The Daily Frame Archive – 2017

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May 27, 2017

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“Now on View at the Barrick”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
May 26, 2017

Tested Ground”
Andreana Donahue, Alexa Hoyer, Joan Linder, Jenny Odell, Nicolas Shake

“The UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art presents Tested Ground, a major artistic exploration of the ways in which our civilization uses the land around us for work, recreation, and waste disposal. Paying special attention to the region surrounding Las Vegas, five American and international artists use a variety of media to probe a relationship we sometimes take for granted. From the firing range imagery of photographer Alexa Hoyer, to the anthropological trash project of Jenny Odell – from Joan Linder’s meticulous radioactive waste site drawings, to Nicolas Shake’s and Andreana Donahue’s investigations of desert debris and urban artifacts – Tested Ground represents a thought-provoking cross-examination of the American landscape.”

now through September 16, 2017

Text from Museum website.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is art opening-ready. Stay tuned for word on her exhibition later this summer at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery.

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May 26, 2017

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“From the Roof of the New Parking Structure”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Our University”

“Since our first classes were held on campus in 1957, UNLV has transformed
itself from a small branch college into a thriving urban research institution.
Along the way, our urban university has become an indispensable resource
in one of the country’s fastest-growing and most enterprising cities.”

Google Street View

Text from UNLV website.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a proud graduate of the UNLV School of Music.

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May 25, 2017

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“Archaeology is Mining for Knowledge”
Photograph by Ashanti McGeee

Artist Erik Burke noted on his Instagram account last week: “The @nevadaart pop-up exhibition in Las Vegas #TiltingTheBasin comes down tomorrow and along with it my spray painted mural will return to its beige beginnings. If you’re in Vegas check them both out one last time. Pop-up at 920 S. Commerce. Mural at 520 S. Casino Center Blvd. #heretodaygonetoday #vegasmural #lasvegasmurals #eriktburke #miningmural”

On his website he states: “The image overlays two anonymous S. African miners photographed in 1950 by Margaret Bourke White atop today’s snow covered view of the open pit mine in Carlin, Nevada. This work hopes to compress the physical geography and 60+ years between both events, stressing the connection of the mining trade as well as working class individuals globally and throughout time. Since I belong to a state that focus a a magnitude of resources on extraction I have a built-in desire to mine for stories, culture, and truths.”

“Our Las Vegas” adds: we’re sorry to have missed seeing the mural in person, but extend our congratulations to Erik and thanks to Ashanti for her photograph.

Ashanti McGee is a graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. She is the office manager for the Outside Las Vegas Foundation– a local nonprofit that encourages the public to explore Nevada’s great outdoors; and she serves as president of the Harrison House, a historic boarding house that welcomed black entertainers during segregation.

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May 24, 2017

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“Lucky Penny”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the Wednesdays Las Vegas Pets” series

Artist and dog aficionado Terrien Hale writes: “Penny.  A rescued pup off the freeway, a gift from my body guard Pineapple. With no luck finding her a home I decided to figure out her name. I went through the alphabet saying different names out loud until she responded, P for Penny… she perked up and smiled! That’s how she became my Lucky Penny!

Penny’s favorite thing is me! She is by my side morning noon and night, my shinny penny full of love.  Penny loves going on rides in the car and antique shopping. Anything I do she loves to do with me.

Penny is a prominent member of my puppy love family –  saving the world from evil and spreading love where ever they wag!”

Additional note on Penny’s guardian: Terrien Hale has lived  in Las Vegas since 1982. She is  a graduate from UNLV with degrees in Physiology and Fine Art. She is an Axminster Carpet designer and has been designing Casino carpets for 20 years.

We add: we plan to feature Terrien’s other two dogs in future Daily Frames. 

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is one of those rare people who loves cats and dogs.

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May 23, 2017

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“Alley”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Around the 18b” Series

Just off California. Just east of Main.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner knows her way around the backstreets of Las Vegas.

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May 22, 2017

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“Village Pub Dining Room”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
8515 S Eastern Ave at Wigwam

In a  January 25, 2016 5 star Yelp review Le Rae D. wrote:  

My third time here. First time just to stop by for a quick breakfast. Second time last Friday for a well deserved cocktail and the bartender Sally was mucho accommodating plus I won money…bonus . Today I decided to stop in for lunch and met Shauntel. What a super amazing bartender!! I use to be a bartender for years and it’s hard to come by a good one. I was greeted with a very warm hello and smile, then told her I’d be right back because I needed to get my coat out of my car and without hesitation she said “no, here wear my sweater!”. If your in the industry or have ever been…you know a GREAT bartender. I’ve been here for the past three hours and her smile, energy and mojo hasn’t changed at all to every patron here!! I found my new home away from home. This could be a really good or bad thing. Lol. But don’t miss out on coming here and being treated like royalty.

More: Menu.
Pub 
website.

“Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has noted with interest the pub’s affiliation with Ellis Island Microbrews – and “The Yorky” burger – “Loaded with crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and your choice of cheese served on a grilled Ciabatta roll.”

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May 21, 2017

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“Former Quarry SW Las Vegas”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Definition from Merriam-WebsterDictionary:

quarry
noun quar·ry
Definition of quarry
plural quarries
1: an open excavation usually for obtaining building stone, slate, or limestone
2: a rich source

More: Google Maps

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner roams the Valley, leaving no stone unturned

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May 20, 2017

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“May is National Bike Month”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Emergency Arts. DTLV

NATIONAL BIKE MONTH

“May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.”

Text from League of American Bicyclists website

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner may very well be able to ride a unicycle.

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May 19, 2017

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“Western Hotel”
Photograph by Ashanti McGee

“The Western opened in 1970 as the Western Hotel & Bingo Parlor and was owned by Jackie Gaughan and Mel Exber. At its opening, The Western was the world’s largest bingo parlor with 1,020 seats.

Jackie Gaughan sold the hotel to Barrick Gaming in March 2004. The plans called for redeveloping the Western Hotel as a Latino destination resort. At the time, the AP said about the property, ‘On a stretch of despair that tourists in Las Vegas seldom see, the Western Hotel-Casino stands out as a beacon for the broke and nearly broken’.

In 2005, The Tamares Group acquired total control of the hotel and casino through a lease from Barrick. In 2010 the hotel portion completely closed and redevelopment still remains uncertain to this day.

On November 15, 2011, the Tamares Group announced that ‘due to decreased demand at this location’, The Western would close on January 16, 2012. Its future redevelopment is uncertain.

In March 2013, the property was purchased for $14 million by a company affiliated with Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project, a campaign to revitalize the Fremont Street area.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Ashanti McGee is a graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. She is the office manager for the Outside Las Vegas Foundation– a local nonprofit that encourages the public to explore Nevada’s great outdoors; and she serves as president of the Harrison House, a historic boarding house that welcomed black entertainers during segregation.

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May 18, 2017

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“Gascon President-elect Leanne Krinker”

Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” Series

Leanne Krinker, president-elect of the German American Social Club of Nevada, competed in the May 6 Stein Holding Competition at an earlier Maifest event.

The celebration continues this Saturday – May 20. “Schnitzel for all! – German food, beer, music!”

“Friendship for all – Freundschaft für alle”
German-American Social Club of Nevada
1110 East Lake Mead Boulevard – North Las Vegas.

At a moment’s notice, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner can put the oom in oom pah pah.

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May 17, 2017

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“3rd Street Artifacts”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

“The house is demolished. The original sidewalk is disappearing. Last vestiges of Old Downtown.”

Daily Frame Contributor Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.<

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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May 16, 2017

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“DTLV Ride Share”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“May is Bike Month and you can celebrate with 50% off ALL RTC Bike Share passes for the month.

If you purchase a 30-day pass during May, and choose to auto-renew at checkout, you will also receive 50% off for the rest of the year.”

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“Bike sharing makes it economical and convenient to use bikes for trips that are too far to walk but too short to drive. As a member, you can use a RTC bike to run an errand, grab lunch, travel from the bus stop to your office, or just get some fresh air. That’s what makes bike sharing so great: a bike that’s there when you need it and gone when you don’t.

With your RTC bike, you don’t have to look for a parking space or bring your own bike with you everywhere you go. Plus, riding a bike is good for your health and for the environment. It’s the newest and best way to get around downtown.

The bikes are specially designed for both you and the city: they fit people of all sizes, thanks to an easy-to-use adjustable seat post. A great front basket provides a space to store your belongings while riding and automatic lights help keep you safe at all times of day. The bikes are equipped with three speeds, that are perfect for your short commute.

RTC Bike Share is designed to encourage you to use a a bike for all your short trips. Once you’ve paid your membership fee, you can take an unlimited number of rides for 30 minutes or less!”

Text from RTC website

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is more than ok with bicycles but is a unqualified devotee of the motorized variety of two-wheel vehicles.

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May 15, 2017

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“Retro Vegas Mural”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“This is the home of mid-century modern history, style and all that’s fabulous about Las Vegas. Retro Vegas is full of vintage art, lighting and mid-mod furnishings and accessories. There are treasures and objet d’art to fit every budget and space. We have many pieces that are full of historical significance from some of the most spectacular homes in town. From Danish Modern to Hollywood Regency, our inventory changes all the time. For glitz, glamour and fun, check out Retro Vegas.  Also, you’ll want to check out The Red Kat – a store within our store – featuring vintage clothing and accessories”

Text from store website

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a living, breathing treasure of historical significance.

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May 14, 2017

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“Mother of All Clouds”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
May 13, 2017

“Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis) are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form in the troposphere, normally in perpendicular alignment to the wind direction. … Because of their shape, they have been offered as an explanation for some unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings.”

Text from Wikipedia

MORE: “Our Las Vegas” wishes the happiest of days to all mothers and their children!

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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May 13, 2017

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“Majestic Repertory Theatre”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Majestic Repertory Theatre was established in the fall of 2016 at ALIOS, an arts space in the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. The “Majestic” name was chosen in honor of one of the first theatres in Las Vegas, the Majestic Theatre which was located on Fremont Street. Active in the early 1900s, it was a vaudeville house and cinema.

Majestic Rep focuses primarily on the American canon, old and new, and gives emphasis on giving young theatre artists an opportunity to build their skills.”

Majestic’s current production is CARRIE THE MUSICAL” – Just in time for prom! Based on the classic Stephen King novel, this musical about a young girl with telekinetic powers comes to bloody life in its Vegas premiere.”

Majestic Repertory Theatre is located at 1217 S. Main St.,* Las Vegas – South of Charleston, next to Buffalo Exchange.

Text from Theatre website

Screen grab of February 2017  Google Street view for future archival reference.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  is ready for her close-ups.

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May 12, 2017

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“Yes, We’re Open”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Beauty is pain, and pain in the form of traffic cones and construction delays is what we must endure as the “Main and Commerce Streets improvement Project” launched into phase two on Monday morning.

Through the fall of 2018, the $36 million project will convert Commerce and Main Streets into one-ways (Main traffic flowing North and Commerce traffic flowing South) between Oakey Boulevard and Garces Avenue. Funded by the Fuel Revenue Indexing gas tax, the streets will be more pedestrian-friendly with 15-foot wide sidewalks, bicycle lanes, storm drains, traffic signals, street lighting and landscaping improvements.”

Text from May 10, 2016 DTLV story by Jesse O’Brien.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  is just about always open for business.

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May 11, 2017

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“Fremont East Dusk”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.”

                                    — Jean-Paul Sartre 

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  savors the moment.

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May 10, 2017

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“Big Rig Jig”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Mark Ross “Big Rig Jig”
2007

“[Mark Ross’] 2007 “Big Rig Jig” is constructed from two discarded tanker trucks. The work serves both as a sculpture and an architectural space: visitors may enter the lower truck, climb through the tankers, and emerge to a viewing platform between the rear axles, forty-two feet in the air. Most recently exhibited in the U.K. for Banksy’s Dismaland show, it will soon be permanently installed in Las Vegas by Tony Hsieh. The work was made possible by a grant from Burning Man, as well as generous gifts from Peter and Gwen Norton, Todd Koons, and numerous donations received over the internet.”

Text from artist’s website.

Google Street View

Screen grab of February 2017  Google Street view for future archival reference.

MORE: August 21, 2016: “Big Rig Jig Debuts in Downtown Las Vegas and It’s Glorious”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner roams the streets of the city deep into the night.

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May 9, 2017

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“Swedish Meatballs”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
IKEA
May 2017

Last of three Daily Frames from a recent “Our Las Vegas” field trip to the local outlet of the largest purveyor of furniture is the world. 

IKEA Swedish Meatballs

Ingredients

• Meatballs
1⁄2 lb ground beef
1⁄2 lb ground pork
1 egg
1⁄2 cup cream (half and half) or 1⁄2 cup milk
1⁄2 cup water
1 small onion, finely chopped
1⁄4 cup breadcrumbs (or toasted panko, crushed)
2 small cold boiled yukon gold potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
salt
white pepper
1 dash allspice (optional)

• Cream Sauce
1⁄2 cup half-and-half
1 cup low sodium beef broth
1⁄4 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon white flour
1 tablespoon butter
salt, to taste
white pepper

Recipe

Meatballs:
• Fry the onion till golden in a couple of tablespoons of lightly browned butter.
• Mash the potatoes
• Mix all the ingredients until meatball consistency.
• Flavour with salt, white pepper and (optional) a little finely crushed allspice.
• Shape the mixture into relatively large, round balls and transfer to a floured cutting board.
• Fry them slowly in plenty of butter.

Cream Sauce:
• Melt butter in pan and add flour, whisk till golden brown and flour is cooked.
• Add Beef Stock and Cream until desired thickness.
• Season well with salt and pepper.
• Serve the meatballs with the sauce, freshly boiled yukon potatoes, and lingonberry jam.

Recipe from Food.com

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“Love the Swedish meatballs? Ikea may open standalone restaurants and cafes”
by Tracy Saelinger

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is always game for comfort food.

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May 8, 2017

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“Craps Roulette Slots”
Photograph by Jon Winet

TAKE YOUR FREE PHOTO WITH ONE MILLION DOLLARS

Binion’s $1 Million Display holds exactly one million dollars in a pyramid design filled with cash denominations ranging from ones to one hundred dollar bills. Take your FREE souvenir photo and receive a 6 x 8 glossy photo inside a souvenir frame.

The $1 Million Display is located next to Club Binion’s and is open from 9:00am – 11:30pm daily. Must be 21 years or older to take photo.”

Text from Binion’s Gambling Hall  website.

MORE: Wikipedia entry for the venerable DTLV establishment.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet  has now added being photographed with one million dollars to his Bucket List.

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May 7, 2017

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“Heading back to Vegas from Tecopa Hot Springs”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“Deserts are formed by weathering processes as large variations in temperature between day and night put strains on the rocks which consequently break in pieces. Although rain seldom occurs in deserts, there are occasional downpours that can result in flash floods. Rain falling on hot rocks can cause them to shatter and the resulting fragments and rubble strewn over the desert floor is further eroded by the wind. This picks up particles of sand and dust and wafts them aloft in sand or dust storms. Wind-blown sand grains striking any solid object in their path can abrade the surface. Rocks are smoothed down, and the wind sorts sand into uniform deposits. The grains end up as level sheets of sand or are piled high in billowing sand dunes. Other deserts are flat, stony plains where all the fine material has been blown away and the surface consists of a mosaic of smooth stones. These areas are known as desert pavements and little further erosion takes place. Other desert features include rock outcrops, exposed bedrock and clays once deposited by flowing water. Temporary lakes may form and salt pans may be left when waters evaporate. There may be underground sources of water in the form of springs and seepages from aquifers. Where these are found, oases can occur.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Daily Frame Contributor Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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May 6, 2017

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“IKEA Merch”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
IKEA May 2017

“Merch”
noun ˈmərch\
• Definition: merchandise
• First known use: 1982

play

Text from Merriam Webster Dictionary.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is in the Lounging & Relaxing section of the Furniture area.

