Monday, May 20, 2013

Heather Arts Newsletter - Florist Open House and Barrelhouse Exhibition

Heather’s Fine Art Photography


1.   Heather's Art and Note Cards at God's Garden Treasures Open House - May 22, 2013, 4 - 7 pm,
Location: 2219 S 48th St, Suite G Tempe, AZ 85282

2. Fine Art America is hosting an online photography contest. Five winners will have their photos in a national TV commercial. I need 250 votes to move forward.

3. Barrelhouse American Kitchen and Cocktails - including Featured Artist on AZ Culture and Interview on The Morning Scramble

4. Artist and Vendor Opportunity - booths available at The Watermelon Festival


1. God's Garden Treasures Open House

I am so excited to invite you into our new Design Center!   It’s where the magic happens! Come and see while enjoying great food, chocolates, cakes, music, and even some shopping! Join us please!

Many sponsors including PhotoGraphic Artistry and Publishing!

Date: Wednesday, May 22nd

Time: 4-7 pm

Location: 2219 S 48th St, Suite G Tempe, AZ 85282

•Every guest will receive a gift certificate for between $5 and $50.
•RSVP to be entered into a drawing for $100 Flower Cash.
•Be present at 6pm for a chance to win a One-Night Stay at the Hotel Palomar and Dinner for Two at the Blue Hound.
•Bring 2 friends who don’t already know us, and receive a special gift from us.
•Share with your friends on Facebook Twitter or LinkedIn (ahead of time or that night) with a link to us to get extra tickets for gourmet chocolates, cakes, flowers or drinks! – or use the hashtag #GGTOpenHouse
•Complimentary valet will be provided by American Valet.

2. Fine Art America is hosting an online photography contest. Five winners will be selected to have their photos appear in a national TV commercial.

I need 250 votes to move forward. Will you both VOTE and SHARE with your friends to help me get the votes for all three of my images?   Online Photography Contest - Winners to Appear on National TV

3. Exhibition at Barrelhouse American Kitchen & Cocktails

If you missed the Opening Reception you can still see my art until June 21, 2013. Enjoy lunch, dinner or happy hour!

Artist Exhibition by Heather J. Kirk.
May 11 June 21, 2013
Barrelhouse American Kitchen & Cocktails
2050 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 8, Chandler, AZ 85224

See my Artist Feature on AZCulture:

Watch my Interview on The Morning Scramble:

4. Artist and Vendor Opportunity - booths available at The Watermelon Festival

Already featured in Phoenix New Times, Phoenix Home and Garden on-line "Save the Date", Yelp, AZ Culture and more.

The festival is a one-day event happening on SATURDAY JUNE 8, 2013 from 8am - 3pm and will be held in and around Murphy Park in Historic Downtown Glendale. The cost to artists is $75 if you bring your own equipment or $150 if you would like us to provide a canopy, table and chairs. You will need to obtain a Glendale Tax/License permit if you plan to sell items, but do not have to remit tax to the city. The cost of this permit is $20 and i can send you the application.

Here is the VENDOR KIT:

Learn more:

Holly Anderson
Artistic Director, AZ Culture

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith, We…a spirit seeking harmony for a world that’s out of sync, etc.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

The #Celtic Concept of #ThinPlaces Inspired My Story about #DominicanRepublic Published in #ChickenSoupfortheSoul #FindingMyFaith

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith - 101 Inspirational Stories about Life, Belief, and Spiritual Renewal

An inspiring and faith filled story by Heather J. Kirk titled Thin Places is included in the newest Chicken Soup for the Soul edition, which releases on October 16th, 2012.

The Celtic concept of Thin Places is where the membrane between Heaven and earth is so thin that we can see through or experience and know something of Heaven or have direct communication with God there.

Heather's story is about her decision to move to the Dominican Republic, the difficulties she encountered there, and the presence of God and the opening of her eyes and her breath that allowed her to experience life differently.

Heather's transformation takes place in the Jardin Botanico Nacional de Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana. (The National Botanical Gardens of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.) In her story she mentions photos she took and I'd like to share a few here.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Heather Kirk: Invite to Dominican Gala and Seeking Sponsors and Auction Donations

My invitation here today has several aspects to it.

A.      To Attend an Event that is very special to me.
B.      To request donations for a Silent Auction – even if you don’t own a business,  I’ve come up  with several creative ideas for ways to participate.

