Advice for Clueless Brands on Social Media

•April 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment

In Social Media, one MUST follow the rules of the relationship era.” 

Please read:

via Advice for Clueless Brands on Social Media on Mashable  by Bob Garfield.


The Importance of Responsive Website Design (Infographic)

•April 16, 2013 • Leave a Comment

People are going to be visiting your site on devices other than a standard PC, such as smartphones and tablets. It’s important to think about how content might be translated based on the device by which it is accessed. With responsive design, the content will resize whether in vertical or horizontal viewing mode, on anything from a tablet or smartphone or to a screen as large as a television.

The Importance of Responsive Website Design (Infographic)
see also:
10 Developer Tips To Build A Responsive Website

Sunday Morning by Vicki Bower, The Gallery Goddess

•April 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment
I found this little morsel written Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 8:44am…Image

I want to sleep more

but my brain tells my body there’s things to do.

My lids peel back over my eyes like an old Sci Fi space helmet as

the gray velvet morning light pries its way into my consciousness.

I hear the refrigerator humming on my distant right in harmony with the far-off hum

of the AC upstairs.  An occasional raindrop taps on the window, asking to come in.

Tiny shards of pure, crisp, white light boldly define the edges of the light-blocking curtains

as I decide to leave our little futon to enter into the cottony softness of relentless daybreak.

Both my knees pop in unison like the sound of tiny glass rods breaking,

the floor creaks in a tiny protest as my body rises from four inches above floor level to 5 feet and 9 inches.

Momentum. A graceful stumble later, I am in the bathroom, the daily ready-room of cold hard tile that possesses

no sympathy for my longing of the warmth of covers or my man’s spooning embrace.

Get in, get done, get out!

I can hear the clock tick. It’s funny how at some times it’s louder than others, or is it just my perception?

On the floor/futon, Ray is stretched out with the entire bed to himself snoring softly.  I’m jealous.

I open the curtains a *tiny crack* and my 2D homework from college is out there;

every shade of gray I mixed and then some, just delicious.

Up, the sky is bright light gray, the one shade below white

illuminating the darkest gray parking lot down below.

Nothing to see here. The clock starts to get quieter.

I close the curtain and slip back into bed.

Ray shifts to make room without waking.

I nestle, and my eyes close with a smile.

PRESS RELEASE 386 Grand Opening Exhibition Reception Albany, NY 4/5 6pm

•March 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Contact: Vicki Bowergallerysign

Cell: (518) 256-6437

Buried treasure hidden in Davey Jones’ Locker! Grand Opening Exhibition Reception of 386 Gallery on Delaware Avenue, Albany NY

ReMergence Art Exhibition, April 5th – May 27th, 2013 Opening Reception: Friday April 5th, 6 – 9p.m.

386 Gallery at (Davey Jones Locker) Albany, NY presents ReMergence, an exhibition of New York artists: Aja Apa-Soura of Sagittarius Gallery and photographer Christine Neely. Also shown: Alisha Lang, Ruth Alma, and Eamonn James. Mary Greschak, Vincent Tocco of Existing Artists, and more.

Aja Apa-Soura will also be painting live during the reception.

 ReMergence is the act or process of coming forth into view from concealment. Our staff as well as artists are emerging having worked through adversity, using it to fuel us to succeed. Additionally, we are merging artistic styles into a harmonic symphony of vivid beauty and empowerment This endeavor is produced by The Gallery Goddess,

 Aja Apa-Soura has always, in her own words, “been creative and made things.” She always knew she would translate her creativity into a career. Through perseverance she has realized her dream, inspiring thousands (including our own “Gallery Goddess”). Her thick, impasto creations highlight femininity and beauty in the world, and sometimes great sense of humor. Most recently her “Grumpy Cat” paintings have gone viral and are causing quite a stir worldwide. Find these and more of her work at

 Christine Neely specializes in environmental portraiture; lifestyle, studio and underwater photography. Her graceful, serene, underwater portraiture subtly accentuates and plays off the womanly softness of the subject matter maintaining a quiet strength. Her work both contrasts Aja’s bold strokes of color, yet emphasizes a communal emphasis of female beauty, fun and strength. Her underwater portraits are just one of the collections that make up her body of work, see them all at .

