ChatterLog March 2011


Pisces, the Fish

Greetings everyone and welcome to the March ChatterBulletin! We have moved from the independent and freedom-loving sign of Aquarius into the dreamy and spiritual sign of Pisces, represented by the symbol of the 2 Fishes. And as our 12th and final sign of the zodiac, it is now Pisces’ job to take the “Spiritual Knowledge” that Aquarius poured down to earth from the heavens, and complete the life cycle by ascending once more back up to the heavenly master, and the ultimate goal of a life of “love and beauty.” Pisces are very sensitive and “feel” everything. In fact, they want to identify with everything they feel, and if that means actually doing it for themselves, whether it be dancing the tango, sky-diving or being a drug addict, they’ll do it, just to see what it “feels” like. So this month our theme is“Imagination” – something that Pisces has plenty of! Water signs are all about fantasy and imagination, and Pisces are very creative creatures that are passionately dedicated to their art, whatever form it might take.

So not surprisingly, the list of famous Pisceans contains a large number of actors, musicians and writers. Who better to investigate the vast world of our imaginations than a writer? For starters we have the diary-writing Samuel Pepys, followed by author of “Les Misérables” Victor Hugo, along with Henrik Ibsen, Tom Wolfe, Jack Kerouac, John Updike, John Steinbeck, John Irving, Edward Albee, Anais Nin, Erma Bombeck, and “Cat in the Hat” children’s writer, Dr. Seuss. And then we have poets including W. H. Auden, Wilfred Owen, Elizabeth Browning and Richard Wilbur. And while we’re at it, how about media magnate and publisher Rupert Murdoch? Then we have dancers Cyd Charisse, Rudolph Nureyev and Nijinsky, classical composers Chopin and Handel, and recording industry icon Quincy Jones.

Rudolph Nureyev, 1967 © Richard Avedon

Moving on to the long list of musicians and actors, consider as you read the list how many of them might or may have had a certain propensity for alcohol and drugs, something a Pisces very much enjoys as it takes them further into their world of fantasy. Let’s start with Kurt Cobain and Karen Carpenter (neither of whom made it to see their old age), Liza Minnelli, Harry Belafonte, Nat King Cole, Fats Domino, Charlotte Church who is said to have the “voice of an Angel” but also boasted a serious binge-drinking problem back in the day! George Harrison, Roger Daltrey, Lou Reed who had a hit record called ‘heroin’ (so plenty of drugs there), James Taylor, rocker Jon Bon Jovi, and long-time drug-abusing country singer Johnny Cash. Let’s face it – they were all pretty much drinking and doing drugs, even if they did manage to clean their act up at some point! Moving on, we have directors Spike Lee, Ron Howard and Sam Peckinpah (years of alcohol & drug abuse), followed by actors including the very classy Sidney Poitier, Michael Caine, David Niven, Rex Harrison, Peter Graves, Peter Fonda, Billy Crystal, Bruce Willis, William Hurt, Kurt Russell, Rob Lowe, Jean Harlow, Ursula Andress, Elizabeth Taylor, Joanne Woodward, Lynn Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Glenn Close, Vanessa Williams, Holly Hunter and Drew Barrymore. For real! And to round out this group of imaginative creators, how about photographers Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Ernst Haas and Robert Altman.

Not all famous Pisces are in the arts though, some have applied their imaginative powers to politics and world leadership including George Washington, Edward Kennedy, Ralph Nader, Mikail Gorbachev, religious leaders Jimmy Swaggart and Tammy Faye Bakker, and let’s not forget the infamous former Mayor of D.C., Marion Barry who was also known to be quite partial to his crack-cocaine? Pisceans could easily be labeled “space cases” so along with an astronaut or two we have Polish Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, eccentric British astronomer Patrick Moore, and Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor and engineer Michelangelo who gave us the Statue of David and The Last Judgment, let alone the the scenes from Genesis on the incredible Sistine Chapel ceiling, all very fitting for our Pisces theme. And consider these inventors who surely had to employ their imaginative powers to come up with their creations, including Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the “Fosbury Flop” high-jumper Dick Fosbury, founder & CEO of Dell computers Michael Dell, and co-founder & CEO of Apple computers, Steve Jobs. Enough said.