C.      Seeking Corporate (or Small Business) Sponsors for the event – which would get your name before media, professional baseball players, celebrities and a middle to upper class Latino market.
A.      I’d like to invite you to join me at this year's Dominican Gala/Gran Gala Domnicana. I'm really excited to be a part of this event because there are so many things that come together in this event that are important to me personally.

1.       Celebrating the dance, music, food and Independence Day of the Dominican Republic.

2.       Youth - This event is a fundraiser for After School and Summer Therapeutic Dance and Art Programs for children and families in poverty, at-risk or victims of abuse. It has been more than 10 years since I had to stop working in Social Work due to my health. I have missed doing something that is purposeful and meaningful to those in need.

3.       Like Denise Ceballos Viner, President and Owner of Bella Q Dance Studios and Gran Gala Dominicana, dance was an integral part of my growing up and part of helping me get beyond my shyness. I believe it, and arts in general, are a powerful tool for transformation! I saw what a difference art can make in the art programs I created while working in inner-city schools: in behavior, self-esteem, and something we seem to have forgotten, in academic success!

I would like to invite you to join me on February 23, 2013 at 6pm at Crescent Crown Distributing

1640 W. Broadway Mesa, AZ 85202, and afterward at 10 pm for a dance party with live traditional Dominican music at The Hilton – Phoenix East/Mesa, 1011 West Holmes Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85210.

For more information see or Contact me for tickets or purchase on-line.

$45 includes: Traditional Dominican dinner, drinks, celebrity speakers, entertainment and the after-party with a live band!

I’d love to see you there!

B.                  I am in charge of the Silent Auction. That means several things:
1.       My art will be available for bidding on, at potentially a nice price! I have several other artist friends who will also be generously donating.

2.       We are going to have quite a few nice items up for auction – great opportunities to try something new. You can preview her. I’m just starting to post things, so it will be updated several times a week.

3.       Yes, you guessed it, I am asking that you consider donating items to the auction. I’ve done some brainstorming, and even if you do not have a business, there are ways you can still give.


- A great bottle of red wine someone gave you – but you only drink white. Or vice versa.- That gift card you got for Christmas to a store you never go to.
- That piece of clothing in your closet, never worn, still with the tags on.
- One show from your season tickets to the theater you got, but you’ll be out of town on that date. *
- A signed copy of a book you have written. Or a signed music CD!
- A few extra tickets in to the ball game, or space in a box.
- A certificate from your seamstress, hair dresser, manicurist, spa or massage therapist who wants to find new clients.
- An item of your own creation: art, notecards, throw pillows, a gift basket you put together.
- Gift certificates to restaurants. *
- A weekend at an in-town or nearby time share that you won’t be able to use. *
- If you have your own business, items or certificate. *

 *Tickets must be for AFTER February 23rd. Gift Certificates must have at least 4 months on them, preferably 6 months – 1 year.

There are promotional benefits to giving. Contact me to find out more.

C.      And finally, we are looking for Sponsors! We have many levels of giving, from sponsoring a child, to getting a booth, to being a Super Sponsor for a specific need – like flying in a speaker or providing for their hotel.

If you have wanted to break into the Latin market, this is a particularly good opportunity for you. Your name will get before a high-end clientele of Latinos, including Major League Baseball players, political figures, celebrities, doctors, lawyers and educators, as well as the major Spanish language media outlets in Arizona.

I hope you will be interested in joining me in some way in this very special effort. It means a lot to me.
I have fliers and applications available for anyone who is interested. Please e-mail:
Heather J. Kirk

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Remembering Warmer days - Santiago DR, June 2012

So darn cold in Phoenix, AZ. 27 degrees last night - HUH? I've been here since 1987 and never remember a slew of nights so cold. So I decided to call up a memory to warm me up.

La Vena Concert (Lenny and Max of Aventura + Steve Styles). Fantastic!

And yes, a bit warm (okay hot...) in Santiago, Dominican Republic at Andy's Ranch.

I weaseled my way into the VIP section. They were hesitant to seat us there, not because  we aren't true VIP, but because it was in the sun. I told them, "I'm white, I like the sun." And though I'm not sure the others agreed about the sun (one Dominican, the other ending up sunburned), we were soon in shadow and ended up with PERFECT seats!

And who else was in the VIP section with us (in the shade the whole time...)? Luis Vargas!

Heather J. Kirk