Sunday, July 27, 2008

Animated Living

L -> R :Stacey, Noah, Jon, Rita, Landry, Emily, Me, Andee

My inspiring friend Andee Rudloff has a show with her equally inspiring mother, Rita Rudloff, this month in Bowling Green, KY. These two have art filling the Gallery at 916 .
Jon and I went to the reception on July 25th and then celebrated with an after- party at Rita's house. I've always been so amazed at how creative and just full of life Andee is, and now I know where she gets it! Rita was the life of the party; she has recently beaten cancer, and just seems ready to jump into anything. She was even up for teaching us some hard- core water aerobics move in her salt water pool! Congrats and thanks to Andee and Rita for being such a positive force.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ignorance= Not Bliss

This may seem silly if you're unfamiliar with the situation, but pit bulls are subject to LOTS of negative stereotyping. Towns as close to Nashville as Paris, TN are considering breed specific legislation. Pit bulls are not killers and the DO NOT EAT BABIES. Yes, I 've actually had to tell people that. My canine buddies Seamus & Aka prove it- you should meet them! There's plenty of ignorance out there regarding the breed- I CANNOT believe Verizon choses to have a hand in it.

How disappointing.

Read on....

Verizon Pit-Bull Ad Unleashes Flurry of Complaints

Humane Society, ASPCA Say Dogs Depicted Unfairly in LG Dare Spots; Marketer Will Keep Airing Them

By Sherry Mazzocchi

Published: July 21, 2008

NEW YORK (AdAge. com) -- Verizon Wireless has stepped into a steaming pile of complaints from animal lovers over commercials for its LG Dare phone, but the marketer is sticking with the 30-second spot.

The commercial shows a young man trying to obtain the phone by climbing a junkyard fence, when he is instantly greeted by two pit bulls. The dogs, with cropped ears and metal choke collars, bark ferociously and lunge at the intruder. They are just a hair's breadth away from the phone because their heavy metal chains do not quite extend far enough.

The spot has infuriated groups from the Humane Society of the U.S.

-- which has asked Verizon to pull the ad -- to PETA, the ASPCA and dozens of pet-related websites, which have posted petitions and message boards on the web protesting the ad with slogans like "Can They Hear Us Now?"

Veterinarian Susan Ralston sent Ad Age her letter of complaint to Verizon, which says, in part: "I don't know what your company was thinking. I don't know how much money was wasted on this despicable ad. Perhaps you should donate the million or so spent on that 'creative' to pit-bull rescue in an attempt to undo the damage. I switched my BlackBerry to T-Mobile. Maybe if enough folks do the same, it'll get your attention.


Brenda Raney, a spokesperson for Verizon Wireless, said the ads were never intended to offend. There are two ads that focus on the Dare, she said; the other depicts a woman on a ledge. "These are fictional ads, designed to be over-the-top, to break through the clutter and get our message across." Verizon is not pulling the spots, she said. Interpublic Group of Cos.' McCann Erickson, New York, is Verizon's agency and created the ad.

Inappropriate and inaccurate
Kathy Bauch, senior director-corporate relations and promotion at the Humane Society, said the ad could further inflame an already outstanding prejudice against pit bulls. "We understand why advertisers use stereotypes. It resonates and people get the point," she said. "But this perpetuates the idea that it is OK to chain dogs and it is OK to have guard dogs.


Mary Harwelik, founder and director of The Real Pit Bull, an education and advocacy organization, said, "This is big news in the pit-bull world. People are outraged." Describing the ad as inappropriate and inaccurate, she said, "Pit bulls are not guard dogs and they were never meant to be guard dogs.


A statement released by the ASPCA in response to the ads says, "These dogs can make wonderful additions to a family. The public also showed their support for the evaluation and rehabilitation of the pit bulls rescued from the Michael Vick case, suggesting that they are ahead of the corporate world in their understanding of pit bulls.


Pit bulls often victims
Mr. Vick, former quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, was convicted last year on counts of illegal dog-fighting. When authorities raided his home, they found 66 dogs, including 50 pit bulls. While two of the dogs were eventually euthanized, many have been rehabilitated and adopted. Mr. Vick is serving a 23-month sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., and still faces gambling charges upon his release.

"These dogs are often the victims of abuse," said Adam Goldfarb, animal-companion-issues specialist at the Humane Society.

Ms. Bauch said the Humane Society only rarely asks companies to pull ads. The last time was in 2004, when Energizer ran a spot that depicted a mother expressing displeasure at finding a cat in the dryer that had been put there by her son. Energizer complied and replaced the scene.

The Article's Link

Monday, July 21, 2008

I Think I Love This

This fantastic artist, Eugenio Recuenco, really intrigues me. I even watched the "making of" videos.
What do you think?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Toe-May-Toe, Tah-Mah-Toe

This is how my garden grows: bright green, pretty, slightly weedy, bearing blooms and fruits! Marigolds to keep the bugs away, a mix of annuals for color, oregano, bell pepper, chili pepper, tomatoes, etc... it's a small but diverse garden!
Speaking of tomatoes, the 5th Annual Tomato Art Fest is fast approaching; it's quite the shindig in East Nashville on August 9th. If you haven't heard of this fun, free, costume friendly event this kind of sums it up:
About me:
The 5th Annual Tomato Art Fest will be August 9, 2008. It's a fun, free, and costume-friendly event in the heart of Historic East Nashville. Spread the word to your friends! Tell your songwriting friends! Tell your artist friends! Tell Tomato Lovers and Haters! Tell EVERYBODY! And Remember our motto... The Tomato... a uniter, not a divider - bringing together fruits and vegetables."

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My Homage

I hope everyone has gotten to see Sex and the City, the movie this summer! Of course, Sarah Jessica Parker wears some over the top ( yet fun) styles in it. The costume for her "big day"is a perfect example; in her hair she wears not just a feather, but a BIRD!.
Hence, I have created my own series of fabulous, one- of- a kind hair accessories for summertime. MMM. Don't be jealous ;)

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Fourth of July

It's nice to wake up without immediately rushing into whatever the plans are for the day, and that's how it's been this morning. Ahhhh. Now if only the thunderstorm will blow over I can go to the lake!
Everyone at my house is taking it easy today, especially Seamus. Check him out- just lounging on the living room couch. My little buddy Juliana made the pillows for me out of fabric her mom (Anna Maria Horner) designed; I love them! They just make me happy; and I love all Anna Maria's textile design for that reason. They are bright, fun, and so, just, PRETTY! It's the anti- beige!