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Featured Artist – American Impressionist Alan H. Curtis

Alan H. Curtis, Tucson area resident, is best known for his “plein air” style of impressionism. His paintings capture the beauty of the American scene, from the dynamic landforms of the desert to waterlily-filled ponds of Eastern Massachusetts and the golden hills of Northern California. Curtis has spent his life recording on canvas the scenes, people, and places most important to him.

Among the recordings are paintings of his six children. His current studio is in Northwest Tucson.

In his own words, an artist should be more than a painter. “An artist should build boats, be able to fix cars, create beautiful gardens, cook delicious meals, bake homemade breads, and whip out an occasional masterpiece.”

Alan Curtis’ studio gallery is open for private showings only.

—————————-, the online studio of American Impressionist Alan H. Curtis.

Curtis’ work, which has been featured in American Art Review magazine, holds a unique ability to capture both subtle and dramatic emotions. His paintings and prints reflect his talent for capturing diverse American themes, such as a hot eggs-and-bacon breakfasts, dramatic Southwest landscapes, California’s blooming hillsides, and the flower harvesters of Half Moon Bay.


Alan H. Curtis (1943- ) hails from a family of artists –

Uncle Howard Curtis (1906-1989) – and PHOTO
Aunt Eleanor Curtis (1910-2008) –
Father Roger W. Curtis (1910-2000) – and AskArt
Brother David P.


Other paintings of Alan H. Curtis can be viewed online at John Stayman Fine Art:

Palm Springs Restaurant Week June 4th – 13th

Palm Springs Sunrise

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The 2010 Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week we be held June 4th through the 13th. Promoters are hoping to have at least 100 restaurants participating. Nearly 25,000 diners enjoyed the cuisine from Palm Springs area restaurants last year.

Palm Springs, California is a four hour drive from Phoenix, and only hour and a half from many Southern California beach cities. for more information on places to see, stay and restaurants in Palm Springs.

33rd Annual Monterey California Wine Festival

For favorite Monterey and Carmel restaurants to eat while you are at the Monterey Wine Festival, visit If you have not already made plans for a vacation rental, visit MoneteryRental.US, for place to stay. If you plan on coming early, or staying for a while to visit more of California’s Wine County, then stop by

Monterey Restaurants

Monterey Restaurants


October 1st – Monterey Bay Aquarium 7:30 -10:30 pm Overview

Prepare to thoroughly enjoy a night at the Monterey Bay Aquarium unlike any other! When the doors of the Grand Tasting open at The Monterey Bay Aquarium guests will receive a commemorative wine glass and be welcomed to a world class venue unlike any other for discovering new wines and sipping cellar favorites too! Enjoy the ability to choose from over 400 wines and sample the fantastic fare of local restaurants and national gourmet food manufacturers – all the while you visit the incredible marine displays of The Monterey Bay Aquarium. It really is a magical experience at The Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dip some juicy fruit into the chocolate fountain or enjoy the Shrimp Bar with a great pinot gris! You’ll savor and delight in the flavors of California and beyond. Master sommeliers will be available to answer questions. Whether you are in the industry, a wine enthusiast or on your way to becoming one this event is not to be missed! You’ll find that next great wine buy and discover new eating establishments that will temp your taste buds and end up on your dining calendar.

 October 2nd 5 – 9 pm New Releases and More!

Prepare to continue your celebration of fantastic wines and gourmet food offerings at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. A night of new releases and past best of the barrels will highlight wineries accomplishments for the guests palate! These new releases are always a cause for celebration and what better place to sip, savor and swirl than the beautiful Regency Ballroom? Stroll out onto the terrace and relax on the deck while taking in the hilarious clips shown at the Sip and Clip Movie Lounge then step back inside and visit some wineries offerings “fresh from the barrel juices.” These new additions to the festival floor along with beautiful music and some entertaining sessions of “Grapes going Green” by noted local experts are sure to compliment the entire experience. This combination of world-class wine, educational seminars presented by industry leaders, a silent wine auction, and of course exquisite gourmet offerings, make this a not to be missed happening. Chef Patrice will also be demoing and showcasing some wonderful recipes that will end up on your dinner plate at home once you’ve seen how easily they are to prepare. You’ll have the opportunity to taste hundreds of different wines, meet, talk and learn from some of the world’s most knowledgeable wine experts in an enjoyable environment. Industry booths of gourmet food, wine and culinary accoutrements will introduce their brand or product to attendees.