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May 5, 2017

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“IKEA”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

IKEA (/aɪˈkiːə/; Swedish: [ɪ²keːa], is a multinational group, headquartered in the Netherlands, that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories. It has been the world’s largest furniture retailer since at least 2008.Founded in Sweden in 1943 by then-17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad, who was listed by Forbes Magazine (in its 2 November, 2015 issue) as one of the ten richest people in the world and the owner of a more than 40 billion dollar fortune, the company’s name is an acronym that consists of the initials of Ingvar Kamprad (name of founder), Elmtaryd (the farm where he grew up), and Agunnaryd (his hometown in Småland, southern Sweden).

As of December 2016, IKEA owns and operates 392 stores in 48 countries. In fiscal year 2016, €36.4 billion worth of goods were sold, a total that represented a 7.6 percent increase over 2015.

The IKEA website contains about 12,000 products.”

Text from Wikipedia.

The Las Vegas IKEA opened on May 18, 2016.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner comments: “This reminds me so much of the scene at the end of Indiana Jones, when the Ark of the Covenant gets put in the vast warehouse.”

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May 4, 2017

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“Photographing Cady Wells’ Bloom”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The photographer explains: “It’s called the Cady Wells Cactus, because that plant came from one that Cady Wells had. Cultural animator, artist and cactus-gardener  Richard Hooker is convinced that it’s where Georgia O’Keefe got that pink. (She and Cady were pals in Santa Fe.)” The photographer adds: “When Richard was younger he was Cady Wells’ friend and pool boy.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner stops to smell the roses.

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May 3, 2017

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“CHOW”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“WE CELEBRATE DIVERSITY…because it takes all kinds of people to make a world—and a restaurant.

Why mix southern-style food with fine Chinese cuisine? How about why not? Labels are for leftovers. CHOW is for people—all people, all the time (even late at night).

WE CARE ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY…because good neighbors make great customers.

Ready to have your mind blown? The entire planet is our ‘hood. At CHOW, neighbors are always welcome—regardless of color, creed, sexual identity, orientation, and yes, geography. Besides, feeding friends and family helps make the planet a better place, one dish (or more, we don’t judge) at a time.”

Text from restaurant  website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner knows her comfort food – and her community.

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May 2, 2017

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“New York New York Dusk”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Drive-by Series.”

“The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan, New York City. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet, and with its antenna included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet tall. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping out of the original World Trade Center’s North Tower in late 1970.

The Empire State Building is an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.”

Text from  Wikipedia.

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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May 1, 2017

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“Black Jack Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2017
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

“The first modern bail bonds business in the U.S. — the system by which a person pays a percentage of the court-specified bail amount to a professional bonds agent who then gives the court cash in the full amount of bail as a guarantee that the person will appear in court — was established by Peter P. McDonough in San Francisco in 1898. However, clay tablets from ca. 2750 BC describe surety bail bond agreements made in the Akkadian city of Eshnunna in what is today modern Iraq. Citizens were released from jail by having an indemnitor pay a sum in currency and to pledge the defendant will show up to court backed by the indemnitor’s property such as his sheep.”

Text from  Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet  first photographed this site in May 2014, featured in the August 9, 2014 edition of The Daily Frame and now in the 2014 Archive. Unlike most sites in Las Vegas, this one has not changed perceptibly.

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April 30, 2017

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“Phoenix Pipe Band”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the  April 29-30 2017 Las Vegas Highland Games
Floyd Lamb Park

“… Phoenix Pipe Band, the longest running bagpipe band organization in Arizona.

We are focused on promoting the art of Scottish Bagpiping and Drumming through teaching, playing, and competing. We are always looking for new players and students who are also interested in the art.

Text from Band  website.

MORE: Schedule of Today’s Events

Video clip from yesterday’s performance.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is the Tubaist and Bass player for Killian’s Angels. Look for them at 1 pm today on Hennessy’s Main Stage of the Games.

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April 29, 2017

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“Tin Buckaroo
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the collection of artifacts featured at The Writer’s Block

Codex, brings together writers and artists to produce original stories and one-of-a-kind objects—books, prints, recordings, films, and other works of art. Authors of all ages and ability are invited to participate in workshops and labs where they can write, design and construct new novels, magazines, screenplays, short films, animations, documentaries, audio recordings and more. Free classes for students ages 5–18 are scheduled regularly on evenings and weekends, and a selection of unique bookmaking field trips are available exclusively for teachers and students of the Clark County School District.”

Student Workshops

Codex regularly schedules workshops for students ages 5–18, covering a variety of topics and disciplines including: poetry and prose, printmaking, drama, filmmaking, blogging, podcasting, and more. All workshops are project-based and resulting in a product—books, recordings, films, prints, etc.—that each student takes home with them when the course ends. Classes, taught by Writer’s Block staff and qualified volunteers, are limited in size to allow for a more individualized and memorable experience. Course enrollment is typically selected by lottery one week before the workshop begins.”

Text from Writer’s Block website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner may or may not have a collection of children’s toys hidden away.

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April 28, 2017

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“El Cortez Hotel
Photograph by Jon Winet
January 2014

Container Park view of the El Cortez Hotel & Casino , “the longest continuously-running hotel and casino in Vegas.”

Daily Frame Director Jon Winet has learned to love the “old lady perfume” smell of the casino area of the El Cortez, and duly credits Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner for this olfactory observation.

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April 27, 2017

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“Huntridge Drugs Signage”
Photograph by Brian Weiss

These iconic letters from the rooftop of Huntridge Pharmacy (soon to reopen as a Wingstop) were taken down to make room for the building to receive a new roof. They are slated to return to their positions, but this is still up in the air, so to speak. We will keep you apprised as to their disposition as news surfaces.

Brian Weiss is a first time contributor to The Daily Frame, and is long-time Las Vegan (with time off for good behavior), and a denizen of the Huntridge neighborhood. “Our Las Vegas” thanks him for this great photo.

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April 26, 2017

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Los Straitjackets
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 15, 2017

Los Straitjackets headlined the lineup at the Viva Las Vegas Car Show, part of the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, which takes place every Easter Weekend. This year was is its 20th, and by all accounts, its biggest and best ever. It is also has some of the best people-watching to be had in the area.

Ginger Bruner is a fan of Los Straitjackets. See more of her travels at Viva Las Vegas in this week’s Vegas Seven Magazine.

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April 25, 2017

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“Winchester Cultural Center”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 23, 2017

Winchester Cultural Center is the heart of performing and visual arts for Clark County Parks and Recreation. Along with diverse youth and adult programming in dance, theater, fitness, skateboarding and visual arts, the center offers a park, desert demonstration garden, skate park, theater and art gallery. The gallery hosts ongoing exhibitions to highlight the talents of local artists while Clark County’s only indoor theater (274 seats) is home to an assortment of music, dance and theatrical performances. Artists, from nationally known musicians, vocalists and dancers to homegrown, youth-centered drama and dance troupes, have graced the Winchester Theater stage.

Text from the Clark County Parks and Rec website.

Ginger Bruner is a fan of the Winchester Cultural Center. She is also the Associate Producer and Lead Photographer for “Our Las Vegas.”

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April 24, 2017

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“March for Science”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
April 22, 2017
From the “Around the 18b” Series

“David Walker, who teaches science at Sunrise Mountain High School, was marching for facts.

‘It’s really important to get out and just show everybody that science is very important to all of us,’ Walker said. ‘The kind of things that are going on right now politically seem to be heading the country in the wrong direction. … This is really just a show of support for the idea that facts do matter and science is a big part of the success of our country, and we shouldn’t just ignore it.’

Text excerpted from Las Vegas Review Journal story by Ricardo Torres-Cortez, “Science advocates rally, show support across Las Vegas on Earth Day”

Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.<

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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April 23, 2017

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“Poolside Cactus Bloom”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 12, 2017

Opuntia ficus-indica

“Opuntia ficus-indica is a species of cactus that has long been a domesticated crop plant important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the world. It is thought probably to have originated in Mexico. Some of the common English names for the plant and its fruit are Indian fig opuntia, Barbary fig, cactus pear, spineless cactus, and prickly pear, although this last name has also been applied to other less common Opuntia species. In Mexican Spanish, the plant is called nopal, while the fruit is called tuna, which are names also used in American English, especially as culinary terms.”

Text from Wikipedia

Editor’s Note: In the spirit of full disclosure: we are not one hundred percent certain that the cactus in the photograph is an Opuntia ficus-indica.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner pays attention to details.

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April 22, 2017

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“Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club (detail)”
Photograph by Ashanti McGee

Las Vegas Chapter – 504 Jackson Ave – right next to the True Vine Baptist Church that was featured on the April 9, 2017 Daily Frame – now in the 2017 Archive.

Video Clip harvested from YouTube: “Soul Brothers M.C. Las Vegas function .. sound off”

Ashanti McGee has lived in Las Vegas since she was 11 years old. Not long after moving here, she was introduced to Big Band and Swing music through her school jazz band. A graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, she specialized in visual arts with an emphasis in oil painting and printmaking. After 20 years, her love for Nevada has continued to grow. Favorite pastimes include hiking and “never passing up weekend road trips.” Though she doesn’t play much music or paint now, Ashanti expends most of her creative energy in arts advocacy, reading comic books, and wrangling 4 children with her husband Brent Holmes.

She is also the office manager for the Outside Las Vegas Foundation– a local nonprofit that encourages the public to explore Nevada’s great outdoors; and she serves as president of the Harrison House, a historic boarding house that welcomed black entertainers during segregation.

Additional note: this is her third contribution to The Daily Frame.

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April 21, 2017

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“Barbara Christy”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” Series
Silver Legacy, Reno.
March 10, 2017

THE VEGAS ROAD SHOW is a Powerful Variety Act delivering First Class Entertainment including music, comedy, and crowd participation. They share a “Slice of Vegas” with their audiences with music from the 50s,60s,70s,Classic Rock, Country Smooth Jazz and whatever the audience requests. The Heart of The Vegas Road Show are Cody Stevens and his wife, Barbara Christy. They are both veterans in the industry and it shows in every performance. Cody Stevens, on vocals and guitar, is a 30 year veteran of Las Vegas and has performed with many national acts and has been a headliner himself. WIth his quick wit, large musical arsenal, and many years of experience as an Entertainer, Cody can entertain any audience, anywhere. Barbara Christy, on key bass and trumpet, keyboards, and vocals, is one-of-a-kind when it comes to performance. She has been amazing audiences for over 30 years in casinos from Atlantic City to Las Vegas and recently had the pleasure of working with the Late Great Andy Williams in Branson, MO.”

Text from Reno News & Review website.

More: Band website.

“Our Las Vegas” staff Jon Winet and Ginger Bruner find the Vegas Road Show highly entertaining.

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April 20, 2017

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“Holly Rae Vaughn | Art al Fresco”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” Series

The photographer writes: “Holly Rae Vaughn, UNLV alumna, painting a mural on the side of Vesta Coffee Roasters. [map] It’s early in the process, so updates will ensue.”

Holly Rae Vaughn writes: “I grew up in Las Vegas, attended Las Vegas Academy where I learned how to paint and UNLV where I learned sculpture. One of my favorite pieces I’ve had the opportunity to do is “GEM.” The county commissioned artists to do sculptures in medians around the city. Mine is in front of the Windmill Library.

I’m also a florist with a small pop-up wedding company called Flora Pop and I’m always inspired by the flowers I get to use – so a lot of my painting incorporate florals. The Vesta  mural was commissioned by the owner.  He hopes it will remind people that coffee comes from a plant – our many important connections with nature.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner tracks work in progress.

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April 19, 2017

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Stakeout View of Greenspun Hall”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Greenspun Hall, located at the corner of Maryland Parkway and University Road, serves as the home for six of the college’s departments and schools. At 120,000 square feet, this massive five-story building features an auditorium, high-definition (HD) media facilities for KUNV-FM and UNLV-TV, student media laboratories and classrooms, and faculty offices.”

Text from UNLV website.

MORE:  April 6, 2017 UNLV Press Release by Aisha Bawany: “New Director Named for UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies: Kevin Stoker, a media ethics expert most recently with Texas Tech University, will join the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs July 1.”

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet recommends Wednesday’s Daily Special at the Stakeout: Lunch Size Crispy Chicken Salad $4.99 – with Garlic Toast.

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April 18, 2017

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“Stratosphere Dusk”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The Stratosphere opened on April 30, 1996. Shortly after opening, the Stratosphere Corporation was forced to file bankruptcy. This caused construction on the second tower to stop, with only a few stories partially built, and it allowed Carl Icahn to gain control through one of his companies by buying a majority of the outstanding bonds.

A major addition was completed in June 2001 for $1 billion that included finishing the 1000-room second hotel tower.

In the early 2000s, the company attempted to get approval for a roller coaster that would run from several hundred feet up the tower and, in the last proposal, across Las Vegas Boulevard. Part of that last proposal included an entry monument on the ride over Las Vegas Boulevard welcoming people to the City of Las Vegas. The Las Vegas City Council did not approve the project due to objections from the neighbors over possible noise from the enclosed cars on the proposed ride.

In January 2010, American Casino & Entertainment Properties announced a new thrill ride for the top of the tower: SkyJump, a controlled-descent, bungee jumping–like ride that will allow riders to plummet 855 feet attached to a high-speed descent wire. It opened on April 20, 2010.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner counts the Stratosphere’s Tower among her favorite Las Vegas landmarks.

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April 17, 2017

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“Big O – All Pro Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

BIG O BAIL BONDS LAS VEGASOUR APPROACH

Here at big O bail bonds in Las Vegas we know that every time someone goes to jail not only the inmate but also the family suffers as well. We like to give our clients all of their options before committing to bailing out their loved ones. We never want our clients to feel pressured into bailing someone out. We want this troublesome situation to go as smooth and easy as possible.”

Text from Company website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is attracted to bright colors.

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April 16, 2017

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“Hummingbird Habitat”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Desert Breeze Lake, Chandler, Arizona

 Hummingbird Habitat at Desert Breeze Park

“Nearly everyone enjoys watching hummingbirds – those tiny flyers with brilliant iridescent colors, incredibly fast wingbeats, and the ability to fly up, down, sideways, and backwards. In order to satisfy their energy demands, they spend their days collecting nectar from flowers and catching tiny insects, a necessary protein source.

The habitat water feature provides a cooling effect as well as a drinking and bathing source for birds. Near the center of the garden is a large, artificial iron tree with a bench around its base providing a 360 degree opportunity to bird watch in the shade.

To create the hummingbird habitat, plant materials were donated by local nurseries and the plants were installed by boy scouts, girl scouts, Intel employees, Chandler Parks Department employees, Chandler residents, and special Olympic volunteers.

The Hummingbird Habitat is part of Desert Rivers Audubon’s Bird Habitat Recognition Program  and is lovingly maintained by their volunteers. No pesticides are applied in the Hummingbird Habitat as they could impact the health of the birds but even more of a concern, they would eliminate their food sources including insects and seeds.”

Text excerpted from City of Chandler website.

The ubiquitous “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner gets out of town more than you might think.

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April 15, 2017

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“The Velveteen Rabbit”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

 Velveteen Rabbit is a craft cocktail and beer bar situated in the heart of the Arts District. Our cocktail menu changes seasonally, boasting fresh produce and house-made ingredients. We offer a range of specialty beers with a rotating selection of twelve taps, as well as 18-20 bottled beers. Our eclectic space features local art, boutique spirits, vintage furniture, and an outdoor patio area with a stage for entertainment.

Pamela and Christina Dylag are the women behind Velveteen Rabbit. Sisters who were raised in the Mojave, but they left for several years to travel and see the world; since returning to the Las Vegas desert, they have cultivated a unique libation experience for seekers of the beyond. These witchy women will elevate (and perhaps even levitate) your senses, calling upon the cosmic and mystical forces.”

