by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
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There are some places that are real gems.

I had a wonderful opportunity to participate as part of a Social Art Night series at GEM Studios here in Las Vegas. The event was open for anyone wanting to paint and socialize. People of all skill levels showed up and I was delighted to paint with professional artists alongside aspiring individuals such as myself. Inspiration was to be found throughout the whole night.

I felt at first like a diamond in the rough. More rough than diamond. By the end of the first night, I had created my first real painting in acrylic. It's inspired me to explore painting and art more and I'm so very grateful to Geneva Marquez for that inspiration and encouragement.

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The next time I went I worked on the painting just below to the left. It's still in progress, but I felt more confident, more grounded. It's a wonderful thing to create alongside other artists. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend it. It really enhances a feeling of community and support.

 
 
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
It was perfect weather that day for a hike in Red Rock Canyon. I hadn't been to the area in years and didn't recall the trail we took. 

It was breathtaking. Calm. 
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It's easy to notice that there's nature in Las Vegas. With such an amazingly bright and festive main street filled with dazzling lights and glamour, it's hard to imagine that there's wild life beyond the Strip.


Well, there is. But, it's the wildlife of the Nature kind.

I've always loved that there's such a diversity at Red Rock Canyon. It's where forest meets sandstone meets lime with sprawling bits of desert, cactus and lizards. If you're lucky, you might stumble upon someone riding a horse.