Sistine Chapel Ceiling, Michelangelo

So let’s consider this idea of “Imagination” and what that really means?

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it says the definition of imagination is, “the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality.” Think about that and then consider the Pisces personality and their abundant use of their imaginations again! I have worked with many photographers over the years, and that is what they do all the time. They take the mental idea, either their own when creating something personal, or the art director’s when working for a client, and they bring that vision into reality. My mum used to say she wished she was “creative” like me, (I was always drawing or writing or dressing up and playing characters, busy creating something…) but her creativity surfaced in her love of gardening, which is where she was happiest, planting and growing and pottering around in the earth.

In closing let’s return to the notion that Pisces is concerned not only with imagination but also with identity. They need to identify. But here is a funny story a friend told me about a case of “mistaken identity!” Many years ago he was married to a woman called Anita Bryant. Every time they traveled and someone read her name on the airline ticket, or her credit card, they immediately “assumed” that she was “the” Anita Bryant, the former singer, beauty queen and spokesperson who became best known for her work in favor of bigotry against gays and lesbians! He said they experienced many filthy looks and nasty comments, a lot of soup spilled in their laps and even spit in their drinks, people were so disgusted when they learned her name. However, once she explained to them that she was not “that” Anita Bryant, and how likely was it anyway, seeing as she was sitting next to her husband, who happened to be a rather large black man! At that point, apologies would be offered and the mistaken identity cleared up. And finally, Happy Birthday to all of you Pisces out there, including Patrick, my water-loving, scuba-diving old buddy down in Charleston, my English dancer friend Beverley, my college friend Richard Barnes, fellow Attic Theatre performer Paul Henry, and my photographer pal Frank Siteman, to name but a few of you…

Just today, Frank sent me this hilarious clip on YouTube; it’s a must see! If you’ve ever wondered what all those strange modes on your camera do, this may answer your questions…  Be sure to check it out!

ChatterQuote March 2011

Our quote this month comes from a very famous Pisces – and that is Albert Einstein! His use of the words “artist” and “imagination” beautifully sum up the Pisces’ spirit.

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

Albert Einstein

ChatterArtists March 2011

This month I decided to switch it up and bring you some painters and illustrators instead of photographers. With Pisces being a water sign, they are dreamy space cases living inside of their imaginations – they believe in love and beauty, after all…

Richard Bagguley

Richard Bagguley and I have known each other since we were 14 or 15 years old, when my mother, sister and I moved into the other half of his mother’s cottage following my parents’ divorce. So he is more like a brother to me than just an old friend and we certainly shared some great laughs and wonderful stories in our teenage years! Fast-forward 40+ years and we have an extremely talented artist and muralist. I chose this painting because of the angel, and the association to the spiritual sign of Pisces, who should now be ready to ascend to the heavens, but is torn between the two worlds!

© Richard Bagguley

Max Singer

Max Singer came to me as a client through Agency Access last year and we worked together to transform his cluttered old website into the beautiful, new and improved one. “His unique, colorful and bold illustrative style of imagery has been exhibited widely both in his home-base of New York City, in particular at such music and club venues as the Knitting Factory, as well as various outsider and contemporary galleries in his spiritual home of New Orleans, and was featured in the documentary Blood Brothers: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.” With the heart of a New Yorker, and the Soul of a New Orleans’ musician, Max’ distinct artistry was a perfect fit for the dreamy and imaginative mind of our Pisces – the word is even in the title!

