July/August 2014 Artists: Nelson Pla & Laura Desantis-Olsson

Good News Everyone! We’re happy to announce that we’ve extended our July art exhibits thru the month of August!

Show Extended

We’ve extended the art exhibits for Author/Painter/Musician Nelson Pla and Photographer Laura Desantis-Olsson! So if you missed the show last month, you now have another full month to come check it out. We’re also having a proper Re-Opening Reception to celebrate! Details below…

About Nelson

Nelson Pla is a burgeoning talent and truly a triple threat: musician, artist and author. He recently self-published a book of haikus, watercolor paintings and essays called Lazarus’ Ego. In it, the reader is treated to a glimpse through the aperture of the innately creative mind of Pla. An astute observer of life and the human condition, Pla touches on philosophy, religion and entertainment.

We are happy to have prints of the watercolors from his book displayed on our walls for the month of July. The prints be available for sale with proceeds going to a charity to be named. His book will be available for sale as well.

About the Book
Traditionally, haiku was steeped in themes of nature. Fortunately, modern haiku has expanded to include a vast array of topics. In Lazarus’ Ego, it is amazing how three short simple lines can be so visceral, contain such poignancy and insight, while at other times be infused with humor. It is clear that Nelson Pla has carefully constructed his line breaks, which change the entire meaning, and are very thought provoking.

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About Laura

Laura DeSantis-Olsson (LDO Photography) is charming the world with poignant images of artists and musicians. Her portfolio of work — eight years strong — includes such headlining bands as Rush, Incubus and Guns N Roses to artists including Billy Joel, Nils Lofgren and Rob Zombie.

Laura has also worked Mark Weiss (whose iconic work has captured the rock celebrities of the 1980’s and beyond) and Frank Veronsky (NYC commercial and editorial photographer).

She is a major contributor to the fast-growing indie outlet, “Broken Records Magazine,” featuring today’s top billboard chart artists and actors.

Laura’s work continues to develop. Expanding upon her already extensive list of contacts and ideas, she finds herself in constant pursuit of a new ways of seeing.

Re-Opening Night Party

Friday August 1, 2014 6:00PM – 9:00PM. Our kitchen will be open to serve you. This will be an alcohol-free celebration of the arts. Bring the kids!

Musical Entertainment
This evening will once again see a wide variety of talent on our li’l stage. Our artist Nelson will perform along with his brother Joe Pla. The very talented singer/songwriter Debby Schwartz will be here as well. Big Jeff (who had been performing here with his daughter Hanna in July) is slated to make an appearance. Plus we’re waiting on confirmation from a few other guests. It’s gonna be fun!

Supporting The Arts
As always, D’s does not take any money from our artists. Any proceeds from art or music sold go directly to them.