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Toni Antonetti
Chicago, IL
PR agency head passionate about PR, art and tech. Smart. Local. Creative.
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I love your "unfinished" painting....it leaves something to the imagination, which is what art is all about.
I would Google it, and perhaps go to eBay to see if any similar items have been sold. I would think it would be worth at least $200.
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My colleagues and I in PR often decry the decline of our business, as ad agencies, social media operations and promotional firms all grapple for clients. It used to be fun, we say, when we did big events and had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at PR Chicago
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Sketching people can be stressful. Sometimes you can't get a recognizable likeness from a photo or even a life drawing. That's where sketching from yearbooks comes in. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Found Objects
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Sketchbook Skool, the brainchild of LA/NY artist Danny Gregory and Amsterdam-based artist Koosje Koene, opened last Friday, and it's a free-spirited approach to art journaling that is guaranteed to allay art anxiety in even the most timid beginner. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Found Objects
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Somehow junk looks cooler in France. At the vides greniers (boot or garage sales) you'll find old postcards, linens, dishes, and if you're in a little, not-so-chic town, you can pay just a Euro or two. My friend Sue and I braved the roundabouts in the south of France just outside of Marseille to find a treasure trove of small stuff. But first, we had been treated to a primer in collecting from Corey Amaro, antique picker and blogger extraordinaire. Her Tongue in Cheek blog has captivated thousands of fans because, well, she has style. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Found Objects
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Today, my associates and I at PRConsultants Group are snark free. No snide comments, no sarcasm. We're resisting the urge to post snippy remarks on Facebook. And we're urging others to commit to this kinder way of communication. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at PR Chicago
Thanks Corey! Loved the Brocante-- you are amazing!
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2013 on Amour = Love at Tongue in Cheek
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I'm sure it was a personality clash, but hate to think that the S-T is losing some good writing, yet still insists on using the B-level celebs featured in the Splash section. They're constantly mentioning products, clubs, etc., and I am sure they're not paying for a thing. I guess the rules don't apply to them, since they're celebs, not journalists. Just browsing through Splash, I see promos for: East Bank Club, Cirque de Soleil, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rolling Stones, LOFT, CB Boutique, Fairydust Bar, Le Bouchon ...and that's on the first page today.
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Used to be that the term "sketch artist" referred to police station artists who tried to capture a fugitive's image based on a witness's vague description. These days, though, sketch artist might refer to what Trey Bryan does: he's the official sketch artist at the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Found Objects
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Artist Brendan O'Connell had his Walmart epiphany while working there, and years later started taking photos (and getting unceremoniously ejected from) the aisles of Walmart stores up and down the East Coast. But what he captured in the resulting paintings, surprisingly, wasn't a political statement on the ubiquitous big box store. O'Connell's art is bright and mostly-soft focus and it captures shoppers in introspective moments. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at Found Objects
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Last year, some art friends and I tried an ephemera swap, with great results. We picked out ephemera from our stashes, which might include old postcards, papers, tickets, embellishments, old newspaper ads, ribbon, vintage wallpaper and buttons. We threw the assorted items in a box and mailed it to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Found Objects
Toni Antonetti is now following Mary Ann Moss
Dec 31, 2012
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Found: One brass/copper very old bedwarmer, much repaired, at a garage sale in rural France. I bought it for about 5 bucks and brought it home, thinking I would find some use for it. Fast forward a couple of years, and my dad points to The Thing, still perched atop... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2012 at Found Objects
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PR people get thrown under the bus yet again, with a couple of recent articles by journalists that attempt to justify the ICOA fake news release hoax by blaming the PR profession. The first, called "Churn: The Problem Of The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at PR Chicago
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Enter the new Home Depot ad campaign with Richard the Cat. Never mind that there's no apparent connection between a home improvement chain and cats. OK, the cat is orange. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at PR Chicago
Yeah, I am feeling that way about now. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2012 at PR Chicago
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Nothing pleases us more at Found Objects than giving old, unloved ephemera a higher purpose. Urban sketcher Don Colley takes old, mostly blank, ledgers and appointment books and brings them back to life with the vibrant drawings he creates on his travels. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2012 at Found Objects
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There is a lively debate raging in the PR and marketing community about social media. Mostly, it's based on a few posts about the ability of a 23-year-old to run a social media campaign. "Older" people, assert the self-assured 23-year-olds, can't learn and adapt quickly. Yes, a 23-year old recently said that in a blog post. Inc. Magazine's Hollis Thomases started the discussion with a column called "11 Reasons a 23-Year-Old Shouldn't Run Your Social Media." And yes, college students and recent grads have been responsible for a number of PR nightmares. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at PR Chicago
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A don't-miss experience if you're travelling to Barcelona, Spain is the Dali Theatre-Museum in nearby Figueres. Of course, the outrageously-theatrical artist Salvador Dali, who died in 1989, serves as an appropriate topic for October, as he and his works have that sort of deliciously creepy quality. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Found Objects
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Our creativity IS our business and we devalue our agencies when we cave to RFPs and other requests without a meeting to decide whether our businesses and philosophies are compatible. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at PR Chicago
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What to do when the trolls come out to wreak havoc on a positive story about the organization you represent. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2012 at PR Chicago
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Expressing opinions on politics, sex or religion can sometimes get contentious. Years ago, there might have been spirited, yet polite, debate at casual weekend get-togethers, but today opinions are expressed so vehemently, so absolutely, that there's no room for a friendly discussion. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at PR Chicago
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The release of Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday has touched off some fierce debate in the PR community. The PR community has cried foul; with several prominent pros, like Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz, discussing certification of PR specialists. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2012 at PR Chicago
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Working families in the 1800s and early 1900s in the US had no time for frivolity. Chopping wood, feeding and caring for crops and livestock and homemaking took up much of their time. So there was no time for wool-gathering or daydreaming. They were practical folk, so their lives were recorded in farm ledgers you can still sometimes find at flea markets. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2012 at Found Objects