New Season, New Art Events: Online & in NJ:

Hope you’re enjoying the new season in a fun, creative way!  I know I am & you can join me from ANYWHERE because I’m in a new, juried exhibit ONLINE…also, if you’re in NJ, join me at the opening reception for the WINDOWS art show & GREEN art sale!  Here’s the details:

I have new photo collages in this online, international art show.
Once again Caladan Gallery outdoes itself with interesting themes & a wide variety of artwork, all at your fingertips, on their
website!  I’ll have work in their next online exhibit as well so check their site next month!

WINDOW ART in Highland Park, NJ.  Please join me for the opening reception of this town-wide event where local artists display works in business windows!  I’ll have several pieces in 2 locations & the reception party is Saturday 4/9/11 at Through the Moongate, 6-9pm, 425 Raritan Ave., Highland Park, NJ.  Walking tour of exhibit at 8pm!  This coincides with the GREEN ART show & sale at White Lotus, 431 Raritan Ave. that weekend…I’ll have original necklaces, T-shirts & matted prints for sale 4/9 & 4/10!

YOUTUBE VIDEO! I was interviewed for Asif Murad’s YouTube show about my New Orleans photo essay book!  Check out my 9 minutes of fame on

My original art & cards, now sold on PEACEFUL PRODUCTS…a % of every sale will go to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary!

New representation with a gallery out of Toronto!  They’ll be featuring my animal/wildlife & historical illustrative artwork!  Link to  this new venture will be posted soon on Thanks for reading & feel free to email me for more info.  See you soon & HAPPY SPRING!
~Lauren (commercial & fine art) (fine art, photography, art updates) (cards, T-shirts, photography, illustration) (Facebook Fan Page)

Stay Warm with Art(work)

BBBBRRRR….I hope you’re keeping warm (for those of you stuck in the winter climates). Thought I’d share my art adventures for the coming month…

WILD NJ ONLINE MAGAZINE has featured one of my winter photos as PHOTO OF THE WEEK!!  Check it out on

Two of my digital photographs were selected to be in the new CALADAN GALLERY ONLINE JURIED ART EXHIBIT, VISUAL JOY on This international show can be viewed by all from the comfort of your home so enjoy the JOY!

I’ve finally went through tons of photos I shot during my visits to one of my favorite cities, NEW ORLEANS & have posted some of the best on my BLOG!  Take a trip with me to the BIG EASY on
Signed prints available & Paypal is accepted to this email addy.  (Checks & hard, cold cash gladly accepted too! 😉  Email me for prices/sizes (range: $25 & up)!  I also published a PHOTO ESSAY BOOK about New Orleans, available now!  Here’s the preview link: or see the link on my facebook fan page (link below)!
And please become a blog subscriber if you’re not already…I feature many exciting guests as well as news about my work!
Also, please “LIKE” my NEW FACEBOOK FAN PAGE (lots of new art posted!): http:/

Thanks again for reading & stay warm!
Take care,
Lauren (commercial & fine art) (fine art, photography, art updates) (cards, T-shirts, photography, illustration)

New photo essay book about my travels to New Orleans

Happy Holidays Art Sale!

Happy Holidays, Everyone! This can be a hectic time of year but also a time to spend with friends & family, so I hope you all have time to enjoy the season! To make your holiday shopping a bit easier, here’s some creative, affordable gift ideas you can order online (so NO crazy store crowds, parking problems, etc…)

My artwork is available as PUZZLES! They make for interactive, creative gifts! Just go to to see my affordable designs & order yours today!

Order a beautiful pen & ink PET PORTRAIT! This personal, unique gift is always a hit with any animal lover! Affordable 5×7’s & 8×10’s can be ready for the holidays if you order ASAP! See for samples !Artistic PHOTOGRAPHS make for great gifts too! I specialize in TRAVEL & NATURE images. Order any signed, matted print now & receive 15% OFF!! Please visit my websites below for images.

I still have hand-crafted items & photos for sale in the Highland Park Artist Collective’s Holiday Store at White Lotus Futon, Raritan Ave., Highland Pk., NJ.Sale runs until the end of December! I also have work for sale through CALADAN GALLERY:

Charity Art Auction to benefit victims of the Gulf Disasters! Auction ends 12/19, 9pm!! I have 3 photos in this auction for a worthy cause…give 2 gifts in 1by helping people in need & giving art!

