September 1, 2009

September Theme Day: Big

Filed under: Hooked on Arts, Theme Day Photos — lessie @ 4:30 pm

The first day of each month is theme day in the City Daily Photo community. This month’s theme? Big! Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

The above photo is a close up of a tiny boat on a “big” fin on a “big” fish displayed at Tucker’s, a local Anderson restaurant. The fish was originally part of the Anderson Hooked on the Arts series and no doubt sponsored by Tucker’s itself. I love the details in the fish. Check out the views here and here.


August 29, 2008


Filed under: Hooked on Arts — Tags: — lessie @ 3:05 pm

“It’s PINK!” My niece said after examining the Hooked on the Arts fish sculpture. She is currently obsessed with said color and will not use any other crayon, even “fuschia.” Must be the traditional pink.

Today opens the 2008 Great Southeast Balloon Fest. There will be over 80 balloons and a championship sponsored by the Balloon Federation of America. 

Tonight is also the annual Midnight Flight. Races begin and end at Anderson YMCA, with the 1 mile starting at 9:15 p.m., 5k at 10:00 p.m., and 10K at 11:00 p.m.

Westside plays Hanna at home tonight, beginning at 7:30 p.m. City-wide rivals — so it should be a fun time to see neighbors and friends.

April 21, 2008

Skeleton Fish?

Filed under: Hooked on Arts — lessie @ 4:11 pm

This Hooked on the Arts fish is on the sidewalk surrounding the Anderson County Arts Center Warehouse. Its title is Treasure Fish. I was concentrating so hard on the “fin” details that I missed the focus of the fish’s gaze — the cell tower. I have never noticed such a tower in the downtown area. Maybe they are now so ubiquitous that they’ve become invisible — to me at least. Another view of the fish is here.

March 26, 2008

Flying Fish

Filed under: Hooked on Arts — lessie @ 1:25 pm

A fierce aviator is this Flying Fish — circling in front of Anderson City Hall. What fearless pilot commands her? Click here for more pics. By Tom Gibson and Paul Brown.

February 12, 2008

Anderson Joes

Filed under: Hooked on Arts — lessie @ 6:34 pm

Ruth Hopkins has created another fantastic, slightly campy, Hooked on the Arts Large Mouth Bass! Representing the Anderson Joes, Anderson’s professional baseball team, this fish has everything a ball player could need: ball, glove, bat, uniform, whiskers, and even black eye paint! (Alas, he has no shoes — but his feet are certainly up to running and stealing.) This sporty fish is currently swimming in front of Anderson City Hall on Main Street. More pics are here.

Do YOU know why Anderson’s baseball team is named the Anderson Joes? I’m afraid I’ve missed that story in my knowledge of local trivia. Please share! 🙂

January 25, 2008

Sailing Fish

Filed under: Hooked on Arts — lessie @ 6:15 pm

This fish sculpture, by Wyn Foland, swims prominently in the courtyard of the Hilton Garden Inn. I love the impressionistic (?) quality. I’ve never been sailing, but this scene makes me want to feel the wind in my hair and the boat under my feet. More pics are here.

January 9, 2008

Fish Tank Surveillance

Filed under: Hooked on Arts — lessie @ 10:52 pm

My jaw literally hung open as I approached this fish produced by Michael Slattery and found swimming at the Hilton Garden Inn. The realism — and yet dreaminess — of the fish and turtles just drew me right in. Another pic is here.

December 24, 2007

Holiday commercialism

Filed under: Hooked on Arts — lessie @ 8:49 pm

Hooked on the Arts by you.

Well, where was I Christmas Eve? Cozied up with my nephew reading a book?  Laughing with my sisters while whipping up egg nog? Teasing my dad and watching DIY? Uh, no. I was shopping. No warm fuzzies or relational growth going on at all. And look what I found: a Hooked on the Arts Fish in the store! I had to roll my eyes, knowing that as much as I love my fish statues, this wasn’t a great find on Christmas Eve. Especially since I’m fairly ashamed to admit where I was shopping. None other than the merchandising capital of commerce — Harley Davidson. Can you see the saddle seat on the fish’s back? The fish hook attached to the handle bars? The exhaust foot rest? I have to admire the creativity of the design. Because I nearly loath my willingness to pay three times the price for an item because of its name brand — and be so glad to find the right size! Merry Christmas Eve.

November 30, 2007

Ru “fish” Porter

Filed under: Hooked on Arts, Library and Museum — lessie @ 6:43 pm

For a while, I was quite irritated with this fish sculpture’s title. But today, as I was posting the picture, I realized — Rufus Porter, duh. Why not Google him? And like light dawning, the sculpture made sense. Rufus Porter was a 19th-century artist, inventor, even muralist. A museum dedicated to his life and work is in Bridgton, Maine. I feel warmer toward this fish sculpture now and more appreciative of its detail and style. It even makes me want to pick up a paint brush. 🙂 Currently swimming in the lobby of the Anderson County Library. A couple more shots are here.

November 14, 2007


Filed under: Hooked on Arts — lessie @ 6:16 pm

I love the expressions that Russell Jewel included in these little fish. Each seems to have its own personality. Together they make up “All for 1 / 1 for All,” a fish sculpture swimming at the AnMed Health Campus. More pics are here.

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