Monthly Archives: May 2013

Meet the SSA Team: Cortney Casey

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In a series of blog posts, we’re introducing the team behind Stephanie Schlatter Art. They’re the folks who are out on the street promoting my artwork, keeping the website and social media humming along, etc., while I’m in the studio focused on creating!

Cortney Casey joined the team earlier this year as social media manager, responsible for updating and overseeing the SSA Facebook and Twitter accounts. She also assists with the SSA blog and other writing tasks, like editing copy and penning press releases. 

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Photo courtesy of TheAwesomeMitten.com

Cortney is the co-founder of MichiganByTheBottle.com, a website that promotes the entire Michigan wine industry via video features and travel diaries, weekly video podcasts, tasting notes, contests, articles, a thriving social media community and an iPhone/Android app guide to Michigan wine country. Under the MBTB Media arm of the company, she handles social media management for several Michigan wineries. Cortney also is the co-owner and tasting room manager at Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room, a brick-and-mortar offshoot of the original website. Stephanie’s work is featured in a long-term exhibit at the tasting room, which is located in Shelby Township and offers guests a chance to sample and stock up on more than 30 wines from six partner wineries — Chateau Aeronautique, Chateau de Leelanau, Domaine Berrien Cellars, Gill’s Pier, Peninsula Cellars and Sandhill Crane Vineyards, scattered throughout Michigan — in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. The tasting room also hosts events ranging from “meet the winemaker” nights and wine classes to yoga and wine events and food and wine pairings. 

For more information, visit MichiganByTheBottle.com and MBTBTasting.com.

Painting of the Week: “Flamenco the Dance”

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Image“In a dark, candlelit club in Madrid, a glass of Spanish red in front of me, my heart skips a beat and then pounds on faster. The commanding spectacle has begun. Clap, slap, stomp: The stage comes alive, the music beautifully haunting, the dance completely captivating, and just like that, I’m transported. I’ve entered the world of flamenco, a Spanish tradition of song and dance that goes back to at least 1774, when it was first mentioned in literature. On Nov. 16, 2010, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared flamenco one of the Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. I am humbled by the performance, moved to tears by the sheer power of it. I can’t remember how many performances I saw on that trip to Spain, or how many I have seen since, but I know I was forever enchanted, a goner for this art form, haunting and passionate — nothing is held back. I painted this dance again and again, and would return to it as a subject matter anytime.

“This image recalls the dark bars and clubs where the only light is on the star of the show, the dancer, as she moves her body, uninhibited, as if the music were coming from inside her. I played the music of flamenco as I painted, let the feeling and passion of the song and memories of the movement of dance flow through me as I worked. Cheers to art inspiring art!”

Size: 36 x 36
Medium: Mixed media
Price: SOLD

To purchase Stephanie’s paintings, click here.