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Closeup of neon cactus

Don’t forget the cactus

After yesterday’s post about the Hilltop Steak House, I heard from the daughter of the man who designed the restaurant’s iconic neon sign.  Here’s what I learned about him. His name was Charles S. Magliozzi.  Born in Everett, he created his first sign at age 16 and went on to found Mack Advertising Inc.  His […]

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What will happen to the cows?

I spent the holiday weekend making a pilgrimage, of sorts, to a pair of endangered neon signs: Hilltop Steak House in Saugus and Lord’s in Medfield. I have fond memories of stopping at the Hilltop on the way home from weekends in Maine with a once-close friend. The attraction was not the food — I don’t […]

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Photo of neon sign at Reginal Pizza

One bad show

It only takes one bad show. A couple of weeks ago I started a blog post (and, sorry, it’s been a while since I last wrote) that talked about my ups and downs in the art fair biz.  A year ago things were bad enough that I was almost ready to quit.  The summer of […]

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Bottled Liquors sign

Bottled liquors and blinking arrows

It’s a Massachusetts thing. Liquor stores — especially older ones — advertise their wares as “bottled liquors.” The designation seems to be a step up from package stores (or “packies”), another local name. But both terms seem intended to distinguish these establishments from bars, where people actually drink their libations on the spot. Linguistic lesson […]

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Stylized photo of the Circle Cinemas sign

Saving the Circle

So it doesn’t have the art deco glamour of the Coolidge Corner Theater and its latter years as a multiplex were a little forlorn. But the Circle Cinemas, which overlooked Boston’s Cleveland Circle neighborhood since 1940, will soon fall to the wrecking ball, and a little piece of Boston’s entertainment history will be lost. It […]

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Detail from neon sign at Yucca Motel

How to be an art hero

It’s easy to think about art fairs and open studio tours as opportunities for self promotion. Buy my work. Like my work. Compliment me for creating my work. But a recent blog post by New Hampshire artist Luann Udell was a gentle reminder that it’s not always about me.  Writing about an upcoming open studio […]

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Photo of Shell gasoline sign

Five great things about SoWa Open Market

As I have written previously in this blog, art fairs are hard but I keep going back. Sunday was my first day back at the SoWa Open Market for the 2013 season, and — with the exception of a few raindrops — things were off to an auspicious start.  Here are the five best things […]

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Photo of Coolidge Corner Theater

Counting down to summer

With my first gig at SoWa Open Market just over a week away, and the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival a few weeks later, it’s time to start checking items off the to-do list. I’ve been spending a lot of time (not to mention money) at Target, Staples, Home Depot, and various online sources to get […]

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Photo of sign showing submarine sandwich shop

A photographic journey

I went to an antique camera show the other day, and the room full of film cameras and lenses got me thinking about my own photographic journey.  Now I watch enough reality television to know that everything is a journey these days.  But I’m not talking about the journey from obscurity to 15 minutes of […]

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Red Nickel photo display at Newton Open Studios

Lost and found: Newton Open Studios 2013

I usually devote the day after an art fair to three things: Recuperation, reorganization, and reflection. Recuperation because these shows are exhausting, physically and mentally.  Reorganization because there are things to do — unload the car, put away the magnet-making supplies, find a home for stray pieces of bubble wrap, update my mailing list. Reflection? […]

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