“Autumn passed and Winter, and in the Spring, when the days grew warm and sunny, the Boy went out to play in the wood behind the house. And while he was playing, two rabbits crept out from the bracken and peeped at him. One of them was brown all over, but the other had strange markings under his fur, as though long ago he had been spotted, and the spots still showed through. And about his little soft nose and his round black eyes there was something familiar, so that the Boy thought to himself:

“Why, he looks just like my old Bunny that was lost when I had scarlet fever!”

But he never knew that it really was his own Bunny, come back to look at the child who had first helped him to be Real.”

Text from “The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real” by Margery Williams with Illustrations by William Nicholson

Editor’s Note – Pamela and Christina Dylan are featured on the May 16, 2016 Daily Frame – searchable on the 2016 Archive.

On especially good nights you might well find “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer  Ginger Bruner at the Velveteen Rabbit.

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April 14, 2017

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“500 S. Main”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2017

Text below from City of Las Vegas website.

Parking

The city hall parking garage is located at 500 S. Main St. Visitors will receive a ticket upon entering the garage. Please bring the ticket into City Hall as the first two hours of parking are free with validation.

Before leaving the parking garage, payment should be made by visiting one of the payment machines located on the ground floor by the elevators. Payment machines accept cash and Visa/MasterCard debit and credit cards. Once the parking fee has been paid, the ticket will be returned and will need to be used to exit the garage. Parking rates are as follows:

Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
0-10 minutes Grace period – no charge
Every 30 minutes $.75
Daily maximum $9 (6 hours at $1.50 / hr)
Lost Ticket $9
Evenings/Weekend $3 flat fee
Monthly $35

Whenever possible, “Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet always prefers to walk.

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April 13, 2017

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“Harrison Guest House”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 

Text below: excerpt  from “Segregation-era guest house in Las Vegas wins national historic status,” May 15, 2016 Las Vegas Review Journal story by Henry Brean.

“When segregation barred black entertainers like Pearl Bailey, Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Jr. from staying at the Las Vegas hotels where they performed, Genevieve Harrison offered them a safe place to rest their famous heads.

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Harrison rented rooms in her house on F Street, north of downtown, to everyone from well-known performers to everyday people just traveling through Nevada or trying to establish residency to qualify for a divorce.
On Friday [May 13], the National Park Service added Harrison’s Guest House to the National Register of Historic Places.”

Harrison Guest House

Additional Note: Daily Frame Contributor Ashanti McGee serves as president of the  Harrison House.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner covers the Valley.

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April 12, 2017

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“Jewelry and Minerals of Las Vegas”
Photograph by Alisha Kerlin
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series” (kinda sort of)

“We have been in business for 26 years now, thanks to our loyal customers, and dedicated founder. We have grown from a small 500 square foot gallery, to one of the largest suppliers in North America, and we will be more than happy to help you find any item you may need.”

Google Street View

Screen grab of January 2017  Google Street view for future archival reference.

Text from company website.

The photographer adds: “One of those beautiful Vegas things that I hope never goes away.”

Five years ago Alisha Kerlin came to Las Vegas for an 8-week Artist Residency at UNLV and never left. She is currently using most of her creative energy raising a toddler and directing the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.

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April 11, 2017

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“The Artist as Culture Producer”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
l-r: Sharon Louden, Clarity Haynes, Wendy Kveck, Andreana Donahue, Justin Favela, Alisha Kerlin
April 10, 2017
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

“Join Settlers + Nomads and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art for The Artist as Culture Producer, a lively panel discussion about the impact of visual artists on their communities. This panel marks the return to Las Vegas of the renowned Minneapolis artist Sharon Louden, who packed out Trifecta Gallery in April 2014 with an event based on her first book, “Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists” (2013). The Barrick conversation will form part of an international tour for her second book – also named “The Artist as Culture Producer” – which continues the program of artist-written essays already begun in Creative Life. This new collection challenges popular misconceptions about the artist as an isolated figure, arguing instead that artists ‘furnish measurable and innovative outcomes at the front lines of education, the non-profit sector, and corporate environments’ (Louden). Moderated by the Barrick’s Interim Director Alisha Kerlin, the panel will feature local artists Andreana Donahue, Justin Favela, and Wendy Kveck, alongside Louden and the New York painter Clarity Haynes. The audience will be invited to join in a stimulating assessment of the ideas raised by the book. A public reception and book signing will follow.

Multidisciplinary artist Andreana Donahue is co-founder and director of Disparate Minds, an interdisciplinary project which highlights and discusses the work of marginalized self-taught artists, inspired and informed by her years of experience as a practicing artist, facilitator, and dedicated disability rights advocate. Donahue directed her downtown Las Vegas gallery, Main Gallery, from 2007-09. The Las Vegas based artist will appear in the Barrick’s 2017 Summer show, Tested Ground.

A Las Vegas artist whose work has appeared in museums across the country, Justin Favela is also the gallery director and curator of Clark County Visual Art Galleries. As co-founder of the popular podcast Latinos Who Lunch, he is an experienced debater and raconteur with a serious interest in the refraction of identity politics through the lenses of pop culture and current events. Favela’s art is a celebration of his life as a Nevadan of Guatemalan/Mexican heritage.

Clarity Haynes is a feminist painter, writer and educator living in New York City. Her Breast Portrait Project is a multidisciplinary, socially engaged work that is grounded in the practice of painting from observation. She teaches drawing at Brooklyn College and painting at Trestle Gallery, and is a member of the Corpus VI art collective. She recently launched a new podcast featuring studio visits with artists, Magic Praxis.

Artist Wendy Kveck has worked in Las Vegas with the non-profit Contemporary Arts Center, with city outreach programs, and as an arts educator and advocate. She is the founder and editor of Settlers + Nomads, a curated website featuring a presentation and discussion of contemporary art between local artists and artists with ties to Las Vegas. A retrospective of her work appeared at the Barrick Museum in 2015 as part of the three-artist exhibition, Kveck, Russ & Stellmon.

Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, artist advocate, and editor of the book series “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life.” A consultant for the Joan Mitchell Foundation and senior critic for the New York Academy of Art, she is active on the boards of numerous not-for-profit art organizations. Her work appears in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Yale University, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.”

Text from Barrick website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a tireless supporter of her peers in the arts.

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April 10, 2017

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“Highway 95 Exit 77”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
April 9, 2017

ac·ci·dent
ˈaksədənt/
noun

1.
an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.
“he had an accident at the factory”
synonyms:
mishap, misadventure, unfortunate incident, mischance, misfortune, disaster, tragedy, catastrophe, calamity;

technicalcasualty
“an accident at work”

2.
an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause.
“the pregnancy was an accident”
synonyms:
(mere) chance, coincidence, twist of fate, freak;

fluke, bit of luck, serendipity;
fate, fortuity, fortune, providence, happenstance
“it is no accident that there is a similarity between them”

Text from Google Search for “accident.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner notes: “How this managed to happen is beyond me.” We add: Hopefully no one was injured. (We think we detect a driver-side airbag in the frame.

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April 9, 2017

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“The True Vine Baptist Church (detail)”
Photograph by Ashanti McGee

The photographer comments: “This is the True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, one of the many churches within the Historic Westside. I don’t have much detail about it, but it’s found on Jackson Street. Prior to the 1970s this street was the hub for black commerce during segregation. Many businesses lined the street, including churches, grocery stores, barber shops, social clubs and more.”

Google Street View
[Screen grab of March 2015  Google Street view for future archival reference.]

Ashanti McGee has lived in Las Vegas since she was 11 years old. Not long after moving here, she was introduced to Big Band and Swing music through her school jazz band. A graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, she specialized in visual arts with an emphasis in oil painting and printmaking. After 20 years, her love for Nevada has continued to grow. Favorite pastimes include hiking and “never passing up weekend road trips.” Though she doesn’t play much music or paint now, Ashanti expends most of her creative energy in arts advocacy, reading comic books, and wrangling 4 children with her husband Brent Holmes.

She is also the office manager for the Outside Las Vegas Foundation– a local nonprofit that encourages the public to explore Nevada’s great outdoors; and she serves as president of the Harrison House, a historic boarding house that welcomed black entertainers during segregation.

Additional note: this is her second contribution to The Daily Frame.

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April 8, 2017

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“AAA Indoor Organic Garden Supercenter”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Drive-by Series”

AAA Indoor Organic Garden Supercenter

“Our focus is on helping people grow their own vegetables, fruits, flowers, and favorite house plants. We are committed to selling the highest quality products available and helping people achieve their gardening goals. It’s fun and easy to grow your own veggies at home, and a lot healthier than buying produce at the market. We’ll show you what you need to get started, and help you along the way. We carry everything you’ll need to get from seed to harvest. Friendly, Knowledgeable Staff Will Assist You With All of Your Hydroponic Needs.”

Text from GrowStuff.com website.

[Screen grab of February 2017  Google Street view for future archival reference.]

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet once grew cherry tomatoes in clay pots.

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April 7, 2017

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“New York New York”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Drive-by Series”

Editor’s note: information below for when you plan your next trip to that other New York New York! Highly recommended:

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.”

Text from Museum website.

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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April 6, 2017

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“Red Rock Yoga”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré
Red Rock – The Spa 

Yoga  is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual  practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.

The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, it is mentioned in the Rigveda, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic and śramaṇa movements. The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads.The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the first half of the 1st millennium CE, but only gained prominence in the West in the 20th century. Hatha yoga texts emerged around the 11th century with origins in tantra.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.

On December 1, 2016, Yoga was listed as UNESCO’s Intangible cultural heritage.”

Text from Wikipedia.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, Daily Frame contributor Ellie Mendré is a massage therapist with interests in photography, sculpture & drawing. When not fearlessly exploring southern Nevada on her days off, she enjoys bocce, cats, antiquing & a good latte.

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April 5, 2017

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“Big Dog’s Draft House”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Not really part of the “Wednesdays Las Vegas Pets” series

“Big Dog’s takes its role as your neighborhood brewpub seriously. We are proud to be Las Vegas’ original brewing company and not only do we feature our own beers, but we also celebrate craft beers from great local and regional microbreweries on many of our 35 tap lines. Whether you love us for craft beer or for our delicious Midwestern-inspired pub food menus, Big Dog’s Draft House is your neighborhood spot to gather, tell jokes, listen to music, cheer for the Green Bay Packers, raise a pint, and celebrate important milestones.

Text from company website.

4543 N Rancho Dr, Las Vegas

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner loves animals – and the occasional Big Dog’s Black Lab Stout.

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April 4, 2017

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“Hard Rock Dolly”
Photograph by Alisha Kerlin

“The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada, is an entertainment resort owned and operated by Brookfield Asset Management  and Warner Gaming, LLC. The property is on the corner of Harmon and Paradise Road.

Features of the property include the hotel tower, a 30,000-square-foot casino, Tahitian-style beach and swimming pool, a nightclub, six restaurants, three cocktail lounges, several retail stores, a spa, a poker room, and “The Joint”, a music venue. Hard Rock earns only about 30% of its revenue from gaming.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

Five years ago Alisha Kerlin came to Las Vegas for an 8-week Artist Residency at UNLV and never left. She is currently using most of her creative energy raising a toddler and directing the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.

This is her second contribution to The Daily Frame.

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April 3, 2017

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“Back to Back Home and Away: Acme Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

Editor’s Note: for the second day running we’re featuring Bail Bonds establishments. Visit the 2017 Archive to view yesterday’s.

Acme Bail Bonds
911 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101]

“At ACME Bail Bonds we understand how bad things can happen to good people. So whether you a $1,000 or $100,000 bond we will exhaust ourselves to try and put the bond together for a reasonable fee. Yes it’s true.”

Text from company website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet enjoys a good walk downtown.

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April 2, 2017

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“Breakout Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Offsite companion to the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

Breakout Bail Bonds
303 Metcalfe Rd, Kingman, AZ 86401

“Open 24/7 and 365 days a year, our company offers respect, trust, and a commitment to exceeding the expectations of our customers. We are experienced and trustworthy, offering fast jail to bail release.

If you are interested in acquiring our bail bonds services or if you would like to learn more about what we can do for you, go ahead and contact us at Breakout Bail Bonds today for more information.”

Text from company website.

Editor’s note: the photographer adds: “Last time I came through Kingman, this was an art gallery.” We checked. She’s right. See the December 24, 2015 Daily Frame in the Archive.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner travelled on I-40 last week. Twice.

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April 1, 2017

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“Spa Bellagio Hallway”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“The two-story Spa & Salon Bellagio offers guests 65,000 square feet of luxury and pampering.

The spa, located on the second floor, features a Zen-influenced design that blends granite, travertine and jade surfaces with water walls and hand-blown glass decor.
There are several tranquil lounge areas, juice bars and an open balcony overlooking the beautiful Bellagio conservatory.

Separate men’s and women’s spa areas provide large locker rooms, private dressing areas, vanity areas, hot tubs, cold plunge pools, dry saunas, spray-on tan areas and steam rooms. The women’s spa also has two vichy showers and two hydrotherapy rooms for treatments such as mineral and mud baths.

The Spa Bellagio offers 56 treatment rooms, including four couples rooms, in which to receive a variety of distinct services such as facials, body scrubs, wraps, peels and massages.

All the traditional massages are available as well as specialty treatments such as the Bellagio’s signature, the Bellagio Stone Massage. During the massage, compresses of chamomile tea bags and chilled aquamarine gemstones are used to massage the face, soothe the eyes and reduce puffiness.

Another unique massage is the Watsu, which is performed in a special room. Watsu is an aquatic massage combining stretches of Zen Shiatsu and the element of floating in warm water.

One of the most popular massages at Bellagio is the Ashiatsu, an ancient form of body work using deep compression. It is performed on a massage table by a barefoot therapist who holds on to bars attached to the ceiling.”

Text excerpted from vegas.com website

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

Editor’s note: Today is Sallie’s birthday. We know she loves her job but hope she has the day off to celebrate. Many happy returns!

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March 31, 2017

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“Postcard to the Future: The Wind on March 30, 2017 – Newport Lofts View”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis
March 30, 2017

KLAS Channel 8 March 30 Report by Caroline Bleakley:
“Strong wind gusts wreak havoc in Las Vegas valley”

Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.<

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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March 30, 2017

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“Hoover and Casino Center”
Photograph by Lisa Stamanis

The photographer writes: “Looking towards southwest Las Vegas…view from Newport Lofts of streetlight-illuminated palm trees at the corner of Hoover Avenue and Casino Center Blvd. The lighting of the trees like a quiet, calm yet creepy David Lynch movie set. The Arts Factory and site of First Fridays just beyond…”

Lisa Stamanis served as Cultural Programming Urban Arts | Special Projects staff for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs for over twenty-five years.

Her vital role in the development of arts and culture can be felt and seen across the Radiant City.

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March 29, 2017

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“The Bear and Uncle Smigel”
Photograph by Ashanti McGee
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series” (? – well, kinda)

Las Vegas Weekly October 22, 2014 story “Cat, Deconstructed: Everything to Know about Jesse Smile’s Oversized Feline”  by Kristen Peterson reprinted in its entirety below.

“NOW that Jesse Smigel’s public sculpture of a 10-foot-tall cat head, titled Snowball in Vegas, has been mounted at the corner of First Street and Coolidge Avenue, we thought we’d explain its intricacies.

Happy, laughing eyelids A sign that the cat is feeling a form of ecstasy from the love it is sharing.

Ears or curvilinear design? The similarity between the cat ears and La Concha’s roofline is so striking we should be happy they’re several blocks away from one another. Just don’t paint the bottom of La Concha’s swooping shell configurations a dusty shade of pink and we’ll be fine.

Breed Domestic shorthair with a hint of a ruff around the neck.

Wavering verisimilitude Smigel has a fondness for cartooning objects, inanimate or not. You might recall his giant garden gnomes, displayed in the Arts District’s Boulder Plaza Sculpture Park in May 2012. The temporary installation, also designed as a Downtown photo op, reflects Smigel’s love of lawn ornaments.

Innards One-hundred-percent carved Styrofoam—’The poor man’s marble,’ Smigel says—finished with hard coat (Rhino truck liner).

