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TV: Top 10 Free Things To Do In Roatan, Honduras



06/25/18 - Follow the escapades of filmmaker Chas Bruns as he travels the world in search of the cheapest tours, food, hotels, hostels and transportation. If you're living on a budget, Chas can show you how to travel for pennies on the dollar.

This episode takes Chas to Roatan, Honduras where he explores the Victors Monkey Business, Mayak Chocolate Museum, Carambola Gardens, Roatan Museum, Gumbalimba Park and Sun Divers. He stays at Georphi’s and rents a scooter from Captains Van’s. He dines and drinks at C Level Pizzeria, Por Que No?, Roatan Rum Company, GIS Fries, Bananarama, Calelu’s Grocery Store, Sunset Hideaway, Booty Bar, Salty Dog, C Level Café and Bar, Lena Parrilla, Bean Crazy and the Argentinian Grill. If you're considering traveling to the Roatan, you can't miss this!


-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


 
Art: Greenhut Galleries - John Whalley Opening Reception Thursday June 7, 5-7pm


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06/09/18 - Brushwork is John Whalley's 8th solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries. This exhibition of paintings and drawings continues Whalley's exploration of reclaiming discarded tools, seashells, and other objects and giving them new life. His beautifully rendered images seem to instill, or rather uncover, an inner light within his subjects.

John Whalley is a masterfully skilled realist painter with a keen sensitivity to the quiet, sometimes concealed, and often overlooked beauty that emanates from humble, discarded objects, or as he puts it, "the beauty that speaks softly." His work is illuminated not only by a reverence for these well-worn objects themselves, but also by a deep empathy for their prior owners and a curiosity for the shared history of the objects and their owners.

John Whalley's work exemplifies philosopher William Benjamin's mystical linguistic theory and his notion of a "thing-language," that emanates silently from all objects in the physical world, perceptible only to the few who are psychically attuned to it: "it is very conceivable that the language of sculpture or painting is founded on certain kinds of thing-languages, that in them we find a translation of the language of things into an infinitely higher language. . . .We are concerned here with nameless, non-acoustic languages, languages issuing from matter. . the communication of things is certainly communal in a way that grasps the world as such as an undivided whole."

John Whalley is endowed with vision and a tremendous gift for such translation -- an ability not only to perceive the beauty hidden and stories contained in the vast collection of objects that he and his wife have collected over the years (now meticulously organized in his Nobleboro studio), but also to draw out and amplify the messages received. In so doing, the artist allows the viewer to share in the privilege of his vision -- to experience beauty we otherwise would have missed or undervalued. In Whalley's hands, ordinary objects become subjects - not only in the sense of "subject matter," but also in a more philosophical sense, as entities endowed with a point of view, with personal histories and life stories to share. The effect is warm, authentic, and profound.

Though Whalley's previous Greenhut shows have typically been a mix of paintings and graphite drawings, Brushwork will contain only two drawings: "I found myself wanting to explore my subjects in color, with a collection of twenty oil and egg tempera paintings. Hence, the title Brushwork, which also gave a nod to the seven paintings that had as their subject some of the many old, oversized paintbrushes I've collected over the years. Each of these brushes holds a story of their long service that I wanted to pay tribute to."

John Whalley earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1976. His work is in numerous private, national and international collections including the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia; the Otto Naumann Collection, New York City and the Alfred Bader Collection, Milwaukee, Wisconsin to name a few. His publications include John Whalley - American Realist published in 2001 and John Whalley - In New Light, a 30 year retrospective book of drawings and paintings published in 2006. In addition, he was featured on the television show Bill Green's Maine in 2008.



-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


 
TV: Top 10 Free Things To Do In Monteverde, Costa Rica



11/08/17 - Follow the escapades of filmmaker Chas Bruns as he travels the world in search of the cheapest tours, food, hotels, hostels and transportation. If you're living on a budget, Chas can show you how to travel for pennies on the dollar.

This episode takes Chas to Monteverde, Costa Rica where he explores the Festival De La Luz, Monteverde Preserve, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the Monteverde Hot Springs. He stays at the Van Gogh Hostel and the Monteverde Inn. He dines and drinks at the Monteverde Café, Restarante El Gran Parqueo #2, Stella’s Bakery and the Tree House Restaurant & Café. If you're considering traveling to the Lombok, you can't miss this!


-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


 
TV: Top 10 Free Things To Do In Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica



05/22/18 - Follow the escapades of filmmaker Chas Bruns as he travels the world in search of the cheapest tours, food, hotels, hostels and transportation. If you're living on a budget, Chas can show you how to travel for pennies on the dollar.

This episode takes Chas to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica where he explores Manuel Antonio National Park and Gemelas Beach. He stays at the Beachpacker Hostel. He dines and drinks at Souvenir Cocodrilo, Karahe Hotel, Jolly Roger Casino, Barrest Las Gemelas, Cantina BBQ, Salina Hotel, Buena Vista Beach Club and Emelio’s Café. If you're considering traveling to the Manuel Antonio, you can't miss this!


-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


 
Comedy: Pulling Out Of The Middle East


04/26/18 - Ha. Pretty much nailed it.

 
Gadgets: Firefighting Drones


04/05/18 - Makes sense to me.

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