Strokes of Compassion on Today's "Favorite Things"

Thank you, Kathie Lee Gifford, for joining us in Charlotte for our November 7 book launch luncheon, and for sharing Anne Neilson's book, Strokes of Compassion, on Monday's Today Show.  as one of this week's "Favorite Things"  She also shares Anne's new note cards.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Holiday Card, featuring Neilson Angel Painting

Kathie Lee Gifford of The Today Show has become a friend and supporter of client Anne Neilson this year, and was kind enough to fit a visit to Charlotte into her busy schedule recently for our "Love Thy Neighbor" Harvest Center fundraiser.

I was honored to help produce a holiday card for the Gifford Family featuring one of Anne's Angel Series paintings, "A Joyful Noise Unto The Lord".   This simple 5x7 card included a hand-lettered signature and was printed on linen cardstock with a Stardream metallic gold envelope.


We were tickled to see her share the card on The Today Show this morning, though sad to hear she took a scary spill in the driveway when meeting the UPS delivery!

Client Press: Anne Neilson on Today Show

Our keynote speaker for the "Love Thy Neighbor" event last week, Kathie Lee Gifford, talked about her visit to Charlotte on The Today Show on Wednesday. Client and co-chair Anne Neilson became fast friends with Kathie Lee after sending a copy of her book earlier this year, a relationship that made her rare speaking appearance possible. Kathie Lee was delightful and gracious, and clearly enjoyed her time with us as much as we enjoyed having her.

Event Press: Carolina Art Soiree

Thank you Charlotte Observer photographer Daniel Coston for these terrific photos of the 4th Annual Carolina Art Soiree. The photos are featured in the Observer website's Scene & Heard photo galleries today.

Organizer Hannah Blanton, Guest Sherrard Georgious, and Marketing Manager Christine Dryden at Carolina Art Soiree; Photo by Daniel Coston, Charlotte Observer 5/16/2013

Press: Myers Park Life Magazine

Thank you to Cindy Markey and Myers Park Life Magazine (and new sister publication Foxcroft Life Magazine) for publishing this contribution about client Hannah Blanton and the Carolina Art Soiree.  I wrote this with the help of a great revison to "Our Story" that 7G Communications prepared last year.

Southpark Life, April 2013 (click for full article)

Dryden Design Build: TV Appearance, Updated Portfolio

Much of my last couple weeks has been spent pimping the family business, Dryden Design Build, run by my GC-husband and Designer-sister.  Michelle and Chris recently appeared on an episode of DIY Network's House Crashers as the local design-build team for a race-themed garage renovation. 

The show featured NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne and Brad Sweet as guest stars, which was a treat for the race fans in our crew.  The show premiered last week on June 25 and will air again Saturday, June 30 at 5:30, and again several times July 7-9 during the network's annual "Crash Week".  See a fun trailer of the show here.

Small Screen Debut, courtesy of family members with much more comprensive cable offerings than we have here in Drydentown.Being an unfilmed extra and assisting with menial tasks throughout the 3-day filming was fun for me, and charming host Josh Temple was super sweet to the younger Drydens when I took the kids and cousins for a peek of the filming one night, sharing photos of his daughter and enough fart jokes to go down in history as the most hilarious TV Guy they have ever met.

In preparation for the few new eyeballs that might make their way to the DDB website this month, we made some overdue updates to the portfolio.  The lovely Tonya Price of Poprock Photography joined us this week to shoot a kitchen renovation project in South Charlotte (posted here) and we uploaded photos she took a couple months ago of a master bath renovation in Plaza Midwood (here).

Dryden Design Build Kitchen Renovation, photos by Poprock Photography

Also in the works is an ad in Charlotte Living Magazine and an article on the SavorNC Magazine blog.  More on those later.


Client Press: Angela Nesbit: American Art Collector, Savor NC Blog, Guilford Woman

Following are links to three recent articles featuring client Angela Nesbit.  Both were a result of a PR effort to promote her May 2011 show in Greensboro, NC, at Tyler White Gallery.

The first can be found in American Art Collector's May 2011 issue (read the pdf online here).  The second was a feature at the outstanding blog of SavorNC Magazine.   And then a mention in Guilford Woman's "Go and Do" section.