“In the Maze of Her Imagination”, Times Square Station, 2008 © Max Singer

Ty Wilson

When I worked with agents Watson & Spierman, I enjoyed the opportunity to handle both illustrators and photographers, and one of my favorite illustrators was the talented artist Ty Wilson. Working primarily in India ink on a white field, his fluid lines are then enhanced by assorted mixed media. His website says it all, “Ty’s contemporary, romantic, figurative depictions of love and longing have sold by the hundreds of thousands worldwide since the 1980’s, making him the top selling African-American artist of the last century.” We chose this line drawing of a person having their feet washed, a perfect fit for Pisces, who is not only a water sign but also rules the feet.

© Ty Wilson

Megghan O’Malley Powell

Megghan Powell is also represented by Watson & Spierman, but we have not worked together before. I love her contrasting vibrant colors and feminine style and the fact that she is also a costume designer! “Meghann has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a crayon. Her background in costume design informs her work, and she approaches her illustrations as if they are scenes on stage. Her subjects are the leading ladies, fully adorned with costumes, scenery, and lighting. Coming from a family of seven girls inspires Meghann to create confident and creative women who are always imbued with flair and occasionally with a sense of humor.” And continuing along with Pisces and the feet, we had to go with this wonderful illustration of a shoe addict!

© Megghan Powell

Aurora Lucia-Levey

And last but not least, Aurora Lucia-Levey is the talented and delightful daughter of my dear friend Gina. She was a young teenager when they moved to New York from Boston, and I have seen her grow up and mature into a wonderful young woman. Although she told me she has not done much new art lately, instead she is currently studying film production – I still wanted to show you one of her paintings, which is from a series of self-portraits. And as her birthday falls right on the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces, I thought it was interesting that her work reflects some of the Piscean fascination with “Identity.”

© Aurora Lucia-Levey

ChatterNews March 2011

Fred George – Solar Peace Sculpture

Fred George is a political artist, photographer and musician I met a few years ago who splits his time between New York and Germany. He recently sent me a link to a innovative project of his which perfectly fits this month’s peace-loving Pisces theme. The Solar Peace Sculpture was erected at the University of Saarland in Germany in February this year. Future proposed sites include New York City and China. The sculpture stands 58 feet high and is constructed from 80 oil barrels, with a solar energy panel attached to each barrel. The sculpture fabricates a sustainable resource that feeds back into the city’s electrical grid. Very cool! Now there’s someone who is using his imagination…  Check out the YouTube video here:

Ken Shung – Pretty As A Picture

Ken Shung is another photographer I have known a while now and we bump into one another periodically at photography events around town. Opening March 9th, his exhibition of recent photographs entitled “Pretty as a Picture” runs through March 30th at the Downstairs ART Gallery at The New York Public Library, Tompkins Square.

Viviane Moos – Trees of Angkor

I met Viviane Moos recently at the ASMP NY Fine Art portfolio reviews at which I was a reviewer. She was volunteering that night and we chatted later on at the after party. She told me she had been hanging her exhibition and I said send me the information and we’ll add it to the bulletin. So here are her evocative and ethereal “Trees of Angkor – Cambodia” and “Temple Guardians – Bali” on show until May 26th at the Weill Cornell Medical Associates East Side Gallery in New York. To view more of her work please visit:

Rob Cardillo – Chanticleer Garden

I met Rob Cardillo through ASMP Philly and saw him back in January when I attended the Focus Philly opening. He then emailed me about a beautiful exhibition of 42 prints showcasing his strongest work from his long association with “Chanticleer Garden.” Many of these images are part of a forthcoming book, “Chanticleer: A Pleasure Garden” written by Adrian Higgins and published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. The exhibition runs until March 19th at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA.

Debbie Miracolo- The Change Agents – Exhibition Extension

My client and fine art photographer Debbie Miracolo’s exhibition “The Change Agents” has been extended and will be on display at Arrojo Studios thru Saturday, March 26th!

© Debbie Miracolo

Louisa J. Curtis – Pictures from APA NY:  Wonderful World of Websites Event on February 1st!