Live music will act as a backdrop and a place to relax and have a coffee or simply chat with fellow wine enthusiasts on the tasting room floor. Wine enthusiasts and food lovers will savor and remember the flavors they experienced at the Monterey Wine Festival long after the doors to the Regency Ballroom are closed.

All samples of food and wine are included in the ticket price. For more information visit

Cool off and go birding in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Birding - by Ville Miettinen (cc)

Lake Tahoe Birding - by Ville Miettinen (cc)

The San Marcos Record published an article called “Charter trips abound for area birders looking to get out of town“. The article fetaures Elderhostel, a non-profit organization based in Boston, is dedicated to “providing exceptional educational opportunities at a remarkable value.”

During August 23-28 Elderhostel will be taking people to Nevada and the Eastern Sierra, including Lake Tahoe. That trip will also include the Owens Valley and Mono Lake Basin’s International Biosphere Preserve.

If the cost is too steep and you would rather make your own birding plans in Lake Tahoe, then you can find “Birds of the Lake Tahoe Basin”  information on California’s site, and also “Birding in Placer County“, a local’s site.

You can find some local favorite restaurants in Lake Tahoe at, and find vacation rentals on

Featured Southern California Summer Getaways – Long Beach – Belmont Shore

Downtown Long Beach

Downtown Long Beach

 Another great Southern California getaway destination is Long Beach, California. We spent quite a bit of time in Long Beach, specifically, 2nd Street in Belmont Shores. Have had many breakfasts at the Shore House Cafe. Met freinds at Legends Sports Bar to watch a game, and have heard great music at Panama Joe’s Grill & Cantina. Another favorite relaxing place to enjoy a meal is at Parkers’ Lighthouse on the water.

Just south and adjacent to Belmont Shore is Naples Island, and south of that is Seal Beach (another cool quaint little beach town). Belmont Shore does not offer the “waves” that Newport Beach or Huntington Beach do, it has a huge beach. Bring your bikes and enjoy riding around the Belmont Shore neighborhoods, Naples Island and the Long Beach peninsula.

Other Long Beach attractions include The Queen Mary, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach Museum of Art, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Catalina Island Day Cruise.

For other great places to eat in Long Beach, visit

Featured Southern California Summer Getaways – Newport Beach and Huntington Beach

Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach, California

There are many great towns and beaches in Orange County, California. Some more quiet than others. But there is nothing like renting a California Beach House in Newport Beach, California on the boardwalk. You should try it at least just once. You can take peaceful morning walks along the surfline, or just walk to to a little corner store and get a cup of coffee. By day, it’s fun to head out to swim and surf in the ocean, and almost as fun just people watching from your front porch. Sunsets are spectacular and if you are going out, restaurants and entertainment are all within walking distance.

Just north, is Huntington Beach which has great waves, and a place where you have to buy a surfing sweatshirt, or shirt. And also, you have got to eat at Wahoo’s Fish Tacos. They have them in several locations around Southern California, but in Huntington Beach Wahoo’s is on Main Street. Fish tacos, rice, beans, and chips and salsa. So good. Eating at Wahoo’s is something I could not do once. I need to go there each time I visit.

For more Orange County Restaurants, visit

Featured Southern California Summer Getaways – Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake, California

A great place for Arizona residents to escape the summer heat is Big Bear Lake, California. It is about six hours from Phoenix, and a little less than eight hours from Tucson. It is not too far from Palm Springs.

The are some great Big Bear rental homes and cabins. Big Bear Lake attractions include Moonridge Zoo, The Big Bear Solar Observatory, Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, and the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival.

Check for the many recreational options too.

Featured Southern California Summer Getaways – San Diego

Going thru Yuma to San Diego on I-8

Going thru Yuma to San Diego on I-8

While Arizona is always a great place to visit, it is always nice to escape part of the summer, especially early summers, and head to California. You can rent California beach houses all up an down the California Coast, though within six hours driving from Tucson you can be have a beautiful, relaxing and cool San Diego Vacation.

If you don’t want to just relax at the beach, several fun San Diego attractions include The Old Globe Theatre, SeaWorld Adventure Park, San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, and Legoland California. Some of our favorite places to eat in San Diego can be found on, and some California Beach House Rentals, visit

Surfs up!

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