Pretty, but no smoking please

Noonis "Boathouse'' (oil on canvas), by LISA NOONIS, in the "Hydration'' show at Alpers Fine Art, Andover, Mass., through July.

These old boathouses are moldy and firetraps and yet so soothing to look at.

I like best the ones that are extended over the water from the shore, as my Minnesota relatives had at their lake places, with the pines so thick around the building that you could barely see some of the boathouses from a couple of hundred yards offshore.

-- Robert Whitcomb