La Douche “Snowball” was conceptualized by the artist to be a public photo op. Stand before the tongue and pose as if the cat is licking your back, head or whatever. At this moment, you are its kin.

Symbolism Commissioned by the City of Las Vegas’ Arts Commission, ‘Snowball’ stands as the inaugural sculpture for the city’s First Street Art Trail, which will someday connect the Arts District to Fremont Street.”

Ashanti McGee has lived in Las Vegas since she was 11 years old. Not long after moving here, she was introduced to Big Band and Swing music through her school jazz band. A graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, she specialized in visual arts with an emphasis in oil painting and printmaking. After 20 years, her love for Nevada has continued to grow. Favorite pastimes include hiking and “never passing up weekend road trips.” Though she doesn’t play much music or paint now, Ashanti expends most of her creative energy in arts advocacy, reading comic books, and wrangling 4 children with her husband Brent Holmes.

She is also the office manager for the Outside Las Vegas Foundation– a local nonprofit that encourages the public to explore Nevada’s great outdoors; and she serves as president of the Harrison House, a historic boarding house that welcomed black entertainers during segregation.

Additional note: this is her first of what we hope will be many contributions to The Daily Frame.

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March 28, 2017

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“The Monorail”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

Text excerpted from Monorail website.

“One of the Most Advanced Urban Transportation Systems in the World”

The Monorail was originally envisioned as a joint venture between MGM Grand and Bally’s Hotel, with the idea to create a one-mile transportation system linking the hotels. This exciting and forward-thinking idea took flight in 1993 and soon included plans to expand to other locations along the Strip. In 1997, the State of Nevada passed legislation that enabled a private company to own, operate and charge a fare as a public Monorail system.

Expansion plans evolved and a professional team, including Nevada-based Liaise Corporation, Bombardier Transportation, Granite Construction Company, Gensler & Associates, Carter-Burgess and Solomon Smith Barney, was assembled to develop the Monorail system.

In 2000, the nonprofit Las Vegas Monorail Company (LVMC) was formed and it acquired the original Monorail system. It is governed by its board of directors, appointed by the governor of Nevada, and led by President and CEO Curtis L. Myles III. Myles oversees the management of the system and company. The system officially opened on July 15, 2004.

The Las Vegas Monorail Company runs the only privately owned public transportation system in the United States. The Monorail utilizes no public funds to operate the system. In 2016, the Las Vegas Monorail aided in the annual removal of an estimated 2.2 million vehicle miles from Southern Nevada’s major roadways, reducing emissions by more than 28.73 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) over the course of the year.

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, Daily Frame contributor Ellie Mendré is a massage therapist with interests in photography, sculpture & drawing. When not fearlessly exploring southern Nevada on her days off, she enjoys bocce, cats, antiquing & a good latte.

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March 27, 2017

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“Fashion Show Mall”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Drive-by Series”
March 2017

The Fashion Show Mall opened on February 14, 1981, anchored by Diamond’sBullock’sGoldwaters Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Diamond’s was converted to a Dillard’s store in 1986, Goldwaters became a May Company in 1989 and then a Robinsons-May in 1993, while Bullock’s was converted to Macy’s in 1996.

In 2003, a major expansion of the mall was completed. 200,000 square feet of retail space was built, extending out of the backside of the mall between Robinsons-May and Macy’s. Dillard’s and Saks Fifth Avenue moved to new, larger locations in this new wing, alongside a Bloomingdale’s Home store and Nordstrom. Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, and Robinsons-May expanded their stores; and the former Saks Fifth Avenue was razed and replaced by several restaurants, a food court, and a strip-facing plaza called ‘The Cloud’.

Fashion Show Mall is owned by General Growth Properties Inc.”

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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March 26, 2017

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“Wrong Way”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by Series”

Arizona is the 48th state and last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union, achieving statehood on February 14, 1912. Historically part of the territory of Alta California in New Spain, it became part of independent Mexico in 1821. After being defeated in the Mexican–American War, Mexico ceded much of this territory to the United States in 1848. The southernmost portion of the state was acquired in 1853 through the Gadsden Purchase.

Arizona is one of the Four Corners states. It has borders with New MexicoUtahNevadaCalifornia, and Mexico, and one point in common with the southwestern corner of Colorado. Arizona’s border with Mexico is 389 miles (626 km) long, on the northern border of the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California.

Text excerpted from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is currently on a field trip to Arizona. We plan to share more pictures on her return.

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March 25, 2017

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“Las Vegas Bearpoppy”
Photograph by Jeff Fulmer

As noted on the Las Vegas Arts Commission website, “Las Vegas Bearpoppy” consists of three hand cut metal silhouettes that greet visitors at the front entrance of the Centennial Hills Community Center, located in northwest Las Vegas. The sculpture “speaks of the impact and consequences of development on the desert environment.”

Completed as one of the first percentage for the arts projects through the City of Las Vegas, it was dedicated by Mayor Oscar Goodman and the Las Vegas Art Commission in April 2008.

Jeff Fulmer is an artist, educator and arts administrator at the College of Southern Nevada . He earned his MFA degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and his BA degree from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Jeff coordinates all CSN art gallery activities

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March 24, 2017

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“Emergency (Arts) On East Fremont Street”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Editor’s Note: Follow-up to yesterday’s Daily Frame featuring Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, both in the 2017 Archive. Jerry Misko and his Fremont Street Construction Wall mural were featured on the December 8 and 9 Daily Frames – viewable in the 2016 Archive.

“The Roman emperor Augustus is credited with instituting a corps of fire-fighting vigiles (“watchmen”) in 24 BC. Regulations for checking and preventing fires were developed. In the preindustrial era most cities had watchmen who sounded an alarm at signs of fire. The principal piece of fire-fighting equipment in ancient Rome and into early modern times was the bucket, passed from hand to hand to deliver water to the fire.

Another important fire-fighting tool was the ax, used to remove the fuel and prevent the spread of fire as well as to make openings that would allow heat and smoke to escape a burning building. In major conflagrations long hooks with ropes were used to pull down buildings in the path of an approaching fire to create firebreaks. When explosives were available, they would be used for this same purpose.

Following the Great Fire of London in 1666, fire brigades were formed by insurance companies. The government was not involved until 1865, when these brigades became London’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade. The first modern standards for the operation of a fire department were not established until 1830, in Edinburgh, Scotland. These standards explained, for the first time, what was expected of a good fire department. After a major fire in Boston in 1631, the first fire regulation in America was established. In 1648 in New Amsterdam (now New York) fire wardens were appointed, thereby establishing the beginnings of the first public fire department in North America.”

Text from Emergency Dispatch website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is often virtually, although to the best of our knowledge, never literally on fire.

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March 23, 2017

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“LVFD”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is an I.S.O. Class One fire department and an accredited agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. The department provides all fire suppression, prevention and education programs in the city as well as paramedic emergency medical services to the residents and visitors of the Las Vegas community. The department also has a Bomb Squad, Hazardous Materials Team and Technical Rescue Team that provides services for the city and the rest of Clark County. The Fire Alarm Office / Fire & Medical 9-1-1 Center is also located at Las Vegas Fire & Rescue headquarters. Call 702-229-0331 to schedule a tour of fire stations and a speaker or coordinate fire truck visits.

Text from Department website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a Police and Fire & Rescue scanner.

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March 22, 2017

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“Ruby Dee Bakes Cookies”
Photograph by Alisha Kerlin
From the “Wednesdays Las Vegas Pets” series

The photographer writes: “Ruby is the wonderful Suzy Newbury’s amazing friend.”

UNLV Art History professor Susanna Newbury adds: “Ruby Dee is a five-year-old Australian cattle dog mix who hails from the streets of Las Vegas. Her interests include chasing balls, being petted by children, and rummaging through the trash at home. She is named after the great actress and activist Ruby Dee, who died the month before her namesake was adopted.”

Curator Sam McMackin comments:  “This is perfect; the light; the apron; the homemaking.”

Five years ago Alisha Kerlin came to Las Vegas for an 8-week Artist Residency at UNLV and never left. She is currently using most of her creative energy raising a toddler and directing the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.

This is her first contribution to The Daily Frame.

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March 21, 2017

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“Judge Lloyd D. George”
Lloyd D. George U.S. Federal Courthouse

Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Judge Lloyd D. George was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Nevada by President Ronald Reagan in May 1984. He served as Chief United States District Judge from 1992 to 1997, and assumed senior status in December 1997.

Judge George was a pilot in the United States Air Force. He received his bachelor of science degree in 1955 from Brigham Young University, and his J.D. degree in 1961 from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall). Upon graduating, he returned to Las Vegas where he built a successful private practice.

In 1974, Judge George was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada. During his ten years of service as a bankruptcy judge, he served on and was instrumental in the creation of bankruptcy appellate panels which permit panels of three bankruptcy judges to hear appeals directly from bankruptcy courts.

In 1996, Judge George was selected to represent the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the national policy-making and management body of the federal judiciary. That year, Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed him to the Conference’s Executive Committee. Prior to his appointment to the Judicial Conference, he served for a number of years on three Judicial Conference committees and was the chair of two.

Judge George has distinguished himself as an expert in the organization of the judiciary. While serving on the International Judicial Relations Committee from 1993 to 1997, he and other judicial colleagues from various countries participated in numerous seminars and lectured on constitutional issues and court structure in Eastern Europe and the nations of the former Soviet Union. In 1996, he chaired a committee that worked to update the long-range national plan for the judiciary. He has also been a board member of the Federal Judicial Center (the education and research arm of the federal judiciary) where he served for four years with Chief Justice Warren Burger.

He has authored articles on the administration of the federal judiciary, ethics and insolvency. He has won many awards, including the Brigham Young University Alumni Distinguished Service Award, the Notre Dame Club’s John C. Mowbray Humanitarian of the Year Award, and the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award.

At the commencement at BYU in 2001, Judge George was the recipient of the Presidential Citation. In 2005, he received the Jensen Public Service Award from Boalt Hall, University of California.”

Text from United States District Court website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner performed as Killian’s Angels‘ Tubaist | Bassist in  at a 2017 Saint Patrick’s Day concert at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Federal Courthouse.

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March 20, 2017

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“Fremont Hotel & Casino – 3rd & Ogden View” Photograph by Jon Winet

John C. Frémont, in full John Charles Frémont (born January 21, 1813, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.—died July 13, 1890, New York, New York), American military officer and an early explorer and mapmaker of the American West, who was one of the principal figures in opening up that region to settlement and was instrumental in the U.S. conquest and development of California. He was also a politician who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. presidency in 1856 as the first candidate of the newly formed Republican Party.”

Text from Britannica.com.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet was once a visiting artist in residence at Fremont Elementary School in Carson City.

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March 19, 2016

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“Hover Dam at Dusk”
Photograph by Jon Winet
December 18, 2017

“I do not believe one year of good hydrology is enough to stop us from seeking to conserve water in the lake,” Arizona DWR Director Tom Buschatzke said, referring to Lake Mead, a reservoir of Colorado River water.

He and and other officials said this weather doesn’t substitute for a long-term policy during a 17-year drought, the longest in the historical record dating to 1906.”

— From March 18, 2017  Arizona  Daily Star story “Big snowstorms put Colorado River drought plan on ice” by Tony Davis.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet drove 746 miles from Tucumcari, New Mexico to Las Vegas on December 18, 2017.

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March 18, 2017

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“Tilting the Basin”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
March 17, 2017 Exhibition Opening

Las Vegas Weekly January 18, 2017 story by Geoff Carter reprinted below in its entirety. 

FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ‘TILTING THE BASIN’

1. Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada is coming. This group art show, featuring the works of more than 30 artists from across Northern and Southern Nevada, lands in Las Vegas on March 17, following a wildly successful summer 2016 run at Reno’s Nevada Museum of Art. It will show here through May 14, in a refurbished Arts District warehouse space at 920 S. Commerce Street.

2. It’s kind of a big deal. As a museum-quality showcase of Nevada contemporary art, Tilting is largely unprecedented. Something on this scale was first attempted in 2007, when prominent art critic and former local Dave Hickey curated Las Vegas Diaspora at the now-closed Las Vegas Art Museum—but that show featured mostly Vegas-based artists who had studied with Hickey at UNLV. “This is the first time there has been a concentrated effort to really be inclusive of the Northern and Southern communities,” says Amanda Horn, Nevada Museum of Art’s director of communications. “[It’s] a true survey of work, across a vast divide.”

3. You know the players. Tilting’s roster of artists is packed with recognizable names. Six of those artists—locals Justin Favela, David Ryan, Brent Sommerhauser and Rachel Stiff, and Northern Nevada’s Galen Brown and Katie Lewis—are prominently featured, while others are represented with a few works apiece. Other Vegas-area artists in the show include JW Caldwell, Sush Machida Gaikotsu and Wendy Kveck. Rebekah Bogard, Joseph DeLappe, Jen Graham and many more represent Reno/Carson.

4. The North/South thing happens behind the scenes, too. Nevada Museum of Art’s curatorial director, JoAnne Northrup, created the show in partnership with Michele C. Quinn, owner of MCQ Fine Art Advisory and an executive committee member of the future Art Museum at Symphony Park. Together, the two visited more than 50 studios statewide, looking for Tilting’s chosen.

5. The show is a test balloon. Tilting’s temporary space, provided by developer Steven Molasky, isn’t far from where we’ll soon see an art museum spring up in Symphony Park. Horn says organizers are hopeful that the stand-alone space “will provoke dialogue in the community about what it could mean to have an art museum” in the heart of the city, while “paying homage to the movement that’s been happening in the arts scene in the Downtown corridor.”

MORE: Las Vegas Review Journal March 16, 2017 story by Carol Cling: “Las Vegas warehouse becomes pop-up museum for artists showcase”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner was in attendance.

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March 17, 2017

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“McMullan’s Irish Nachos”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner 
March 17, 2016 | McMullan’s Irish Pub

“With these corned beef and cabbage Irish nachos, you get all the comfort food goodness in an easy-to-drunk-eat package. Recipe for green beer not included, but, like, I think it’s just green and beer.”

Here’s What You’ll Need:
Corned beef brisket
Beer
Onions
Potatoes
Cabbage
Jack cheese
Russian dressing
Scallions
Salt
Sugar
White vinegar

See the full story and recipe by Josh Scherer published on March 13, 2017 on the Maxim website. Note: this is not the actual McMullan’s recipe.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit!

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has yet to shave her head on St. Baldrick’s Day.

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March 16, 2017

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“Sarah O’Connell”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner and Jon Winet
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series
March 10, 2017 | McKinley Park Cultural Center, Reno, Nevada.

Sarah O’Connell is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she served as the Associate Artistic Director of Impact Theatre, Sarah holds a Master of Drama degree in Directing from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). In addition to teaching at the College of Southern Nevada, she serves as Artistic DIrector of The Asylum Theatre in Las Vegas, and is co-owner of Axislights Inc, a production lighting services company. She is a Member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) and an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).”

Text from artist’s website.

Additional note from the editor: Upon learning when we met Sarah at a National Endowment for the Arts Roundtable, that she is a fan of classic film, we recommended a pair of vintage short comedies to her.

The Music Box – Laurel & Hardy

That Fatal Glass of Beer – W.C. Fields

Ginger Bruner and  Jon Winet teamed up in 2011 to create “Our Las Vegas..

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March 15, 2017

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“It’s Crunch Time”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 10, 2017

Adjacent to Roberto’s Tacos on Harmon – and just north of the UNLV Art Dep’t. Graduate Program studios, the Crunch Donut Factory has a decidedly Willy Wonka-informed aesthetic.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet eschews donuts but enjoys wacky interior design .

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March 14, 2017

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“8-Ball Bail Bonds”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2017
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

“Since 2009 8-ball Bail Bonds of Las Vegas has offered professional, honest customer service tailored to the needs of each individual client. At 8-Ball Bail Bonds we understand that an arrest can result in great stress and inconvenience to friends and family and this is why at 8-Ball we are committed to taking the extra steps to assist and guide you through the entire bail process.”

