Friday, November 19, 2010

Our Sincere Sympathy...

On behalf of my staff and friends, I send love and sympathy to our good friend Arch Deal and his family upon the passing of Arch's daughter, Karen T. Deal-Balin. She had been ill for several weeks and was transferred earlier this week from St. Joseph's Hospital to Hospice.

I had the honor of photographing Arch and his five children earlier this year. He had prints made for each of them, never anticipating this would be the last complete family portrait taken. Several of his children has flown to Tampa from North Carolina just for the session.

Karen was married to Marty Balin, founder of the sixties rock band Jefferson Airplane. Her father, Arch, is a media legend in Tampa, having been the top news anchor in this market on WFLA-TV in the sixties and seventies.

An informal celebration of Karen's life is set for Monday, November 22 beginning at 6:30p.m. at the American Legion Post 152, 11211 Sheldon Road. Family and friends are encouraged to share the wonderful memories of Karen's life with stories, photos and memorabilia.

A gathering will be held for Karen this Tuesday, November 23, 2p.m. at Blount & Curry Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 W. Bearss Avenue, with the family receiving friends at that time. A Memorial Service will begin at 3p.m.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Holidays are Upon Us!!!

Our studio gift certificates are an excellent gift for that very special family...or someone who has done a great deal for you. The amount of the certificates can vary according to your needs. Just thought I'd advance the idea since a gift of a Masterpiece Portrait can hardly be matched anywhere. Call us today to make arrangements. You'll be very impressed with the certificate itself, personalized from you to the person you're giving it to.

Pepito Masterpiece Portrait gift certificates aren't just for the holidays. The make great gifts for such special occasions as housewarmings, birthdays, graduations, promotions, etc. It's special anytime you give a family member or friend one of them.

A Whole Lot Has Happened

Our studio has been actively involved in a lot of fundraisers in the past month. Among them: Make a Wish Foundation, Night of the Iguana, October 8; The Muscular Dystrophy Association Hearts of Fire, October 9; The Straz Jr. Center Charity Broadway Ball, October 16; The All You Need Is Love Auction benefiting the Christ the King Catholic School, October 23. The Pink and Blue for Two at Busch Gardens with Olivia Newton John on October 27.

Others held recently were: The Centre for Girls, Crewe of Tampa Bay, November 11; Morton Plant- Mease One Magical Night, November 6; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, November 13; Jesuit High School Guardians, November 13; and the Sacred Heart Academy, November 13.

Coming up this Tuesday is the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event. If you'd like more information on any of these, call us at our Tampa studio...813-281-2829.

There are even more than the ones mentioned above. We are very happy to participate in charity fundraisers. If you have one coming up that involves a verbal or silent auction, let us know and we'll arrange a Pepito Masterpiece Portraits Gift Certificate to be a part of your event. Proceeds would go to the charity and the highest bidder would get a great portrait session and prints.

Jimmy Goodman...

...Came in for his Bah Mitzvah portraits recently. His intention was to display one of them at the place where guests sign in. Jimmy was a great client and we got some wonderful portraits of him.

Ybor City Walking Tours

Our good friend and client Lonnie Herman is giving 90-minute walking tours of Ybor City. Channel 28 WFTS - ABC Action News did a great story on him this weekend. The tours, which are $15 for adults and half that for kids, are held daily and begin at Centro Ybor. I've done a portrait for Lonnie's business cards and other promotions and can say he's a first class guy.

Lonnie came to Tampa in 1986 and fell in love with our area's history and particularly Ybor City. He got the idea for the tours because he felt so many people visit Ybor City but have no idea of its prominence in Tampa's history.

Get more information on Lonnie and the tour schedules at