Wednesdays @ The Westside Market – Seafood Edition

One of the things that makes the West Side Market such a great place is the variety of foods found under one roof. From fruits and vegetables to all varieties of meat and seafood.

Not only are the varieties vast, but they are unique too. As an example, today we are checking out Wolf Fish. You read that right Wolf! I had never heard of this variety until the spots of the fish caught my eye when passing the counter. I didn’t make a purchase that day, but in the future I’m sure to test it out, and when I do I’ll be sure to share it here with you.

Wolf Fish
Wolf Fish was a recent selection at Classic Seafood at the West Side Market.

Enjoy~

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Liberate Your Art 2013 is underway

This is week two of the Annual Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap started by Kat Sloma of the Kat Eye Studio. This is the third year, and it is an eye opening and inspiring experience for artists. That’s funny, I just called myself an artist! Wow, talk about coming a long way – thanks Kat!

My love and interest in photography dates back so many years that it is scary to say it out loud, but it’s been more than 30 years since I first picked up a camera and became intrigued by the art. It’s been a hobby I left and came back to and one I shied away from when I wanted to get serious about it because I didn’t think of myself as an artist.

So three years ago I jumped off the bridge and joined the Swap and proclaimed myself an artist. Now don’t think I believe I have arrived because I’m far from there, but I’m enjoying it and I’m seeing the world in a different way today.

Back to the swap! I have received two beautiful cards that are definitely works of art and an inspiration to a novice like me. The first is of a beautiful scene from Ireland. It is a dolmen, an ancient burial mound of standing stones. I love this project because not only do you receive such beauty in the mail, but you also learn a thing or two. After the events of Monday, this photo adds peace to my heart as I send prayers to the victims and survivors of the horrific attack in Boston.

A dolmen
An ancient burial mound of standing stones in Ireland.

Week two brought memories of Junior High. This lovely photo which urges us to “let love grow” and has love birds as the center of attention reminds me of an art project I created in the 7th grade. The theme was Scandinavian or Dutch art and this really reminds me of some of the samples we were shown in preparation for our own creations. Thank you Katy for the memories.

Unfortunately neither artist left a website or other location to visit.

Love birds
Katy shares a message we all need to heed, “Let Love Grow”.

Wednesday @ West Side Market

This week’s entry shows the rejuvenation of this beautiful landmark. Week’s after fire devastated portions of the Market crowds of Clevelanders and suburbanites rallied behind this iconic place and came out to show their love.

If you’ve never been to Cleveland’s West Side Market and you live here, do yourself a favor and check it out. If you’re planning to visit, add it to your must see sights!

West Side Market Wednesday
Crowds gather at the West Side Market. Theresa’s seems to be the hot spot at the moment.

Wednesdays @ The West Side Market

Welcome to a new feature – Wednesdays @ The West Side Market! Each week I’ll feature a photo from Cleveland’s iconic public market. The Market celebrated its Centennial last year and is currently experiencing larger than normal crowds following a fire early this year.

Campbell's Cupcakes
Grandma Campbell’s Cupcakes are a popular stand at the West Side Market. Pictured. Check out the colorful earthworms.

Weekends on Waterloo are heating up

Have you ever experienced the “Week from Hades”? I’m sure you have, because let’s face it – we’re all human. At the conclusion of that week did you go home with your head hanging low and just sulk, or did you try and brush it off? I hope it was the latter because that’s the key to picking yourself up – have a little fun, try something new to brighten your day!

Well last week was my “Week from Hades” and before I allowed a cloud of blue to engulf me I sent a text and invited a friend to meet me for Happy Hour. Not only was it an opportunity for me to lift my spirits by catching up with a friend, but we also tried out a new neighborhood Cafe’ and were treated to the sounds of the Judy Strauss Trio.

Judy Strauss Trio
The Judy Strauss Trio plays at the Callaloo Cafe’.

These photos are a highlight of our evening at Callaloo Cafe’ & Bar the newest edition to the Waterloo Arts District in Collinwood. The Cafe’ is next door to the Arts Collinwood Gallery, which celebrated the opening of Das Wird Sich Alles Finden [everything will turn out alright] an exhibition of international artists.

Callaloo Cafe'
A full house at the Callaloo Cafe’.

The Cafe’ was full on Friday with a diverse crowd from both the neighborhood and other areas of Cleveland. The Trio played several sets of traditional jazz offering a very artsy vibe. The Callaloo Cafe’ features Caribbean cuisine like crispy burritos, stewed chicken, roti and bus up shut. Vegan friendly. They are open Tuesday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

So if you’re looking for a new venue, come and check out the great things going on in the North Collinwood community.

The Hiatus is officially over!!!

Phenomenal Woman Magazine
This is the cover of the March/April edition of Phenomenal Woman magazine. I am pleased to say I captured the photo of Margaret Wong that graces the cover.

We are just shy of 100 days into the New Year and this space has been neglected beyond belief. The hopes of a better start to a 365 Photo Project – gone! A new twist on the “Five on Friday” – unfulfilled!

So how do I feel about this? Well I’m disappointed, but this time around I won’t beat myself up because I’ve been writing. I’ve been shooting, unfortunately I haven’t been blogging. I’ve missed this arena and I’m committed to fitting it into everything else I’m doing. The key is scheduling and preparation and I am working on that now.

The photo above is my explanation of what has kept me away. I believe I have shared with you the launch of Phenomenal Woman Magazine a bi-monthly women’s magazine for which I have the privilege of serving as Managing Editor. That undertaking as well as my full-time job have kept me busy and away from this space.

The magazine has really been a hit with our readers, and we were even successful in obtaining a national advertisement! I hope this post peaks your curiosity and that you’ll come back regularly. In the weeks to come I’ll share some scenes from around North Collinwood as well as share some of the wonderful art I’m waiting to receive as part of the annual Liberate Your Art – Postcard Swap.

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to hearing your comments.

Enjoy!