Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a great day so far — I definitely am! I recently got to visit the house of one of my collectors, and LOOK — two of my “Rebirth” wine bottles from back in 2011!
It felt so good to see them displayed in a loving home setting, and to pick them up and remember all the time it took to paint them (30 hours just to paint the one with the eye – “New Sight Blooms”), not to mention how proud I felt to do all that work knowing 100% of the proceeds would benefit charity.
When I was first approached by Rawhouse Wine to paint these bottles, I was really excited, but honestly I was also overwhelmed, because I have a very detailed painting style, and I knew that painting six bottles, to the high standards I hold myself to, would be over 100 hours of work, and for free, since they were auctioned off for a children’s art & music charity.
But then I thought about when I was a child, and how badly I wanted to be an artist, but the NYC public school system was always cutting arts education, making it nearly impossible for me to get access to the training I needed. And I realized that I have to the power to help other little kids just like who I was all those years ago. So, I buckled down, joined team #nosleep lol, and I did it! And if I remember correctly, it was down to the wire and I was delivering the finished bottles something like the day before the auction, and up to the last minute, I still didn’t know if I’d be able to finish.
After the auction, I took two of the beautiful professional photos that Rod Savant took of the bottles, and sold them at an art show to benefit Artistic Dreams International, another children’s charity that I actually used to volunteer for, teaching drawing to underprivileged kids up in Harlem.
So you can imagine all the emotions I felt when I saw these two pieces again, still holding a place of honor in a home, so many years later. This is the legacy I wish to leave behind: Beautiful art & loving philanthropy, always.
What is the legacy you wish to leave behind? Perhaps there is something we can collaborate on, to help the community, and bring more beauty into the world? Feel free to leave a comment below, or message me here. I’d love to hear from you!
Found this progress pic of one of my fave past pieces, “New Sight Blooms.” Took about 30 hours to paint this one; check out the others in the Rebirth Bottle Series here »
In April of 2011 I was honored to be chosen as one of three artists to participate in a charity art auction sponsored by Rawhouse Wine in New York City.
The theme of the event was “Rebirth” and in keeping with that idea, I handpainted a series of six bottles, each representing a phase of rebirth that has a personal meaning for me.
On July 27th, 2011, “A Celebration of Art” was held at the Juliet Supperclub in NYC, where the bottles were sold at auction, to benefit youth arts education. And I am pleased to say that four of the six bottles were sold that night, and the last two were sold in the ensuing weeks.
EDIT 12/2012: A year later, two of the beautiful photos that Rod Savant took of the bottles, were chosen to be printed and sold at auction to benefit Artistic Dreams International, an arts education nonprofit for whom Adesina also teaches drawing to underprivileged children in NYC.
The two below prints are available for purchase; please contact me here to order.
Special thanks to Rod Savant for his amazing photography.
This is the BIG EVENT!
Roughly 100 HOURS of me painting for a “secret project” this past May, have led up to this moment: I am unveiling 6 original hand-painted bottles, and auctioning them up for charity, thru RawHouse Wine and the Art.Sound Movement! See bottles here »
Here are the details, and please be sure to RSVP to RSVP@LawrenceBlake.com!:
Rawhouse Wine Presents: A Celebration of Art!
(July 27th, 2011- 8pm) The Lawrence Blake Group is pleased to announce the newest addition to the family, Rawhouse Wine Company! Scheduled to officially launch this Fall, Rawhouse produces a specialty Pinot Noir in hand-painted collectible bottles. Working with fine painters from around the country, Rawhouse has a goal of promoting emerging artistic talent as well as spreading awareness on the importance of arts education for our youth. A portion of each purchased bottle of Rawhouse will benefit The Art.Sound Movement, a not-for-profit project bringing arts programs into public schools.
Rawhouse Wine Presents: A Celebration of Art will be like no other gathering you’ve attended. The evening will feature an avant-garde presentation of some of New York’s favorite emerging artists’ work alongside live music and dance performances and more! Rawhouse will feature a live auction of it’s signature collection, entitled “The Rebirth”. Rawhouse artists Erin Dinan, Desi Sanchez and Whitney Meers will be in attendance to introduce their hand-painted bottles.
Celebrity appearances, musical performances and special guests will been announced closer to date. This is a private media event, not open to the public. RSVP is kindly requested.
A $10 minimum suggested donation is kindly asked of all guests to benefit The Art.Sound Movement (Facebook.com/
Media Registration: Press@LawrenceBlake.com
Rawhouse Wine Presents: A Celebration of Art will be hosted at the world-renown Juliet SupperClub on Wednesday July 27th. Juliet SupperClub is located at 539 West 21st Street.
Doors open at 8pm. prompt arrival is strongly suggested as doors close at 9pm.
Desi is one of the honorees! Organized by The Lawrence Blake Group and Sydney Cohan. RSVP required, $10 donation goes toward the Art.Sound Movement.
Complete list of Honorees:
Stevie Boi – Celebrity Eyewear Designer
Jack Panico – Owner, Panico Salons
Warren A. Peña – Field Director at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Karen Biehl – Reality Star, Doggie Moms
Susan Korwin – Award Winning Life Coach
Mari Twins – Fashion Designers and Philanthropists
Marvin Valladares – Editor-in-Chief Pinstripe Magazine
Lorenzo Laroc – Critically Acclaimed Violinist
Art Jones – Social Media Marketing Expert
Melissa Gonzalez – Founder, Lion’esque Media
Carlos Ontaneda – Fashion Stylist
Laurie Sinert – Respected Fashion Branding Consultant
Simone Rodrigues -Founder, Sisa Fashion Designs
Adesina Sanchez – National Network TV Host & Visual Artist
Erin Dinan – Fine Painter
Stephen Marinaro – Founder,www.TheSalonGuy.com
Whitney Meers – Actress
Sandra Baquero – Fashion Designer
Michel Thomas – Founder, Vision TV
Dakota Madden – Founder, Pale Blue Pictures
Surprises are scheduled all night including a live auction for an all inclusive vacation to the Caribbean! The Lawrence Blake Group will make a special announcement regarding an exciting upcoming media project.
This event will take place at the world-renowned venue, Juliet SupperClub located at 539 West 21st Street in New York City. A live performance by recently signed recording artist Shilpa Narayanhas been confirmed. Celebrity appearances have been confirmed. A suggested donation of $10.00 per guest is kindly asked to support The Art.Sound Movement, dedicated to providing arts education programs to public schools. Guests may RSVP by e-mailing RSVP@LawrenceBlake.com. Press interested in covering this event may e-mail their request Press@LawrenceBlake.com