Text from company website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is an exceedingly mediocre pool player.

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March 13, 2017

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“Chris Bauder”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Chris Bauder was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1978. Pursuing an athletic career, he moved to a small town in the Mojave Desert for two years after high school, ‘…somewhere outside of Barstow.’ It was the only time that Bauder spent living outside the state of Nevada.

Receiving an AA degree in 1998 from the desert, Bauder transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall of that year. With the conclusion of athletics he peddled around academia for several years.

Developing relationships around art, Bauder soon found a home in the UNR Art Department under the guidance of northern Nevada professors and the flourishing Reno art scene. In the pursuit of his creative process, Bauder was encouraged to focus on sculpture and ceramics more thoroughly. For the next several years he remained devoted to studio art completing a BFA degree in 2004. BFA in hand, Bauder returned to Las Vegas concluding his fine arts education at UNLV receiving a MFA degree in 2008 with an emphasis in sculpture.

Bauder’s work has been shown throughout the Western United States and he was selected as a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship recipient for 2013. Bauder continues to live in Las Vegas and teaches at the College of Southern Nevada.”

Text from artist’s website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner knows a substantial number of very interesting and photogenic people.

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March 12, 2017

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“North of Tonopah”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 11, 2017
From the “Drive-by Series”

U.S. Route 95 (US 95) is a major U.S. highway traversing the U.S. state of Nevada from north to south directly through Las Vegas and providing connections to both Carson City (via US 50) and Reno (via Interstate 80).

When the original plan for the U.S. highway system was adopted by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) in 1926, US 95 was one of the routes created.

When US 95 was extended through the Las Vegas Valley around 1940, it used the existing roadways traversed by State Route 5. Crossing the valley from the southeast, the U.S. highway traveled along Boulder Highway (now SR 582) through Henderson and the town of Whitney. Reaching the city limits of Las Vegas, the road changed names to Fremont Street as it headed into downtown.

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is now even more intimately acquainted with the road between Las Vegas and Reno.

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March 11, 2017

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“Reno (El Dorado and the Silver Legacy)”
Photograph by Jon Winet
March 10, 2017

Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is located in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles from Lake Tahoe. Known as ‘The Biggest Little City in the World,’ Reno is famous for its casinos and as the birthplace of Caesars Entertainment Corporation. It is the county seat of Washoe County, located in the northwestern part of the state. The city sits in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area (along with Sparks) occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows.

Reno is the most populous Nevada city outside of the Las Vegas–Paradise, NV MSA, with an estimated population of 233,294 in 2013, and is the third most populous city in the state after Las Vegas and Henderson.”

Text from Wikipedia.

While working for the Nevada Arts Council “Our Las Vegas” director  Jon Winet lived downtown on Island Avenue.

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March 10, 2017

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“Jim & Susan”
Photograph by Jon Winet
Nevada Arts Council 50th Anniversary Event
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno.
March 9, 2017

Text below adapted from UNR and NAC websites.

Founding Nevada Arts Council Board Member Jim McCormick was born in Chicago and attended the University of Tulsa where he received a BA and an MA degree in art. He joined the art faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno in 1960. He offered instruction in a variety of disciplines including printmaking, drawing and papermaking prior to his retirement in 1992.

In 1989, McCormick was honored with the University of Nevada, Reno Distinguished Teacher Award and in 1998 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award. The Nevada Governor’s Art Award was bestowed on him in 1990. Prints and drawings by McCormack have been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, including the Stremmel Gallery in Reno. His works hang in a number of private and corporate collections including U.S. Bank, Comstock Bank and Renown Medical Center. He has illustrated a number of books and co-authored Brushwork Diary published by the University of Nevada Press and An Elegant Line: The Art of the Sheppard Family, published by the Nevada Museum of Art.

Beginning in 1990, McCormick directed the Nevada Art Research Project at the Nevada Historical Society, a program that documented Nevada-related artists from the mid-19th century to the present.

Nevada Arts Council Executive Director Susan Boskoff will retire on March 31, 2017, after 24 years of service to the State of Nevada.

During her tenure with the agency, Boskoff increased the agency’s capacity to attract artists, increase the diversity of arts forms created by statewide artists, and strengthen communities through advancing lifelong learning, promoting public/private partnerships, and growing economic diversification at the local level.

“It has been an honor and privilege to be part of the Nevada Arts Council’s (NAC) extraordinary journey for nearly half of its existence, said Susan Boskoff. “I’ve been fortunate to work on behalf of all Nevadans with dedicated staff and board members, and in collaboration with so many undeniably creative and resilient artists, arts organizations and communities across the state. With ongoing support from both the Executive and Legislative leadership, and our department directors, we have an abundance of accomplishments to celebrate as the agency turns 50 in 2017.”

Under Boskoff’s leadership, a majority of the Arts Council’s core programs were launched, including Poetry Out Loud, Nevada Touring Initiative, Nevada Circuit Riders, Office Exhibition Series, Nevada Heritage Award, and an annual conference, presently called Arts @ the Heart. Boskoff established the Las Vegas office, guided the redesign of the grants program to better serve constituents, and initiated biannual Arts Town Meetings to explore the state of the arts in Nevada’s metropolitan centers and rural towns. She represented Nevada as a trustee on regional and national boards, including the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Western Arts Alliance, Western States Arts Federation; and on panels and at conferences for the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts and other arts and cultural agencies. She is currently working with the Nevada Department of Veterans Services and the Sub-Committee on Veterans Memorial Affairs on the Battleborn Memorial to Nevada’s Fallen Warriors Project for the state capitol grounds, and the NAC’s 50th Anniversary Awards Reception and Ceremony to recognize the three public entities that established Nevada’s state arts agency in 1967.

“Words cannot express our gratitude to Susan for her dedication to the Arts Council, our constituents and to the state of Nevada,” Julia Arger, chair of the Nevada Arts Council board, said. “Guiding the agency with wisdom, passion, and an understanding of the ever-changing needs of our field, for many her name is synonymous with the Nevada Arts Council.”

“Our Las Vegas” adds its heartfelt appreciation to Jim and Susan for their lasting contributions to the vitality of arts in Nevada.

Jon Winet served as an artist in the Nevada Arts Council’s Artists in Residence Program in the 1980s.

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March 9, 2017

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“Solera at Anthem at Nightfall”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“Nestled in the tranquil beauty of the master planned community of Anthem, the down-to-earth nature and genuine hospitality of Solera at Anthem awaits your discovery. Intimate in scale, yet grand in spirit, a warm sense of community makes you feel instantly at home in true Del Webb fashion.

The attractive year round climate invites you to indulge your sense of fun and adventure. Here, every day feels like a vacation in this stunning resort-oriented lifestyle environment. Making new friends and meeting new neighbors is easy in the sociable, small town setting. Residents share hobbies and interests, and enjoy the assurance of living with others who embrace their values, sense of independence, and zest for life.

The home town spirit is enhanced by Solera at Anthem’s spectacular Clubhouse which provides a refreshing covered pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis, and bocce. Games, hobbies and social clubs are defined by your personal interests. At the highly respected Revere Golf Course nearby, you can choose to play a round with friends or simply enjoy a relaxing lunch at the grill. Whatever your pleasure, you define your day.”

Text from Solera website.

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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March 8, 2017

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“Lady Grace & Jana”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”

Gallery Director Jana Lynch comments: “That’s Lady Grace with me. Raised with Sissi Grace (featured on the January 18, 2017 Daily Frame – available on the Archive) from age 8 weeks old right on the Red Room floor. It’s their home. They literally think you are coming to see them when you visit Jana’s Red Room. They are great little salespersons.”

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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March 7, 2017

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“Erin Stellmon at the Lightning Field”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series – (Alumni Division)
September 2104

Erin Stellmon is originally from Portland, OR and currently lives in Baltimore, MD via New York, NY and Las Vegas, NV. Her mixed media collages, installations and drawings explore ideas of home, luck and memory. She is interested in architecture, signage, history, arm wrestling, pinball and Little House on the Prairie.”

She writes: ”I recently moved from Las Vegas where The Strip’s horizon is a literal collage of architectural styles and influences while its history can be erased on the whim of a millionaire. My collages and mixed media installations reflect these constructions within that landscape and their influence on the people who live and work there.”

Text from the artist’s website.

MORE: The Lightning Field/

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner may soon be embarking on a road trip north of Clark County.

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March 6, 2017
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“Sweet Ride”
Photograph by Kristen Peterson

Kristen notes: “Las Vegas suburbs. Nothing like coming across a sweet ride by a female Elvis impersonator minister.”

Journalist | Cultural Critic | Writer Kristen Peterson “likes to document life and landscapes in and around Las Vegas.”

The “Our Las Vegas” Team adds: Kristen is an essential piece in the Valley’s cultural puzzle.

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March 5, 2017

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“Mint 4oo Fremont Street East Processional”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 1, 2017

“380 race vehicles, thousands of crew members and even more fans lined the streets of Fremont today for the Odyssey Battery Mint 400 Tech & Contingency. ‘We take Fremont Street over’ is one of the mottos of The Mint 400 and today showed that.”

Text from Race website.

Photographically speaking, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner goes off road – frequently.

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March 4, 2017

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“Pia’s Place”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
March 3, 2017

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer writes: “Pia Zadora, with guest Sonny Charles (of the Checkmates) and the Joe Lano Trio, performing at “Pia’s Place” Friday night at Piero’s Italian Cuisine. Pia’s Place happens every Friday and Saturday. It’s very old-school Vegas, and you never know who will show up.”

Note the Warhol on the wall to Pia’s left. Yes, it’s Pia.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is very Old School Vegas – in a very contemporary way.

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March 3, 2017

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“Winchester Park & Cultural Center”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Winchester Cultural Center is the heart of performing and visual arts for Clark County Parks and Recreation. Along with diverse youth and adult programming in dance, theater, fitness, skateboarding and visual arts, the center offers a park, desert demonstration garden, skate park, theater and art gallery. The gallery hosts ongoing exhibitions to highlight the talents of local artists while Clark County’s only indoor theater (274 seats) is home to an assortment of music, dance and theatrical performances. Artists, from nationally known musicians, vocalists and dancers to homegrown, youth-centered drama and dance troupes, have graced the Winchester Theater stage.”

Text from Center website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet loves public spaces.

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March 2, 2017

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“Downtown Spaces”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“First we started with a stunning 1950’s architecturally sound building. Next we remodeled it to it’s original glory with modern flare, amenities and hardwood floors throughout. Finally, we sprinkled with a number of photography studios, architectural firms, artist lofts, and all around creative spaces, before mixing them all up in Las Vegas’ most central location…”

Text from Downtown Spaces website.

Google street view.

[Screen grab of June 2016  Google Street view for future archival reference.]

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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March 1, 2017

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“Glenn Heather Bunnies”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner¿
From the “Wednesdays Las Vegas Pets” series?

Ginger notes: “Apparently they’re taking over The Rancho and Oakey area.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a friend to animals large and small.

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February 28, 2017

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“Ginger and Brian Juggle”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Las Vegas Creatives”Series

Get bent for Lent! It’s Mardi Gras so bring on the talent!

Brian Erle is a musician juggler and a puppeteer who spent fourteen years at the Excalibur. He and fellow artist Ginger Bruner recently performed at a burlesque/variety fundraiser at Artifice and in the past few days a Saturday Mardi Gras parade | pub crawl that traveled from ReBAR around downtown and back again.

Bonus – Watch the endless video!

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is looking for the perfect marching strap for her tuba.

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February 27, 2017

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“View west from the Stakeout, University Crest”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Ahhh the Stake Out. One of UNLV’s dive bars. Like all the other dive bars, this has personality. However, it also has really good food.

Stake Out is a Buffalo Bills bar, so naturally, a wave of depression and crushed dreams hit you as you walk in the door. Don’t let that deter you. There is good to be had. They had specials every day of the week. The best being Taco Tuesday, where two tacos are dirt cheap and they are loaded with ground beef. Tacos not your thing? Arguably the best thing on the menu is the crispy chicken sandwich. It used to be only available on Wednesday, but due to popular demand, it’s an everyday thing.”

Excerpt from four star Yelp review by Mark V.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a regular at the Stakeout. She recommends the Chicken Fried Steak Thursday Special.

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February 26, 2017

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“Red Rock Canyon”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“The great sandstone cliffs at Red Rock, thousands of feet high, are made up of the Aztec Sandstone. This formation, about 180 – 190 million years old, is comprised of lithified sand dunes that formed in a vast desert that covered a large part of the southwestern United States during the Jurassic time. Lithification is the process of changing unconsolidated sediment into sedimentary rock. Massive cross-bedding, typical of aeolian (wind) deposits, is a result of the shifting wind direction across the Jurassic dune field, and is seen in the Aztec Sandstone rock outcrops.

The red color of some of the outcrops of the Aztec Sandstone is due to presence of iron oxide or hematite. Exposure to the elements caused iron minerals to oxidize or “rust,” resulting in red, orange, and brown-colored rocks. Areas where the rock is buff in color may be places where the iron has been leached out by subsurface water, or where the iron oxide was never deposited.”

Text from Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association website.

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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February 25, 2017

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“McCarran on Arrival”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 2017

“The McCarran International Airport People Movers are three separate automatic people mover systems operating at McCarran International Airport near Las Vegas, Nevada. The people mover system consists of three separate lines: the Green Line connecting the Main Terminal to the C Gate Concourse, the Blue Line connecting the Main Terminal to the D Gate Concourse, and the Red Line connecting the D Gates Concourse to Terminal 3.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet calls shotgun.

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February 24, 2017

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“El Cortez Casino Carpet”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Hotel & Casino Floor Plans” Series.

Our intrepid and indomitable chronicler of Las Vegas reports: “El Cortez is moving stuff around, as you can see by the virginal section on the left. Unretouched.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner gets the El Cortez.

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February 23, 2017

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“Diana Ross at the Venetian”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
February 22, 2017

Diane Ernestine Earle Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, she rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes, which, during the 1960s, became Motown’s most successful act and is to this day America’s most successful vocal group as well as one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. As part of the Supremes, her success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul acts to find mainstream success. The group released a record-setting, twelve number-one hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 including the hits Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Come See About Me, Stop! In the Name of Love, You Can’t Hurry Love, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Love Child, and Someday We’ll Be Together.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Linked Las Vegas Review Journal stories:
February 5, 2017
“The diva is back: Diana Ross says, ‘Working in Las Vegas is a very special and unique gift’” by Robin Leach.

February 13, 2017
“Two classics at The Venetian to behold: Diana Ross and Mercato della Pescheria”
By Don Chareunsy.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is on the A List.

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February 22, 2017

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“Karl in the Sun”
Photograph by Kristen Peterson
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”

According to reliable sources,  Terrier | Cockerspaniel | Shih Tzu Karl is “the most amazing dog. Conniving, michievious and hilarious! He’s always looking for trouble. He’s very smart. He will demand that you love him. There’s no way around him.”

Karl’s co-guardian is Rain Barlow.

Journalist | Cultural Critic | Writer Kristen Peterson “likes to document life and landscapes in and around Las Vegas.” She is the co-guardian of Karl The Dog.

The “Our Las Vegas” Team adds: Kristen is an essential piece in the Valley’s cultural puzzle. This is her third contribution to The Daily Frame.

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February 21, 2017

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“Desert Manor (view from the south)”
Photograph by Jon Winet
629 Main Street, Las Vegas

Second of two views of Desert Manor. As noted yesterday: to date there are no reviews on Yelp for Desert Manor.

“Our Las Vegas” and The Daily Frame welcome comments from people acquainted with the property. Email us at ourlasvegas at gmail.

Google street view.

[Screen grab of May 2016 Google Street view for future archival reference.]

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has long wondered about the Desert Manor.

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February 20, 2017

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“Desert Manor”
Photograph by Jon Winet
629 Main Street, Las Vegas

To date there are no reviews on Yelp for Desert Manor.

