On Blue Line, Watching the Art Go By.

On Blue Line, Watching the Art Go By.
I love riding the Blue Line–for most of my life I was a Red Line and Purple Line gal, and this goes way back.  I remember riding the old wooden L cars with wicker seats on the Evanston line (now the purple line) and buying my first pack of cigarettes at the concession stand in... Read more »

Unexpected Art--in our Hotel!

Unexpected Art--in our Hotel!
A quick trip to Chicago to see art, three shows at the Art Institute and one at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  The fourth show was a complete surprise-one of photographs at the Palmer House.  These photos are not in the lobby or in any of the public areas, they are in the hallways on... Read more »

The Eclipse At 32,000 Feet

The Eclipse At 32,000 Feet
  Eclipse Day was a travel day–we were on our way to Chicago.  So much for the eclipse, or so I thought.  As we took off from Little Rock’s Bill and Hilary Clinton National Airport ( yes, Little Rock has an airport), the flight attendant welcomed us to the Eclipse flight!  She had a pair... Read more »
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Murals--One Way to Know Your Neighborhood

Why do people paint murals on blank walls in their neighborhood?   Most  neighborhood murals have a purpose: to educate, inform or to welcome people to a neighborhood.  A mural on the walls of the railroad viaduct on Greenleaf Street, a short walk from Nichols School, where I taught for 25 years was recently restored.   ... Read more »

A Coke Sign and Memories of My First and Only Muscle Car

A Coke Sign and Memories of My First and Only Muscle Car
On my way to the Art Center I pass this business on 9th Street in Little Rock– the coke sign caught my eye.  The building looks like it had a previous life as a mini-mart. When I stopped to take a picture, I realized that there was more there–the door was open and appeared to... Read more »

Neon Nostalgia

Neon Nostalgia
Remember when many churches and businesses had neon signs?  Today it seems that most of them have back lit plastic signs in front of their parking lots.  First Baptist Church in Little Rock still has its neon sign hanging from its steeple. It is a nice sign, clearly identifying the church day and night. This... Read more »
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Unexpected (Sewer) Art in Little Rock--not just manhole covers.

Last Sunday I went to a farmers’ market in SOMA, a neighborhood in Little Rock.   The market was small by Chicago standards, about 10 vendors selling fruit, vegetables, honey and jewelry.  The location was in a  interesting small sculpture park called  Bernice Garden.  The unexpected art was on the street.  Little Rock has a sewer... Read more »

Unexpected! Ten Commandments Monument Destroyed in Little Rock

Yesterday a Ten Commandments monument was installed on the grounds of the Arkansas Capital.  Early this morning a man drove his car into the monument and destroyed it. Yelling “Freedom” as he drove into the monument, the perpetrator recorded the deed on Facebook Live. The act was also witnessed  by the Capitol Security.  Michael Reed... Read more »

Always in style--NEON

One of the coolest things about Little Rock is the neon signs.  Most are old signs, sort of neon ghost signs, and one is for a place that is still in business.  Enjoy! Capital Glass, on the corner of  South 8th Street and Broadway is still in business. The street has a few auto repair... Read more »
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Two Women, Two Books, Two Great Stories.

This post is a big switch–instead of writing about  unexpected visual art, I am writing about unexpectedly good literature.  When I moved to Little Rock, I joined two book clubs, a conventional one that meets monthly and and one that never meets.  (How can there be a book club without meetings? Simple–its called a pass-along... Read more »