Beautiful Minds…

I have a mantra for 2012.  Are you curious to what it is???  Maybe even a teeny weeny bit?????????  Well, it’s the reason for this post and for this blog.  My mantra is to…CONNECT–COLLABORATE–CREATE–CULTIVATE.

So, here’s the story of this remarkable group of peeps.  Pictured here are a few of the 45 students that attend Harborside Studio in Safety Harbor, FL–which is, an adult day program and gallery for developmentally disabled artists.  The cirriculum is art based with the focus being on paintings, crafts and ceramics.

Program Director, Michelle Ault and the Harborside Art Instructors are committed to CONNECTING with their students and assisting them to learn, grow and attain their highest potential in creativity.  It’s the staff, with the necessary gifts to allow students to speak their truth through the medium of art.  It’s the students giving the staff the beauty of being blessed with a career that gives back every minute of the day…now that’s what you call–COLLABORATION. The art that is CREATED from this teamwork is sold in the gallery and the artists benefit with a sense of accomplishment through a completed piece, and a paycheck with 60% of the sale for their work.

Here…exist the perfect community.  With perfection comes the need to CULTIVATE so it can grow and thrive…create more art…create more truth…give back…every minute of the day.

CULTIVATE???  Are you interested???  There is so much you can do…you can borrow my mantra and CONNECT–COLLABORATE–CREATE–CULTIVATE and invest in these beautiful minds. By donating your time, you can be part of the celebration of art that happens here.  Don’t have time?????????  Harborside Studio is more than thrilled to accept donations, money or art supplies, so they can continue to grow and welcome more artists to the program.

Pictured here are some of the students with Valerie, one of the Instructors. It’s their activity hour and they are dressed and ready to watch belly dancing and drumming, enlightening students to other cultures and other art forms.

Harborside Studio–It’s pure art!!!
176 5th Avenue, North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

This is Safety Harbor, FL and this is my village…


Badda Bing, Badda Boom-Dominic’s Pizzeria…

It’s 8:30pm…Friday night…I’m just getting back to my village. Do I REALLY want to go home and start the necessary and tedious task of cleaning my closet??? It’s time to do this…I just found Christmas presents forgotten because of the abysmal closet. I’m at the 4-way stop–going straight through equals home and closet–OR–I can take a left and…AAAHHH…chairs, tables, umbrellas and the gathering of villagers. My youthful spirit is awakened and says, “Silly girl, take the left and leave the closet for another time–another year.” Well, you know…gotta go for the gatherings and the pizza, which is a folder for sure!!!

Dominic’s Pizzeria has an enchanting vibe that is bursting with young, fresh ways of taking our sleepy village and giving it some life. When owners, Tom and Anna, decided to open this classic pizzeria, they knew that Safety Harbor would be the perfect place. “It has a small community atmosphere, much like that of my hometown in Massachusetts,” Tom explained. They developed a menu that consists of soups and salads, subs, traditional Italian plates…AND…OF COURSE…THE PIZZA–which is–FUGGETABOUTIT!!!

The couple then went to work on giving Dominic’s Pizzeria its style, by adding an outside cafe that maintains a relaxed and casual ambiance. They hired a great group of employees. “They are like our family–our kids,” Anna said in a very endearing way, “and, we want them to feel that they are a part of this.”   They also do a great job of making customers feel like family…they remember their names and what they order…who wouldn’t want that!

So now,  it’s time to pull this all together for you.   Walk into Dominic’s and see the inviting, but fast paced way this Pizzeria is moving with a sort of pulsating current…it’s exciting with bright lights and conversation buzzing all around. Or, step outside and capture some of  the Harbor’s current and enjoy the outside cafe…fuggetaboutit!   AND THAT, my friends is…badda bing, badda boom.

Pictured here is Tom, Anna and Andrew inviting you to experience the vibe that is Dominic’s Pizzeria.

Dominic’s Pizzeria
100 Main Street, Suite 104
Safety Harbor, FL

This is Safety Harbor, FL and this is my village…