With yet another impending snowstorm on the way, last month I successfully moderated a panel of intrepid industry creatives and editors who even drove in to the city from as far as New Jersey and Connecticut to participate! The panel took place at Studio 225 and was sponsored by APA NY and our good friends at Agency Access. We had a great turnout, despite the weather, fab door prizes, and the panel were open and willing to share their advice and knowledge about websites and promotions. I received some wonderful emails after the event thanking myself and the panelists. So, from left to right is yours truly, with Keith Gentile (President & CEO of Agency Access), Charles Truelson (Director of Marketing & Design for Agency Access) and photographer Marianne Rafter, who was one of the ChatterArtists we featured in January’s bulletin.

To view more pictures from the event, please visit:

99Designs – Contest for a Cause

Last year we used a wonderful resource called 99Designs to have the new Chatterbox Logo designed. Based out of Australia, they are currently donating 100% of their profits to those affected by the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. So if you are considering a new logo, or need an app button designed – check out their website so you can be a part of this wonderful effort.

American Illustration 30 – Call for Entries

The deadline to enter is Wednesday, March 9th at 12PM EST / 9AM PST. For more information please visit:

ChatterTip of the Month March 2011

Tips for Healthy Feet

As we travel around the zodiac and move through the 12 signs, we also travel down the human body. So now, we have reached the 12th sign of Pisces, and we have reached our all-important feet. Here are some suggestions for treating some common foot ailments and for keeping your feet happy and healthy!

Athlete’s Foot

Garlic is a powerful antifungal and is great for treating Athlete’s Foot. Boil several cloves in hot water and cool to a comfortable temperature. Pour into a large bowl and soak your feet in it, and don’t worry, boiled ‘uncrushed’ garlic won’t leave a smell! Salt is another simple remedy you can use to treat athlete’s foot because saline solution makes a hostile environment for fungus, as well as getting rid of excess perspiration and making the skin softer. Use approximately 2 teaspoons salt per pint of warm water and soak foot/feet for 5-10 minutes. Mouthwash can also be used to prevent athlete’s foot, believe it or not! Just soak a cotton ball with some mouthwash and wipe between toes and bottoms of the feet.

Bunions, Calluses & Corns

Bunions (also known as Bursitis) are an inflammation of the soft tissue, or enlargement of the bone at the base of the big toe, usually due to ill-fitting shoes. One suggestion is to soak the feet in a Mustard footbath to help ease the pain and reduce inflammation. Alternatively, how about a footbath with Ginger or Apple Cider to help reduce symptoms, and Nettles are another useful anti-inflammatory. Calluses & Corns also occur on parts of the feet (and sometimes the fingers) and can be painful to walk on, even when they are small or barely visible. One remedy is to soak them in a footbath of Epsom Salts and warm water for about 20 minutes. This will soften them and reduce the inflammation. Once the Corn softens, you can use a Pumice Stone to grind away at the dead skin. You may have to wear little pads in between the toes and avoid wearing the high heels that probably caused them in the first place! Another suggestion is to cover the area in Castor Oil at nighttime, and then wear a pair of socks to prevent staining your bed linen.

Foot Baths

There’s nothing like a good footbath or soak, so here are some suggested natural ingredients to make your feet happy! Let’s start with a footbath containing one or a combination of the following: Epsom Salts, Baking Soda & Kosher Salt. Alternatively you can make a footbath of hot water with a cup of one of our old faithful friends, and that is Honey! Imagine how soft your feet would feel after that? Another recipe I found was with 1 cup Lemon Juice, 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil and ¼ cup of Milk. Mix the ingredients together well in a small bowl before adding to the water. And here’s a bizarre one: add freshly brewed Coffee to the water to stimulate the feet! You may also want to add some Essential Oils to the water and some suggestions are: Lavender, Peppermint & Sandalwood. Another great idea is to place some small, Smooth Rocks or Marbles at the bottom of the bowl so you can roll your feet on top of them while you soak. Can’t wait to do that one.

