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Palm tree and roller coaster plus yoyo ride

Myrtle Beach Mission

I had a few free hours on a business trip to Myrtle Beach last week so I grabbed my camera and set off in search of adventure. My mission?  To bypass the hotel’s suggested destination of Broadway at the Beach — home to Planet Hollywood and the Hard Rock Cafe — and to look for […]

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Two photos of Thunderbird Motel, one at night and one by day

Chasing the Thunderbird

Reno is a strange town. It has a river, a fledgling arts scene, and a lot of history.  But mostly it has casinos.  Behind the glitz and attempted glamour of the big-name casinos — El Dorado, Silver Legacy, Circus Circus, and Harrah’s — is a string of old motels, pawn shops, and other reminders of […]

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Photo of the Modern Pastry sign

From Mod Podge to metal

Remember a while back (okay, almost a year ago) when I wrote about new ways to mount my photos? It was a great idea but let’s just say I overestimated my skills in that area. I spent some fun time at art supply stores learning about adhesives and protective finishes and the difference between Mars […]

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Photo of South Pacific neon sign in black picture frame

Unexpected connections

Sometimes it’s not about the sales. I take something away from every art fair. Maybe it’s the epiphany that led me on the path to a new body of work. Maybe it’s a new connection with a fellow artist. Sometimes it’s a new piece of information, like learning about Red Nichols (and his Five Pennies!), […]

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Photo showing neon sign at Saenger Theater in Biloxi (MS)

Biloxi bling

My day job often takes me to new places — I’m a public transportation researcher and policy analyst — and I was in Biloxi, Mississippi, for conference about transit technology a couple of weeks ago. In between meetings I had a chance to check out the city’s fledgling arts district, and had two destinations on […]

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City lights: Making a photo book

The other day I found an email in my inbox telling me that I had only three days left to redeem my coupon for a free photo book at Shutterfly. I’m still not sure what I clicked, bought, or said to get the offer, but I hate to waste a freebie. So off to Shutterfly […]

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Collection of photos from Red Nickel

What happened to the summer?

Today is Labor Day, which closes the book on what turned out to be a rough summer for art fairs. I had to cancel my participation at the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival — long one of my favorite events — because of torrential rains and I bowed out of my SoWa July date because of […]

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Photo of neon sign with palm treets

Neon in New York

I ran across a pretty interesting blog the other day called New York Neon. The blog is one component of a larger book project, where Thomas E. Rinaldi records the history of the glowing signs that used to dominate New York City’s streetscape. The blog is packed with technical details about individual signs — both […]

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