Category: Cityscapes

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Little Rock: Two Murals and a New Downtown

Little Rock: Two Murals and a New Downtown
Little Rock Arkansas has a little rock and a big rock.  I’ve been living here for six months and haven’t seen either one.  But I’ve seen a lot of things more interesting than rocks, small or large. On the corner of Main and 6th Street, right across from the Rep, a local theater company is... Read more »
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A Chicago Eye Looks Around Downtown Little Rock--and finds some unexpected art.

A Chicago Eye Looks Around Downtown Little Rock--and finds some unexpected art.
Sometimes I take a round about route to my art class and unexpected art pops up.  When I am lucky to have my real camera instead of my antique 3G iphone, I stop and take a few pictures.  Downtown Little Rock gives me a lot a lot of material. Downtown Little Rock is nothing like... Read more »

Rats on Monroe Street and other Chicago sights.

Rats on Monroe Street and other Chicago sights.
One last look at Chicago from a tourist view– Above–A view through the Wrigley Building–walk into a sparkling alley, see  Chicago along the river– framed by two sides of the Wrigley Building.  Definitely Unexpected Art. Rats on Monroe Street Rats on Monroe street  a few doors from the Italian Village.  It was a group union... Read more »

Frosting and Food Trucks

Frosting and Food Trucks
Seeing Chicago as a tourist when I have lived there for over 60 years. Last month I made a trip to Chicago for a few days. With my new camera in hand, I looked and snapped away. There were a few field trips at the Chicago Cultural Center  the day we visited.  This work was... Read more »
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Chicago from an Arkansan Eye

Chicago from an Arkansan Eye
Recently I moved to Little Rock Arkansas, a small beautiful Southern city.  I have lived in other places, but never permanently, always assuming  that the Chicago suburbs would be my home forever.  The move was a big change, but not as huge as I thought it would be at first. When we loaded up the... Read more »