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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tony Luna Creative- Update- 11-24-10

This is the Happy Thanksgiving edition of the Tony Luna Creative- Update. It is filled with great stories of the accomplishments of the members of our creative community, and it is also filled with a lot of thanks for those who help us keep our dreams alive.


Registration for the Spring term for the "Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part One-Discovering the Dream" and "Part Two-Forming the Dream" courses at Art Center at Night begins this coming Monday, November 29. The Spring term will start January 18 and run until April 19. If you are interested in taking your career to the next level then these are the classes for you. For more information about these, and other classes, you may call Art Center at Night at 626-396-2319, or you may go to their web site at
And you can always call me, Tony Luna, about the substance of the courses at 818-842-5490, or click on Classes on the blog or web site.


On December 10, Tony Luna will be delivering a lecture titled, "Rediscovering Your Passion: The First Step to Crafting Your Next Career" from 3:15-4:15 P.M at The Fourth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging, presented by Fielding Graduate University. This year's theme is "Exploring Positive Aging: Designing Practice and Advancing Knowledge." The conference will be held at the California Endowment, Center for Nonprofit Management, 1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Registration for the three day event made be made by clicking on


Our next SchmoozeFest will be Thursday, December 16, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 at the Art Center Public Programs, South Campus, 950 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena. Be prepared to show your latest art work and/or tell us about your business ventures, and then we will follow the presentations with a networking opportunity for you to meet and chat with everyone. The Holidays are a great time to celebrate the gift of creativity!


(Photo by Alex Aresti)

- From Vahe' D'Ala, Photographer, Falconer- "Hi Tony, Hope all is well, thank you for writing on my FB wall. Well, since I left ACCD in June, I have gone wild chasing my dream as you know it...
On the 4th day I picked up two new baby peregrine falcons and started a new journey in uncharted territory. After the initial training period, I went up to central CA drumming up bird abatement work at the vineyards. ( as the grapes ripen, the starlings and blackbirds come pouring in thousands at a time and cause millions of dollars of crop damage to large corporate wine operations, and traditionally they are controlled by shooting, poisoning, trapping, netting and so on. These methods are not only not effective, they are considered environmentally unsafe and politically incorrect on the consumer level.) After a short period I was fortunate to land a few big corporate contracts with Berringer, Merridran, Taz, Rancho Real and Goat Rock, protecting their grapes with falconry birds, it is a natural predator/ pray relationship that the nuisance birds want no part of. I was out on the vineyards 12 hours a day 7 days a week for two months straight flying 5 falcons and pushing the big flocks of birds to neighboring vineyards, Lol. It was a true dream come true for me, training falcons, playing with them all day and making big bucks while I was at it.
I could be doing this six months out of the year and not have to worry about working the rest of the year, and if I do, it will be all gravy. The best part of it is that the harvest season ends in Oct. and that is when my falconry season starts, so Here I am in WY for a month flying sage grouse and I will be going to MO in pursue of sharp-tailed grouse and partridge soon. I am living the life I always dreamed of...

So I ended up filing a new factitious business name called "FalconForce" and may be looking into doing it full time.
I still have some of my photography clients and hope to pursue it full time, but in this economy I cannot sit and wait for the phone to ring...

Best regards,
Vahe' D'Ala


- From Harvey Chua of Adphoto, Photography Studio, Manila, The Philippines-
"Hi Tony, Yesterday, John and I spoke before some 200 advertising students of 399-year old University of Santo Tomas in Manila. John started his presentation by talking about dreams. While showing pictures of you with students at your school (more of Art Center because his audience was composed of advertising sudents), he mentioned the dreams that your students expressed during our brief meeting with them. He told them that visiting Art Center College of Design made him wish he had gone through school. He told them that he, too, has a dream - and that is to make Adphoto world class, and himself, instead of retiring as he was considering before we left on this last trip, he dreams of becoming a world-class photographer. He encouraged them to dream.

Of course, he talked also about Photography with a Difference, and he also challenged them to make a difference.

I will ask photos from the organizers of the event so I can send some to you.