“Our Las Vegas” and The Daily Frame welcome comments from people acquainted with the property. Email us at ourlasvegas at gmail.

Google street view.

[Screen grab of May 2016 Google Street view for future archival reference.]

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet has long wondered about the Desert Manor.

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February 19, 2017

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“Just after the rain.”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Valley received nearly an inch of rain in some areas. A flood advisory was extended until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.”

From “Wet weather soaks the Las Vegas Valley” story by Katie Boer.

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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February 18, 2017

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“SlotZilla  view no. 3: Fremont Street Experience entry point”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The Fremont Street Experience (FSE) is a pedestrian mall and attraction in Downtown Las VegasNevada. The FSE occupies the westernmost five blocks of Fremont Street, including the area known for years as “Glitter Gulch,” and portions of some other adjacent streets.

The central attraction is a barrel vault canopy, 90 ft (27 m) high at the peak and four blocks, or approximately 1,500 ft (460 m), in length.

While Las Vegas is known for never turning the outside casino lights off, each show begins by turning off the lights on all of the buildings, including the casinos, under the canopy. Before each show, one bidirectional street that crosses the Experience is blocked off for safety reasons.

Concerts, usually free, are also held on three stages. The venue has become a major tourist attraction for downtown Las Vegas, and is also the location of the SlotZilla zip line attraction and the city’s annual New Year’s Eve party, complete with fireworks on the display screen.”

Text from company Wikipedia.

Additional note: this is the third and final of three consecutive views of SlotZilla. All can be viewed on the  2017 Daily Frame Archive.

Photographically speaking, “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is able to leap tall buildings at a single bound.

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February 17, 2017

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“SlotZilla – view no. 2: entry point”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Both the Zipline and Zoomline are now open!

The Zoomline is $45 and takes off more than 10 stories up (114 feet) and whisks flyers 1,750 feet, all the way down the Fremont Street Experience, to a landing platform at the city’s most historic casino, the historic Golden Gate.

The upper Zoomline provides even more thrills by sending flyers prone, or “superhero-style,” for an unprecedented view of the party that never ends at Fremont Street Experience. We guarantee it’s unlike anything you’ve ever done before, and are unlikely to ever forget! Flyers travel down the zip lines at up to 40 miles per hour.”

Text from company website.

To the best of our knowledge “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has yet to experience the Zipline or Zoomline.

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February 16, 2017

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“SlotZilla – view no. 1”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“The multi-million dollar SlotZilla is the world’s largest slot machine, and features Las Vegas icons such as over-sized dice, a martini glass, a pink flamingo, coins, video reels, a giant arm and two showgirls.”

Text from company website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a high wire act.

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February 15, 2017

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“Been Bad? Call Dad!”
Photograph by Jon Winet
From the “Las Vegas Bail Bonds Series.”

“We’ll bail you out of your troubles. Dad’s Bail Bonds is a Las Vegas bail bonds agency that helps people post bail. We act as a bail bonds surety and inform you of all the necessary information you need to know.

Dad’s Bail Bonds Las Vegas is a company you can trust with over 35 years of experience managing these situations.”

Text from company website.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet once served on a jury to determine if a road-raged neighbor accused of ramming a neighbor with his car was guilty of assault with a deadly weapon.

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February 14, 2017

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“A giant rooster just walking the neighborhood…”
Photograph by Ellie Mendré

2017 is a Fire Rooster Year. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with one of five elements as well as an animal, including gold (metal), wood, water, fire or Earth. The element, combined with the zodiac animal, set the astrology for the year. This year is a fire year, and so those born in 2017 are Fire Roosters. The last Fire Rooster Year was 1957.

Famous Roosters include Beyoncé, Bob Marley, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston. Famous Fire Roosters include Stephen Fry, Steve Buscemi and Hans Zimmer.

Roosters are characterized as observant and hardworking. Active and talkative, Roosters tend to enjoy social events and being in the center of attention, according to Chinese astrology. They also typically enjoy sports, according to traits set by the astrology.

Text from January 26, 2017 Time Magazine story “5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Year of the Rooster” by Mahita Gajanan

A Texas transplant and resident of Las Vegas since 2002, Daily Frame contributor Ellie Mendré is a massage therapist with interests in photography, sculpture & drawing. When not fearlessly exploring southern Nevada on her days off, she enjoys bocce, cats, antiquing & a good latte.

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February 13, 2017

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“The Bunkhouse”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The Bunkhouse Saloon [map] is a live music venue, bar, and restaurant in Downtown Las Vegas. Established in 1953, The Bunkhouse Saloon has earned a reputation as one of Vegas’ best places to see both established and emerging bands.Recently reopened under new management after renovation, the venue features a new stage and state of the art sound system, a new menu, and a ton of surprises.”

Monday night is Karaoke Night.

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has intimate knowledge of the Bunkhouse stage.

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February 12, 2017

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“Tonopah”
Photograph by Katie Grace McGowan

“Tonopah is an unincorporated town in and the county seat of Nye County, Nevada, United States. It is located at the junction of U.S. Routes 6 and 95, approximately midway between Las Vegas and Reno. In the 2010 census, the population was 2,478.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Katie Grace McGowan is a Detroit-based Intermedia artist. She currently works as Associate Director of Programs at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America. She visits the American Southwest as often as possible.

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February 11, 2017

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“McCarran Baggage Claim”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 10, 2017

Text from January 26, 2017 McCarran press release “McCarran served 47.4 million passengers in 2016.”

McCarran International Airport welcomed 47.4 million arriving and departing passengers last year, making 2016 the second-busiest year in the airport’s 68-year history. Extending the recent trend of year-over-year increases for a sixth consecutive year, the 2016 total marked a 4.5 percent upturn from the year prior. McCarran’s annual peak was in 2007 at nearly 48 million passengers.

Most of the domestic air carriers serving Las Vegas had modest increases in passenger volume in 2016, though low-cost carriers Frontier and Spirit posted growth percentages in the double digits, as did Virgin America. Overall, domestic passenger volume grew by 4.8 percent, accounting for 1.96 million additional Las Vegas passengers in 2016, with market-leader Southwest Airlines having served 18.2 million passengers over the course of the year.

In recent years, much of the airport’s new service has come from markets outside of the United States, including the most recent addition of Hainan Airlines’ nonstop flights from China in December. For 2016, international passenger volume increased 2.2 percent with Canadian carriers Westjet Airlines and Air Canda serving the bulk of international passengers.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet is occasionally afforded TSA Pre✓® status.

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February 10, 2017

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“Siegel Suites (Paradise)”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
From the “Drive-by Series”
February 8, 2017

“Paradise is the term for a place of timeless harmony.”

“The word pardes, borrowed from the Old Persian word, does not appear before the post-Exilic period (post-538 BCE); it occurs in the Song of Songs 4:13, Ecclesiastes 2:5, and Nehemiah 2:8, in each case meaning ‘park’ or ‘garden’, the original Persian meaning of the word, where it describes to the royal parks of Cyrus the Great by Xenophon in Anabasis.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner calculates the quickest route from A to B.

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February 9, 2017

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“Haunted Mongolian Barbecue”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 7, 2017

Oakey at Las Vegas Blvd.
[Screen grab of May 2015 Google Street view for future archival reference.]

“Mongolian barbecue (Chinese: 蒙古烤肉; pinyin: Měnggǔ kǎoròu) is a stir fried dish that was developed in Taiwanese restaurants beginning in the early 1950s. Meat and vegetables are cooked on large, round, solid iron griddles at temperatures of up to 300 °C. Despite its name, the cuisine is not Mongolian, and is only very loosely related to barbecue.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet‘s favorite BbQ is The BBQ Shop (“home of the Dancing Pigs”) in Memphis, Tennessee.

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February 8, 2017

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“Four Queens Parking Garage”
Photograph by Jon Winet
February 7, 2017

“A limousine (or limo) is a luxury sedan or saloon car generally driven by a chauffeur and with a partition between the driver and the passenger compartment.”

“In modern use, a limousine is a luxury sedan or saloon car, especially one with a lengthened wheelbase or driven by a chauffeur. The chassis of a limousine may have been extended by the manufacturer or by an independent coachbuilder. These are called “stretch” limousines and are traditionally black or white.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Walking is “Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet‘s preferred method of transportation. He is however always grateful to Ginger Bruner for driving him around town.

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February 7, 2017

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“Supreme Court of Nevada Court of Appeals”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

The Supreme Court of Nevada‘s new Court of Appeals building is nearing completion.

Google Street View earlier in the process.

[Screen grab of April 2016 Google Street view for future archival reference.]

Ginger Bruner is Our Las Vegas’ associate producer and lead photographer. She monitors construction sites in the Valley.

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February 6, 2017

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“Winter Dusk”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Ginger Bruner is Our Las Vegas’ associate producer and lead photographer. She believes the best sunsets happen in winter.

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February 5, 2017

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“Zabriskie Point”
Photograph by Katie Grace McGowan

Zabriskie Point is a part of Amargosa Range located east of Death Valley in Death Valley National Park in California, United States noted for its erosional landscape. It is composed of sediments from Furnace Creek Lake, which dried up 5 million years ago—long before Death Valley came into existence.

Millions of years prior to the actual sinking and widening of Death Valley and the existence of Lake Manly (see Geology of the Death Valley area), another lake covered a large portion of Death Valley including the area around Zabriskie Point. This ancient lake began forming approximately nine million years ago. During several million years of the lake’s existence, sediments were collecting at the bottom in the form of saline mudsgravels from nearby mountains, and ashfalls from the then-active Black Mountain volcanic field. These sediments combined to form what we today call the Furnace Creek Formation. The climate along Furnace Creek Lake was dry, but not nearly as dry as in the present. Camelsmastodonshorsescarnivores, and birds left tracks in the lakeshore muds, along with fossilized grass and reedsBorates, which made up a large portion of Death Valley’s historical past were concentrated in the lakebeds from hot spring waters and alteration of rhyolite in the nearby volcanic field. Weathering and alteration by thermalwaters are also responsible for the variety of colors represented there.

Text from Wikipedia.

The location also inspired a 1970 film by Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni. Playwright | actor Sam Shepard shares a screenwriting credit. Jerry Garcia and Pink Floyd contribute to the soundtrack. Click here to view the theatrical trailer – and here to watch the movie.

Katie Grace McGowan is a Detroit-based Intermedia artist. She currently works as Associate Director of Programs at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America. She visits the American Southwest as often as possible.

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February 4, 2017

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“Medical Center”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Follow up to January 27 and January 21, 2017  Daily Frame details  of “Corporate Welfare,” mural by Shepard Fairey (“Manufacturing Quality Dissent Since 1989”) created  for the 2016 Life is Beautiful Festival on the east side of Emergency Arts.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet ‘s favorite painting is Thomas Hart Benton’s 1930 10 panel mural “America Today.”

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February 3, 2017

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“年的公雞”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Fat Choy

“People born in the Year of Rooster according to Chinese zodiac have many excellent characteristics, such as being honest, bright, communicative and ambitious. Most of them are born pretty or handsome, and prefer to dress up.”

Celebrities with Chinese Zodiac Rooster
Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kournikova, Anne Heche, Alexis Bledel, Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett, Diane Sawyer, Elijah Wood, James Marsters, Jessica Alba, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Taylor Momsen, Catherine the Great, Amelia Earhart, Rudyard Kipling, Groucho Marx, Peter Ustinov, Tagore, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Mencius, Mo-tse, Liu Che (Emperor Wu of China’s Western Han Dynasty 202 BC – 9 AD), Li Longji (Emperor Xuanzong of China’s Tang Dynasty 618 – 907), Zhuge Liang (Premier of Shu in China’s Three Kingdoms Period 220 – 280)

Text from Travel China Guide  websites.

Can’t find “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner? Try one of the booths at Fat Choy

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February 2, 2017

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“Art Square”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas

“Experience Art Square”

Art Square, is located at the heart of the Art District and features 16 creative, retail and professional spaces. Here you will find art galleries, drinks, food, live entertainment, and much more!”

Nevada Humanities Southern Office is located at Art Square.

“Celebrating Nevada’s culture and heritage”

“Nevada Humanities fosters cultural enrichment and connection for all Nevadans. By creating and supporting dynamic public programs that inspire engagement, we deepen a collective sense of place and belonging and encourage mutual understanding and empathy, which are the foundations of community and democracy.

Our programs define the Nevada experience, feature local culture and heritage, encourage intellectual curiosity, and facilitate the exploration of issues that matter to Nevadans and their communities.
Nevada Humanities produces and supports dynamic educational and cultural programs that ENRICH our lives and ENCOURAGE us to EXPLORE challenging ideas.
Nevada Humanities UNITES us through our history and heritage.
Nevada Humanities INSPIRES us to ENGAGE in our communities and with each other.”

Text from Art Square and Nevada Humanities websites.

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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February 1, 2017

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“Container Mantis”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
¿From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”?
January 21, 2017 – Women’s March on Washington (Las Vegas March)

Container Park is a relatively new idea in deployment of an activity hub for tourists and locals. For roadsiders, there’s the curb appeal of a huge recycled metal praying mantis blasting flames out of its antennae at random moments in the evening, especially when crowds are milling below. It was built by aerospace engineer Kirk Jellum to be 150 times the size of a real Mantis, and burns about 50 gallons of propane each night. Flames can reach six stories high.”

Text from Roadside America.

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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January 31, 2017

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“The Strip from Polaris”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“Fourteen of the world’s 25 largest hotels by room count are on the Strip, with a total of over 62,000 rooms.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is known to take a short cut to nowhere in search of the right image.

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January 30, 2017

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“The High Roller”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
The LINQ

“…and where the Ferris wheel carried its passengers high and brought them low and raised them high and brought them low again, as if it were not merely a carnival ride but also a metaphor for the basic pattern of human experience.”

––Dean Koontz, “Saint Odd”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner  gets around.

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January 29, 2017

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“The International Car Forest of the Last Church”
Photograph by Jennifer Kleven
Goldfield, Nevada.

“It started with a dream. A vision for a place where artists could come together and create fantastical works of art. That dream became a reality for Reno-based artist, Chad Sorg, who wanted to create a ‘car forest’ at the End of the World.”

Text from “The International Car Forest outside Las Vegas is an artsy car-lovers desert oasis”  – story by Tatiana Danger on Roadtripper’s “Destination Strange” website.

Las Vegan Jennifer Kleven is an artist and cultural animator. By day she serves as Grants & Memberships Coordinator at the Neon Museum. Earlier this decade she directed Kleven Contemporary at Emergency Arts downtown.

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January 28, 2017

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恭喜發財
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

January 28, 2017 UPI story by Daniel Uria reprinted in its entirety:

Chinese New Year 2017 kicks off with fireworks, parades

“People in China and throughout the rest of the world participated in fireworks shows and parades to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year.

In China residents of Zigong welcomed the Year of the Rooster by illuminating more than 130 large and medium-sized lanterns through out the city which attracted more than 200,000 visitors from throughout the country, according to CCTV.

Other national celebrations included people of China’s various provinces gathering at temple fairs for the celebration, also known as the Spring Festival, to observe and take part in traditional folk performances, such as dragon dances, Chinese shadow puppetry, and sugar painting.

Some families gathered together to share in local food and customs while singing, dancing and lighting fireworks.

Thousands of people began to travel home to celebrate the holiday every day with almost 9.2 million train trips scheduled across the country.

The celebrations typically begin the day before the lunar new year and and continue until the 15th day of the new year, which is Feb. 15, according to The Telegraph.

Each year is characterized by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, with 2017 representing the rooster.

The signs of the zodiac are accompanied by certain personality traits. Those born in the Year of the Rooster are characterized as honest, energetic, intelligent, flexible and confident.”

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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January 27, 2017

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“(Not a Taker) – detail”
Photograph by Jon Winet

Follow up to January 21, 2017  Daily Frame detail  of “Corporate Welfare,” mural by Shepard Fairey (“Manufacturing Quality Dissent Since 1989”) created  for the 2016 Life is Beautiful Festival on the east side of Emergency Arts.