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous Holiday & New Year!

Guest Blog: Plunder & Blunder in the Ocean (the oil spill tragedy)

By now I’m sure all of you have heard about the environmentally tragic oil spill in the Gulf Coast and how it’s so negatively effecting wildlife, sea-life and all the people who depend on these things for their survival…actually, the extent of this BP disaster will effect everyone globally on one level or another.
Now I know this is mainly an arts blog, however, art and nature and environmentalism are very connected and most artists I know are very involved with environmental and wildlife preservation & protection, so I felt this article was something I had to share!

Below is an excellent piece written by Carol Davidson-Hagarty, a talented writer, a huge animal/environmental rights person…and she’s my cousin!! She works for the educational publishing company Amsco in NY & they publish
very informative blogs. Please read Carol’s article below, which includes her past experiences working with the Jaques Cousteau organization, CALYPSO, and visit the direct link to see some amazing photos!
Take it away, Carol!!!

You would have to be hiding under a rock at the bottom of the sea not to know about the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and the subsequent oil leak occurring in the Gulf of Mexico. Then again, if you were hiding there, nearly a mile below the ocean surface, you would most likely know anyway, since the oil—many thousands of barrels per day—would be dispersing all around your head.

For years, people have been taught to believe that the ocean bottom is a nearly lifeless wasteland on which we can drill oil, drag scouring trawlers, and dump radioactive wastes without giving any consideration to the potential effects of these actions. Now, that way of thinking is changing for millions of people, partly because the effects of this recent spill are far-reaching. This view is also changing because, among other discoveries, just last year researchers discovered an entire deep-water coral community in, of all places, the Gulf of Mexico. According to a June 1 New York Times article, their undersea robot “revealed a thriving colony of corals, anemones, fish, crustaceans and other sea life rivaling that of any shallow-water reef in the world.” How sad that this could be lost, just after being discovered.

Unlike a spill from an oil tanker, this is an on-going oil leak; so there are newspaper reports with maps showing the outline of the expanding oil slick and photographs showing oil-soaked brown pelicans struggling to move and breathe. To date, it is estimated that hundreds of seabirds (such as pelicans), marine mammals (such as dolphins), and endangered sea turtles have been sickened and killed by the crude oil both in and on the Gulf’s waters. Those animals that can be saved are being treated at special facilities. However, this loss is in addition to the thousands of fish and millions of invertebrates that cannot escape from the effects of the oil. Another great fear is that more damage to wildlife will occur if and when the oil washes ashore in marshlands along the Gulf coast. These marsh ecosystems are among the most productive in nature; they are where countless shorebirds and fish species breed.

This damage is a very high price for nature to pay in order for us to maintain our modern lifestyle. So, why do I feel so strongly about this? I grew up watching “The Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau” (see below) on TV; and then, after college, I had the great privilege of working for oceanographer and scuba co-inventor Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau himself. (That’s me in the top photo, onboard the Calypso.) He was one of the first people who tried to persuade key members of various governments to protect the ocean and its living resources. And his message has had a lasting impact on me.

The Captain’s work is being carried on by two of his grandchildren: Philippe Cousteau, Jr., and Fabien Cousteau. Shortly after the Gulf oil-rig accident, and in the Cousteau tradition of undersea filming, Philippe dove into the water to film the effects of the spill and of a chemical dispersant that BP was using. A news reporter who joined the filming said that the “water [is] thick with … oil” and that it was “one of the most horrible things [I’ve] ever seen underwater.”

Grandson Fabien spoke at an “Ocean Abyss” panel discussion (sponsored by World Science Festival), which I attended last Saturday, and discussed the possible effects on the Gulf’s ecosystem. A point raised at the discussion was that we really do not know the effects of the dispersants on marine life, and in some cases it might be even more toxic to creatures than the oil itself. The four scientists on the panel pointed out that oil, after all, is a natural substance; and there are many bacteria that naturally feed on it and would help break it down over time. Fabien also mentioned that there are about 80 other oil rigs along our U.S. coasts that present the same possible threats to our waters. All the panel members stressed that the deep ocean is home to hundreds of newly discovered species and unusual natural communities; that the world’s people depend on the ocean for much of their food and well-being; and that, because of this, more resources have to be put into deep-sea research and protection.

Here’s the link to the blog site where it’s posted:
…check it out so you can see the amazing photos Carol posted and read other interesting & educational blogs about world events.