Best regards,"


- From Krystina Castella, Design and Business Consultant, Educator, and Author-
"Hi Tony- Just wanted to update you on my new books-
I am very excited because "A world of Cake" was just named Best International Baking Book of 2010 by Publisher's Weekly. You can check them out on my web sites:

And if you like them-go to the contact pages and check the facebook links and 'like' them on facebook and you will get updates on news and recipes.

Thanks for your support."


- From Photocomposer Ryszard Horowitz- Ryszard emailed to let us know that his amazing book, "Ryszard Horowitz / Photocomposer" is available for $45.00 plus postage for a limited time only.

Take a look at his web site,
and at his exciting and entertaining YouTube video at


(Photo by Mark Alberhasky)

- From Mark Alberhasky, Photographer, Medical Pathologist-

"It's been a busy fall but I've finally had some down time and checked off some big items from my "to do" list!

The best of these are from IMAGEMA Travel. Our recent photo safari to Kenya was exceptional. Not only was "It exceeded anything I could have imagined!' a common theme, but 'Where are we going next?' was a strong runner up. We're continuing to add inspiring destinations to our itineraries, and 2011 will be exciting. The Kenya trip was simply so much fun we have to repeat, but I can't wait until September for something adventurous, so let's go to South America first!

May 8-20 Machu Picchu / Galapagos Islands Cruise

This offering will actually be composed of two trip segments back to back. May 8-12 visits Machu Picchu high in the Peruvian Andes. Then we come 'back to earth' (or more accurately sea level) and embark on an 8 day / 7 night cruise of the Galapagos Islands on our own private luxury catamaran charter! Made famous by Charles Darwin, you can walk the same volcanic landscape and experience the wildlife much as he did. Two great trips. Do either individually or enjoy an incredible extravaganza and join us start to finish. Download a brochure here:

Sep 10-23 Kenya Photo Safari

Kenya is consistently one of the most popular photo safari destinations in Africa. The concentration of wildlife and exposure to native culture combine for an expansion of your personal horizons like few trips you will take in your life. See firsthand what has held your fascination in shows like The Discovery Channel's Big Cat Diaries (we were on site last month with their film crew, shooting the same cheetahs they were filming). Float over the plains of the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon. Last year this trip sold out in the first week it was advertised. Kenya and wildlife are just that popular. Don't drag your feet or you could find yourself on the waiting list instead of bound for adventure! Download a brochure here:

Last but not least, I just blogged about a digital workflow discovery that has me really excited.
Nikon shooters, you need to check it out. 'What's in Your Digital Toolbox?'

Upcoming Mentor Series Treks include Puerto Rico (sold out!) and Smoky Mountains next April.
The national park treks are extremely popular, and Smoky Mts is no exception. Sign up early!

I hope you're all having a great fall and wish you each a wonderful Thanksgiving.

All the best,"

Mark Alberhasky Photography
535 Redding View Ct NW
Atlanta, GA 30328
404-201-0700 c
888-469-8503 f


- From Dario Antonioni, Industrial Designer, Artist and Serial Entrepreneur

"I'm hiring and thought that someone you know might be interested in this job. Feel free to forward it on to others. Thank you and happy holidays !!

Sincerely, "

Dario C Antonioni
Independent Modern Furniture & Home Accessories Sales Reps at Orange22 Design Lab LLC
Greater Los Angeles Area
Orange22 is an innovation-driven design studio providing solutions for winning retail, product and brand experiences. Over its 12 year history Orange22 has launched several independent brands including,,
Not interested in this job? Forward Job


- From Jill Hundenski, Artist, Art Buyer

"Tony, I cannot believe it. I was offered 27 feet of wall space for an art exhibit for my "7 Deadly Sins" Project!!! I walked in with 6 pieces this afternoon, met with the Gallery Director, and that was that! First show for me! Heck, first gallery I've ever showed!...
I just got really busy. Just wanted to tell you that. WHOO HOO!"

Jill Hundenski

Here is the information:
"7 Deadly Sins" Mixed Media on canvas
Artist: Jill Hundenski

Opening reception Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm.
(Exhibition will be up from: December 4 – December 18, 2010)

Santa Monica Art Studios
3026 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
310-397-7449 phone

"Thanks everyone in advance for all your support. Would absolutely love
to see you there!" - Jill


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