See videos of the 386 Gallery’s progress at:

 Sponsors: T&J Soaps

386 Gallery shares space with Davey Jones Locker at 386 Delaware Avenue. 386 Gallery is the result of the hard work and vision of Vicki Bower, along with Robbilee Luedtke, Ray Noble, Kyle Smith, and others who love art.

A very special thanks to Chuck George and his team at Davey Jones Locker for their generosity and enthusiastic support (recognizing talent and capability). 

386 Gallery(at Davey Jones Locker)

386 Delaware Avenue, Albany, NY 12209

Every Day 12 pm – 6 pm



Indie Italy interviews Brothers In Law in NYC – YouTube

•March 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment

via Indie Italy interviews Brothers In Law in NYC – YouTube.

My former Social Media and the Arts classmate from Purchase College  Joe Vinciguerra  IS Indie Italy.  Here’s his latest interview with the musicians of Italian  Brothers In Law in Little, Italy, NYC. Check out the music, fall in love with the musicians (Joe included, such talent!). You will be hooked.

“The Hotel” – a short story by Leslie Joyner

•March 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Ahh, the power of social media!  When I finally conceded and joined Facebook a few years ago, I was delighted to reconnect with an old friend from school, the “fantabulistic” Gina Garufi-Jette.  Well, with great people, come all of their great friends.  I inadvertently became friends with one of Gina’s friends, Leslie Joyner.  Leslie is smart, fun, passionate, and under it all, creative. She paints, draws, writes, cross stitches, among a million other things.  She even gave me a cross-country mint transplant via snail mail when my mint plant died and I was stuck down in Yonkers, NY!  I offered to post one of her stories.  She also drew the accompanying image.  Please give Leslie a few minutes of your time:

The Hotel- Click for the story

The Hotel - a short story by Leslie Joyner

Click the image for The Hotel, a  short story by Leslie Joyner

New Toys n’ Stuff for 386 Gallery

•March 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I blogged last week about the gallery I was entrusted with in Albany.  It’s nicer than I thought.  We have been sealing trim, patching holes and sealing cracks and it is being painted today and tomorrow.  I am so excited and happy to have the space, but must admit it’s a little unsettling, being 100% responsible for the quality outcome of an exhibition. I am staking my reputation and the livelihood of artists I respect and I really want to do this right. 386logogoodcolorstartGOODsimpleFIRST ONEtransparent

I made the logo, a Facebook, Youtube and a Twitter.

I ordered some things from Amazon for the 386 Gallery.  For our first reception, I want to make a great impression.  I also have a strong desire to “keep it green” and use as many eco-conscious choices as possible.  Being that I just graduated and haven’t yet been hired by an amazing company that recognizes my awesome talent, I don’t have any expendable income.  I decided to follow some of my predecessors in art gallery history and throw caution to the wind. I invested a chunk of my tax return in a few decent things that would definitely make a difference and wanted to share it with you.

driverThe first thing I bought is rechargeable, so that at least satisfies a tad of my green initiative. It’s a  Makita DT01W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit.  I actually just brought it in from the porch and can’t wait to use it.  It was less than $100, is 12V, and even came with two batteries!pitcher

The next thing I grabbed from Amazon was an Inflatable Salad Bar for less than ten bucks with FREE SHIPPING.  I’m not posting a pic, come to the reception to see it in action! However, its design should save a little on ice consumption, and that ultimately saves energy, and keeps things cool and fresh.

I bought this  Prodyne Fruit Infusion 93-Ounce Natural Fruit Flavor Pitcher  that is BPA-free and allows us to serve water without using too many bottles. I’ll be sure to only use organic fruit in the infuser to reduce the chance of pesticide ingestion.


I am so excited to offer a nice reception for my artists and visitors.  I hope everyone has a good time and enjoys the art.  I am planning on making some great snacks as well.  Of course, I will take pictures.

The reception is Friday, April 5th at 6pm at 386 Delaware Avenue, Albany, NY, in the Davey Jones Locker Aquarium Supply building.  We would love for you to attend!


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