artists who are established and recognized; talented artists who are less popular; as well as junior and freshmen artists who are breaking through and providing a new perspective into the genre of creative nude art. For this show, we will present a reprise of some of our favorite art pieces, and a very impressive curated collection of work from local and international artists. The selection of art is chosen by knowledgeable art experts and curators from some of the world’s most prestigious art museums and galleries.
LET YOUR MIND BE FREE… TO EXPRESS YOURSELF!!! We do not restrict artists to work or be confined within any particular or specific theme. Instead, we want every interested mind to think freely and create interesting unique concepts. We want to see what we haven’t seen before and feel what we haven’t experienced before. In creating / submitting work, whether visual or performance art, please make sure to incorporate at the core of it the ARTundressed C.O.D.E., our acronym for CREATIVITY – ORIGINALITY – DEPTH in DESIGN – EROTICISM… The fusion of these key criteria plays an important role in achieving an exceptional selection of unique artworks and talents, which in turn helps to set ARTundressed apart from other similar events. ENTERTAINMENT A different theme each of the 2 days of the art exhibition, incorporating our audience to become actual performers… Our Sensual cast of talents will delight and tantalize all your erogenous spots.
THE EXPERIENCE: *** Celebrating the sensual aspects in Art + Music + Fashion + Entertainment *** Art Exhibition showcasing over 200 exceptional curated art pieces *** A beautiful collection of highly creative sexy artworks that will titillate all of your senses *** Various artists representing many different countries *** Meet the Masters behind the art… Many participating artists will be in attendance ***Live shows and performances; Music; Amazing Visuals; Chic and Provocative Fashion *** A packed lineup of talents and performers that will entertain you and virtually connect to your erogenous spots *** Art Installations and participation by local, national, and international artists who specialize in nude art *** Art contests for Body Painting; Live Drawing and Photo shoot Sessions *** Bar Service for beverages and cocktails *** Friday Night Theme: “Dirty Canvas”, a glow light interactive art experience where you are the canvas and also the artist. *** Saturday Night Theme: “Bound”
EVENT DATES / LOCATIONS: DRIP – 8747 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Friday 6:00pm – 12:00am — Official Exhibiting Hours (and Entertainment)
7:00pm – 11:00pm — Body painting Competition (Live!)
11:00pm – 2:00am — Dirty Canvas (A Suggested Nude Body Art Party) Saturday >> 6:00pm – 12:00am — Official Exhibiting Hours (and Entertainment)
7:00pm – 11:00pm — Nude Photography Competition (Live!)
11:00pm – 2:00am — Bound (A Fetish Themed Experiment)… You are encouraged to ‘Leather Up!’
DON’T MISS IT… GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!! For more info / tickets: http://www.artundressed.com

Sunday November 19, 2017
9 AM to 11 AM Dapper Day. Epcot Center, 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32830. Park admission price. All refined fashions from vintage-inspired to contemporary-chic are encouraged as we "step out in style" at The Walt Disney World Resort!

Noon to 2 PM 1,000 Paper Cranes A Benefit for Orion Predko and Base Camp Children's Cancer Foundation. Will's Pub, 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803. "1,000 Paper Cranes" A Benefit for Orion Predko and BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation at Will's Pub Family Entertainment Live Music, including performances by Terri Binion and; Kaleigh Baker, plus more Orlando favorites. Market Vendors Food Drink Specials Local Art Silent Auction Family-friendly activities from 12 - 3pm Silent auction at 4pm All for a great cause! Vendor fees are $20 donation or an item for silent auction, please contact michelle@theempresstable.com if you are interested in being a vendor for this benefit.

 Noon to 1 PM Free. Yoga. Near red gazebo at Lake Eola Park.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Howl at the Moon Fundraiser.

Howl at the Moon raised money for In Harmony Nature Animal Haven. Patrons were invited to dress up their dogs for Yappy Hour at Orlando Brewing, (1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806). Nature Animal Haven is a sanctuary for wolves, wolf dogs, dogs, cats, parrots, reptiles and pigs. They work to find forever homes for animals ready for adoption.

There were folks at the door to explain the event and accept $10 donations. The donation allowed for money off of draft beers. Pam Schwartz brought Sprout her gentleman of a mutt, He wore a green polka dot bow tie for the occasion. His hair was spiked up into a Mohawk for as long as it lasted. There were plenty of dogs in the house, and my favorite costume was the German Shepard in the foreground dressed in a yellow rain jacket with a red balloon. This is of course reminiscent of the beginning of the Stephen King movie, It, where a little boy chases a paper sail boat down a drain, only to have his arm ripped off by a demonic clown. The dog had all his limbs. Another smaller pooch won the costume contest wearing an inflatable power pack from Ghost Busters. His owner had on a similar power pack. They spent all their time at the bar and I didn't notice them until the end.

There were wolf dogs and dogs everywhere. Sprout had a great time sniffing and meeting all the dogs, though none of them were particularly interested in playing. Dogs in Orlando are so well behaved. There was a silent auction and none of the items had bids yet, so Pam put starting bids on several items. She didn't end up winning anything. She ordered us a beer sampler with 5 different beers. I liked the German Blonde beer the best.

Once the  sketch was done, we went outside to try Mighty Weenie which was vending Seattle-style hot dogs. What is different about these dogs is that they have thick cream cheese spread inside the buns along with onions. It was a rather bland tasting hot dog to be honest. It needed something other than white bread and cream cheese for flavor so I mounded on the sauerkraut.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.