A well-written article engages your target audiences, garners public awareness and generates interest in what your organization has to offer. I take pride in crafting copy that does all three, for both print and digital publications.

Harvey Rachlin, author of Scandals, Vandals and da Vincis, had this to say about my article/review of his book:

“I just picked up ArtsWNews and avidly read your article on “Stories Behind the Paintings Revealed by Author.”  It is really fabulous.  In a short piece you captured the essence of the book.  You are an amazing writer!”



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ArtsWNews – Selected Articles: See Below

November ArtsWNews

Stories Behind the Paintings Revealed by Author  

LisaMarie DeSanto – ArtsWNews, November, 2013
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Arts Grant Gives Man New Lease on Life
LisaMarie DeSanto – ArtsWNews, November, 2013
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Groundbreaking ArtsWestchester Exhibition Goes National
LisaMarie DeSanto  – ArtsWNews, October, 2013
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New Exhibition Challenges the Functionality of Drawing
LisaMarie DeSanto – ArtsWNews, October, 2013
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Jazz Fest Article 

Jazz Fest 2013
LisaMarie DeSanto – ArtsWNews, August, 2013

Ask a dozen people what jazz is, and you’ll hear a dozen different answers.  And with so many versions of the art form, there’s no question as to why;  New Orleans jazz, swing, Latin, cool jazz, jazz fusion … the approaches to this style of music are as varied and interesting as the country where it was born. Like America, jazz represents a freedom and diversity that is unparalleled by any other form of music, in large part because its essence is improvisation. Though a song may be pre-determined, jazz musicians respond to each others’ interpretations of the music “in the moment,” creating an usual dichotomy; Musicians are dedicated to the cohesiveness of their band as a whole, while freely expressing their individuality through their instruments. This doesn’t happen in any other style of music, making jazz an exciting experience that is unique every time. During the weekend of September 6th, ArtsWestchester, the City of White Plains, the White Plains Downtown BID and Westchester County’s Meet Me in Westchester will host White Plains Jazz Fest, a celebration of jazz in its many appealing forms.

The festival opens Sept. 6th at 12:10pm at Downtown Music at Grace, with White Plains resident and saxophonist Art Bennett and the Art Bennett Quintet. Bennett is a perfect choice to kick off the festival, as he is well known for his work in the free jazz art form, and has played with notable musicians, past and present, in such venues as Lincoln Center. Later that evening, residents can trade in the radical tones of the afternoon for the sizzling sounds of  Bobby Sanabria, a leading drummer, percussionist and scholar in the Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and jazz communities.  Performing at ArtsWestchester at 8pm, his band, Quarteto Ache, named for the Yorubian idea of “positive energy,” will surely provide just that, in addition to charismatic showmanship and a deep passion for music.

Continuing on Saturday, September 7th, at 2pm, music lovers can reminisce at the White Plains Library with the Julia Breanetta Simpson Trio in Julia and the Duke – a Tribute to Duke Ellington. Julia, whose velvet voice is the perfect complement to Ellington’s music, delivers a nostalgic glimpse into the golden age of jazz. After a break for dinner at any one of the city’s fabulous restaurants, music lovers can sample even more music at ArtsWestchester. Beginning at 9pm, the organization will become a late night jazz hub, welcoming The Dennis Bell Trio with Lynette Washington, followed by the Butch Jones Quintet. The evening will cover stunning interpretations of jazz, R&B and Gospel.

The festival will culminate on Sunday, September 8th, with a lineup of five acts. From 12  to 5pm, visitors will be treated to performances by Ray Blue, the world-renowned saxophonist;  the Pro Am Ensemble, Blue’s impressive band made up of local music students and their professional mentors; Sage, an all-women’s jazz and blues group whose sound transcends time and generation;  Gilberto “Pulpo” Colon, esteemed Latin jazz pianist; and former Yankee- turned-jazz-guitarist, Bernie Williams.  The weekend promises to be a jazz-lover’s heaven, complete with a wide range of flavors and styles – and true to the indescribable nature of our country’s own original art form…  multicultural, innovative, glorious jazz.

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