Editor’s Note: stay tuned for the left half of the mural – or visit DTLV at 6th and Fremont.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet greatly admires Mexican muralist Diego Rivera’s drawings. 

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January 26, 2017

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“Delano”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Delano Las Vegas, (formerly known as THEhotel), is a 45-story 1,117 room luxury suite hotel. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. It is located within the Mandalay Bay complex on the Las Vegas Strip. It was renovated and rebranded as the Delano Las Vegas on September 2, 2014, under a partnership between MGM and Morgans Hotel Group.”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner generally knows the quickest way from here to there.

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January 25, 2017

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“Heading West on Charleston into Red Rock Canyon”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
From the “Drive-by Series”

State Route 159 (SR 159) is a 31.007-mile east–west highway in southern Nevada, providing access to Red Rock Canyon and serving as a thoroughfare in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. A portion of the west end of the route is designated a Nevada Scenic Byway.

As SR 159 enters the city of Las Vegas, it transitions into Charleston Boulevard, a major east–west section line arterial bisecting the Las Vegas Valley. The highway crosses the Las Vegas Beltway and runs through the planned community of Summerlin. SR 159 continues east to intersect Interstate 15and then passes south of Downtown Las Vegas. From there, the highway ventures further east to intersect Interstate 515 and U.S. Routes 93 and 95 before reaching its terminus at Nellis Boulevard (SR 612). (Charleston Boulevard itself ends about three miles  east of Nellis Boulevard near Frenchman Mountain.)

State Route 159 has two distinct segments. The first segment is a rural two-lane highway that begins at its junction with SR 160. The highway proceeds northwest through the town of Blue Diamond towards Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. From there, the highway curves northeast around Red Rock Canyon to the Las Vegas city limits west of the Las Vegas Beltway. This segment of SR 159 is known on maps and signs as Blue Diamond Road (assuming the name from SR 160), but is also referred to as Red Rock Canyon Road.”

Text from Wikipedia.

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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January 24, 2017

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“Grant Hall”
Photograph by JOn Miller

July 3, 2014 RJ story by F. Andrew Taylor , “Grant Hall namesake had crucial role in creation of UNLV” reprinted below in its entirety.

When Maude Frazier Hall was demolished in 2009, Archie C. Grant Hall, the second building constructed at UNLV, became the oldest facility on the campus.

Appropriately enough, Grant was the first University of Nevada regent from Southern Nevada and was one of the strongest voices for the creation of UNLV.

Grant, who was sometimes referred to as A.C. Grant, was born in Ely, Minn., in 1896. He attended college, married and began his career as businessman in Minnesota, but a 1947 Las Vegas Review-Journal article called him “transplanted native son” of Las Vegas.

With a few stops on the way, he came to Las Vegas in 1928 to purchase a Ford dealership. He ran that for 27 years, selling it to George Gaudin in 1955. Grant was involved in management at the Bank of Nevada from 1953 until his death in 1974.

He quickly became a fixture and a booster for the community. He became a member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce in the early 1930s, eventually becoming the board’s president.

Around the same time, he worked with several Nevada legislators who were writing new laws for legalized gambling. He was credited with helping shape that legislation. He was a member of the State Repeal Convention, which formed in 1933 to repeal prohibition. He also was part of the group that established the annual Helldorado parade.

His successful car dealership and real estate purchases allowed him the free time to become more involved in politics. He ran for governor in 1934, losing in a six-way democratic primary. He ran again in 1954, losing in the primary to former Gov. Vail Pittman, who lost the general election. In between his gubernatorial bids, he served a term in the Nevada Assembly and one in the state Senate.

He became chairman of the Las Vegas Housing Authority when it was created in 1947 and served in that position for 20 years. Archie Grant Park, a public housing development for seniors at 1720 Searles Ave., was built and named in his honor in 1964.

After the war, Grant turned his attention to the town of Basic, which is now Henderson.

“He convinced the government that the buildings that had been used for wartime manufacturing should be turned over to private industry,” said UNLV history professor Eugene Moehring. “He also got the water lines that ran from Lake Mead to Basic to be routed to Las Vegas and helped create the Las Vegas Valley Water District.”

In 1952, Grant ran successfully for the office of University of Nevada regent. This put him in the position to advocate for the creation of UNLV. There was resistance from the north, and the friction between the old established north and the new, rapidly growing south has been a recurring force throughout the history of the school. He succeeded in his efforts, and in 1954, UNLV opened. Grant even helped procure the land on which the campus was built.

The second building was completed in time for the start of classes in 1959 and named for Grant. Most of the classes were shifted there, and Maude Frazier Hall became primarily an administration building. As the campus expanded, discipline-specific buildings became the norm, and at the time of his death, Grant Hall was the education building. It is currently one of the campus’ art buildings.

“UNLV would have happened eventually,” said Michael Green, a longtime College of Southern Nevada professor who recently became an associate professor at UNLV. “It’s reasonable to say that it wouldn’t have happened as quickly without Archie Grant’s efforts. It was a controversial move in the state.”

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent contributor to The Daily Frame, serving as our Lunar Connection and Man at McCarran.

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January 23, 2017

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“Stratosphere Rain”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
January 22, 2017

Poem by Charles Bukowski
“We Ain’T Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain”  

call it the greenhouse effect or whatever
but it just doesn’t rain like it used to.
I particularly remember the rains of the
depression era.
there wasn’t any money but there was
plenty of rain.
it wouldn’t rain for just a night or
a day,
it would RAIN for 7 days and 7
nights
and in Los Angeles the storm drains
weren’t built to carry off taht much
water
and the rain came down THICK and
MEAN and
STEADY
and you HEARD it banging against
the roofs and into the ground
waterfalls of it came down
from roofs
and there was HAIL
big ROCKS OF ICE
bombing
exploding smashing into things
and the rain
just wouldn’t
STOP
and all the roofs leaked-
dishpans,
cooking pots
were placed all about;
they dripped loudly
and had to be emptied
again and
again.
the rain came up over the street curbings,
across the lawns, climbed up the steps and
entered the houses.
there were mops and bathroom towels,
and the rain often came up through the
toilets:bubbling, brown, crazy,whirling,
and all the old cars stood in the streets,
cars that had problems starting on a
sunny day,
and the jobless men stood
looking out the windows
at the old machines dying
like living things out there.
the jobless men,
failures in a failing time
were imprisoned in their houses with their
wives and children
and their
pets.
the pets refused to go out
and left their waste in
strange places.
the jobless men went mad
confined with
their once beautiful wives.
there were terrible arguments
as notices of foreclosure
fell into the mailbox.
rain and hail, cans of beans,
bread without butter; fried
eggs, boiled eggs, poached
eggs; peanut butter
sandwiches, and an invisible
chicken in every pot.
my father, never a good man
at best, beat my mother
when it rained
as I threw myself
between them,
the legs, the knees, the
screams
until they
seperated.
‘I’ll kill you,’ I screamed
at him. ‘You hit her again
and I’ll kill you! ‘
‘Get that son-of-a-bitching
kid out of here! ‘
‘no, Henry, you stay with
your mother! ‘
all the households were under
seige but I believe that ours
held more terror than the
average.
and at night
as we attempted to sleep
the rains still came down
and it was in bed
in the dark
watching the moon against
the scarred window
so bravely
holding out
most of the rain,
I thought of Noah and the
Ark
and I thought, it has come
again.
we all thought
that.
and then, at once, it would
stop.
and it always seemed to
stop
around 5 or 6 a.m.,
peaceful then,
but not an exact silence
because things continued to
drip
drip
drip
and there was no smog then
and by 8 a.m.
there was a
blazing yellow sunlight,
Van Gogh yellow-
crazy, blinding!
and then
the roof drains
relieved of the rush of
water
began to expand in the warmth:
PANG! PANG! PANG!
and everybody got up and looked outside
and there were all the lawns
still soaked
greener than green will ever
be
and there were birds
on the lawn
CHIRPING like mad,
they hadn’t eaten decently
for 7 days and 7 nights
and they were weary of
berries
and
they waited as the worms
rose to the top,
half drowned worms.
the birds plucked them
up
and gobbled them
down; there were
blackbirds and sparrows.
the blackbirds tried to
drive the sparrows off
but the sparrows,
maddened with hunger,
smaller and quicker,
got their
due.
the men stood on their porches
smoking cigarettes,
now knowing
they’d have to go out
there
to look for that job
that probably wasn’t
there, to start that car
that probably wouldn’t
start.
and the once beautiful
wives
stood in their bathrooms
combing their hair,
applying makeup,
trying to put their world back
together again,
trying to forget that
awful sadness that
gripped them,
wondering what they could
fix for
breakfast.
and on the radio
we were told that
school was now
open.
and
soon
there I was
on the way to school,
massive puddles in the
street,
the sun like a new
world,
my parents back in that
house,
I arrived at my classroom
on time.
Mrs. Sorenson greeted us
with, ‘we won’t have our
usual recess, the grounds
are too wet.’
‘AW! ‘ most of the boys
went.
‘but we are going to do
something special at
recess,’ she went on,
‘and it will be
fun! ‘
well, we all wondered
what that would
be
and the two hour wait
seemed a long time
as Mrs.Sorenson
went about
teaching her
lessons.
I looked at the little
girls, they looked so
pretty and clean and
alert,
they sat still and
straight
and their hair was
beautiful
in the California
sunshine.
the the recess bells rang
and we all waited for the
fun.
then Mrs. Sorenson told us:
‘now, what we are going to
do is we are going to tell
each other what we did
during the rainstorm!
we’ll begin in the front row
and go right around!
now, Michael, you’re first! …’
well, we all began to tell
our stories, Michael began
and it went on and on,
and soon we realized that
we were all lying, not
exactly lying but mostly
lying and some of the boys
began to snicker and some
of the girls began to give
them dirty looks and
Mrs.Sorenson said,
‘all right! I demand a
modicum of silence
here!
I am interested in what
you did
during the rainstorm
even if you
aren’t! ‘
so we had to tell our
stories and they were
stories.
one girl said that
when the rainbow first
came
she saw God’s face
at the end of it.
only she didn’t say which end.
one boy said he stuck
his fishing pole
out the window
and caught a little
fish
and fed it to his
cat.
almost everybody told
a lie.
the truth was just
too awful and
embarassing to tell.
then the bell rang
and recess was
over.
‘thank you,’ said Mrs.
Sorenson, ‘that was very
nice.
and tomorrow the grounds
will be dry
and we will put them
to use
again.’
most of the boys
cheered
and the little girls
sat very straight and
still,
looking so pretty and
clean and
alert,
their hair beautiful in a sunshine that
the world might never see
again.
and

“We Ain’T Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain”
by Charles Bukowski

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner appreciates the aesthetic possibilities of all weather.

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January 22, 2017

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“Women’s March On Washington – Las Vegas”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
Downtown Las Vegas. January 21, 2017

Media Coverage:
“Thousands take part in Women’s March in downtown Las Vegas” Channel 3 story by John Treanor and Tony Garcia. Broadcast Saturday, January 21, 2017.

“Thousands flood downtown, oppose Trump peacefully in Las Vegas Women’s March” – Las Vegas Review Journal story by Pashtana Usufzy.

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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January 21, 2017

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“Be a Maker”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

Detail of “Corporate Welfare,” mural by Shepard Fairey (“Manufacturing Quality Dissent Since 1989”) created  for the 2016 Life is Beautiful Festival on the east side of Emergency Arts.

[Screen grab of June 2016 Google Street view for future archival reference.]

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is a maker.

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January 20, 2017

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“Trump”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“If you can’t always get what you want, you must be staying somewhere else. Here, what you want is the only thing that matters. The Trump International Hotel™ Las Vegas is a sophisticated, non-smoking and non-gaming, luxury hotel situated high above The Strip, steps away from the best of Las Vegas shopping, yet removed enough to be considered a family-friendly hotel.”

DONALD J. TRUMP
Founder, The Trump Organization

“Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, sports, and entertainment. He is the archetypal businessman – a deal maker without peer.

Mr. Trump started his business career in an office he shared with his father in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. He worked with his father for five years, where they were busy making deals together. Mr. Trump has been quoted as saying, “My father was my mentor, and I learned a tremendous amount about every aspect of the construction industry from him.” Likewise, Fred C. Trump often stated that “some of my best deals were made by my son, Donald…everything he touches seems to turn to gold.” Mr. Trump then entered the very different world of Manhattan real estate.

In New York City and around the world, the Trump signature is synonymous with the most prestigious of addresses. Among them are the world-renowned Fifth Avenue skyscraper, Trump Tower, and the luxury residential buildings, Trump Parc, Trump Palace, Trump Plaza, 610 Park Avenue, The Trump World Tower (the tallest building on the East Side of Manhattan), and Trump Park Avenue. Mr. Trump was also responsible for the designation and construction of the Jacob Javits Convention Center on land controlled by him, known as the West 34th Street Railroad Yards, and the total exterior restoration of the Grand Central Terminal as part of his conversion of the neighboring Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The development is considered one of the most successful restorations in the City and earned Mr. Trump an award from Manhattan’s Community Board Five for the “tasteful and creative recycling of a distinguished hotel.” Over the years, Mr. Trump has owned and sold many great buildings in New York including the Plaza Hotel (which he renovated and brought back to its original grandeur, as heralded by the New York Times Magazine), the St. Moritz Hotel (three times…and now called the Ritz Carlton on Central Park South) and until 2002, the land under the Empire State Building (which allowed the land and lease to be merged together for the first time in over 50 years). Additionally, the NikeTown store is owned by Mr. Trump, on East 57th Street and adjacent to Tiffany’s. In early 2008, Gucci opened their largest store in the world in Trump Tower.”

Text from The Trump International Hotel Las Vegas and The Trump Organization websites.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner encourages everyone to vote in the next election.

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January 19, 2017

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“Humanities Building”
Photograph  by Kristen Peterson

“The tallest structure on campus, the [Flora Dungan] humanities building contains auditoriums, classrooms, and lecture halls on the first two floors. On the upper five floors, the building houses the offices of the president, provost, other administrative offices and departments.

View on Campus Map

Amenities:

Gender Neutral Bathrooms
•  FDH 145

Hydration Stations
•  First floor, near women’s restroom.

Wireless Access
•  Yes”

Kristen adds: “A lot of locals hate the building, but those who champion Mid-mod architecture are in love with it. I, too, am in love with it.”

Journalist | Cultural Critic | Writer Kristen Peterson “likes to document life and landscapes in and around Las Vegas.”

The “Our Las Vegas” Team adds: Kristen is an essential piece in the Valley’s cultural puzzle. This is her second contribution to The Daily Frame.

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January 18, 2017

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“Sissi Grace”
Photograph  by Sallie Douglas
From the “Wednesday Las Vegas Pets Series”

Sissi Grace and her bff Lady Grace have been raised at Jana’s Red Room. Her guardian Jana Lynch comments: ” It’s their home. They think you’re coming to see them when you visit the gallery.” She adds:  “They are great little salespersons.”

Sissi turns two in April.

We’ll feature a shot of Lady Grace – and her guardian in an upcoming Daily Frame.

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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January 17, 2017

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“Barscape: El Cortez”
Photograph  by Ginger Bruner

“For the month of January, we’ve crafted a delicious $5 Patron Margarita special! Available at any [El Cortez] casino bar.”

El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously-running hotel and casino in Vegas.”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner appreciates the El Cortez for its sights, sounds, tastes and fragrance.

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January 16, 2017

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“El Cortez Vista (Video Still)”
Photograph  by Ginger Bruner

El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously-running hotel and casino in Vegas.”

Video.

The El Cortez is a cherished muse to “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner

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January 15, 2017

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“Truck Inn”
Photograph  by Jennifer Kleven
Fernley, Nevada.

On 4.20.2012, Rob T. on Yelp reported the following: “This place is beyond closed…its demolished. However the truck is still high in the sky!”

