Featured Artists

I thought I’d share information about a few artists online with whom I’ve enjoyed interacting over the years. Guests are encouraged to visit their respective sites, and, if so desired, inquire about an opportunity to purchase their artworks. I’ve also included quotes as descriptions – in their own words. Enjoy the creativity of these featured artists!!!

Tiffany Arp-Daleo | Contemporary Art

Tiffany Arp-Daleo has over 20 years experience painting in San Diego, Ca. Working primarily with acrylics and oils in abstract and mixed media, she has developed a unique painting style described as Bohemian Abstract. Her paintings will catch your eye with bold contrast, gobs of rich color, and layers of texture.

North Liza Lane | Painting, Illustration & Graphic Design

North Liza Lane is a growing body of work originating from inspiration, and the creative desire to contribute to the greater good through images of thoughtful wonder. My focus is to offer a possibility, or the first chapter of a story that allows the viewer to create an ending, and maybe a moment of self discovery. Currently I combine realism with abstract to reflect the layers of life and the constant information offered through our individual and collective experiences.

Randi Grace Nilsberg | Photography

A piece of art on the wall brings atmosphere to a room. With digital textures I add a little mystery and flair to my nature photos, a painterly effect that makes them unique. I hope my art lets you drift away for a moment, to good memories or into a dream for the future.

Natalie Baca | Artist + Designer

Natalie Baca is an artist and designer, who loves to incorporate “found” objects into her pieces. After leading an exciting path in the fashion world in New York City and traveling the world with the marketing of new products, Natalie finally decided there was a need for a career change. She picked up some broken tiles and paint and began a new career in the art world. With no formal training in art, she taught herself through experimenting and trial and error. Her love for texture, color, and patterns can be seen throughout her work.

Thanks for stopping by!

Year In Review

Another year has come and gone. This time around, I’ve enjoyed 365 days in the state of Tennessee – quite a change from Michigan…

Notes From 2019

Outlook For The Coming Year

Best Wishes For 2020!!!

My Favorite Grateful Dead Songs

I’ve enjoyed listening to music of the Grateful Dead for many years, though haven’t purchased a compact disk in a very long time. Here’s a list of some of my favorite songs (in order) from the CD’s which I own:

Grateful Dead | American Beauty (1970)

  • Ripple
  • Sugar Magnolia
  • Box of Rain

Grateful Dead | Europe ’72 (1972) – double CD set

  • He’s Gone
  • Cumberland Blues
  • China Cat Sunflower

AND

  • Tennessee Jed
  • Mr. Charlie
  • Truckin’

Grateful Dead | Skeletons From The Closet (1974)

  • Uncle John’s Band
  • St. Stephen
  • Friend of The Devil

Grateful Dead | In The Dark (1987)

  • West L.A. Fadeaway
  • Throwing Stones
  • Hell In A Bucket

Grateful Dead | Built To Last (1989)

  • Victim Or The Crime
  • Built To Last
  • Just A Little Light

Concerts

What A Long Strange Trip

A friend from Cleveland, Brian Daley, showed up at my apartment in Holland, Michigan during the summer of 1985, asking if I’d be interested in traveling to Wisconsin to hear the Grateful Dead perform. After gathering my backpack, we scoured the town in order to purchase the only remaining original Coca Cola – following the recent change in formula – and hit the road in his Honda Prelude.

Along the way, we must have bumped into nearly a dozen people on the road that Brian, a Deadhead, knew from various shows he’d attended. That seemed rather unlikely – what were the odds? – though, less so upon arrival at the venue.

We set up a tent on the edge of a farmer’s field near the concert grounds, purchased tickets and proceeded to the first show, on Friday night. It was an excellent concert, though it took quite a while to exit the amphitheater, afterwards; something was obstructing the door at the top of the hill.

Once finally outside, we saw that a large car – an Oldsmobile Delta 88, as I recall – had parked directly in front of the exit, crosswise. That car belonged to friends of ours – Bernie, Libby, Roger – from Holland, Michigan, who heard that we had gone and took a road trip to join us. Knowing that we might be difficult to locate, they decided to be as conspicuous as possible. Indeed!

Lunch At McCloud Mountain Restaurant

I recently had the privilege of enjoying lunch at McCloud Mountain Restaurant, located atop the Cumberland Mountains at an elevation of 2700 feet. See the menu.

Contact 423-562-3282 for reservations.

Address: 1220 McClouds Trail – Duff, TN 37729

The food is delicious, though it’s really the view that draws patrons to visit McCloud Mountain. Here are some photographs from the restaurant, and the Skywalk

Enjoy your meal!