Foot Massage

It may not always be possible to have a proper foot massage or to get to a reflexologist, but there are some simple solutions to massage the feet while you are at work or at home. One prop is to have a Wooden Foot Roller, which you simply place on the floor and roll back a forth to massage the underneath of the foot/feet. Another idea is to place a hard Rubber Ball under each foot and roll the foot gently around on top of the ball. You can adjust the pressure as you go, but be careful not to press too hard! If it’s easier, do one foot at a time, instead of both at the same time.


And last, but by no means least, Reflexology (or Zone Therapy) is an amazing alternative medicine involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands or ears with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that correspond to specific areas of the body. For instance, if the person is suffering from sinus problems, the reflexologist will work on the tips of the toes. Or if they have high blood pressure, they will work on one particular spot on the large toe, and so on. It is a fascinating study that has been around for a long, long time, like many of our natural healing remedies.

ChatterRecipe of the Month March 2011

Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

I love this simple yet tasty recipe and made it just the other day. It is the perfect combination of sweet and tangy and is ideal comfort food for these chilly winter months.


1 medium size head of Red Cabbage (sliced)

1 large Onion (sliced)

2 -3 Apples (cored & sliced)

Apple Cider Vinegar

Soft Brown Sugar



Whole Black Peppercorns or Black Pepper (freshly ground)

Bay Leaf



Cut the head of Red Cabbage into 4 quarters and remove the thick stem at the base of each quarter before slicing each wedge into thin strips. In a large saucepan, sauté the sliced Onions in a little Butter until they are soft and translucent, and then add in the sliced Red Cabbage. Add in about a couple of tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar– go easy at first, you can always add in more – along with a couple of tablespoons of Soft Brown Sugar, a large Bay Leaf, some whole Black Peppercorns or freshly ground Black Pepper, if you prefer. Add in about a cup of Water, again, you can always add more to make more “juice.” Cover the saucepan with a lid and start to cook it down while you prepare the Apples last so they don’t turn brown. I like to leave the skins on mine, but you can peel them if you prefer. Slice and core the Apples and add in to the Red Cabbage mixture along with a handful of Raisins, and continue to cook down until the cabbage is soft and the flavors are combined. I love to serve this with Pork of some sort, whether it is Roast Pork, Pork Chops or some good old Sausages, because they work together perfectly. And for the starch, I suggest either creamy Mashed Potatoes or even tastier is a combination of Mashed Potatoes & Parsnips. Yum!

ChatterEvents March 2011

Thursday, March 10th, 2011 – 6-11pm

Resource Television Presents: THE GREATEST PARTY IN THE WORLD

@ The Invisible Dog Art Center

51 Bergen Street

Brooklyn, NY

From the website:

“In cooperation with SONY and ARC, Resource Magazine is proud to announce the official launch of “RETV” Resource Television, the new standard in photo industry television online. RETV features content from every major photography market around the world to bring an international industry to a single place of exchange for photographers, videographers, suppliers and manufacturers.”

For more information please visit:

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Flash Bus Tour Kicks off this Friday!

Cost: Event only: $99.95

Register Now:

It’s here! Adorama is sponsoring a nationwide flash tour!

From the website:

“Demonstrating the speed of light while rolling across the country at the speed of a moving bus, the world’s two leading educators and innovators in the big world of small flash, David “The Strobist” Hobby and Joe “Numnuts” McNally team up for the FLASHBUS 2011 TOUR.

Hobby and McNally kick off this small flash fest on March 11th in Seattle, and then head down the West Coast and across the country teaching, demonstrating, lighting and debating about speed lights. Shoot manual? Check! Wanna try TTL? Gotcha covered! 29 cities, 13,000 miles, rolling, flashing, tweeting from San Diego to Boston, Atlanta to LA, Memphis to Denver, and lots of stops in between.