Editor’s Note: On Sunday we often feature Daily Frames from road trips outside the Valley. We welcome your submissions!

Las Vegan Jennifer Kleven is an artist and cultural animator. By day she serves as Grants & Memberships Coordinator at the Neon Museum. Earlier this decade she directed Kleven Contemporary at Emergency Arts downtown.

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January 14, 2017

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“Building”
Photograph  by Jon Winet
December 2016
6th Street just south of Fremont Street East
Google Street View
Screen grab of June 2016 Google Street view for future archival reference.

Red is the color at the longer-wavelengths end of the spectrum of visible light next to orange, at the opposite end from violet.[3] Red color has a predominant light wavelength of roughly 620–740 nanometers. Light with a longer wavelength than red but shorter than terahertz radiation and microwave is called infrared.

Red is one of the additive primary colors of visible light, along with green and blue, which in Red Green Blue (RGB) color systems are combined to create all the colors on a computer monitor or television screen. Red is one of the subtractive secondary colors, resulting from the combination of yellow and magenta (see CMYK color model).”

Text from Wikipedia.

“Our Las Vegas” Director Jon Winet‘s second favorite photographer is Google Street View.

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January 13, 2017

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“Container Park | Weather”
Photograph  by Ginger Bruner
Downtown Container Park

“The (self-driving bus) ARMA will commence its journey on American soil when it hits the Fremont Road on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Local government officials including Mayor Carolyn Goodman, councilmen Ricki Barlow and Bob Coffin were present.

The official ceremony was staged just outside the Container Park – the cornerstone of Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project.”

–From the January 12, 20187 edition of Tech Times, “Fully-Electric Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Being Tested On Las Vegas Roads,” story by Andrew Norman.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner is an excellent driver in inclement weather.

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January 12, 2017

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“Desert Morning (Calico Basin)”
Photograph  by Stephanie Helms
January 11, 2017

“Calico Basin is a colorful area tucked between the gray limestone La Madre Mountains to the north, the red sandstone Calico Hills to the west, and a desert ridge to the south. Three springs with permanent water emerge from the base of the red sandstone cliffs: Red Spring, Calico Spring, and Ash Spring. Water also runs in washes to the north and south of the springs during the winter months.

The water supports large cottonwood trees, ash trees, shrub live oak, honey mesquite, and Saltgrass meadows. Red Spring flows from a shallow tunnel in the rocks at the end of the road. The outflow from Red Spring also feeds a beautiful marshy grassland.

There are picnic tables, fire grills, trash cans, and restrooms at the parking area.”

Text from Vegas4Locals website

Stephanie Helms is a native Hoosier transplanted to Southern Nevada in 1991. She is Director of Business Affairs for a major global entertainment firm and owns two local family businesses. She is a wife, mom, entrepreneur, freelance writer, volunteer and cancer survivor who loves music, movies, baseball, books, and beets.

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January 11, 2017

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“Nevada Arts Council Director Susan Bookoff Leaving Agency”
Photograph from the “Our Las Vegas” archive by Jon Winet.
June 2015 Arts@The Heart statewide gathering in Reno.
Susan is seated to the left of Las Vegas architect and cultural animator Eric Strain.

“Our Las Vegas” thanks Susan Bookoff for her decades of leadership in the arts. Her intelligence, administrative savvy and creative spirit will be sorely missed in the Silver State.

Note that Susan is in town for Arts Town Hall public meetings – including tonight’s at the Winchester Cultural Center from 5:30 to 7:30.

Nevada Arts Council  Press Release below.

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
Contact: Susan Boskoff
sboskoff@nevadaculture.org
775-687-6680

“Nevada Arts Council administrator announces retirement”

The Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs announced today the resignation of Nevada Arts Council administrator, Susan Boskoff. Boskoff will retire on March 31, 2017, after 24 years of service to the State of Nevada. The Department will conduct a nationwide search for her replacement.

During her tenure with the agency, Boskoff increased the agency’s capacity to attract artists, increase the diversity of arts forms created by statewide artists, and strengthen communities through advancing lifelong learning, promoting public/private partnerships, and growing economic diversification at the local level.

“It has been an honor and privilege to be part of the Nevada Arts Council’s (NAC) extraordinary journey for nearly half of its existence, said Susan Boskoff. “I’ve been fortunate to work on behalf of all Nevadans with dedicated staff and board members, and in collaboration with so many undeniably creative and resilient artists, arts organizations and communities across the state. With ongoing support from both the Executive and Legislative leadership, and our department directors, we have an abundance of accomplishments to celebrate as the agency turns 50 in 2017.”

Under Boskoff’s leadership, a majority of the Arts Council’s core programs were launched, including Poetry Out Loud, Nevada Touring Initiative, Nevada Circuit Riders, Office Exhibition Series, Nevada Heritage Award, and an annual conference, presently called Arts @ the Heart. Boskoff established the Las Vegas office, guided the redesign of the grants program to better serve constituents, and initiated biannual Arts Town Meetings to explore the state of the arts in Nevada’s metropolitan centers and rural towns. She represented Nevada as a trustee on regional and national boards, including the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Western Arts Alliance, Western States Arts Federation; and on panels and at conferences for the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts and other arts and cultural agencies. She is currently working with the Nevada Department of Veterans Services and the Sub-Committee on Veterans Memorial Affairs on the Battleborn Memorial to Nevada’s Fallen Warriors Project for the state capitol grounds, and the NAC’s 50th Anniversary Awards Reception and Ceremony to recognize the three public entities that established Nevada’s state arts agency in 1967.

“Words cannot express our gratitude to Susan for her dedication to the Arts Council, our constituents and to the state of Nevada,” Julia Arger, chair of the Nevada Arts Council board, said. “Guiding the agency with wisdom, passion, and an understanding of the ever-changing needs of our field, for many her name is synonymous with the Nevada Arts Council.”

The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, is charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage public participation in the arts throughout Nevada. In addition to providing hundreds of grants to arts and community-based organizations, schools, artists and local municipalities throughout the state, the Arts Council coordinates a variety of statewide programs and activities such as the annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition for high-school aged students, traveling exhibits, artist residencies, workshops and cultural assessments. For more information, visit the department’s website at www.nac.nevadaculture.org/.

Daily Frame Director Jon Winet has known Susan since the early 1980s.

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January 10, 2017

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“Andrea Lipomi”
Photograph by Andrea Lipoma
From the “Las Vegas Creatives” series

Daily Frame contributor Andrea Lipomi is the director | owner of Feetish Spa, located at Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. She is an alumna of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY; and the Esthetics and Nail Technology programs at Destination Academy in Las Vegas.

You couldn’t ask for a better neighbor.

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January 9, 2017

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“1960 Cadillac”
Photograph by Glenn Elliott

“The 1960 model year was an impressive beginning to a new decade. During the Sixties, Cadillac styling became more graceful and restrained as Bill Mitchell gradually unified the design. Few new engineering advances were introduced, but orderly design development and a conservative styling approach set Cadillac apart from other luxury makes and maintained its reputation as “The Standard of the World.” To the American public, Cadillac remained a symbol of prestige, success, and good taste.

Text from motorera.com  website.

Las Vegan Glenn Elliott was born and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in art, and for the past eight years has pursued his photography practice. He is the director of Generator Photography and esteemed contributor to the Daily Frame.

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January 8, 2017

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“Tule Springs | Floyd Lamb Park”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner

“In a city filled with palms and desert landscape, the grass lawn, pond and cottonwood tree-filled Floyd Lamb Park might look a little out of place in the Mojave metropolis of Las Vegas.

However, this oasis has been popular for literally thousands of years.

Today, the expansive park has four stocked ponds, picnic areas, barbecues, scenic paths and volleyball and horseshoe facilities on 2,040 acres in northwest Las Vegas. Visitors will come face to face with beautiful peacocks, ducks and geese. Those with a Nevada fishing license can fish in any of the park’s ponds but are limited to three fish per person.
Visitors can also explore Tule Springs Ranch, one of the best examples of Pleistocene paleontologic sites in western North America. Tule Springs was visited by large prehistoric mammals in an era when the southern Nevada area was much cooler and wetter. Fossil remains of extinct mammoths, bison, horses, camels, giant sloths and other animals have been found in Tule Springs.

Later Tule Springs served as a watering hole for Indians and prospectors who traveled across Nevada. In 1916, John Herbert (Bert) Nay was the first non-Indian to file for water rights. As he acquired more property at Tule Springs, he built a blacksmith shop and a storage room.

Nay sold his interest in the farm in 1928 when he moved to California. The property remained vacant until prospector Jacob Goumond purchased the land to be a private retreat for his friends. He took advantage of Nevada’s changing divorce laws and set up a dude ranch for prospective divorcees. The guests would wait out the six-week residency requirement to file papers. This was the shortest waiting period in the country. The ranch became a resort area and was glamorized by divorce-minded movie stars.

Tule Springs also was a self-supporting ranch. One hundred acres was set aside for alfalfa and cattle; other animals were raised and sold, as well as several vegetable varieties. Its many functional wooded buildings still exist.

Goumond’s granddaughter inherited the ranch when he died in 1954. She sold it to a group of businessmen who formed the Tule Springs Investment Company. They leased out the ranch until the city of Las Vegas bought it in 1964. It was converted into a city park and renamed in honor of state Sen. Floyd Lamb.
Floyd Lamb is a pleasant and pretty place to throw out a picnic blanket or reel in a rainbow trout.”

Text fromVegas.com website.

Urban nighthawk and “Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner makes surprisingly frequent visits by day to the Valley’s nature spots.

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January 7, 2017

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“The Big Red Shoe”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Fremont Street between 6th and 7th*

Pumps, also known as court shoes, are one of the most popular styles of women’s shoes, and they’re also one of the most difficult to define. In their most basic form, pumps have closed counters and a cut out top line that exposes the entire top of the foot starting at the toe box. A classic pump has a seamless vamp and is made without laces, buckles, straps or ties.

However, many pumps feature peep toes, as seen in the photo, open toes, pointed toes, rounded toes, ankle straps and other adornments, and they can have heels of varying heights and types, i.e. a stiletto heel, a kitten heel, a stacked heel or a wedge.”

Text from “Shoe Glossary: Pumps” on the About Style website

* June 2016 Google Street view for future archival reference.

Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner has successfully lobbied for the “Big Red Shoe” to be the official footwear of “Our Las Vegas.”

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January 6, 2017

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“McCarran Roadways”
Photograph by JOn Miller

“With nearly 500 daily commercial flights departing to 150 cities around the globe, McCarran ranks eighth nationwide in passenger volume, according to spokeswoman Christine Crews and Federal Aviation Administration data.

Opened in 1942 as Alamo Field, the airport had 12 daily flights. But it grew to 1 million passengers by 1960 and more than 2 million by the next decade. McCarran added its first international flight in March 1968, bound for Mexico through Phoenix. Now, with nearly 3.8 million monthly passengers flying in and out of its two operating terminals and a third separate concourse, McCarran is reaching more cities than ever.”

Text “McCarran International Airport: By the numbers” from Las Vegas Sun December 25, 2016  story by Chris Kudalis.

Photographer and artist JOn Miller has lived in Las Vegas since February 2011. He is a frequent contributor to The Daily Frame, serving as our Lunar Connection and Man at McCarran.

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January 5, 2017

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“World Market (Detail)”
Photograph by Jennifer Kleven

World Market Center Las Vegas is a 5-million-square-foot showcase for the home and hospitality contract furnishings industry in downtown Las Vegas. It is the largest showroom complex in the world for the home and hospitality furnishings industry,serving domestic and international sellers and buyers.

The semi-annual Las Vegas Market is the major trade show hosted by the World Market Center.

Text from Wikipedia.

Las Vegan Jennifer Kleven is an artist and cultural animator. By day she serves as Grants & Memberships Coordinator at the Neon Museum. Earlier this decade she directed Kleven Contemporary at Emergency Arts downtown.

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January 4, 2017

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“New York -New York”
Photograph by Sallie Douglas
December 31, 2016

New York – New York [Hotel & Casino) uses the New York City influence of its name in several ways. Its architecture is meant to evoke the New York City skyline of the 1940’s era; the hotel includes several towers configured to resemble New York City towers such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. In front of the property is a lake representing New York Harbor, with a 150-foot-tall (46 m) replica of the Statue of Liberty, and replicas of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Main Immigration Building on Ellis Island, and Grand Central Terminal.

Within the resort, particular gambling areas, lounges, restaurants, and meeting rooms are named after New York City neighborhoods or landmarks. The main casino area, for example, is named after Central Park, while the shops are modeled after Greenwich Village. At the casino, special decks of playing cards are used where the “heart” suit is replaced by apples.

New York City is the most populous city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world.With a U.S. Census Bureau-estimated 2015 population of 8,550,405 distributed over a land area of just 305 square miles, New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States.  A global power city, New York City exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment, its fast pace defining the term New York minute.  Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world.

Text from Wikipedia.

Sallie Douglas is an artist and native of Las Vegas. She has been an aesthetician at Spa Bellagio since its opening. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Her artwork is exhibited at Jana’s Red Room.

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January 3, 2017

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“Double Rainbow”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
December 30, 2016

The photographer notes: “Double rainbows- empty lot to the right is the site of the former Showboat.”

MORE – Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 Las Vegas Sun story by Eli Segall:25-acre site once occupied by Castaways and Showboat is on the market for $6 million”

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner keeps an eye on the City’s empty lots.

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January 2, 2017

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“Nevada Landscape with Rock”
Photograph by Kristen Peterson
December 25, 2016

The photographer notes: “taken while on the Historic Railroad Trail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It’s a little slice of heaven between Boulder City and the Hoover Dam. A Christmas Day hike.

The National Park Service website adds:

“WALKING TOUR: Look for desert bighorn sheep, ravens’ and owls’ nests, lizards, and antelope ground squirrels. You may also see rattlesnakes and scorpions during the summer.

Along the trail you will see a section of rough, rocky road on the south side of the railroad bed that is believed to be the first section of pioneer trail or road for the construction of Hoover Dam. Approaching tunnel 1, on the right, look down the ravine to see concrete plugs taken out of Hoover Dam to install the turbines.

Tunnel 1 has eight sections of vertical supports, five of which have horizontal planks to prevent the fall of loose rock on to the tracks so there would be few delays during the 24-hour dam building schedule. Weight from the rock has damaged the outermost, eastern arch.

Tunnel 2 burned in an arson fire in 1990. You can see it looks different from the other tunnels. It was sprayed with shotcrete to fortify the now looser rock.

Between tunnels 2 and 3, another pioneer road is visible. Rocks excavated from the tunnels were undoubtedly used for the fills you are walking on now.

The outermost east arch was deformed by pressure of the rock in tunnel 3.

Tunnel 5 was burned in 1978 and was then sealed. The tunnel was restored and reopened in July 2001. The trail at that time ended on the other side of tunnel 5. It now continues to the Hoover Dam parking garage.

All tunnels are 25 feet in diameter. They were oversized to fit huge penstock sections and large equipment being transported to Hoover Dam.”

Editor’s Note: This hike is now on our 2017 Absolutely To Do list.

Journalist | Cultural Critic | Writer Kristen Peterson “likes to document life and landscapes in and around Las Vegas.”

The “Our Las Vegas” Team adds: Kristen is an essential piece in the Valley’s cultural puzzle. We welcome this first of what we hope are many contributions to our project.

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January 1, 2017

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“Happy New Year 2017!”
Photograph by Ginger Bruner
Brendan’s Pub 2015 NYE

“Our Las Vegas” is a cultural animation public art project that celebrates the fierce and passionate connection that local and out-of-town artists, fiction writers, photographers, musicians, journalists, dancers, designers, curators, community activists and other creatives make with “The Radiant City.”

Text from “Our Las Vegas” website.

“Our Las Vegas” Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner and Director Jon Winet wish all a Happy 2017 – however challenging it may be. We look forward to dynamic new developments for our project ahead. – with thanks to all of our contributors and supporters!

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