Red Rock Canyon Panoramas and More

I’ve gone to Vegas for years but rarely leave the Strip.  My usual Vegas trip is not what people envision when they think of Vegas.  I hardly gamble but spend most of the time at the spa chilling out in the spa lounge or wet facilities Jacuzzi saunas or by the pool and eating my way through town.

This trip my boy had a photo shoot out in Red Rock Canyon for some crazy singer.  While I’m also not the type to hike I had a blast.  Maybe because the Rabbit let me mess around with his full frame Canon’s but also because Red Rock Canyon is so unlike anything we have out here that I found it fascinating.

It’s only about 15 minutes off the strip and I highly recommend making a day of it if you head out there.

Here are some of the shots out of my Sony HX9V (Two Albums- One With The Panoramas)-

"Reverie" at Lille Fine Art Salon

The inaugural exhibit, Reverie at Lille, is curated to allow escapism and contemplation among paintings of landscape, seascape, still life, and architecture. The works of eight notable Cape Ann impressionist, luminist, and colorist painters: John Caggiano, Rudi Colao, Suzanne Crocker, Jonathan MacAdam, Eugene Quinn, Lauri Fielding, and Jill Demeri are featured. Four nudes by Camilla McRoberts, painted at the Art Students League of NewYork from 1951-1953, are also on exhibit to introduce the second Lille event coming in May 2012: Nude at Lille.


Lille Fine Art Salon, located at One Lawson Lane, Suite 15 in the lakeside city of Burlington, VT, will be the site of Reverie at Lille, an exhibition which runs from February 10, 2012 to April 6, 2012.  Reverie at Lille showcases a collection of more than 70 works by notable impressionist, luminist, and colorist painters from the island of Cape Ann situated on the north shore of Boston, MA.

The opening receptions will be held on two evenings, Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18, 2012, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Lille Fine Art Salon, One Lawson Lane, Suite 15, Burlington, VT. Lille will also host weekly “Salon Evenings.” Every Thursday night, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., the public is invited to the salon to meet exhibiting artists and art experts and enjoy refreshments. The first “Salon Evening” is February 23, 2012.

Rockport Sculptor Jenna Powell to Exhibit Work Based on the Paint Factory!

A piece by Jenna Powell based on the Paint Factory in Gloucester.

Rockport sculptor Jenna Powell is showing at Lesley University from February 16th to April 16th. The work in her show is based on the castings from the iconic Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory in Gloucester, with results both aesthetically and historically important. From Jenna:

I began the Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory project in Gloucester Massachusetts with the assumption that the remaining historic structures would be of primary interest, not the story of paint discovered within. Inside, multi-colored traces of history are frozen in varying stages of liquidity: flowing, dripping, oozing, splattering, lumping and layering. The paint evokes the memory of mass production recorded throughout and between multiple stories, floorboards, ceilings, and walls.

Check out her website: 
The show is located at:
Gallery @ University Hall


1815 Massachusetts Ave 
Cambridge, Ma
Atrium Gallery 2nd floor 9am – 9pm


Valentine Greetings

Happy Valentine’s Day Gloucester!

Birth of Pop Art

In 1962 Jim Dine’s (1935- ) work was included, along with Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Dowd, Philip Hefferton, Joe Goode, Edward Ruscha, and Wayne Thiebaud in the historically important and ground-breaking New Paintings of Common Objects curated by Walter Hopps at the Norton Simon Museum. This exhibition is historically considered one of the first Pop Art exhibitions in America. – wiki

Images courtesy Google image search.

Favorite trail running spot on Cape Ann?

In my mind, nothing beats running through the woods. Personally, I’m a fan of long runs where I run like a little kid – speed through the parts I’m excited about, stop to check out the really cool things, and slow down or even walk when I want to. I know this isn’t the proper way to train for a race, but I think running should be fun and firmly believe I’ll be a better runner (or at least go running more often) if I keep it fun.

That being said, eventually I’ll remember to take a camera with me on a run along the Ledge Hill Trail through Ravenswood Park. If you’ve never seen the view from the top of the ledge up there overlooking the harbor, you need to. So either go do it yourself now, or you’ll see it digitally when my camera makes it up there with me.

In any case, what I really want is for some of you to share your favorite spots to galavant through the woods of Cape Ann! If you’re willing to share, leave it in the comments section. And if you’ve got a picture, even better! Email it to me ( and I’ll post it for all to enjoy… Meanwhile, get out and enjoy it!

Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm Special Valentines Day ~ Fly Solo @ The Rhumb Line


Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm Special Valentines Day ~ Fly Solo

I don’t know why, I just thought it might be a nice idea to
celebrate Valentine’s Day the NEXT day with a setlist full of
love songs and romance.  Call it “music from the heart”, or
whatever you like… it’s my favorite stuff to do.  Not likely I’ll
be taking any breaks – straight through for 3 hours-plus.
Come by early.  Grab a table.  Have a wonderful candle-light
dinner with your your loved one.  And have yourself a warm
and Happy Valentine’s Day! ~ Fly

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line

Prime Rib Specials!

Wednesdays Only!

*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Dinner – $9.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!

From, Caitlin Kreitman; Run to Home Base

From Caitlin Kreitman;

I am running for the second time in order support this amazing cause. As a member of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #32 of Gloucester, I love this country and all those that work to protect our great nation. I also definitely understand the sacrifice they make and how much we need to support them when they make their transition home. God Bless our troops and Veterans. Below is more information about the great work this cause enables.

“I made a $10.00 donation today and I’m a cheap bastard and unemployed! I expect more from the GMG Community. Give what you can!” Paul F Frontiero Jr.

Saturday Night on the town, part III

Last Saturday night, after the Bodin Historical Photo event and a visit to the Cape Ann Oil Co. (as described in previous posts), I also stopped by to see Loren Doucette’s show at the Art Room.

She works in a variety of media, including acrylic and pastel, and an interesting method she described of coating paper with black ink and “painting” by removing areas of it – I forget the technical name, but it sounds like a challenging and fun technique to work with.

The artist with her work

Her art is well worth the visit.

Chickity Check It! FOB Lois McNulty’s Got A Book Out!

Carried Away- True Stories From Letter Carriers
Across America

A 128-page paperback book to celebrate letter carriers and our customers. True stories, photos of unusual mailboxes, cartoons. Also check out her blog here


2 copies for $15 FREE SHIPPING!
(reguar price $11.95)
All for Charity
100% of proceeds from the sale of Carried Awayis donated to the Postal Employees’ Relief