Two different styles of lighting and two different ways of teaching combine as Hobby and McNally join forces to explore and explain good light — good light done fast and well.”

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 – 6:30pm

NY Monthly Photo Salon

@ SoHo Photo Gallery

15 White Street

New York, NY

Cost: $10 at the door

Presenting the work of: Bobby Adams, Rob Hann, Erica Simone & Bill Westheimer.

For more information or questions please contact Rich Pomerantz, Emmanuel Faure at or Bill Westheimer at

Thursday, March 17th – Sunday, March 20th, 2011

The AIPAD Photography Show

@ Park Avenue Armory

643 Park Avenue at 67th Street

New York, NY

Cost: $40 for run-of-show; $25 daily; $10 daily with valid student ID

From the website:

“More than 70 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries will present a wide range of museum-quality work including contemporary, modern and 19th century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video and new media.”

For more information please visit:

Friday, March 18th & Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Flower Photography Workshops with Barbara Bordnick

2nd Round of Workshops will be Saturday, April 23rd & Sunday, April 24th, 2011

For more information please visit: or

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 – 6-9pm

APA NY Presents: Define and Market Your Visual Voice

@ Calumet

22 West 22nd Street

New York, NY

Cost: $25 for APA Members; $40 for Non-Members ($10 more if you pay at the door)

From the website:

“APA|NY is proud to present “Define and Market Your Visual Voice”, taking place at Calumet on Tuesday, March 22nd. Featuring industry consultants Amanda Sosa Stone and Jennifer Kilberg, this program combines innovative approaches to the way you view and present your images to clients. Whether your interest is editorial, advertising, graphic design, in house corporate, or consumer, you must know who your clients are and be able to market to them both visually and verbally.”

For more information and to register, please visit:

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 – 2-8pm

Miami Ad School Portfolio Review

@ Miami Ad School

10 Jay Street, 8th Floor

Brooklyn, NY (DUMBO)

For more information please visit:

Sunday, March 27th – Friday, April 1st, 2011

Palm Springs Photo Festival

Cost: Register for $75

Upcoming Deadlines:

Portfolio Review Registration Deadlines – Tuesday, March 1st & Thursday, March 10th, 2011

For more information please visit:

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 – 6-8:30pm

ASMP NY: Gigi Rosenberg – Author of “The Artist’s Guide to Grant-Writing” Talk & Book Signing

@ SoHo Photo Gallery

15 White Street

New York, NY

Stay tuned for more information on the ASMP NY website: & calendar

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 – 6:30pm

Adhesive NYC

@ Ace Bar

531 East 5th Street (between Avenue A & B)

New York, NY

Adhesive – Sticking Creatives Together” is a local networking event that changes location each month. This month’s location will be at one of their favorite East Village haunts.

For more information please visit: or visit their website

For more information about Ace Bar please visit:

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 – 7-8:30pm

The Center for Alternative Photography Spring Workshops Kick-off With an Artist Lecture: Lori Nix


36 East 30th Street

New York, NY

Cost: Free and open to the public!

I met Lori Nix a few years ago at the Monthly Photo Salon and totally fell in love with her work! And, as someone who completely creates these intricate and detailed miniature sets before she even photographs them, she fits this month’s theme of imagination to the tee!

© Lori Nix

From the website:

“Lori Nix is a photographer who constructs her subject matter rather than finding it. Influenced by landscape painting that possesses characteristics of romanticism and the Sublime, Lori creates photographs that depict our failing future and the demise of humanity, tempered with a touch a humor. As well as her own work, Lori will share images from other photographers and filmmakers who motivated her to take an alternative path towards photography and create dioramas. She will provide a background story behind each image and what inspired their creation, as well as explain her step-by-step process from the beginning of a diorama, to shooting it, to its final image.”

For more information and to register, please visit:

Also be sure to check out the other workshops CAP has in store this Spring: